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Weird Animals: 10 Most Weird Animals That Are Real
Most of us don’t grasp the variety of animal species that inhabit the World today, and some even get surprised as they find out there’s an animal they haven’t seen before or never knew.
From frogs that give birth through their mouths to crabs with 6-foot legs, these animals are some of the strangest, unusual and weird animals that are real and exist in our world.
Discover the list of Top 10 most weird animals that are real and are living on our planet Earth.
10. Yeti Crab
The unusual, hairy “Yeti crab” represents not only a new species but also a new family of crustaceans. These deep-sea Crustacea, which lives near hydrothermal vents, is only the third species of Yeti crab known to science.
Besides just looking strange, these crabs are exposed to some pretty extreme environments. Scientifically known as “Kiwa Hirsuta”, the Yet Crab was discovered in 2010 near Antarctica at a temperature that reaches up to 720 °F (380 °C).
Their white coloring and strange hair patterns are thought to be adaptations to these extreme environments.
The mother Yeti crab rarely survives the cold water, usually dying of starvation after her children hatch. As for those hairy arms, they are a garden of sorts, growing bacteria that the crab then feeds on.
9. Gastric-Brooding Frog
The gastric-brooding frogs or platypus frogs were a genus of ground-dwelling frogs native to Queensland in eastern Australia.
This strange frog gives birth through its mouth. After the eggs are externally fertilized by a male, the female swallows her eggs. The eggs hatch as tadpoles in her stomach and grow until they become full-size frogs—and then mom regurgitates them up over the span of 1-2 weeks.
Unfortunately, these frogs went extinct in the 1980s. The habitat that the southern gastric-brooding frog once inhabited is now threatened by feral pigs, the invasion of weeds, altered flow and water quality problems caused by upstream disturbances.
8. Velvet Ant
This sturdy insect is a female velvet ant. These females have an arsenal of defenses unmatched by their male partners, or any other insect.
This insect may be the only ¼ of an inch long, but do not be deceived – it packs quite a terrifying punch. These freakishly fuzzy and dangerous insects can deliver enough poison in one sting to subdue a cow—which weighs about 2,000 pounds, equivalent to 13 average-sized humans.
Not only are the adult velvet ants terrifying, but even as larvae these bugs are nightmarish. When laying eggs, females seek out nests of other ground-dwelling insects.
The females are wingless and are sometimes mistaken for a large, hairy, orange and black ant. These “ants” are actually wasp – a solitary wasp, the velvet ant does not live in colonies or have a “nest”.
7. Red-Lipped Batfish
The red-lipped batfish or Galapagos batfish is a fish of unusual morphology found around the Galapagos Islands and off Peru at depths of 3 to 76 meters.
Its fins serve as “legs,” of sorts, on which the fish walks across the ocean floor. This striking red-lipped femme fatale of a fish is actually most likely a male—those red lips are thought to attract mates.
Interestingly, they are better suited for “walking” along the ocean floor than swimming. They aren’t the most graceful swimming. When they reach adulthood, they use their dorsal fin as a fishing lure to attract prey instead of for swimming.
The blobfish is a deep sea fish of the family Psychrolutidae. It inhabits the deep waters off the coasts of mainland Australia and Tasmania, as well as the waters of New Zealand. They are typically shorter than 30 cm.
Named the “World’s Ugliest Animal” of 2013, the blobfish has made quite a splash in the scientific and pop-cultural communities since its discovery in 2003.
Since blobfish lack any substantial muscle, they feed only on crustaceans and other edible materials that happen to swim in front of their strange mouths. Although these guys are absolutely ghastly looking on land and in lab observatories, their low-density flesh has led scientists to the understanding that they aren’t as, well, “blobby” when deep underwater.
5. Japanese Spider Crab
The Japanese spider crab is a species of marine crab that lives in the waters around Japan. It has the largest leg span of any arthropod.
These massive creatures have a leg span of 10–12 feet. (That’s twice the height of an average human!) Clearly deserving of their name, these arthropods resemble giant underwater spiders and feed on smaller crustaceans as well as plants.
Japanese spider crabs were discovered in 1836 and are found mainly in waters surrounding the southern coast of Japan. They hang out at depths of 150–300 meters and are currently a subject of conservation efforts because of overfishing.
They are actually considered a delicacy in many parts of Japan.
The shoebill also knew as whale-head or shoe-billed stork is a very large stork-like bird. It derives its name from its massive shoe-shaped bill.
At first glance, this bird might not seem all that terrifying, but it is a giant carnivore, 4-5 feet tall, that is known to eat turtles, fish, and young crocodiles.
The shoebill has long thin legs as well as a disproportionately large head and bill. It lives in the swamps of eastern Africa and has been found to decapitate its prey before consuming it.
Siblicide, the phenomenon of offspring killing their siblings, is common among many larger birds and especially in Shoebills.
When shoebills have offspring, they focus their attention on only the eldest. Should two eggs hatch, the parents reject the younger hatchling, and in some cases, the elder attempts killing of a sibling.
The younger offspring is theorized to function as a backup in case something happens to the elder. This is thought to be a form of energy conservation, but it seems just plain evil.
3. Philippine Tarsier
The Philippine tarsier, known locally as “maw-mag” are some of the strangest looking extant mammals on Earth. With eyes that take up half of their head, tarsiers grow only to be the size of a human fist.
Even more, their heads can rotate 180 degrees—an evolutionary trait that surfaced in response to the fixation of their eyes in their head.
They have powerful hind legs that allow them to jump up to three feet at a time. As suggested by the size of their optics, they have fantastic night vision—which at times results in their pupils covering the entirety of their eyes.
The Gavial, the fish-eating crocodile, is a crocodilian of the family Gavialidae, native to the northern part of the Indian Subcontinent. These crocodiles may appear to be just funny-looking cousins of the terrifying crocs we are more familiar with. However, their disproportionately long jaws are lined with 110 razor-sharp teeth.
Gavials can grow to be 20 feet long and can weigh up to 350 pounds. They are found in India and Nepal, specifically in major northern river systems. These massive creatures don’t attack humans but will feed on corpses set afloat during funeral ceremonies.
1. Star-Nosed Mole
The star-nosed mole is a small mole found in wet low areas in the northern parts of America. It is covered in thick, blackish-brown, water-repellent fur, and has large scaled feet and a long, thick tail, which appears to function as a fat storage reserve for the spring breeding season.
Its main claim to fame is its strange pink fleshy ring around the snout, called the star – considered to be one of the most sensitive touch organs in the animal kingdom. The star is jam-packed with nerve fibers and functions similar to our eyes – it paints a picture of the mole’s surroundings by using its keen sense of touch.
The giant claws are used for digging tunnels beneath swamps—the mole’s primary habitat. The star-nosed mole is also considered the fastest eating mammal on Earth, consuming insects in less than 0.2 seconds.