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24 Animals that are Yellow (A to Z List with Pictures)

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Yellow is not the most commonly seen color in the wild, but when we see it, it’s usually to let us know that the animal is to be avoided.

However, that’s not always the case. Many yellow animals are perfectly safe to handle!

Below is a list of 24 interesting yellow animals.

List of Animals that are Yellow

These are the most fascinating animals that are yellow.

1. American Goldfinch

Goldfinch
Scientific NameSpinus tristis
ClassificationBird
SizeUp to 5.5 inches
HabitatForest

Both the male and the female of the American goldfinch are yellow. The male is a brighter yellow to attract the females, while the female is yellow-brown.

2. American Yellow Warbler

Warbler
Scientific NameSetophaga petechia
ClassificationBird
SizeUp to 7.1 inch
HabitatForests

Birds are found in all different shapes and colors, but the yellow warbler is arguably one of the prettiest ones. Bird watchers from the Americas have long adored this species because of its bright yellow coloration and interesting singing patterns.

3. Apple Snails

Apple Snail
Scientific NameAmpullariidae
ClassificationGastropod
SizeUp to 5 inches
HabitatForests

The apple snail looks like – well, an apple. The body of the snail is entirely yellow with the shell being slightly darker in color. It is one of the few snails that requires males and females to be present for breeding.

4. Asian Golden Weaver

Golden Weaver
Scientific NamePloceus hypoxanthus
ClassificationBird
SizeUp to 8.5 inch
HabitatGrasslands, swamps

The Asian Golden weaver also displays sexual dimorphism, as females tend to be darker yellow and brown, while males are yellow and black. The males have this color in order to attract females of the same species.

5. Banana Slug

Banana Slug
Scientific NameAriolimax
ClassificationGastropod
Size9 inches
HabitatForests, rainforests

Is it a banana? No, it’s actually a slug! You could easily mistake this animal for a banana because of its yellow coloration and the black head. It also has that distinct banana-like shape, which might make it hard to see the difference between this animal and a banana.

6. Burmese Python

python
Scientific NamePython bivittatus
ClassificationReptile
SizeUp to 26 feet
HabitatRainforests, aquatic habitats

If you don’t like snakes, then you’re going to be grossed by this large python. The Burmese python is one of the largest snakes in the world. It’s a non-venomous snake that uses constriction to kill its prey. You wouldn’t want to find yourself in the grasp of this strong snake!

7. Canary

Canary
Scientific NameSerinus canaria
ClassificationBird
Size3-4 inches
HabitatOrchards and forests

The canary bird is one of the most popular types of bird pets. It’s easy to keep and maintain, and it’s also a lovely creature to look at. This bird is found in different colors, although yellow is by far the most commonly seen.

8. Climbing Mantella

Scientific NameMantella laevigata
ClassificationAmphibian
Size1.1 inch
HabitatTropical forests

The climbing mantella is a very fast and agile frog species. It has the ability to scale its surroundings quickly while also staying safe from its predators. It’s a poison frog as it has poison on its skin, so not many predators are willing to take the risk of attacking this animal and grabbing it in its mouth.

9. Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur
Scientific NameColias philodice
ClassificationInsect
SizeUp to 2 inches
HabitatFields, lawns, meadows

Clouded sulphur is one of the most commonly seen butterfly species in the world. This butterfly will primarily appear as yellow, but you might also see it in other shades of yellow as well as grey and even white. 

10. Electric Yellow Cichlid

Electric Yellow Cichlid
Scientific NameLabidochromis caeruleus
ClassificationFish
Size3.2 inches
HabitatLake Malawi

The electric yellow cichlid is a somewhat rare fish species, as it is only endemic to Lake Malawi. Despite that, many people own this fish as pets, as they are popular because of their bright-yellow appearance.

11. Eurasian Golden Oriole

Oriole
Scientific NameOriolus oriolus
ClassificationBird
SizeUp to 18.5 inches
HabitatForests

The males of the Eurasian Golden oriole are far more vivid and colorful than the females, which is a trait that is very commonly seen with birds. The goal of that is to help the males attract the females, of course.

12. Eyelash Viper

horn viper
Scientific NameBothriechis schlegelii
ClassificationReptile
VenomHigh
SizeUp to 32 inches
HabitatDensely wooded sea-level forests

The eyelash viper is especially known for its yellowish appearance and its famous eyelashes. But it can also be quite a dangerous snake to meet, because its venom can be even fatal to humans, if it is not treated quickly. In any case, it’s a beautiful snake that you don’t want to meet in nature or get bitten by.

13. Galapagos Land Iguana

Galapagos Land Iguana
Scientific NameConolophus subcristatus
ClassificationReptile
Size3 feet
HabitatGalapagos

This iguana that is endemic to Galapagos has become endangered in recent years. You’ll find this animal in different colors, such as orange or yellow.

14. Ghost Crab

Ghost Crab
Scientific NameOcypodinae
ClassificationMalacostraca
SizeUp to 3 inches
HabitatSeashores

The ghost crab looks like something out of a movie or a music video. This crab has haunting eyes and a yellow body. It is called a ghost crab because of its nocturnal nature and its brighter coloration.

15. Golden Poison Frog

Golden Poison Frog
Scientific NamePhyllobates terribilis
ClassificationAmphibian
VenomHigh
SizeUp to 2 inches
HabitatRainforest

The golden poison frog is one of the most toxic animals in the world, and certainly the most toxic frog in the world. People often say that the brighter the animal is, the more venomous it is; and for the golden poison frog, that saying is absolutely true.

16. Goldenrod Crab Spider

crab spider
Scientific NameMisumena vatia
ClassificationArachnid
VenomLow
SizeUp to 0.35 inches
HabitatForests

While the thought of seeing a yellow spider might give you the creeps, the goldenrod crab spider is actually harmless to humans. These crab spiders hunt bees, ants, and anything else that tends to climb onto plants. Males are bright yellow, while females are white.

17. Panamanian Golden Frog

Panamanian Golden Frog
Scientific NameAtelopus zeteki
ClassificationAmphibian
SizeUp to 2 inch
HabitatRainforests

This beautiful frog with a yellow body and black dots is a critically endangered species. The frog that is endemic to the forests of Panama has for some time been deemed as extinct, although there are still some specimens out in the wild. Hopefully, specialists will be able to protect them from going extinct.

18. Twenty-Two Spotted Ladybird

Yellow Ladybird
Scientific NamePsyllobora vigintiduopunctata
ClassificationInsect
Size0.2 inches
HabitatForests

As the name suggests, the 22-spotted ladybird has 22 black spots on its yellow body. This creature is often found on leaves in European and North American forests. It feeds on mildew of shrubs and umbellifers.

19. Wasp (Yellowjacket)

yellow wasp
Scientific NameVespula
ClassificationInsect
VenomMedium
Size0.47 inch
HabitatForests, meadows

Ah yes, the wasp. Well, if you have ever been bitten by one of these creatures, then you know how painful it can be. That’s why wasps are not usually well-liked by people, but they play an important role in nature. It’s an important pollinator and it also takes care of pests, so it has its benefits, although its sting can be quite painful.

20. West Coast Sea Nettle

yellow jellyfish
Scientific NameChrysaora fuscescens
ClassificationScyphozoa
VenomMedium
Size3 feet
HabitatPacific Ocean

The west coast sea nettle, as this creature is often called, is one of the largest (or rather, longest) sea creatures out there. It has a golden bell and long tentacles that it uses to hunt down its prey. These tentacles also emit toxins to any animal that tries attacking it, making it a strong animal defensively.

21. Yellow Anaconda

Scientific NameEunectes notaeus
ClassificationReptile
SizeUp to 13 feet
HabitatBanks of slow-moving rivers

The yellow anaconda is one of the largest snakes in the world. It lives near slow-moving rivers especially in South America. This snake doesn’t have venom, but it kills its prey through constriction.

22. Yellow Garden Spider

European Garden Spider
Scientific NameArgiope aurantia
ClassificationArachnid
VenomLow
SizeUp to 1.1 inch
HabitatGardens, lawns

The yellow garden spider, like most other garden spider species, will create large-scale sheet webs that it will use to hunt down its prey. While it does carry venom, the bite of this spider is relatively harmless to humans. Phew!

23. Yellow Seahorse

seahorse
Scientific NameHippocampus kuda
ClassificationActinopterygii
SizeUp to 12 inches
HabitatIndo-Pacfic

The yellow seahorse is usually seen in the depths of the Indo-Pacific. Although in the recent years, it has become an endangered species because of loss of habitat and constant pollution of the sea.

24. Yellow Tang

Yellow Tang
Scientific NameZebrasoma flavescens
ClassificationFish
Size7.9 inches
HabitatOcean

The yellow tang is a common inhabitant of zoos and home tanks. Many people prefer to own these beauties because of their bright coloration, but also because they’re quite docile and are avid breeders.

Conclusion

Yellow animals can be found all over the world. Many of these animals are bright and vivid, which might lead you to believe they are also dangerous. While that is partly true, many of these yellow animals are quite pleasant and friendly.

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