The 25 Weirdest Animals on Earth

Posted by , Updated on March 29, 2014

If you have read our list of the 25 most dangerous animals in the world, then you are probably aware of the fact that some animals are just not as cuddly as they seem. This time around, however, we’re going to really take a walk on the wild side as we introduce you to some of the most unique life forms on this planet. These are the 25 weirdest animals on Earth.
25

Axolotl

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The axolotl is a species of mexican mole salamander whose larvae fail to undergo metamorphosis and thus the adults remained gilled and aquatic. They originated from the lake that underlies Mexico City and are often used in research due to their curious ability to regenerate themselves.

24

Hagfish

hagfish

Having been called the nastiest and most disgusting creature in the sea, the hagfish lives deep below the surface of the waves. When it gets hungry it attaches itself to a passing fish, bores its way through the skin, and then consumes the fish from the inside out.

23

Sun Bear

Sun Bear

Also known as the “dog bear” due to its small stature and extremely long tongue, it is found in the tropical rainforests of Southeast Asia.

22

Star Nosed Mole

star-nosed mole

Inhabiting the north-eastern United States and Canada, the star-nosed mole has 22 miniature tentacles at the tip of its snout that it uses to forage for food.

21

Angora Rabbit

angora rabbit

Coming from Ankara, Turkey these hairy rabbits were popular pets among French royalty in the 1700s and they are often bread for their immense wool coats.


20

Dumbo Octopus

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Due to the ear-like fins protruding from their “heads” they have been likened to Disney’s famous elephant after which they were named. Living at extreme depths these creatures are a rare sight.

19

Yeti Crab

Yeti Crabnationalgeographic.com

More formally known as the Kiwa Hirsuta it was only discovered in 2005 deep within the South Pacific Ocean. Its hairy pincers contain bacteria that may be used to detoxify the water around the volcanic vents where it lives.

18

Leafy Seadragon

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Found along the coasts of Australia, this marine animal resembles a piece of seaweed as it floats in the water. It is so well camouflaged that the only thing to give away its presence would be the occasional swiveling of an eye or a fluttering appendage.

17

Tarsier

tarsier

Deriving their name from the extremely long tarsus bones in their feet, and along with their humongous eyes these creatures are not only extremely strange looking but have also been known to perform ninja like feats of athleticism as they catch birds in mid flight while leaping from tree to tree.

16

Chinese Goose

chinese goose

As strange as it looks this is an extremely productive breed of goose as the female can lay over 60 eggs during the season.

15

Walking Stick

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With some species growing over a foot in length these masters of disguise are found all over the world but mainly in Asia, South America, and Australia.

14

Kangaroo Rat

kangaroo rat

With cheeks that extend all the way back to its shoulders it’s easy to see where this rodent gets its name. After filling them with food it empties them back at its burrow by turning them inside out with its paws.

13

Blobfish

blobfish

Inhabiting the deep waters off of Australia these fish are adapted to living at extreme pressures and although they lack a significant amount of muscle it is not really necessary for them as they feed on anything edible that floats past.

12

Komondor

Komondor

One of the larger breeds of dog, it is covered with white curly hair resembling dreadlocks. Contrary to what you may think, komondors do not actually shed very much and these hairy puppies are agile.

11

Sea Pigs

sea pig

These deep sea creatures are closely related to sea cucumbers and can easily be found living in groups of over 1,000 or more on the ocean floor.

10

Gharial

gharial crocodile

Usually found in northern India, this large species of crocodile spends most of its life in the water. The bulbous growth on the nose of males is used during mating to produce gurgling and bubbling sounds.

9

Naked Neck Chicken

naked neck chicken

An uncommon sight on any continent except for Europe, it goes without saying but this breed of chicken has feathers everywhere except for its neck.

8

Hispaniolan Solenodon

solenodon

This is one of the few species of mammal capable of producing toxic saliva but because it was the dominant predator on the island of Hispaniola prior to colonization it has not developed any effective defenses to ward off predators like dogs and cats that were introduced by human settlers.

7

Shoebill

shoebill

Related to storks and also known as a Whalehead, it should be obvious where this east African bird gets its name from. It is one of the largest birds in the world and can grow to be over 1 meter tall.

6

Saiga

saiga

A very unique looking antelope, the Saiga is known for its distinctive nose that protrudes down over its mouth. It has been known for its efficiency at reproducing in spite of human encroachment upon its habitat, although in recent years it has become more endangered.

5

Long-eared Jerboa

long-eared jerboa

Resembling mice, not much is known about these small jumping rodents. Their habitat consists mostly of northern China and Mongolia and they usually come out only at night.

4

Hairy Frogfish

hairy frogfish

Also known as an anglerfish, this hairy hunter’s dorsal spine is topped with a fleshy lure that it moves back and forth through the water to mimic the behavior of a marine worm.

3

Slender Loris

slender loris

Inhabiting the jungles of Sri Lanka, this nocturnal creature has huge round eyes that allow it to hunt for insects at night. They are slowly going extinct, however, as they are killed for their supposed “magical properties” by natives and poachers alike.

2

Aye-Aye

aye aye

Found in Madagascar the aye-aye is the world’s largest nocturnal primate. Often noted for it’s unique foraging techniques, it taps on trees until it finds larvae, gnaws a hole in the wood, and inserts its middle finger to pull them out.

1

Sphynx Cat

sphynx cat

This curious breed is known for its lack of hair and highly extroverted behavior. Care must be taken to ensure that they do not stay outdoors for too long because they are susceptible to both sunburn and hypothermia.

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