To us, animals found in the zoo are the only animals exist in this whole entire world, but have you ever thought that in spite of different species there are lots of animals who’s traits are strange and their look as well? In this article, you’ll get to see and know the top 15 strange animals around the globe which you have been till now unaware of.
1. Pink Fairy Armadillo
This species has another name, Pichiciego. Pink Armadillo is the smallest of all in the Armadillo species, and are found in Central Argentina in the environments of grassland, sandy plains, scrubby and dunes. Excluding their tail, the length of their body ranges between 90 mm to 115 mm. The most noticeable pink coloured shell, which occures due to it’s blood vessels, is fragile and flexible and can also change it’s colours according to the environment they are kept in.
This animal is a primate(relating with apes, monkeys and human beings). This primate species, Aye-Aye, has been found to be the largest nocturnal primate. They use echolocation to find their way and food in darkness, and feed onto nuts, fruits, fungi on trees and insects. These species have five fingers among which the third and the middle finger are the thinnest amongst the rest of the finger and can be moved independently to grip on trees, to drink, to groom, etc.
3. Dumbo Octopus
Dumbo octopus is often known as the cutest octopus in the world. They are quite small in size, around 8 inches, bell-shaped body, short arms, pale in colour and have a tendency to float above the seafloor. It is also known as the deepest living octopus, as it lives at an extreme depth upto13,000 feet.
4. Naked Mole-Rat
As the implies and creates an image that naked mole-rats must be related with mole or rats, but they are not. They are closely associated with guinea pigs and porcupines. These mole-rats are native to Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia. They are kept in dim red dim lights in the zoo because they live their lives entirely in the underground. They are said to be the longest-lived rodents, as they live up to 30 years.
5. The Gerenuk
The Gerenuk belongs to the bovid family, having reddish-brown hair on the back with yellowish-brown hair on the sides and the bottom part is covered with white hair. Gerenuks are of a small, wedge-shaped head with big eyes, long ears and pointed muzzle. Having an appearance like a long slender neck, long legs, and a short black tail. Gerenuks are diurnal animals, which are active mostly early in the morning and in the late afternoon.
Dugongs are also known as the sea cow and are in close relation with the manatee. The animal can be found in the temperate coastal water of East Africa, Japan, Philippines, Red Sea and Australia and are called as a real vegetarian who have a big mouth to bristle on seagrass. They can have a maximum of 88 pounds of seaweed daily. Dugong before eating it’s food, shake it’s head in order to eliminate the sand particles from it’s food.
Lampreys have an eel-shaped body – slim and naked. From up or from the back, it is brown to black in colour and from the bottom, it is yellow to light brown. They are jawless fishes with large red eyes and a single nostril on the top of it’s head. Just like normal fishes, they breathe through gills. It has seven opened gills, located behind it’s eyes. They have a large mouth filled with teeth in circular rows, which helps in sucking.
8. Star-Nosed Mole
Star-nosed moles are one of the strangest looking animals. It grows about 20cm long. They are almost completely blind and so they use their 22 tentacles to find the prey. Around 25,000 sensors they have which makes them very sensitive. Star-nosed moles are great swimmers and they were said to be the first mammals to be able to smell underwater. The powerful front claws help them to swim and dig.
9. Sunda Colugo
Also known as Sunda Flying Lemur, were previously classified and linked with primates and bats. Sundas are strict herbivores, eating delicate plant parts like sap, flowers, buds, nectar, fruits and young leaves. They encounter difficulty in breeding and stay alive in captivity, though are skilful climbers but are weak on the ground.
10. Yeti Crab
Yeti Crabs are also known as Kiwa hirsuta which was discovered in the late 2005. They are generally found at a depth of around 2200m underwater where the temperature is said to be between 2 to 10 degrees. The claws are symmetrical and are covered with hairs. The hairs on their claws are to be used to find food or mate.
11. Greater Lophorina
Greater Lophorina or the greater superb bird-of-paradise belongs to species of the Paradisaeidae family. Generally found in South East Asia, New Papa Guinea, in the jungles of Indonesia and etc. Greater Lophorina has a life span of five to eight years. The greater superb bird-of-paradise is one of the most strange species of the bird living on the earth. It produces unique sounds and has many beautiful bright
Blob fishes are the native to the water of Australia and New Zealand. They bounce around the sea ground and search for unsuspicious small creatures. They live around 3,000 feet under water. Their diet consists of shellfish, crabs and urchins. They do not have bones and teeth and they are even not the active hunters. Preserving energy is their main job. They do not have the swimmer bladder which many species of fish do have.
13. Japanese Spider Crab
This species of crab is absurdly huge. The spider crabs weigh up to 44 pounds with legs measuring 13 feet. These crabs are not hunters and indulge themselves in eating algae, kelp, slow-moving invertebrates, and any other dead creature floating around. They do not prefer to live in the deep sea and can exist for over a century.
14. Red-Lipped Batfish
Red-lipped Batfish mostly known as Ogcocephalus darwini or Galapagos Batfish. This weird looking species is mostly found in the depths of 76 meters in Galapagos Islands and in Peru. Red-lipped Batfish does not resemble with any other fishes and can be easily identified by their red lips. Their body is from light brown to grey and the scales are shagreen type. Red-lipped batfishes are not a good swimmer and though their fins help then to walk on the ground.
15. Glaucus Atlanticus
This species has three other names: blue dragon, blue angel and sea swallow. It belongs to the species of the sea slug and can be found in Indian, Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. They weigh between 3 to 100 gms and are up to 3 cm long. The Glaucus’ sting is the most deadliest sting than the Portuguese Man-O’-War.