There are many adorable creatures out there, and we are sure you know this already. However, you will find a bizarre animal for every adorable fluffy bunny on this planet. Get ready to see the strangest creatures you will ever lay your eyes on!
Meet the male sage-grouse. He has a chest full of huge air sacs that attract female birds by producing popping sounds. The males come together in groups called “leks” across the western North American shrubland to call out to the females. Sadly, their numbers have been going down thanks to human use of their habitat. One species is near-threatened, another endangered with just 1,700 adults left.
Ocean sunfish, also called the mola mola, is the biggest bony fish in the sea! It can grow up to 14 ft vertically and 10 ft horizontally. It can also weigh as much as 5,000 pounds. They look like they are made out of Styrofoam, don’t they? They like to rest in the sun by the surface of the water. Birds and smaller fish eat parasites off their bodies. The fish might jump into the air to try to shake off parasites as well!
Vogelkop Superb Bird-Of-Paradise
This bird normally looks normal. It is mostly black with a blue chest and blue head spots. After lifting the cape feathers behind its head, its visage then turns into an odd black hole with shimmery blue accents. The males look unique for this reason. It is a show for females in an attempt to mate. He often dances around the female and makes sure to show his weird alien features to entice the female birds.
These primates live in Madagascar and hang out in the trees of the rainforests. We have opposable thumbs, but they have opposable big toes! These are what they use to hang from those branches. Aye-ayes are thought to be bad luck and get killed for superstitious reasons. Habitat destruction only helped make them endangered. Luckily, they now get some legal protection from being hunted. What a relief!
Japanese Spider Crab
These huge crustaceans grow up to about 12 feet across when spread out. We are not surprised to hear that they are the biggest crab species on the planet. However, they had to keep themselves safe from predators too. They put sponges and other animals on their shells to camouflage themselves. They are thought to be a delicacy in Japan. It is illegal to fish for them in the spring since it is mating season for them. The Tennessee Aquarium says that “taka-ashi-gani,” their Japanese name, means “tall legs crab.”
Pink Fairy Armadillo
We know it looks Photoshopped, but we promise you that it is real. This animal is just 5 inches long and burrows underground. The pink fairy armadillo adjusts its temperature by pumping blood in or out of the shell. The blood is the reason it is pink. Weird, adorable, and tiny, the pink fairy armadillo is one elusive animal. You will only ever find them in the deserts of Argentina!
This animal is a rather unique frog with a small face. This is the reason it is called the “pig-nosed frog.” Found exclusively in India, the tadpoles live on algae-covered rocks with the use of sucker-like mouths. Meanwhile, the adults live underground. Locals eat the tadpoles and use the animals for medicinal reasons. Some even turn them into amulets they give out to kids to contain their fear of storms. This, together with deforestation, has endangered the population of the purple frog.
Talk about one strange salamander! Like a permanent teenager, it retains the majority of its youthful amphibious features: a tail, an aquatic lifestyle, and external gills. However, it will turn into a more or less normal salamander if you inject it with other salamander hormones. Scientists love it for its limb regeneration properties, this fancy trick has not prevented it from becoming endangered.
This bird is critically endangered because folks just cannot get enough of the horn on its bill. That weird part of its head is a “casque.” Folks hunt these birds for the casques, which are used for jewelry and art. Helmeted hornbills use them to fight midair over the forests of Southeast Asia. Sadly, they are hot targets for poachers. From 2011, 6,000 of these birds have been killed to feed demand in China.
This 4-centimeter crab comes with a carapace that looks a lot like the face of an angry samurai! Amusing Planet said that this face comes from the souls of the Heike clan, who were killed in a battle back in 1185. This is a prime example of pareidolia, in which people spot faces in places they do not exist.
Lowland Streaked Tenrec
If you are a Pokémon fan, you might agree with us that this creature can pass for an electric-type rodent one. Lowland streaked tenrecs live in Madagascar. Scientists have found 37 different species of the animals on the island. Five or so have hedgehog-like spines that likely kept them safe from predators.
The antelope sure looks like it came straight from Star Wars! Millions of saigas roamed central Asia but had since been hunted down to only 1,000 around a century ago. Laws have protected them as they grew to hundreds of thousands. Sadly, they have been hunted relentlessly since the fall of the Soviet Union. In 2015, 60% of the animals died because of a bacterial infection. How awful!
This bat is indeed real, but it is much smaller than you might think. Their bodies are often only 10 inches long. Its wingspan reaches around 3 feet wide. The males come with huge heads to make loud honks to entice females. Certain scientists say they have Ebola virus, although they do not show any symptoms of the disease. It has yet to be revealed if the African bats can pass it on to humans.
This bird is quite bizarre at first glance. Its feathery crest obscures the beak and makes it look mouthless. Hailing from the humid forests of South America, they use rocky caves or boulders for breeding. They also breed using a lek system in which the males team up, each with his own “court.” When there are female visitors, the males show off their plumage in the hopes that they will get picked as the mate.
This animal has a weird nose that seems like a starburst of worms. It is essentially blind but often gets called the fastest eater on the planet! It can eat a bug in under a second. This mole puts its nose into the soil as much as possible to collect information with five times the sensors found in the human hand. Can you believe that it can smell underwater as well? It just blows bubbles and sucks them into the nose.
Mexican Mole Lizard
The Mexican mole lizard likes to burrow below the ground, unaware of what happens above the ground. Some folks think that it will enter your body if you squat down to relieve yourself, but this is not true. With just two front legs and zero melanin, the animals only go out of the soil in the late evening. However, the truth is that they would much rather be out of sight in the ground anyway!
The breed of bull boasts of large horns. These African animals can somehow keep their heads up despite the huge and bulbous horns! These features are important for the dispersal of body heat. Thanks to their appearance, American and European zoos kept them in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. A lot of zoos have since switched their focus to conservation, so many of them got sold to private individuals.
The tarsier is really quite odd-looking! These creatures have huge eyes with night vision that they can use for nighttime hunting. Their eyes are so large that they cannot be moved. No, they just rotate their heads like owls. Did you know that they are the only exclusively meat-eating primates on the planet? Even though there are farmers who think they are pests, they actually eat the actual pests: insects!
Can you imagine spotting the arms of the 20-feet bigfin squid as you explore the water? There is something unnerving and unusual about the 90-degree bend of their limbs. This one was seen by a remotely operated vehicle close to an oil drilling site. Scientists do not know much about them since they are so elusive. While they are mostly harmless, they sure make for one chilling sight!
What a strange octopus! It does not have camouflaging chromatophores that its relatives use to hide. It might look like it like deeper waters, but its body is closer to that of shallow-water octopi. They lay 30 eggs or so on dead sponges and wrap their bodies around them before staying there for years. Sadly, interests in precious metals and mining rocks decrease the sponges they use for their eggs.
What would a fish look like if they had big waxy lips? Well, here is the answer you have been looking for. No matter how you try to turn that frown upside down, it will just stare at you with those droopy lips. On top of this, the red-lipped batfish uses its fins to stand on the ocean floor. While it is not the best swimmer, the protruding horn on its forehead can be used to attract prey.
The silkie is your best bet if you want to get a pet chicken. It is very fluffy and friendly. Underneath the white feathers, you would find dark-blue or black skin. Below those would be black body tissues. This breed is believed to have originated from Asia since Marco Polo talked about them back in the 13th century. They originally came with white feathers, but they have been bred in other colors as well.
These bats look strange enough without the help of that chin fold. They pull it over their faces when they roost or rest. While a lot of bats use their mouths for echolocation, there are some who use their noses instead. Research said that the wrinkles on their faces help them to “see” the world. The wrinkles also appear to add more complexity to the sonar capabilities of these creatures.
This fish likes to bury itself in the sand for days as it waits for prey to pass by. When it spots morsel, it just opens its mouth and sucks in the critter. The frills around its mouth prevent sand from getting in. It also likes to bury itself to hide from predators. Certain threats can still spot them, so this fish needs extra protection. It also comes with venomous spines as well as electric organs. How hardcore is that?!
The words “proboscis monkey” might conjure an image of a “monkey with a very large nose.” This is true for the adult males. This here is a young one without the signature nose. Don’t you think it looks rather human-like? At first glance, it looks like nothing more than a kid playing in the water. Anyway, these monkeys like to swim. They even evolved to have webbed feet to escape crocodiles!
Giant African Land Snail
YouTuber Emzotic is in love with her African land snail. However, they are invasive pests in Hawaii and Florida. They breed a lot since they are hermaphroditic and eat the stucco off houses for calcium. You might think that the huge mollusks make for cool pets, but you should always keep in mind that they invaded when people started to keep them as pets!
This animal seems like it has a boot print for its head, but it is actually a suction cup. The remora sticks to other animals and eat their scraps and parasites. Remoras appear can rub your skin raw and slow down the host animal. It is practically a parasite since it does not do much but act like a vacuum cleaner.
Eastern Long-Necked Turtle
This is one formidable foe! For one thing, it lives in Eastern Australia. We know that the land down under has many dangerous creatures! The Eastern long-necked turtle probably has a long neck to attract mates and maybe for battle purposes. We don’t know much about the latter but watch your back, okay?
Amphibians often get overlooked by people looking at the tree of life. This is offensive to us. If you ask us, frogs can be just as lovely as the next creature. The poison dart frog is an elegant animal. However, this is the clawed frog that has its own built-in weapons. Be careful with these animals around!
Mata Mata Turtle
This is the mata mata turtle. Hailing from Indonesia, it is considered formidable for the spiked shell on its back. Unlike others, it evolved spikes to keep it safe from predators. It did not feel like it should only stand there and wait for its doom. Nope, this guy was not interested in passivity whatsoever.
Spike-Nosed Tree Frog
Certain animals out there evolved bizarre and strange traits that it is hard to believe they are real. This is the spike-nosed frog. Biologists could not believe what they were looking at. We are sure you can figure out why they started to call this the “Pinocchio frog.” That’s not the most flattering name, but it works.
Portuguese Man O’ War
Talk about one bizarre animal. Biologists consider this to be an aggregate animal made up of a number of tiny organisms working together. However, it is deadly. Do not mistake it for a jellyfish even though it also stings. Its stings can kill! Make sure to look out for it when you swim in the shores of Florida.
Talk about an odd duck. Well, it is actually closer to an alligator. The long-snouted creature is sadly endangered. We know that it is sad to hear this, but we hope that you will do something about the situation it is in. If you can afford it, we promise you that you would not regret donating to this cause!
Without a doubt, the hoatzin is one interesting bird. It has a mohawk that likely warded off its foes or attracted mates. It has been in existence for over tens of thousands of years. It has been called many names in the past. For one thing, it is not uncommon to hear it referred to as the Stinkbird pheasant.
When parents tell kids about how they were born, they explain the tale of the stork. We bet this was not the stork they were talking about. The marabou stork is a bizarre and unseemly creature. Look at its throat-appendage. They are found in sub-Saharan Africa if you were interested in looking for it. We are sure that any bird lover will get a kick out of seeing this fascinating animal!
Sri Lanka Frogmouth
This animal is not actually a frog, so do not let the name confuse you. No, this creature only has a mouth like a frog. Take a close look at this owl, and you will see why biologists have named it like this. Don’t you think that it looks like it is smiling right at you? The bird species can be found in South India, particularly in the Western Ghats mountains area.
Amazon Giant Fishing Spider
No doubt, the Amazon is a truly amazing place. It is full of biodiversity, so you will see a number of different species. The list will include the Amazon giant fishing spider. It helps kill a lot of Amazonian microfaunae and grows about eight inches. Disturbing, right? We recommend running in the opposite direction if you ever get the misfortune of running into this thing.
This looks quite alien-like! This is a nudibranch or “sea slug.” Can you believe that it is just 3 centimeters long? They keep an air bubble in their stomach to float. They might just be floating around, but they nibble on the Portuguese man-of-war. It might not sound wise, but the blue dragon steals the stingers from the venomous creatures and uses them to keep predators at bay. How hardcore is that?
We know that this looks like an alien trying to conquer the human raise, but it is just a ctenophore. Related to jellyfish, they are called “comb jellies.” They do not really sting but do have sticky cells. Considering what we know about the ocean, we bet there are more creatures like this one down there!
This weird frog belongs to the “squeakers” group. The silly description contrasts with its other name, which is “horror frog.” The males develop hair-like strands along the thighs, but this is not the weirdest feature they have. No, that must be the Wolverine-like claws on the back feet that they make by breaking their bones and skin! The claws and hair-like features might have been used when they fight with others, although this is nothing more than just a hypothesis at the moment.