Weird Animals You Didn’t Know Existed

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Shoebill Stark

This species is also referred to using the names Whalehead or Shoe-billed Stork. The bird has a large shoe-shaped bill, hence its unusual name. The Shoebill lives in tropical east Africa in large swamps from Sudan to Zambia, and it is also known for its unique, blue feathers. These birds are quite large, and they can range in height from 110cm 152cm.

Okapi

The Okapi species is closely related to the giraffe family, not the zebra or even a horse. The Okapi is native to the Democratic Republic of the Congo in Central Africa.

Pacu Fish

The terrifying Pacu Fish, a species native to South America, seem to have a full set of almost humanlike teeth. They are closely related to the piranha and are nicknamed the ball cutter.”

Panda Ant

Despite the panda ants name, this is actually a species of wasp. They are found in Chile, the wingless females resemble large, hairy ants. Even though these little bugs are cute, you may want to stay away, as they have a pretty bad sting.

Narwhal or Narwhale

This is a toothed whale found in the Arctic. Its one of the most recognizable whales on earth because of its enormous horn its like the unicorn of the ocean.

Red-Lipped Batfish

This frightening-looking fish is found near the Galapagos Islands, but it doesnt swim. If can be found on the bottom of the ocean, walking on its unusual fins.

Blind Snake

This unusual snake found in the Amazon has no eyes and its name is Atretochoana Eiselti. It is presumed to be an aquatic, almost eel-like animal due to its fleshy dorsal fin on the body, but most people that know of it just call it a blind snake.

Umbonia Spinosa

Scientists are baffled by this unusual creature, but believe it to be closely related to cicadas. The Umbonia Spinosa use their beaks to pierce plant stems to feed upon their sap. Its hard to tell what youre looking at with the spinosa, but its easy to tell its beautiful.

Lowland Streaked Tenrec

The Lowland Streaked Tenrec is cute, but you have to watch out for this creature found in Madagascar, Africa. Its covered in tiny little barbs and it is reportedly the only mammal known to use stridulation for generating sound. Usually, only insects and snakes make that kind of noise.

Hummingbird Hawk-Moth

This little creature seems to be a hybrid of a hummingbird, a hawk and a moth (as the name implies) but its actually just a funny little insect that feeds on flowers.

Blue Dragon or Glaucus atlanticus

This is the Glaucus Atlanticus, a crazy species of blue sea slug. The Blue Dragon is able to float on the waters surface because of a gas-filled sac in its stomach. This species can be found in the warm ocean waters, so be careful not to step on these beauties.

Peacock Mantis Shrimp

The mantis shrimp is also known as sea locusts, prawn killers and thumb splitters. Their front claws can deliver a punch that is as powerful as a gunshot. The mantis shrimp cant be kept in normal aquariums, as they punch through other sea life and even the glass.

Venezuelan Poodle Moth

The Venezuelan Poodle Moth was only discovered in 2009. They are found in Venezuela and not much is known about these fuzzy, dog-like moths just yet.

Giant Isopod

This is one the largest species of the existing isopods. Its so big because some creatures that live on the bottom of the ocean can experience deep sea gigantism. This is where the crustacean will grow much larger than its shallow sea dwelling counterparts. They look prehistoric because, honestly, they are. Isopods have been around for a long, long time.

Saiga Antelope

The Saiga Antelope is known for its extremely unusual, over-sized, flexible nose structure. They are critically endangered and it is already completely extinct in China and southwestern Mongolia.

Bush Viper

The Bush Viper lives in the trees of the tropical forests in Africa and it does most of its hunting at night. This snake may look fierce, but its actually one of the smallest species of snake, with a maximum length of only 78

Blue Parrotfish17/20

This funny fish is known as a Blue Parrotfish and they average 30-75 cm in length. Some can grow up to 1.2m probably because the parrotfish spends up to 80% of its time looking for food.

Indian Purple Frog

This rare species of frog commonly found in India are much more bloated and rounder than its other frog counterparts. The Indian Purple Frog also has a small head and an unusual snout. It is so rare because it only spends two weeks above ground every year.

Thorny Dragon

The Thorny Dragon is an Australian lizard that resides mostly in the desert and, as the name suggests, looks like a tiny dragon. They are also known as the mountain devil, the thorny lizard, or the Moloch. This lizard is covered in sharp spikes, and it uses these to frighten away predators. They can live up to 20 years, more than most lizards.

Sea Pig

The sea pig is closely related to a sea cucumber (whoever named sea creatures must have a sense of humor, since they never look like what they are named after). They have enlarged tube feet and live on deep ocean bottoms. Luckily, youll never run into one of these yourself.

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