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10 Most Fascinating Yellow Animals Found In Nature

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Some of the most yellow animals in the world include ghost crabs, golden poison dart frogs, goldfinches, Clouded Sulphurs, Eurasian golden orioles, yellow warblers, and more.

When you think of the color yellow, what comes to mind? 

For many people, yellow brings to mind the sun and all of the happiness and warmth that it represents. 

But did you know that there are tons of fascinating creatures in nature who just happen to be yellow?

From brilliant butterflies to sunshine-hued bumblebees, here are ten of the most amazing yellow animals that can be found in nature.

Yellow Animals List

There are many different yellow animals in the world. Some of these animals are very popular, while others are not so well known. 

Here is a list of some of the most interesting yellow animals:

  • Ghost Crab
  • Golden Poison Dart Frog
  • American Goldfinch
  • Clouded Sulphur
  • Eurasian Golden Oriole
  • Yellow Warbler
  • Goldenrod Crab Spider
  • Pacific Banana Slug
  • Yellow Tang
  • Eyelash Viper

1. Ghost Crab

Ghost Crab
Scientific NameOcypodinae
Common NameGhost Crab
Animal ClassCrustacea
DietInsects, filter feeders, hatchlings, and eggs of loggerhead turtles
HabitatSandy shores and tropical subregions worldwide

The Ghost Crab is a yellow animal. It is a small, nocturnal crab that lives on beaches around the world. This crab is named for its pale, translucent body and its ability to run sideways very quickly.

The ghost crab is an opportunistic predator and scavenger. It eats just about anything it can find, including other crabs, insects, and even dead fish[1]. Ghost Crabs are an important part of the beach ecosystem, helping to keep the sand clean and recycle nutrients back into the system.

Not only are they found in nature, but are also kept as pets. They are easy to care for and can be kept in a small aquarium. Ghost Crab is a fun animal to watch as it scurries around its tank, searching for food.

2. Golden Poison Dart Frog

Golden Poison Dart Frog
Scientific NamePhyllobates terribilis
Common NameGolden Poison Dart Frog
Animal ClassAmphibia
DietFlies, ants, worms, beetles, maggots, caterpillars
HabitatTropical rainforests

The Golden Poison Dart Frog is a species of poison dart frog found in the northwestern region of South America. It is one of the most toxic animals on Earth, with a lethal dose of just 2 micrograms. 

The frog gets its name from the fact that indigenous people of the area have used its poison to tip their blow darts. It is brightly colored, with a golden-yellow hue. This coloration is a warning sign to predators that the frog is poisonous[2]

The frog’s toxicity comes from its diet; it eats toxic insects which contain poisons that the frog can then secrete through its skin.

When handling a Golden Poison Dart Frog, it is important to wear gloves and avoid contact with mucous membranes, as the poison can be absorbed through the skin. If you are unlucky enough to be poisoned by this frog, the symptoms include muscle paralysis and respiratory failure. 

There is no known antidote for the poison, so treatment involves supportive care.

3. American Goldfinch

American Goldfinch
Scientific NameSpinus tristis
Common NameAmerican Goldfinch
Animal ClassAves
DietInsects, seeds
HabitatWeedy fields, floodplains

The American goldfinch is a yellow bird found in North America. It is a small bird with a black cap and wings. The male American Goldfinch has brighter yellow plumage than the female. 

These birds are very social and can often be seen in flocks foraging for food. They eat mostly seeds and insects. The American Goldfinch is a popular bird for birdwatchers and scientists alike.

4. Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur
Scientific NameColias philodice
Common NameClouded Sulphur
Animal ClassInsecta
DietNectar of various flowering plants such as milkweed and clover
HabitatFields, road ranges, bogs, marshes, meadows

The Clouded Sulphur is a yellow butterfly often seen in fields and gardens. It gets its name from the color of its wings, which are a pale yellow with darker markings. The Clouded Sulphur is also called the Orange Sulphur as its wings can range in color from pale yellow to orange.

This butterfly is a member of the family Pieridae, which includes all the yellow and white butterflies. They are found in many parts of the world, including:

  • North America
  • Europe
  • Asia
  • Australia

In North America, the Clouded Sulphur can be found in all of the contiguous United States and Canada.

The Clouded Sulphur has a wingspan of 1.5 to 2.5 inches (3.8 to 6.4 cm). The hindwings have a prominent eyespot, which is used to startle predators. They feed on nectar from flowers, and can often be seen flitting from one flower to another.[3]

They work as important pollinators of many plants, including crops such as alfalfa, clover, and soybeans. If you see a Clouded Sulphur in your garden, be sure to give it a little space – you might be helping to pollinate your plants.

5. Eurasian Golden Oriole

Eurasian Golden Oriole
Scientific NameOriolus oriolus
Common NameEurasian Golden Oriole 
Animal ClassAves
DietFruits, small insects, seeds, pollen, nectar
HabitatPlantations, orchards, copses, gardens

The Eurasian Golden Oriole is a beautiful yellow bird that is found in Europe and Asia. It is the only member of its genus, Oriolus. The adult Eurasian Golden Oriole has a bright golden-yellow body with black wings and tail. The juvenile is more olive-green in color. 

This bird feeds on insects, fruits, and berries. It nests in trees, often near water.

Many consider it a striking bird with its all-black wings and tail set against its brilliant yellow body. The head is black with a small yellow patch behind the eye, and the beak is black. 

The adult male has a completely yellow body, while the female is more yellow-green. The juvenile oriole is even more greenish in color.

The Eurasian golden oriole is found in woodlands and forests in Europe and Asia. It prefers areas with trees that are close to water, such as rivers or lakes. The oriole also nests in parks and gardens. It is a protected species in many countries.

6. Yellow Warbler

Yellow Warbler
Scientific NameSetophaga petechia
Common NameYellow Warbler
Animal ClassAves
DietInsects and spiders
HabitatSwamp edges, bushes, streams, lakes, swamps

The Yellow Warbler is a small songbird that breeds in North America. Their breeding habitat is near water in open woods or scrubs across Canada, the northern United States, and Alaska.

The adult male has bright yellow plumage with rusty streaks on the breast. The adult female is duller in color with greenish-yellow plumage and no streaks. Both sexes have a white belly, yellowish legs, and a small bill.

The Yellow Warbler is one of the most widespread warblers in North America. It has been recorded as far north as Nunavut and as far south as Panama. 

During the breeding season, these birds can be found in nearly any type of habitat with trees, including deciduous, coniferous, and mixed forests. In the winter, they are found in Mexico and Central America.

7. Goldenrod Crab Spider

Goldenrod Crab Spider
Scientific NameMesumena vatia
Common NameGoldenrod Crab Spider
Animal ClassArachnida
DietInsects such as wasps, ants, and other spiders
HabitatWetlands, grasslands, fields, meadows

The Goldenrod Crab Spider is a type of spider mostly found in North America. Their name comes from their coloration, which is generally yellow or white. 

These spiders are predators, and they hunt by ambush instead of spinning webs. They will wait for prey to come close before attacking and injecting venom. Fortunately, the venom of a Goldenrod Crab Spider is not harmful to humans.

While you may not think so, they are beneficial to have around as they help control the population of other insects. They are especially effective at controlling crop pests like aphids and thrips. Goldenrod Crab Spiders are generalists, meaning they eat just about anything they can catch. This includes both good and bad insects.

Some people consider Goldenrod Crab Spiders to be pests because they will sometimes enter homes in search of prey. If you find one in your home, the best course of action is to simply capture it and release it outside.

8. Pacific Banana Slug

Pacific Banana Slug
Scientific NameAriolimax columbianus
Common NamePacific Banana Slug 
Animal ClassGastropoda
Dietplants, leaves, stems, fruits, roots
HabitatWet, cool forest floors

The Pacific banana slug is a large, bright yellow slug found in the forests of the Pacific Northwest region of North America. These slugs can reach up to 10 cm (4 in) in length and are often seen on forest floors or trees and logs. 

Banana slugs are hermaphrodites, meaning that each Slug has both male and female reproductive organs.

As important members of the forest ecosystem, they help decompose leaves and other plant matter, making nutrients available to other organisms. They also provide food for predators such as rodents, birds, and reptiles.

Despite their slimy exterior, Pacific banana slugs are harmless to humans. They are quite interesting creatures that play an important role in the forest ecosystem.

9. Yellow Tang

Yellow Tang
Scientific NameZebrasoma flavescens
Common NameYellow Tang
Animal ClassTeleostei
DietMarine plant materials such as benthic turf algae
HabitatTropical reefs of the Pacific Islands

The Yellow Tang, Zebrasoma flavescens, is a marine ray-finned fish belonging to the family Acanthuridae. It is one of the most popular aquarium fish. 

They are found in the wild on reefs throughout the Indo-Pacific region. They are bright yellow and can grow to a length of about 25 cm (10 in). The Yellow Tang is a herbivore and feeds on algae.

The Yellow Tang is popular in the aquarium trade. It is hardy and easy to care for. As a peaceful fish, it can be kept with other fish, provided that it has plenty of space to swim. It is best to keep only one Yellow Tang per aquarium.

10. Eyelash Viper

Eyelash Viper
Scientific NameBothriechis schlegelii
Common NameEyelash Viper
Animal ClassReptilia
DietSmall mammals, birds, nestlings, frogs, lizards
HabitatStreamside vegetation, sea-level forests

Of all the yellow animals in the world, few are as striking as the Eyelash Viper. This venomous snake is native to Central and South America and gets its name from the long “eyelashes” that adorn its head.

Although it is usually a shy creature that would rather flee than fight, the Eyelash Viper is not to be trifled with – its venom is incredibly potent, and can cause severe pain, swelling, and even paralysis.

If you’re lucky enough to spot one of these beautiful snakes in the wild, admire it from a safe distance.

FAQs

What Mammal Has Yellow Skin?

The Honduran white bat, or Ectophylla alba, is a species of leaf-nosed bat found in Central and South America with yellow skin. It is the only member of the genus Ectophylla. The Honduran white bat is one of the smallest members of the family Phyllostomidae, with a head and body length of only 3 cm (1.2 in).

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