25 Amazing Red Animals You Need To See To Believe

Posted by , Updated on May 22, 2024

The color red is associated with a variety of meanings such as love, courage, blood, and sacrifice, and is crucial in the natural world. Frequently, red pigmentation in plants and animals acts as a warning signal, encouraging others to keep their distance. However, humans often find animals with red hues attractive, admiring their beauty. In this article, we showcase 25 of the most breathtaking red animals that you must see to fully appreciate.



Strawberry Poison Frog

Strawberry Poison FrogSource: wikipedia.org

Found in Central America from central Nicaragua through Costa Rica and northwestern Panama, the strawberry poison frog is a small, brightly colored, toxic frog. The species usually lives in humid lowlands and premontane forest, but large populations are also found in disturbed areas such as plantations.


Red Lory

Red LorySource: wikipedia.org

Native to Indonesia, New Guinea, Australia and the Pacific, the red lory is the second most commonly kept lory in captivity, after the rainbow lorikeet. This intelligent parrot has a playful personality and is often described as a flamboyant, theatrical, and pugnacious bird.


Christmas Island Red Crab

Christmas Island Red CrabSource: wikipedia.org

The Christmas Island red crab is a species of land crab that is endemic to Christmas Island and the Cocos Islands in the Indian Ocean. These strikingly colored crabs are well known for their annual mass migration to the sea to lay their eggs in the ocean.


Scarlet Lily Beetle

Scarlet Lily BeetleSource: wikipedia.org

Also known as the red lily beetle or the lily leaf beetle, the scarlet lily beetle is a leaf beetle that eats the leaves, stem, buds, and flowers of lilies, butterflies and other members of the family Liliaceae. Although this little red bug looks adorable, it is considered a pest in most temperate climates where lilies are cultivated.


Red Panda

Red PandaSource: wikipedia.org

The red panda is a small mammal native to the eastern Himalayas and southwestern China. Slightly larger than a domestic cat, the red panda lives in the trees and feeds mainly on bamboo, but also eats eggs, birds, and insects. It is a solitary animal and is mainly active from dusk to dawn.


Scarlet Ibis

Scarlet IbisSource: wikipedia.org

Native to marshy areas and tropical rainforests of South America and islands of the Caribbean, the scarlet ibis is a medium-sized ibis notable for its remarkably brilliant scarlet coloration. The scarlet ibis is one of the two national birds of Trinidad and Tobago.


Siamese Fighting Fish

Siamese Fighting FishSource: wikipedia.org

Colloquially known as the Betta, the Siamese fighting fish is a species in the Gourami family and is popular as an aquarium fish. Measuring about 6.5 cm (2.6 in) in length, the fish can be found in vast standing waters of canals, rice paddies, and floodplains in Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Thailand.


Mediterranean Red Sea Star

Mediterranean Red Sea StarSource: wikipedia.org, image: pixabay.com (public domain)

The Mediterranean red sea star is a species of starfish that can be found in the East Atlantic and the Mediterranean Sea. It has long, slender arms and a diameter of up to 20 cm (8 in) but can exceptionally reach up to 30 cm (12 in).


Purus Red Howler

Purus Red Howler Source: wikipedia.org

Native to tropical forests of Brazil, Peru, and North Bolivia, the Purus red howler is a species of the howler monkey – one of a few nest-building monkeys. These monkeys are famous for their loud howls, which can travel up to 5 km (3 mi) through dense rainforest.


Red Swamp Crayfish

Red Swamp CrayfishSource: wikipedia.org

Once native to the Southeastern US only, the red swamp crayfish can be now found also on other continents, where it is often an invasive pest. A popular aquarium pet, the crayfish is most commonly found in warm fresh water, such as slowly flowing rivers, marshes, reservoirs, irrigation systems, and rice paddies.


Coconut Octopus

Coconut OctopusSource: wikipedia.org

Found in tropical waters of the western Pacific Ocean, the coconut octopus is a medium-sized octopus that commonly preys upon shrimp, crabs, and clams. It is notable for unusual behavior including bipedal walking and tool use (gathering coconut shells and seashells and using these for shelter).


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Northern Cardinal

Northern CardinalSource: wikipedia.org, image: commons.wikimedia.org (public domain)

Colloquially known as the redbird, the northern cardinal is a North American bird in the genus Cardinalis. It is found in woodlands, gardens, shrublands, and swamps in Southern Canada and the Eastern US. The male is a vibrant red, while the female is a dull reddish olive.


Eastern Red-Spotted Newt

Eastern Red-Spotted NewtSource: wikipedia.org

The eastern red-spotted newt is a subspecies of the eastern newt, a common newt of Eastern North America. It frequents small lakes, ponds, and streams or near-by wet forests. It produces tetrodotoxin which makes the species unpalatable to predatory fish and crayfish. These animals are common aquarium pets.


Red Velvet Ant

Red Velvet AntSource: wikipedia.org, http://www.orkin.com/ants/cow-killer-ant/

Also known as the cow ant and the cow killer, the red velvet ant is actually a wasp species native to the Eastern US. It is the largest velvet ant species in the US, attaining an approximate length of 2 cm (0.75 in). While they can’t really kill a cow, females are capable of an extremely painful sting – painful enough to “kill a cow.”


Tschudi's False Coral Snake

False_Coral_Snake_Source: wikipedia.org

Scientifically known as Oxyrhopus Melanogenys, the Tschudi’s false coral snake is a colubrid snake species found in the northern part of South America. Notable for its vibrant red coloration, the snake can reach up to of 68 cm (27 in) in length.


Western Scorpion Fish

Western Scorpion FishSource: wikipedia.org

Found in the Pacific Ocean near Japan, the western scorpion fish is a strikingly red scorpion fish. It grows to about 76 cm (30 in) in length and it has big, broad pectoral fins and no swim bladder, which only adds to its weird appearance.


Tomato Frog

Tomato FrogSource: wikipedia.org

Endemic to Madagascar, the tomato frog is a large red frog that puffs up its body when threatened. When a predator grabs a tomato frog in its mouth, the frog’s skin secretes a thick substance that gums up the predator’s eyes and mouth, causing the predator to release the frog to free up its eyes.


Blood-Red Glider

Blood-Red GliderSource: wikipedia.org

The blood-red glider is a medium-sized species of butterfly of the Nymphalidae family that can be found in Central Africa. The dorsal side of this butterfly is blood red (hence the name) while its ventral side is olive-colored to greyish or brownish.


Red Squirrel

Red SquirrelSource: wikipedia.org

Also known as the Eurasian red squirrel, the red squirrel is a species of tree squirrel common throughout Eurasia. It lives in both coniferous forests and temperate broadleaf woodlands of most Europe and Siberia. The coat of the red squirrel varies in color with time of year and location but most of them are red.


Red-Headed Cardinal Beetle

Red-Headed Cardinal BeetleSource: wikipedia.org

Native to the UK, the red-headed cardinal beetle is a mid-sized, about 2 cm (0.8 in) long cardinal beetle. Usually found at the edges of woodlands, these beetles prey on other insects, while their bright red color prevents them from being the target of other predators which believe them to be toxic.


Cherry Shrimp

Cherry ShrimpSource: wikipedia.org

The cherry shrimp is a variety of freshwater shrimp from Taiwan which is commonly kept in aquariums. The natural coloration of the shrimp is green-brown; however, the red morph is usually what is seen in aquariums. The cherry shrimp is omnivorous and can reach about 4 cm (1.6 in) in length.


Scarlet Macaw

Scarlet MacawSource: wikipedia.org

Native to humid evergreen forests of tropical South America, the scarlet macaw is a large, colorful parrot, a member of a group of Neotropical parrots called macaws. It has suffered from local extinction through habitat destruction and capture for the parrot trade, but locally, this beautiful bird remains fairly common.


Mwanza Flat-Headed Rock Agama

Mwanza Flat-Headed Rock AgamaSource: wikipedia.org

Colloquially known as the Spider-Man agama (because of its unique red-blue coloration), the Mwanza flat-headed rock agama is a lizard native to Tanzania, Rwanda, and Kenya. It lives in semi-deserts and can often be seen in the heat of the day basking on rocks.


Red Velvet Mite

Red Velvet MiteSource: wikipedia.org

Also known as the rain bug, the red velvet mite is an arachnid known for its bright red colors and is found in soil litter. Resembling spiders in appearance, the mites are active predators as grown adults but as young are often parasites on insects and some arachnids.


Red-Veined Darter

Red-Veined DarterSource: wikipedia.org

The red-veined darter is a dragonfly of the genus Sympetrum. It occurs in much of central and southern Europe including most Mediterranean islands, in Africa, the Middle East, and south-western Asia. It is found in all sorts of still water but being a migrant, it can also be found away from water. It has even been seen flying over the sea.


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