The diverse capacity of mother nature to give us constant surprises is amazing! The introduction of new species that are completely unsurvivable on Earth is fascinating. Such examples are the Red-Lipped Batfish, the Pinocchio Frog, and The Saiga Antelope. All the above animals have some kind of an astounding physical feature that makes us hard to believe in their existence.
As per the surveys, scientists have become successful in discovering 15,000-18,000 new animal species each year. And also, there might be millions of them left to discover. Besides, “critters”—you know, the small, often creepy, animals dominate a big fraction of the total of 8.7 million species that have been already discovered.
Today, we’ve got an incredible surprise for you! We have a collection of the most strange, terrifying critters in the world. This includes critters such as talons, nocturnal sloths, a fella called the promachoteuthis sulcus, etc. I’m sure that this critter gallery would surely make you check under your bed before sleeping. But, wait! You have a few cuties too.
The. Chevrotain is also known as the “mouse-deer”. It has a Southeast Asian origin and it is the known smallest animal on Earth. Their minimum weight is around 2 pounds. This animal is called Jarinipandi in Telugu. The English meaning is “a deer and a pig.” Island of Doctor Moreau is no more a complete fiction.
This is a native animal to Madagascar. It is the largest nocturnal animal in the world. The animal is often seen on trees with yellow-colored flashing eyes. At first, they were believed to be extinct. Fortunately, they were rediscovered in the middle of the 20th century; 1957. As in folklore, this animal is the harbinger of death and evil, especially due to its long fingers. But, unfortunately, they’ve once again faced extinction due to the number of killings by locals.
#3 English Angora Rabbit
Here comes one of the oldest types of domesticated rabbits, The Angora Rabbits! They are well-known for grooming routines and they need a trim twice a week. Their fur can grow up to very big lengths. They have been considered quite more valuable and royal since the 16th century. The reasons are the docility and the ease of train.
#4 Elephant Shrew
Perhaps, this elephant might have lived with you just in your room. Maybe you were not aware of it. They are insectivorous mammals native to Africa. The reason for their strange name is the similarity between its nose and an elephant trunk. They have a lot of features of typical shrews but the genetic analysis in 1997 reveals that it is more similar to an elephant than a shrew. However, the most important thing is that they are the smallest elephants in the kingdom of animals.
#5 Star-Nosed Mole
This is a mole that is endemic to the United States and the Eastern parts of Canada. The main feature of attraction is their star-shaped nose that is discovered in receptors, known as Elmer’s organs. The reason for it to use its receptors is its inability to see. Though blind, they use their receptors to see as well as to smell underwater. By now, many genetic engineers have focused on how to help blind humans interact with the world, based on the moles’ receptor process.
#6 Goliath Birdeater
This is the second biggest spider on Earth and it is often seen in northern South America. It comes second only for the Giant Huntsman Spider. At first, only the tarantula was supposed to prey on hummingbirds. But, now it has been discovered that the Goliath birdeater has the same potential and that it feeds on lizards, frogs, insects as well as snakes.
They use their fangs in case of danger. The fangs can kill the predator while the hair present in their bodies can be used for defense. The Goliath Birdeater is also harmful to humans. Wait! Not life-threatening at all. Though it doesn’t feed on humans, many of the local humans enjoy eating roasted bodies of them (after the removal of hair). The South American predator has a “shrimplike” taste.
The Gharial is a critically endangered crocodile species native to South Asia. They have a row of 110 impressive teeth and an extra-long snout. These adaptations have helped the Gharial to become tactful predators in the region. The reason for endangered is the decrease of the fish population.
#8 Mangalitsa Pig, A.K.A. ‘A Pig In Sheep’s Clothing
This pig had been discovered in the mid-19th century. The problem is, why didn’t it become a common pet like cats or dogs?
#9 Rhinopithecus, Or Golden Snub-Nosed Monkey
#10 Emperor Tamarin
#11 Blue Footed Booby
This is another kind of bird with peculiar mating rules. But their turquoise legs never fail to grab the attention.
#12 Malayan Colugo
For them, everything is surprising because they find a lot!
#13 Venezuelan Poodle Moth
What an amazing fur poodle discovered in 2009!
#14 Cloud Antelope
This exotic creature is native to the Himalayas of Nepal. Can’t it be the lapdog of the Abominable Snowman? What do you say?
This isn’t a fiction animal or one of the internet hoaxes either. This is an art by the artist CMWyvern. The Cloud Antelope is truly a kind of posable doll.
Someone tried to pass a picture of a cloud antelope without a watermark to say that it is a real animal.
#15 Venezuelan Poodle Moth
This Specific moth was discovered in 2009 in Venezuela. It has an alien look with poodles like fur in its abdomen, head, thorax, and wings.
#16 Glaucus Atlanticus
Glaucus Atlanticus is also called the blue dragon. It is a kind of blue sea slug. You can find this animal in oceans with warm water. It has a gas-filled stomach, thus floats on the surface of the water.
#17 Macropinna Microstoma
This is a species of fish that live in 600-800m deep oceans. They hang around in motionless water areas. It has a strange look due to its transparent, fluid-filled dome on the head. Even the eye lenses could be seen through them.
#18 Glass Frog
The glass frogs are outstanding animals found in South America. They have transparent abdomens. The reason for naming it as the glass frog is the visibility of the internal viscera through the skin.
This is a cat-like mammal that inhabits Madagascar. Although it physically looks like a cat, the other attributes suggest viverrids. According to genetic researches, they are of their separate species.
#20 Panda Ant
The panda ant is a wingless wasp which is also called the cow-killer. The lifespan of them is around 2years. Females don’t have wings but they have a thick layer of fur.
#21 Lilac-Breasted Roller
This bird species is widespread in sub-Saharan Africa and the southern Arabian Peninsula. They are interested in perching in high trees and other vantage points. The noticeable attributes are the lilac breast feathers and the bright plumage.
#22 Satanic Leaf-Tailed Gecko
Satanic leaf-tailed gecko is a kind of gecko that is discovered in Madagascar. The tails of these geckos are flat like a leaf for better blending with the environment.
#23 Halitrephes Jelly
Halitrephes is a kind of deep-sea hydrozoan that can be seen at a depth of 4,000-5,000 feet.
#24 Pink Fairy Armadillo
This is the smallest species of armadillo. The most common habitat is central Argentina. They have a unique appearance with silky yellowish-white fur and small eyes with a flexible dorsal shell that is solely fixed to its body by a thin dorsal membrane.
This is a native animal to the Democratic Republic of the Congo in Central Africa. Okapis are closely related to giraffes although they look like zebras. The coats of Okapis are reddish-brown and the horizontal stripes present in them very well contrast the coat.