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20+ Strange Creatures We Had No Idea Existed

The diversity of wildlife never ceases to amaze us. Many of the organisms that live on our planet are likely unknown to you, yet their look will raise your brows to the sky. We at Viraltrendzs has brought some featuring exotic and strange creatures. 

1. Potoo

Potoo

These birds have a distinctive large beak that aids in catching insects in flight. A potoo with wide eyes and an open mouth is a sight you’ll remember for a long time. Unfortunately, due to its great woodland camouflage, it’s difficult to spot.

2. Frill-necked lizard

Frill-necked lizard

If dragons existed, they’d most likely resemble these lizards – just look at that massive fold on their necks. Frill-necked lizards are adept hunters, standing straight on their back claws and hissing with their frills open, due to their small stature. What a terrifying sight!

3. Lesser mouse-deer

Lesser mouse-deer

These are the world’s tiniest even-toed ungulates, but they’re also the oldest. They are just approximately 10 inches tall. They’re simple to terrify and prefer to stay up late. An intriguing fact: these creatures are regarded as cunning in Asian folklore, much like foxes in Europe.

4. Aye-aye

Aye-aye

This strange creature is only found in Madagascar’s northwestern region. Fluffy aye-ayes are little, but they have a hairy tail that reaches almost two feet in length. They’ve also been in a well-known cartoon: do you remember Maurice? That’s the one I’m talking about.

5. Stove pipe sponge

Stove pipe sponge

These sponges make tube shapes that can appear really interesting when viewed from the appropriate perspective. A single tube can reach a height of 5 feet and a thickness of 3 inches, and it continues to grow indefinitely until it dies after hundreds of years.

6. Japanese spider crab

Japanese spider crab

Even a professional diver might get nervous about this one: these crabs are among the largest of their species, weighing up to 40 pounds and spanning about 10 feet in front legs. Spider crabs eat mollusks and animal remnants and can live for up to 100 years.

7. Cherax pulcher

Cherax pulcher

The cherax’s shell is rainbow-colored and resembles an image from outer space, making it the most attractive crayfish species. This crayfish is only distinguished from its cousins by its odd look. Sadly, the population of these incredible species has suddenly plummeted.

8. Blob fish

Blob fish

This is possibly the strangest deep-sea fish in the world, and it became an Internet meme owing to its homeliness. It dwells at depths of 2,400 feet and has a density significantly lower than water, allowing it to swim effortlessly. By the way, its meat is regarded a delicacy in Asia.

9. Pygmy marmoset

Pygmy marmoset

These adorable primates don’t go much bigger than 6 inches and are possibly the tiniest of the species. They reside largely in the trees and inhabit the South American jungles.

10. Thorny devil

Thorny devil

Thorny devils are lizards that are only found in Australia. It readily deceives both its opponents and preys thanks to the thorns on its head that act as a fake head. Horny devils are gluttons, and a single lizard can consume thousands of ants in a single day.

11. Axolotl

Axolotl

The axolotl is one of the oddest creatures you may keep in your aquarium. These Mexican amphibians are very cute due to their large exposed gills. They’re largely reared in captivity nowadays, and they’re rarely seen in the wild. Mature axolotls are just around an inch long, but they do have the ability to regrow their gills, tail, and even limbs.

12. White lion

White lion

There is no such thing as a white lion subspecies. These strange creatures have a genetic condition that causes their coat to be lighter than other predators’. They are occasionally seen in South Africa, but very often, it is a matter of selection. But one fact is certain: they’re stunningly attractive.

13. Tarsier

Tarsier

Southeast Asia is home to these adorable little primates. They’re around 3 to 6 inches tall, with big golden eyes and long fingers that make you go “awww.” They can only exist in the wild, therefore it’s a bit sad they couldn’t be kept as pets.

14. Blue-Footed Booby

Blue-Footed Booby

The vivid blue feet of these strange creatures give them their name. The carotenoid pigments in the birds’ food are concentrated in their feet, which is why their feet appear so blue.

15. Coconut Crab

Coconut Crab

The coconut crab is the world’s biggest land crab. Its claws are so powerful that they can easily pull whole coconuts apart! This enormous crab is one of the world’s most unusual arthropods.

16. Red-Lipped Batfish

Red-Lipped Batfish

The red-lipped batfish is a species of batfish that can be found predominantly along the coasts of the Galapagos Islands and Peru. It derives its name from its crimson lips. The red-lipped batfish, a type of anglerfish, cannot swim and must rely on its pectoral fins to stroll on the ocean floor.

17. Star-Nosed Mole

Star-Nosed Mole

The star-nosed mole is well known for its oddly formed snout and can be seen in Northern North America. When seeking prey, it uses its nose, which has 22 appendages called Eimer’s organs, to move about and detect vibrations.

18. Velella

Velella

The velella is a jellyfish that floats on the ocean’s surface and is distinguished by its distinctive fins and blue hue. The velella are harmless to humans and feed on small fish larvae and zooplankton.

19. Gerenuk

Gerenuk

Gerenuks are a type of gazelle with long necks and slender limbs. Both genders use their long necks to eat on low-hanging branches of trees in their native Africa, while the males have horns and the females do not.

20. Uakari Monkey

Uakari Monkey

Uakari monkeys have a distinctive red head that resembles a skull and live in the rainforest in the northwest Amazon basin. Another distinguishing trait of this tree dweller is their shorter-than-usual tail, which indicates that the monkeys prefer to move around via leaping.

21. Venezuelan Poodle Moth

Venezuelan Poodle Moth

It was only in 2009 that a fluffy Venezuelan poodle moth was discovered. This odd moth manages to be both adorable and frightening at the same time.

Fluffy albino tarantula

Fluffy albino tarantula

This tarantula appears like it wants to cuddle, and you can’t resist its allure. Although this is a toy made of faux fur, wouldn’t it be wonderful if all spiders looked like this?

image courtesy : brightside.me / animalchannel.co / meionorte.com / forfun.com

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