Usually, animals are of symmetrical and likable appearance, which makes them cute and admirable creatures. But not always. We have already published a few posts about some of the most bizarre animals that share the planet with us therefore you probably know that some animal species can look very, very weird. In today´s post, we will focus on bizarre animals with unusual body proportions and shapes. From a monkey whose eyes are the size of its brain to a bizarre big-headed termite soldier, check out these 25 bizarre animals that have anything but regular proportions.
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Even if we ignore the hippopotamus´ enormous weight and robustness, there is still one thing that earns this enormous creature a place on our list; his teeth. The lower canines and lower incisors are enlarged, especially in males, and grow continuously with incisors reaching 40 centimeters (1.3 feet), while canines can grow up to 50 centimeters (1.6 feet) long.
Found in the islands of Southeast Asia, Tarsiers are small haplorrhine primates. However, their eyes are anything but small. Each eyeball is approximately 16 millimeters (0.63 inches) in diameter, which is as large as its entire brain. Compared to the size of their body, tarsiers have one of the largest eyes in the animal kingdom.
Tarsiers might have big eyes compared to their body size but their eyes are still far from being the largest among all animals. The Colossal squid, a giant mollusk reaching an impressive size of up to 14 meters (46 feet), is the proud owner of this primacy. The largest recorded eye of this animal species measured in at an incredible 27 centimeters (11 inches). Of all the creatures that have ever lived on Earth, only extinct ichthyosaurs are known to have had larger eyes.
Since the blue whale is the largest and heaviest existing animal ever, it’s not surprising that numerous organs and body parts of this marine mammal are considered the largest in the animal kingdom. However, there is one body part which is particularly large even for a creature of this enormous size. Blue whale´s tongue can weigh an unbelievable three tons.
Also known as Shaw Mayer’s astrapia, the ribbon-tailed astrapia is a species of bird-of-paradise endemic to Papua New Guinea. The bird is medium-sized, about 32 cm (13 inches) long but when their tails are included in their measurement, males can reach a size of over 1 meter (40 inches). With the bizarrely prolonged tail over three times the length of its body, the male ribbon-tailed astrapia has the longest tail feathers in relation to body size of any bird.