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25 Animals that are Green (A to Z List) – with Pictures

animals that are Green

Green is the color of nature and peace. It’s also the most pleasing color for our eyes, so we like to watch things and animals that are green.

Green animals use their coloration to blend in with their surroundings. They often need to hide from predators or their prey, which allows them to survive more easily in the wild. Therefore, you will find more animals are green than you might think.

List of Green Animals

These are some of the most common animals that are green.

1. Agapostemon

Scientific NameAgapostemon
Size0.3-0.6 inches
HabitatPlains and open fields

The Agapostemon is a very common type of bee that you might find in some states of North America. It is easily distinguishable by the green colors on its head and its upper body. This bee likes to create nests in the ground where it will lay eggs and stay protected from its predators.

2. Beetle

Scientific NameColeoptera
SizeUp to 8 inches
HabitatForests, grasslands

Did you know that the word “beetle” comes from the Old English word “bitela” or “bitan” which means “to bite”? Those two names are meant to describe the character of this small insect, which is sometimes perceived as a pest. Perhaps unjustifiably, since most beetles don’t cause much damage to crops at all.

3. Chameleon

a chameleon
Scientific NameChamaeleonidae
Size15-20 inches
HabitatRainforests, savannas

The first on the list of animals that are green is the chameleon. Now, this animal is notorious for its ability to change its color. Not all chameleons have this trait, but those that do live more comfortably. They will blend in with their surroundings by using the pigments in their skin that will make them appear different. Most commonly, chameleons are green, but you might find them in different colors.

4. Crocodiles


Scientific NameCrocodylidae
SizeUp to 23 ft.
HabitatAquatic habitats

Not all crocodiles are green, but most of them combine the green color with other colors. Most commonly, they are gray-green. The crocodile is one of the most proficient predators in the world, as it has the ability to hunt and kill larger and smaller animals around it. As such, you might want to avoid coming close to one!

5. Eastern Green Mamba

Scientific NameDendroaspis angusticeps
Size5 ft 11 inches
HabitatCoastlines, rainforests

Unlike the green snake, the eastern green mamba has the potential to be dangerous to humans. While it is the least likely to cause you the least damage out of all mamba species, it’s still a snake that you might want to avoid in the wild!

6. European Green Lizard

Scientific NameLacerta viridis
Size5.9 inches
HabitatDense vegetation

Green lizards can be found all over Europe. They like to reside in dense vegetation but will often come out to bask in the sun. The lizard will feed on smaller insects as well as fruits and vegetables. It’s a stunning animal that portrays a mix of green and blue on its body, although it doesn’t like to be seen often.

7. European Tree Frog

Scientific NameHyla arborea
Size1.7 inches

The European tree frog is the most common frog species in Europe. It is found all over Europe and is mainly known for its green color. When you think about a frog, this is the frog that might come to your mind. It might have black and white colorations to go with the green color, too.

8. Green-and-Black Poison Dart Frog

Scientific NameDendrobates auratus
SizeUp to 0.75 inches
HabitatForests, swamps

Poison comes in small bottles, as they say, and that is absolutely true for the green-and-black poison dart frog. This little creature has enough poison to make your heart stop beating, and it can be life-threatening. Still, some people like to keep these frogs as exotic pets!

9. Green Cricket 

Scientific NameTettigonia Viridissima
Size1.7 inches

Like grasshoppers, crickets are also very common in all parts of the world. They mainly live in grassy areas and grasslands, although you would have a tough time finding them and seeing them. But crickets are especially known for the sounds they make, so you would be able to hear them before you could see them, most likely.

10. Green Darner

Scientific NameAnax Junius
Size3.1 inches
HabitatAquatic habitats

The green darner is one mesmerizing dragonfly. While some people might be afraid of dragonflies because they might bite, they’re relatively harmless to humans. The green darner is commonly found on most continents, including North, Central, and South America, Asia, and parts of Europe and Africa as well.

11. Green Grasshopper

Scientific NameOmocestus viridulus
Size0.79 inches

The green grasshopper might be one of the first animals you would think about when talking about animals that are green. Overall, this type of grasshopper is common especially in the United States, but also in many other parts of the world. These jumping insects jump from grass to grass to find prey.

12. Green-Headed Tanager

Scientific NameTangara seledon
Size5.3 inches

The green-headed tanager is yet another green bird to feature on this list. This bird is not exclusively green, as it combines the vivid colors of blue, yellow, and green. It’s typical particularly for the Atlantic forests of South America, such as forests of Brazil, Argentina, and Paraguay.

13. Green Iguana

Scientific NameIguana iguana
SizeUp to 5.6 ft
HabitatCoastal areas

Green iguanas are agile climbers that have the capacity to scale their habitat quickly. They can climb rocks and trees, and they will also survive a fall from about 50 feet (15 meters). You might have seen an iguana in a zoo, but in nature, it is found on coastal areas of South America and Africa.

14. Green Lacewing

Scientific NameChrysopidae
SizeUp to 2,5 inches (wingspan)

Green lacewings are sometimes simply called “lacewings”. These green insects are commonly found in forests of North America and Europe where they will eat insects and other animals that some farmers see as pests. Because of that, many people welcome green lacewings as a natural form of pest control.

15. Green Parakeet

Scientific NamePsittacara holochlorus
Size12.5 inches

The green parakeet is a commonly seen type of parrot that is often owned as a pet. This parrot is known for its green coloration, and sometimes, farmers see it as a pest because they will eat large quantities of vegetables and fruits.

16. Green Snake

Scientific NameOpheodrys
Size2-3 feet long
HabitatMoist, grassy areas

The green snake might seem like a snake that you might be afraid of, especially if you don’t like snakes. However, the green snake that often lives in grassy areas is pretty harmless overall. It isn’t venomous to humans and it’s also quite shy, so it’s not very likely that you’ll meet this green creature in the wild.

17. Green Stink Bug

Scientific NameChinavia hilaris
SizeUp to 0.7 inches

If you’re someone who lives near a forest or a densely vegetated area, then you probably already know all about the green stink bug. This little creature will live in forested areas of North America, Europe, and South America and when it is cornered, it will release a stinking odor that is meant to keep its predators away. You probably know exactly how it smells if you’ve met this little bug!

18. Green Tree Python

Scientific NameMorelia Viridis
Size5 feet

We’re back to snakes with the green tree python. This snake species don’t have venom, but it is still one of the deadliest animals around. It has a strong grip by tightening on its prey with its body until the prey is suffocated. You wouldn’t want to be stuck inside the grip of this all-green snake, would you?

19. Luna Moth

Scientific NameActias luna
SizeUp to 3.5 inches

Luna moths are able to produce several generations per year. They are very avid breeders, as they can spread quite quickly. You’ll find the luna moth in many states of the United States, as well as Canada and parts of Europe. An interesting fact about this animal is that in self-defense, the larvae will make clicking sounds and regurgitate their intestinal contents to deter the predators.

20. Mantis

Scientific NameMantodea
SizeUp to 0.40 inches
HabitatTropical habitats

The mantis displays the commonly seen pose of praying, which is why it is sometimes also called the praying mantis. This green creature has a triangular head and bulging eyes with an all-green body. These animals have been around for centuries, and some ancient cultures believed these animals had supernatural abilities.

21. Phelsuma Grandis

Scientific NamePhelsuma grandis
Size12 inches

The Phelsuma Grandis is a diurnal species of the day gecko. This animal is commonly found in woods where it will feed on smaller insects. You’ll be able to spot this type of gecko by looking at its bright green colors.

22. Red-Eyed Tree Frog

Scientific NameAgalychnis callidryas
Size2 inches

The red-eyed tree frog is a close cousin of the European tree frog, although it does have some differences. First of all, it’s smaller and it has other patterns of coloration. You’ll find green and blue patterns on its body. Most notably, it has red eyes, which might scare you a bit but these animals are pretty much harmless to humans.

23. Ruby-Throated Hummingbird

Scientific NameArchilochus colubris
SizeUp to 3.5 inches

Unlike other species of hummingbirds, the ruby-throated hummingbird has that typical ruby coloration on its neck. Sometimes, you will also see patches of green coloration on this bird. It’s a beautiful bird to watch but it’s even more exciting to listen to these little beauties as they sing away.

24. Shining-Green Hummingbird

Scientific NameChrysuronia goudoti
Size3.7 inches
HabitatForests, Tropical forests

Hummingbirds are very commonly seen in the forests of the Americas but also in Europe. The shining-green hummingbird, specifically, presides in the forests of South and Central America. This bird is easily distinguishable by its mesmerizing bright-green colors and of course, the distinct cries that it uses in nature.

25. Wallace’s Flying Frog

Scientific NameRhacophorus nigropalmatus
Size4 inches

Wallace’s flying frog is an interesting species. It is a frog that has a distinct ability to fly. In its natural habitat, it might jump from tree to tree and skip vegetation effortlessly. It’s also a very beautiful creature to look at, as it is known for its interesting shape of feet and green and white colors.


There are many animals that are green in this world, and most of them live in forests and other heavily vegetated areas where they can use their green color to blend in.

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