Today, we are back with another exciting listing that will enhance your knowledge. On this page, you will find the list of 20+ animals that start with “me.” Yes, you read it right.
The list comprises the names of animals having the first two letters m and e, together with pictures and interesting facts about them. Also, these animals are not very common, and some are even native to a particular place. So, without any delay, let’s deep-dive into the article.
20+ Animals that start with “me”
Meerkat, also known as suricate, is a type of mongoose with a full body length of between 9.4 to 13.8 inches and an average weight of 1.8 lb. It is the first member of the list of animals that start with “me” because it is popular among people.
It is famous worldwide for its territorial behavior and is also considered one of the rudest animals. Their fight among themselves leads to severe injuries, where the heaviest females take over the dominancy.
- Scientific Name: Suricata suricatta
- Location: Southwestern Botswana, Western and Southern Namibia, Northern and Western South Africa
- Diet: beetles, lepidopterans, eggs, amphibians, arthropods, reptiles, and small birds
2) Mexican Black Kingsnake
Another member in the list of animals that start with “me” is Mexican Black Kingsnake. These snakes are found in various regions of the United States. They are predominately in shiny black color with an average size of 3 to 4 feet, weighing up to 3 lb.
Mexican Black Kingsnakes have a stunning look and are non-venomous; therefore, many people keep them as pets.
- Scientific Name: Lampropeltis getula nigrita
- Location: Sonoran Desert, Northwestern Sinaloa, Mexico, and small parts of Arizona
- Diet: other snakes, rodents, lizards, birds, and eggs
The name already suggests how they look. Megabats, also known as Fruit Bats, are the largest in size compared to other bat families. They have a vast wingspan of up to 5.6 feet with an average weight of 3.0 lb.
These bats are harmless as they mostly rely on fruits and nectars for their diet. Megabats species comprise a Greater short-nosed fruit bat, Indian flying fox, straw-colored fruit bat, and Egyptian fruit bat. Their population is declining over time as these bats are popular in some regions as food sources.
- Family: Pteropodidae
- Location: Eurasia, Africa, and Oceania
- Diet: fruits, nectars, leaves, pollen, twigs, and bark
4) Mexican Mole Lizard
The next one in the list of animals that start with “me” is the Mexican Mole Lizard, or we can say a five-toed worm lizard.
These lizards are only found in North Western Mexico. Mexican Mole Lizard is pink in color and looks like a worm with legs of size approximately 7.1 to 9.4 in.
- Scientific Name: Bipes biporus
- Location: the states of Baja California, Baja California Sur, Guerrero, and Chiapas, in Mexico
- Diet: ants, termites, ground-dwelling insects, larvae, earthworms, and small animals, including lizards
5) Mekong Giant Catfish
The first fish on the list is Mekong Giant Catfish. Like its name, these catfish are enormous and can attain an overall size of up to 3 m (9.8 ft) with an average weight of 330 to 440 lb.
Mekong Giant Fish are categorized as critically threatened by IUCN due to the involvement of many human activities. They are native to the Mekong. These fish are light grey in color and do not have any stripes. Along with it, they do not have teeth, which is why they are nicknamed toothless herbivores.
- Scientific Name: Pangasianodon gigas
- Location: Mekong basin in Southeast Asia
- Diet: Algae
6) Megamouth Shark
Another fish on the list is Megamouth Shark. These are deep water sharks that are rarely seen by humans. It is categorized under the Least Concern by IUCN; still, only 100 specimens have been observed so far.
Megamouth Shark can attain growth up to 5.49 meters (18.0 ft) in body length and weighs more than 2000 lb.
It feeds on planktonic foods and swims with its mouth wide open so that it can filter bacteria, archaea, algae, and protozoa from water. Megamouth Sharks are predominately brownish-black in color with a white band and an enormous head.
- Scientific Name: Megachasma pelagios
- Location: northern Japan, southern California, Baja California, and Hawaii.
- Diet: plankton and jellyfish
7) Mediterranean Monk Seal
Another endangered species in the list of animals that start with “me” is Mediterranean Monk Seal. These seals are the world’s rarest pinniped species, with an average size of 7.9 ft weighing around 710 lb.
Over the last few decades, their population has decreased rapidly due to the increase in fishing activities and the involvement of human activities. Presently, it is estimated that fewer than 500 pairs of monk seals remain in the world.
- Scientific Name: Monachus monachus
- Location: Aegean Sea, the archipelago of Madeira, and the Cabo Blanco area in the northeastern Atlantic Ocean
- Diet: fish, mollusks, primarily octopus, squid, and eels
8) Mexican Wolf
Mexican Wolf, also known as Lobo, is presently listed under the Endangered species (Critically Imperiled) by TNC. But now, in the last five years, there has been an increase in the population of these wolves.
Mexican wolves have a narrow skull and yellowish-gray body color with black over the tail. The average height of these wolves is around 66-81 cm, with a weight range of 27-36 kg. In addition, they live only 10 to 15 years.
- Scientific Name: Canis lupus baileyi
- Location: New Mexico and Arizona
- Diet: mule deer, white-tailed deer, elk, and smaller mammals such as ground squirrels, rabbits
Although there are many animals left, we still thought to mention at least some birds on the list. So, on the ninth number, we have Meadowlark.
These birds are very small new grassland birds with nearly ten different species and subspecies: Red-breasted Meadowlark, White-browed meadowlark, Peruvian Meadowlark, Pampas meadowlark, Long-tailed Meadowlark, Yellow-breasted species, Eastern Meadowlark, Lilian’s Meadowlark, and Western Meadowlark.
Every species has its own body size and color. Meadowlark mainly feeds on worms and other insects.
- Scientific Name: Leistes militaris
- Location: Worldwide
- Diet: worms and other insects
Another bird on our list is Megapode. Megapode or incubator birds are chicken-like birds with black feathers and redheads.
The average size of these birds is 65 cm (25.5 in), and they are found in the broader Australasian region. Like other birds, Megapode also feeds on small insects and grains.
- Family: Megapodiidae
- Location: western Pacific, Australia, New Guinea, the islands of Indonesia, Andaman and Nicobar Islands
- Diet: worms, and other insects, grains
11) Mexican Alligator Lizard
The last one on the list is the Mexican Alligator Lizard. These lizards are also categorized as an endangered species by IUCN.
Mexican Alligator Lizard is in bright emerald green to dark teal blue with an average size of 160 mm and weighs around 21 grams. The main reason for their declining population is deforestation and illegal pet trading.
- Family: Abronia graminea
- Location: Mexico
- Diet: insects and other arthropods
12) Mexican prairie dog
Mexican prairie dogs are not dog; they are rodents that are native to Mexico. They look like the combination of squirrels, chipmunks, and marmots. They have a short lifespan of 3 to 5 years.
Adult Mexican prairie dog can reach up to weight of 17 inches weighing not more than 2.2 lb. Males are generally larger than females. They have yellowish fur with dark brown ears and lighter bellies.
- Scientific Name: Cynomys mexicanus
- Location: southern Coahuila and northern San Luis Potosí in northern Mexico
- Diet: herbs and grasses
- 13) Merling
- 14) Meagle
- 15) Mexican Howler
- 16) Mexican Free-Tailed Bat
- 17) Mexican Eagle (Northern crested caracara)
- 18) Megalodon
- 19) Mealybugs
- 20) Menhaden
- 21) Mexican Redknee Tarantula
- 22) Merganser
- 23) Mediterranean fruit fly
Here, we conclude our article on “Top 10+ animals that start with me.” We hope that this post is informative to you. We will be back with another article. Till then, stay tuned with us and be healthy.
Monty is a founder of How It See. Being a life science student in a reputed university, he always wonders about an eclectic correlation between science and nature. After engaging in various college projects, Monty determined to share all his knowledge with you as a writer. In the meantime, he loves to research and study about the various types of colorful animals.