In this list, we feature some of the most bizarre, unique, interesting and even funny-looking animals that you probably have never heard of!
Despite looking like a combination between a jellyfish and an alien, the Ctenophore, which is also known as a comb jelly, is a distant cousin of the jellyfish. It’s an underwater predator and often eats anything from microscopic larvae to small crustaceans. The Ctenophora actually goes back hundreds of millions of years ago and is considered one of the oldest living creatures on planet earth.
These sea creature is combined of eight comb rows which it uses for swimming. It has no brain or central nervous system, but can still use its nerve ends to find and capture prey. While it’s not the weirdest aquatic creature on this list, it’s definitely one of most visually interesting.
In this list, we feature some of the most bizarre, unique, interesting and even funny-looking animals that you probably have never heard of!
Despite looking like a combination between a jellyfish and an alien, the Ctenophore, which is also known as a comb jelly, is a distant cousin of the jellyfish. It's an underwater predator and often eats anything from microscopic larvae to small crustaceans. The Ctenophora actually goes back hundreds of millions of years ago and is considered one of the oldest living creatures on planet earth.
These sea creature is combined of eight comb rows which it uses for swimming. It has no brain or central nervous system, but can still use its nerve ends to find and capture prey. While it's not the weirdest aquatic creature on this list, it's definitely one of most visually interesting.
You may have seen the Tarsier appear in various internet memes, pictures and videos over the years, but in case you haven't learned about this primate yet, here's the short story behind it. The Frasier can mostly be found in Southeast Asia, Particularly in the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Brunei. It's known for having extremely large eyes and a very unique body structure, which gives it an almost alien look.
Many people compare the Tarsier to Gollum from The Lord of the Rings series, an association which we strongly agree with. The Tarsier helps out farmers by living on a purely insectoid-based diet and is an excellent addition to the work force when it comes to getting rid of agricultural pests. It's also very cute.
Moving on from a terrifying sea creature to a much cuter one, the ghost octopus is one of the more recent deep sea discoveries made by scientists. It was found near the Hawaiian Island deep in the pacific ocean, and has gripped the internet to the point of being called "Casper".
This little guy likes to lay up to 30 eggs on a bed of dead sea sponges and then proceeds to nest on these eggs for years. At this point, Casper is more an internet and biology fad than an actual new species. It remains to be seen whether or not more of these will be discovered.
The next animal on our list which looks like something straight out of a sci-fi adventure film is the critically endangered Saiga antelope. This four-legged beast hails from the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains and Mongolia. It has been hunted quite excessively over the centuries, especially in Romania and Moldova, and eventually became completely extinct in these areas.
The Saiga antelope has had a very bad string of misfortune in the past few decades, including the death of over 200,000 of these in just 10 days. This mass death happened just a few years ago and is believed to have happened due to a shared infection. They are currently on the brink of extinction, and the odds of recovery are not looking great for them.
Achatina fulica, also known as the African giant snail, is often considered the largest and most invasive type of snail on earth. It thrives in areas with large climates, and eats crops and vegetation at unbelievable rates. This massive snail can reach up to 2.8 inches in height, and 7.9 inches or more in length.
The Achatina Fulica loves feeding off vegetation, and could easily wipe out a large swath of crops if left unnoticed. Humans have used the giant African land snail as everything from a delicacy, to literal pets, especially in France and the UK. These snails are hermaphrodites, meaning that they have both male and female reproductive body parts.
You may be wondering if the Ankole-Watusi is a real thing or just the result of some really good Photoshopping. This large-horned bull is actually an American creation and is the result of breeding the cattle with the largest horns until they reached this monstrous size. While the Ankole-Watusi has various colors and patterns on its skin, what makes it unique is the massive horns it packs on its head.
These horns are the largest in the world, and one such Ankole-Watusi holds the Guinness World Record for the horns with the largest circumference in the world (at 40.7 inches long). Many of these animals are used privately by farmers for various purposes. Despite being a relatively calm animal, this is one creature that you don't want to get on the bad side of.
Mata Mata Turtle
The mata mata turtle is often referred to as the weirdest turtle on earth. It has one of the most bizarre heads of any animal and originates from deep in the Amazonian forests. These turtles are quite big, and can reach up to two feet in length. Mata mata turtles are also known for having relatively long lifespans and can live up to 75 years.
Mata mata turtles have a voracious appetite for fish, and tend to wait for food to come to them, rather than actively hunting for it. When a small sea creature gets close enough to the mata mata turtle, it simply opens its mouth, sucks it in and quickly bites down on it, thus ensuring a fantastic meal.
Let's face it, the only reason anyone knows what a proboscis monkey is, can be easily traced back to its incredibly large and funny-looking nose. These monkeys can mostly be found in Indonesia, and belong to the subfamily Colobinae of the Old World monkeys. They are one of the largest monkey species in Asia, and can weigh up to 50 pounds.
Scientists have speculated that the male's large nose is a feature made for sexual selection, as it holds no practical benefit other than being hilarious to humans. Proboscis monkeys are known for being fantastic swimmers, and have evolved webbed feet to be able to quickly escape from crocodiles.
When parents tell their children how babies are delivered by storks in a neat and comfortable blanket, we have a hard time believing they have the marabou stork in mind. This bizarre creature sports a massive appendage on its throat , which makes it seem like it has a really bad case of inflammation.
These storks can be found in the areas of Africa south of the Sahara. Their name is derived from the Arabic word 'murabit', which signifies quiet and hermit like behavior. They are quite large birds, and can reach up to 5 foot three inches in height, and weigh up to 20 pounds. You should probably avoid the urge to give them Inflammation relief medication, as they are quite unfavorable of humans.
Silkie chickens are like the ultimate combination of chickens and dogs. They are fluffy, furry and friendly birds that could easily work as pets. Despite being covered almost entirely in white fur-like coating, silkie chickens actually have either black or dark-blue skin. Breeders have managed to make these birds grow various different colors of hair just for fun.
These beautiful birds originate from Asia, particularly China, and were referenced by the iconic Marco Polo sometime during the 13th century. Silkie chickens are known for being very calm and tempered. If you're looking for a bird as your next pet, these Chinese beauties are a great potential friend.
The Indian Gharial is a unique crocodile which looks a lot more like a duck than an alligator. It reaches up to 20 feet in length and is mostly recognized by its unique snout, which makes it look like it might quack at any moment. This ancient beast is believed to have evolved more than 40 million years ago, but is currently in critically endangered condition.
While we're poking a bit of fun at its appearance, it's important to note that this crocodile can easily hunt and kill a human if it really wants to. You can find these carnivores mostly around the northern Indian subcontinent. Its main reason for being near extinction is a loss of habitat and food supply, and humans are rushing to fix this before it goes fully extinct.
Spike-nosed Tree Frog
The spike-nosed tree frog, also unofficially known as the Pinocchio frog, often looks like a frog with the face of a mosquito. It can be found mostly in the Foja Mountains of Indonesia, and proved to be a massive shock to the biologists who found it. They remain classified as an anomaly, and are quite rare to find.
These frogs were discovered back in 2008, but there is still much we still don't known about them. They appear almost like a mythical creature from another time, and tend to attract the attention of both scientists and religious scholars alike.
Eastern Long-Necked Turtle
The eastern long-necked turtle almost looks like something straight out of a mythological story. For the most part it's a regular turtle, except that its long neck and incredibly alluring eyes make it look like a hybrid between a snake and a turtle. It's able to bend its neck in various angles, and is speculated as being able to bend and look 180 degrees backwards.
You can mostly find these in east Australia, although they have also been imported to various other countries. These reptiles are generally black in color, and eat mostly insects and small animals. They are able to emit a foul smelling fluid from their musk glands when threatened, which gave them the nickname of "stinkers".
One of the most bizzare-looking species of bats that can be found in Central America is the wrinkle-faced bat. It mostly looks like a regular bat, except that it also has a very wrinkled face. These can be found in various Central American forests from Belize to Colombia, Costa Rica and other locations.
Wrinkle-faced bats mostly eat fruits, although their full dietary range is currently unknown. They secrete a weird odor from their chin to attract they female mates, which is just another quirk that makes them so unique and bizarre at the same time.
The greater sage-grouse is a unique bird found in western North America. It got its name from having large, white, beard-like feathers and a general exotic appearance of wisdom. The bird uses its two large air sacs to attract females, by inflating them and making weird popping sounds.
The greater sage-grouse is the largest grouse in America and tends to stay in one area without doing too much traveling. There are about 1,700 adult greater sage-grouses left in the United States. This bird has lost much of its population in recent decades due to habitat loss, and is currently under threatened or near-threatened status according to various organizations.
Pink Fairy Armadillo
Some people say that Armadillos are extremely adorable, while others think of them as rats with armor. Either way, the pink-fairy armadillo is probably one of the cuter versions of the species, and only grows up to 5 inches long. This little guy likes to live underground and uses a little biological trick to keep itself warm.
The Pink fairy armadillo pumps blood into its armor, which is one of the reasons why it looks strangely skin-colored. These little creatures can be found in the deserts of Argentina, but are usually quite hard to come by and even harder to catch, as they spend their days underground.
The stargazer fish can be instantly recognized for having one of the most dissatisfied expressions ever seen on a living creature. This grumpy sea creature has often been cited as "The Meanest Thing In Creation", which is evidently clear when you stare at it for even one second.
The stargazer fish features incredibly large eyes on the top of its head, and comically buries itself on the ocean floor until it finds prey to suck into its mouth. This creature is actually a very good hunter, and sports various tricks up its sleeve from two venomous spines and up to literally being able to electrically shock anyone who touches it, so do yourself a favour and admire from afar.
We've already established that some of the weirdest crabs tend to hail from Japan, and the Heikegani is no exception. This crab is known for its shell, which tends to resemble a human face, often being compared to that of an angry samurai. This feature gave the Heikegani a nickname many centuries ago which still follows it to this day, the Samurai Ghost Crab.
Japanese culture puts these creatures on a pedestal, as it believes that they are the reincarnated Heike warriors, who were defeated in 1185 at the Battle of Dan-no-Ura, as told in The Tale of the Heike. Heikegani crabs are a popular example of how people tend to find meaning and resemblances to humans when they look at various shapes in nature.
Some fish have a tendency to carry around a surprised look on their faces, which is always a hilarious sight to see. Almost none of them, however, look as surprised or are as convincing as the ocean sunfish. This massive sea-dweller weighs up to 5,000 pounds, and can reach a size of up to 14 feet long and 10 feet high.
These fish love staying close to the surface and enjoying a good suntan, which is partly why they're called sunfish. Smaller fish tend to gather around them and eat parasites off their skin, which is a great win-win situation for the ocean sunfish and its guests.
Aye-ayes are one of the weirdest looking primates on earth. These unique lemurs are mostly found at night in the Madagascar rainforest trees, as they search for food and shelter. Despite looking like chipmunks on Ritalin, they are actually quite intelligent and can use their human-like opposable thumbs to hang from tree branches.
Locals in Madagascar tend to stay away from the Aye-ayes because, for them, these mammals are like black cats. They are the world's largest nocturnal primate and are unfortunately considered endangered at the moment. This is due to unnecessary killing and environmental destruction, which forced the government to write laws protecting their lives and habitat.
Mexican Mole Lizard
Meet the Mexican mole lizard. This long, bizarre and legless lizard contains small T-Rex arms and is one of the only four amphisbaenians in the world that actually has legs. It can be found in Baja California, right on the border of the state of California, and tends to be out in the open during midsummers. They might be a creepy sight to behold, but they aren't dangerous in any way.
The Mexican mole lizard mostly eats ants, termites, underground insects, and worms. It is highly suited for the deserts and likes to hunt during the day, then sleep underground during the night. Like many lizards, one of its main escape tactics is to shed and later regrow its skin. Mexican mole lizards are fairly long and can reach up to 9.4 inches in length.
Sri Lanka Frogmouth
One of the more exotic and beautiful birds on our list is the Sri Lankan frogmouth, a bird with an extremely unique and beautiful head. It tends to resemble an owl more than a frog, but often appears to be smiling due to the curvature of its beak. You can find this species in South India, among many other unique birds and animals.
It's one of the more captivating birds to look at, and we highly recommend looking out for them if you ever find yourself in an Indian forest. One of the most distinctive features of the Sri Lanka frogmouth is its unique mating call, which can typically be heard from dusk until dawn.
You may have seen the Axolotl before in a popular internet meme or two. If you've ever wondered what this creature is, it is a salamander, otherwise known as The Mexican Walking Fish. Despite its name, it is an amphibian rather than a fish. It was originally discovered in lakes surrounding Mexico City.
Unfortunately, over the past decade, these rare creatures reached a state of being at critical risk of extinction, as they were being sold as food. The Axolotl has a unique ability to regenerate limbs, which makes them primary targets for research by scientists who want to develop the same ability in humans.
Vogelkop Superb Bird-of-Paradise
Male birds go a long way in order to guarantee their chances of mating with females of their kind. Some of these birds will learn how to sing, while others grow a very eccentric kind of feathers. The Vogelkop superb bird-of-paradise also does his best to impress the ladies, by turning into a weird alien creature with mesmerizing blue eyes.
This bird is equipped with light and black blue feathers which he extends in order to create a pitch-black arch shape when he wants to attract a mate. When it wishes to do so, it will dance around a female and face her with his pitch-black side. We're not sure how this is attractive to the female bird, but eh, to each his own.
The Hoatzin is one of the weirder birds on our list, and managed to accumulate a respectable list of nicknames, from the reptile bird, the skunk bird, and even the stinkbird. This bird reaches up to 26 inches in length, and has a unique feather structure on its head that makes it look like a teenager on a first date.
Its mohawk is actually a defensive mechanism and helps it scare away predators, probably by implying that its head is spiky and dangerous. Scientists don't know a lot about the origin or evolution of this bird, but we have sent a recommendation to classify it as the world's first heavy-metal bird species.
African Clawed Frog
The African clawed frog is a unique species of frogs, mostly due to the three smooth, short claws it has on each hind foot. It uses these claws to tear apart its food, which is quite useful when you can't use a fork and knife. You can find them in Sub-Saharan Africa, specifically Nigeria and Sudan, and they spend most of their time in ponds and rivers.
It's believed that the African clawed frogs have no tongues, no teeth, and no ears. Despite the lack of these sensory organs, they have fantastic senses and can even detect movements and vibrations in the water. These frogs will eat just about anything small enough, whether its living or dead, as they are one of the least picky eaters on earth.
Blue Dragon (Glaucus Atlanticus)
Glaucus Atlanticus, also known as The Blue Angel or The Blue Dragon, is a small sea slug with an incredibly exotic look. It's a tiny creature and only reaches about 1.2 inches in length. They are quite rare, and can mostly be found in a few special places in India. The Glaucus Atlanticus tends to feed on small open sea creatures, and hunts them using his venomous sting.
If you ever find one that got carried to the shore on a beach, make sure to avoid touching it. These slugs store poison they get from the jellyfish they eat, which makes touching them highly painful and potentially dangerous. Simply admiring them from a distance works great, as these are truly beautiful and artistically inspiring creatures.
Japanese Spider Crab
For the first nightmare-fueling creature on this list, we present to you the Japanese spider crab. This massive creature's legs can reach up to 12 feet and can weigh up to 42 pounds as an adult. You can find them in the deep, dark depths of the ocean, usually from 500 feet below the surface.
Japanese spider crabs were discovered in 1836, and are notoriously hard to catch. Still, many citizens love using them as food and often cook them - when they can catch them, for their crab meat. They can live up to 100 years and will eat just about anything from fish to plants. Despite their terrifying look, they are fairly gentle as-long as they don't feel threatened.
The star-nosed mole is another addition to the nightmarish animals found on this list, and might as-well originate from the 1982 horror film, The Thing. The Star-nosed mole is basically a hamster-sized mole that has all the normal bells and whistles of this digging species. What makes it so unique and terrifying, is its incredibly bizarre nose, which contains over 25,000 sensors that can discover seismic activity.
Despite being completely blind, the star-nosed mole has very adapted sense abilities, thanks to its star-shaped nose. It can collect about five times more data than a human hand, and is known for being one of the world's fastest eaters. It might be gross, but you can't deny that this mole is extremely capable.
An easy way to describe the red-lipped batfish is by thinking of your oldest living cousin who wears too much makeup and combining that with, well, a fish. This hilarious sea creature can be found mostly around the Galapagos Islands off Peru and tends to stay in depths of up to 250 feet. It's mostly known by the obvious bright red lips on its face, and also for being a terrible swimmer.
Red-lipped batfish live off of small fish and invertebrates, including shrimp, crabs, worms, and mollusks. They are quite harmless to humans and spend most of their time staring hilariously into the abyss. Scientists believe that their large forehead is actually a feature that attracts prey.
Lowland Streaked Tenrec
Many people claim that the Lowland streaked tenrec is the horrible result of what Pikachu from Pokemon would look like in real life. This unique rodent can be found in Madagascar and is mostly known for having long and sharp hair-like bristles that resemble that of a hedgehog. The lowland streaked tenrec has built up various mutations and adaptations over the millenniums, as it evolved to survive in the Madagascan rainforests.
There are currently 37 officially discovered species of the tenrec on the island of Madagascar. If you ever come across one of these, it would be best to leave it alone. Their bite is quite painful, and you don't want to get stabbed by their extremely sharp spikes.
Don't worry, this bird didn't get a big boom-boom on his head, it's actually just one of its unique features. The Helmeted Hornbill can be found mostly in the Malay Peninsula and is widely known for this exotic bulge that sits on the top of its beak. Experts claim that this casque accounts for about 10% of the bird's weight.
Unfortunately, the Helmeted Hornbill's special casque also makes it a target for hunters and poachers, who managed to turn it into a critically endangered species. The locals use this unique feature and turn it into art and jewelry, while others view it as a spiritual talisman. There have been tens of thousands of these birds killed annually. Hopefully the trend will end soon, before it's too late.
On the list of deep-sea creatures you never want to come across, the bigfin squid is a great competitor for first place. This creature is genuinely one of the most terrifying things that lurk in the ocean and resembles something straight out of an H. P. Lovecraft novel. It's an extremely rare cephalopod, and is known mostly as the "long-arm squid".
Due to its rarity, it's not yet known if the bigfin squid is just a mutated creature or a full-blown category of species. Although there is no consensus among scientists on their official proportions, it's believed that these sea creatures are many times longer than your average adult male. While it may be harmless to your body, this big-fin squid definitely has the ability to damage your mental health.
If you manage to get past its incredibly confusing look, you'll find that the Guianan cock-of-the-rock is one of the most pristine and beautiful birds to be found in nature. It can be traced to various tropical rainforests and sports a beautiful bright orange color. This bird mostly eats fruits and has been known to feed primarily off canopy trees and lianas.
The male Guianan cock-of-the-rock uses its incredible colors and crest to attract female birds and tends to breed early in the year. Despite being relatively safe and unthreatened in terms of extinction, this bird species is protected and bred by various organizations. It is mostly eaten by jaguars and other large cats but usually manages to stay safe from predators.
The purple frog, also known as the pig-nose frog, is definitely one of the weirder frog species out there. It lives mostly in the Western Ghats in India and can be found underground or on the surface during mating season. The Purple frog appears extremely bloated and has tiny arms and legs when compared to its large body.
These poor frogs are often hunted and turned into amulets, which has caused them to become endangered in India. Unlike most frogs, their massive bodies prevent them from jumping or moving around quickly. Purple frogs make clucking noises that are very similar to regular frogs, although they could not be further apart visually.
The hammer-headed bat is both weirder and more normal than it looks in the picture below. It's basically a bat with the head of a moose. It has an extremely strong jaw, and is the largest bat in Africa. It's known to grow up to 450 grams in weight and can reach a total wingspan of around three feet.
Believe it or not, but the purpose of the hammer-headed bat's large jaw is actually to attract females. It uses its enormous head to produce loud mating calls and also tends to attract females with its oversized jaw. While various rumors and scientific myths tend have assumed that these bats are carriers of the Ebola virus, no evidence has been gathered so far to confirm this suspicion.
Portuguese Man O' War
The Portuguese man o' war is one of the weirdest marine creatures to have ever been discovered. It has long, venomous tentacles that are capable of killing not just large fish, but also humans. Its name comes from the "man-of-war", an 18th century sailing ship that resembled the creature when it was set to full sale.
You can find these creatures on the surface of the ocean in the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific oceans. This is one creature you want to avoid like the plague, as it could provide quite a painful ending to your aquatic journey. If you're ever swimming around the shores of Florida, make sure to watch out for any sea life resembling the alien from the movie "Life".
The remora fish can be most easily recognized by its head, which looks like a tractor went over it and left a flat tread. This head feature is actually a sucking organ, which allows it to attach itself to larger sea creatures. The remora's ability to piggyback and ride on fellow sea dwellers is what gave it the nickname "The Suckerfish".
It sometimes accidentally attaches itself to boats and even divers, which usually leads to some pretty funny photographs. The remora's attachment ability puts it on the verge of being called a parasite, but honestly, it doesn't harm its host in any way, and might even give it a good cleaning on the journey to its destination.
When the number one search result for hairy frogs is asking whether these things are real or a joke, you know that you're dealing with a true mystery of nature. These incredibly bizarre frogs mostly come from Central Africa and are also known as Horror frogs and Wolverine frogs.
Their name is in reference to the unique hair-like structures on their hind-legs and sides, which are believed to increase their oxygen absorption abilities. If that's not weird enough, Wolverine frogs also have sharp claws in their back feet, which they create by breaking their bones. Scientists believe these are used during combat, but this has not been proven to date.
Amazon Giant Fishing Spider
Places like the Amazon are home to some of the most beautiful, unique, and captivating creatures on Earth. Unfortunately, they are also home to some of the most dangerous and scary ones too. This harsh and moist environment has led to some extreme mutations, but almost none of them compare to the giant fishing spider.
This terrifying creature tends to grow up to eight inches in length and is an excellent fisherman. The Amazon giant fishing spider loves to camp on the water's surface before taking a swing through the underwater sea life and having his dinner. If you ever find yourself in the Amazon, we recommend staying as far away as possible from this terrifying hybrid.
Venezuelan Poodle Moth
This fluffy little insect was discovered in Venezuela only as recently in 2009, this new species has still not been properly studied, so there is not much we know about them. They tend to grow to about 1 inch or around 2,5 cm in size.
This alien-looking moth has big bulging eyes, spiky antennas, and poofy-like fur covering its head, thorax, abdomen, and even its wings.
The adorable Dumbo octopus is an umbrella octopus and they are found all around the world. Their name comes from Disney's "Dumbo" because of the creature's ears bearing similarity to the movies' title character.
These creatures swim by flapping their "ears" or propelling water through their funnel, somewhat like a squid. These guys are surprisingly fast and can easily evade predators through their small size and ability to hideaway.
This species of fish that lives at a depth of about 600 meters to 800 meters, and can often be found hanging almost motionless in the water. They use their ultra-sensitive tubular eyes to search for distant silhouettes of prey overhead.
It is quite unique with a transparent, fluid-filled cover on its head, through which the lenses of its eyes can be seen.
Irrawaddy Dolphin is an aquatic dolphin found in the Bay of Bengal and Southeast Asia. Quite sadly, there are just 92 individuals that still exist, making them very scarce. They are mostly found in the 118-mile stretch of the river between Cambodia and Lao.
They feed principally on fish, which they find with sonar since they are nearly blind. Their most notable feature is a round head with no distinct beak.
This adorable lemur is a Sunda Colugo or Sunda flying lemur is a species of colugo, native to Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, and Singapore. Sunda flying Lemurs are not only cute, but they are also really smart as they’re capable of learning new tasks that are often too complex for primates and monkeys.
They actually don't fly but glide instead. Sunda Colugo's are active at night and they feed on soft plant parts like young leaves, shoots, flowers, and fruits.
This glowing blue fish can be found in shallow waters of the tropical and subtropical parts of the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. These Parrotfish are an anemonefish and they can live for a while as male or female – but sometimes hormones kick in and cause it to change gender, now isn't that neat?
Most of their time is spent in search of food and they eat small organisms that reside within the sand as well as algae that they scrape off rocks.
This fascinating frog can be found in Southern America and is a family of amphibians that exhibit an unusual peculiarity — transparent abdomens. Because their insides are visible through the skin, hence their common name being glass frogs.
Glass frogs have incredible appetites, as such, they have a need to eat and are constantly in search of small insects.
This is quite an interesting cat-like creature, or is it more like a squirrel? The fossa is a cat-like mammal that resides in Madagascar. Their classification has been controversial because physically it resembles a cat, while other traits suggest a relation to viverrids. Viverrids being medium-sized carnivores with longish frames and comparatively short legs.
What is even more interesting, is that genetic study has shown that they are actually their own separate species.
This looks like an ant designed by Tim Burton! But despite looking like an ant and being referred to as such, it is in fact a form of wingless wasp. They may well look like harmless little fireballs, but these fierce little creatures have earned a reputation as “cow killers” and they should not be underestimated.
The females possess thicker fur but lack wings. The hairy panda ant can live up to 2 years.
These little deers are found in central China, the tufted deer is a small species of deer characterized by a raised tuft of black hair on its forehead and like most kinds of deer, fang-like canines for the males. These are actually tusk-like teeth they use to fight other males.
It is a timid, mainly solitary creature, and they sometimes live in pairs and enjoy living in areas with sheltered forests where they can find good cover.
Honduran White Bat
The Honduran white bat has characteristic white fur, with tips of their individual hairs being gray as well as a peculiar leaf-shaped nose. Unfortunately, these charming little white bats are considered 'Near Threatened' on the International Union for Conservation of Nature scale.
They dwell in leaf 'tents' that they create by cutting the side veins extending out from the midrib of large leaves.
Spiny Bush Viper
Atheris hispida is a venomous viper from Congo, Uganda, and Kenya. Spiny bush vipers favor rainforests that offer plenty of flowering shrubs and bushes. And because of their remarkably keeled dorsal scales, they are often called "rough-scaled bush viper" and "spiny bush viper".
Spiny bush viper has strong venom which causes severe bleeding from internal organs. The amount and strength of the venom depend on each individual snake.
This charismatic species can be found along the southern and western coasts of Australia, this leafy seadragon has long leaflet protrusions coming from all over their body, that looks amazing but also serves as camouflage.
They don't have a specialized pouch, which is characteristic of male seahorse but instead carry their eggs under the tail.
Meet the miniature antelope that's so adorable, they named it twice! They are found in the bushlands of southern and eastern Africa, dik-dik is the name for four different species of small antelope.
As herbivores, they are harmless and their name comes from the unique alarm call that the females commonly make, which sounds like a wheezing and whistling “dik-dik.”
This colorful bird is widely spread within sub-Saharan Africa and the southern Arabian Peninsula, the lilac-breasted roller perching in high trees and other lookout points where it can spot prey at ground level. They prefer more open areas, and for the most part, they stay away from treeless places.
Their bright feathers are conspicuous with deep lilac breast feathers.
Satanic Leaf-Tailed Gecko
The Satanic leaf-tailed gecko is a type of gecko that is found on the island of Madagascar. With such an unusual name, we're all wondering where they got it from? This little gecko got his name from the Belgian biologist George Boulenger back in 1888.
Their flattened tail appears to look like a leaf, helping the animal blend in within the environment.
When most people think about fireworks, they don’t think about being able to see them underwater. But here we have the Halitrephes and it's a type of deep-sea hydrozoan and it lives in the depths of the ocean.
The bright tentacles of this particular jellyfish species are so slight; they look as if they are floating next to the body of the jellyfish, making them appear like the explosions from fireworks.
This incredibly rare mammal is native to Central Africa, mainly residing in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Despite their zebra-like stripes, they are actually more closely related to giraffes.
The Okapi's chocolate coat is reddish-brown shade, much in contrast with the white horizontal stripes and rings on the legs and white ankles.
The blobfish inhabits the deep waters off the coasts of Oceania, mostly mainland Australia, Tasmania, and New Zealand. There is primarily a gelatinous mass with a density slightly less than water and this allows it to float above the seafloor without using much energy on swimming.
They only appear so droopy once they are taken out of the sea when pressure changes drastically.
Golden Tortoise Beetle
This lovely little fellow is native to the Americas, and this species of beetle that ranges in color from reddish-brown with little black spots through gold, and sometimes even metallic, earning them the nickname "gold bug".
They tend to change color in different conditions, such as during times of disturbance, such as when it is touched by a researcher.