12 Most Bizarre Animals You May Have Never Spotted Around You

There are many unseen animals which are not cute but are the ugliest and grotesque ones on the planet. Don’t believe us? Look at them here now!

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 12 Most Bizarre Animals You May Have Never Spotted Around You

Other than humans, animals are the most beautiful creatures on Earth. And, the fact is most of us don’t know about the variety of animal species that inhabit the world now. Yes, even you will get surprised as you find that there are some cool animals you haven’t heard of or seen before. 

If we talk about the stats, there are near about 1-3 million identified animal species that live on Earth today, so how can one expect to know every single one of them? To put it into perspective: here are probably even weirder-looking animals waiting to be discovered, well we might not mention the depths of our oceans where there is a huge probability.

Not only us, but even scientists also keep themselves observing new species every year and admit that modern science is not familiar with all of the strange animals existing today. It leaves room for such different and even bizarre discoveries listed in this post! Inspired by social media and the internet, we have listed a selection of such unheard-of creatures and weird animals such as Dumbo Octopus, Star-Nosed Mole, Pink Fairy Armadillo, and Aye-Aye.

So, here meet the strangest animals present on the earth that you might never end up owning as pets. And consider yourself warned as not all of them are fluffy and cute like you always wondered!

1. Star-Nosed Mole

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We are not saying that Star-Nosed Moles are bizarre, but their nose for sure is. Yes, these creatures own one of the most bizarre noses in the entire animal kingdom

The projecting nose and mouth of the animal are lined with more than 25,000-minute sensory receptors that help the mole feel its way through its underground hole typer lair. 

And, only these 11 pairs of pink fleshy appendages ringing its snout is used as a touch organ and are perfectly poised to detect seismic wave vibrations.

Where to Find Star-Nosed Mole: 

If we talk about where we can see this creature, it’s found in wet, low areas of Eastern Canada and the northeastern United States, with records extending along the Atlantic coast as far as extreme southeastern Georgia. 

2. Frilled Neck Lizard

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Another one on this list is Frilled Neck Lizard. This lizard is largely arboreal, known for the peculiar frill around its neck, spends the majority of its time on the trees. Many people have Herpetophobia, fear of lizards, which is one of the most frightening and common phobias of insects & reptiles.

The lizard produces a startling deimatic display especially when it is frightened: it gapes its mouth, exposing a yellow and bright pink lining; then displaying bright orange and red scales, it spreads out its frill; plus raises its body, and also holds its tail above its body (sometimes). 

Well, such a reaction is used for territorial displays during courtship or to discourage predators.

Where to Spot Frilled Neck Lizard

These lizards are mostly found in southern New Guinea and northern Australia.

3. Tunicate (Sea Squirt)

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Well, the picture of this one is justifying why Tunicate comes under the list of Bizarre animals. Yes, it wins the bizarre animal contest. In the colloquial language, it is known as “sea squirt.” 

Sea Squirt is a sea critter that eats its brain. A marine invertebrate contributes part of its life in the larval stage, especially where it can behave like a fish or any other mobile animal and can swim around in the water. 

This period is relatively brief in the sea squirt’s life. They cannot feed in this stage, so they swim off, find a nice little bit of seabed to settle in on, and then plant themselves. They start feeding once there. 

Besides that, they also start absorbing their mobility features and gills. The notochord (like a spine) and eyes go next. And, ultimately, the brain is absorbed. All of these body parts are considered superfluous by nature and dispensed with (an intriguing indicator that eyes and brains are necessarily mainly for reasons of mobility and are unnecessary for stationary organisms like plants—no wonder many of us feel an urge to travel), not needing to move about anymore. 

Then to create whole new body systems, including reproductive, digestive, and circulatory systems, the whole material is then recycled. Further, the tunicate, that is hermaphroditic, reproduce, ejecting brand new sea squirts into the world. Well, it doesn’t get much more alien than that.

Where to Find Tunicate:

Well, these marine creatures are found in great numbers throughout the seas of the world.

4. Aye-Aye

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These weird-looking primates spend most of their lives in the rain forests’ trees and only live in Madagascar. Aye-ayes have opposable big toes, while you have a handy opposable thumb. Well, that’s why they are bizarre, and you are not. Any guesses, what they use them for? Simply, to hang up from branches.

Aye-Aye (not to be confused with aye-aye, captain), deserves attention for its uniqueness; it’s not only the weirdest animal but also has an unusual foraging method called percussive foraging. 

That means that the Aye-Aye, to locate grubs, taps on wood, and with the help of the sound of a hollow tree trunk, then it gnaws the wood to make a hole from which then, he extracts out the grub and eats it using his elongated middle finger. 

Well, the other most familiar animal to hunt like this is a woodpecker. In simpler terms, Aye-Aye is probably one of the coolest animals present on the earth.

According to some legends, Aye-ayes are usually considered as bad luck. Hence, due to superstitious killings and habitat destruction, they’re now endangered. But this is to be known aware that this is nothing more than a superstition because aye-ayes do not bring tragedy to your family as just trying to eat bugs and coconuts. However, there is a piece of good news that they’re now protected from hunting by law.

Where to Find Aye-aye: 

If you want to meet these weird-looking primates, head towards Madagascar. That is where you will meet them.

5. Japanese Spider Crab

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We all have seen spiders and that too in our home. But this one is not what you are thinking! Look at Crabzilla: it is the Japanese Spider Crab. Yes, a crab looks like a spider. It is a species of marine crab, weighing up to 19 kg and reaching up to 3.8 m and has the largest leg span of any arthropod. There are several different types of crabs, and Spider crab is one of them.

These largest known species of crab live long as they may live up to 100 years. Some legends suggest that these creatures are feeding on the bodies of drowned sailors. Well, it is not exactly found that this is true or not, but such marine scavengers can eat almost anything they can find. 

In many parts of Japan, the spider crabs are considered a prized delicacy. And, they are caught utilizing small trawling nets. However, during the spring, Harvesting of the crab is forbidden as that is when these creatures lay eggs.

Where to Find Japanese Spider Crab: 

You can meet these spider crabs in Japan waters.

6. Yeti Crab

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Another from the crab genus that looks different is the yeti crab (Kiwa hirsuta). The creature, discovered in 2005 on a hydrothermal vent near Easter Island, is an unusual, hairy crab with no eyes. 

This decapod, notable for the quantity of silky blond setae (resembling fur) covering its pereiopods (thoracic legs, including claws), is approximately 15 cm long. And, it is its discoverers who dubbed the creature “yeti lobster” or “yeti crab.”

Where to Find Yeti Crab: 

This no-treat to eye creature is found in the South Pacific ocean.

7. Vogelkop Superb Bird-of-Paradise

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Even the picture tells how bizarre this bird is. Well, generally, this bird looks black  with blue spots on his head and a blue chest section. Although, its visage transforms into a weird alien black hole with shimmering blue accents once it lifts his cape feathers behind his head.

But the interesting fact associated with the birdy is only the males of the species look so unique because the whole thing is simply showing for females in their species. Yes, they do this to entice them into choosing the male as a mate, making sure  only  to show her his weird alien side as he dances around the female before she decides if he’s worthy or not.

Where to Find Vogelkop Superb Bird-of-Paradise:

Mostly these species are found in the mountains of Bird's Neck Peninsula in Western New Guinea, Indonesia.

8. Pink Fairy Armadillo

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The moment you see the pink fairy armadillo, you may consider it as a Photoshopped creature, but you are mistaking here because it’s real! The animal spends most of its life burrowing underground and is only about 5 inches long. And most uniquely, the pink fairy armadillo pumps blood in or out of its pink shell to adjust its temperature.

It is an unknown fact that the blood of the armadillo is what gives the armadillo such a strange pink color. The weird and little and adorable as critter creature is incredibly elusive. And, the point is they’re rarely seen.

Where to Find Armadillo:

As we have mentioned that these creatures are rarely seen, it doesn’t mean that they’re burrowing around just anywhere because that’s not true. Yes, they only live in the deserts of Argentina.

9. Mantis Shrimp

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There are several names of this unusual shrimp. Some call it the “sea locusts,” some call it “prawn killers,” and some also call it the “thumb splitters.” This colorful shrimp may be small in size but is also capable of throwing some of the most powerful punches in nature. 

It is said that the mantis collects all of its energy in its arms and then further strikes its prey with force equivalent to a 22 caliber bullet. And, that is nothing less than a super-powered punch!

Where to Find Mantis Shrimp:

Generally, the mantis shrimps are found in Australian waters.

10. Indian Purple Frog

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It could be said that the distribution of such frogs is very limited. However, this is not the only reason why scientists took so long to find them. But the fact is such frogs spend most of their life’s time underground, only to surface two weeks every year for mating purposes. It is one of the camouflaged animals that are the masters of their surroundings.

And, they can live on a diet of the food that exists underground, which is mainly termites, so they don’t even need to come up for food.

As you can see in the picture, these frogs look as strange as they sound. They always seem to look like they have had a little too much to eat or like they are bloated. In comparison to their bodies, they have a very small head and have a white snout that sticks out from their faces. And they have smooth, deep purple skin as we are sure you can guess by looking at them.

Where to Find Indian Purple Frog:  

As the name suggests, these Purple Frogs are found in India’s land.

11. Thorny Dragon

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This lizard, also known as the Thorny Devil, has its full body covered with thousands of spikes. Must say that before attempting to swallow a thorny devil, these spikes are thought to make predators think twice. 

The spiny armor of their not only protects them from predators, but it also benefits them to absorb water in their arid habitat. As between their thorns, there are hygroscopic (moisture-attracting) grooves available by brushing up against dew-coated grass. 

They obtain water from the dew that condenses on their bodies overnight or during rare rainfalls.  And allowing the thorny dragon to suck water from its body, water that gets into the grooves between its thorns is drawn by capillary action to its mouth.

Where to Find Thorny Dragon:

Thorny Dragon is generally found in Australian Deserts.

12. Panda Ant

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The most unusual species of insects is nothing but the Panda Ant. Well, obviously, and even you can say that their name derives from the obvious resemblance to a panda in its markings. However, this remarkable insect is not even an ant. 

The creature named Panda Ant is a variety of wingless wasp! And, even very few of us are aware of this little seen insect. And, just like normal ants, they also have been seen to bring down animals as large as elephants with only a few dozen stings.

Where to Find Panda Ant:

These ants are known to be found near the coastal regions of Chile.

Final Thoughts

So, after looking at all these pictures, we are sure to say that for every cute little bunny, there is a truly strange animal just trying to live its life. Yes, because nature sure has given us some adorable animals to fawn over, but many bizarre animals are  living out with them. 

So, tell us which one you haven’t seen before and which one you found the ugliest of all via our comment section!


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