25 bizarre creatures that you won't believe actually exist
From very cute to super creepy, from the deepest oceans to the highest treetops, nature once again proves its beauty by creating some incredible creatures. Here are 25 of the strangest animals we've seen.
Penis Snake -Atretochoana eiselti is an amphibian that is famous for its striking resemblance to the human penis, which has earned it the nickname "penis snake". The species can reach a length of 75 cm.
Tufted Dear - The Tufted Deer(Elaphodus cephalophus) or elaphode or crested deer is a species of cervidae which have incredible long prominent tusk-like upper canines.
Thorny Devil -Moloch, Bristling Moloch or Thorny Devil is an Australian lizard with body is covered in thorn-like scaly growths.
Saiga -The Saiga is the only Eurasian antelope. This animal is recognisable by a long and very arched muzzle, descending on the mouth and giving the appearance of a short trunk.
Pacu -The Pacu(Myleus pacu) is a 20 cm long fish of the Serrasalmidae family found in the Essequibo River.
Snub-nosed Monkey -The Snub-nosed Monkey (Rhinopithecus), whose nose appears to have been amputated re found in Southeast Asia.
Shoebill -The Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex) named because of its beak which is as big (or larger) than its head, is a wading bird similar to storks and herons.
Sea Pig -Scotoplanes are a type of deep sea cucumbers of the family Elpidiidae. They are often called "sea pigs”.
Mantis Shrimp -Mantis Shrimps are predators characterised by their very sophisticated ravishing legs and their exceptionally elaborate vision.
Tenrec -The Tenrec, also known as the small porcupine is a little marsupial with a black coat with longitudinal yellow stripes and consists of hard hair and quills.
Giant Spider Crab -The Giant Spider Crab of Japan (Macrocheira kaempferi) is the largest living arthropod.
Irrawaddy Dophin -The Irrawaddy Dolphin is a species with a large melon-shaped head and a round, blunt head.
Purple Frog -Nasikabatrachus sahyadrensis or more commonly known as the Purple Frog, is an amphibian that is found in India. It lives hidden in the ground, and only goes out to breed during the monsoon season.
Goblin Shark -The Goblin Shark(Mitsukurina owstoni) is unlike any other species of shark, with its long flat snout and protractile jaws lined with razor sharp teeth.
Glaucus -"The charming animal that forms the genus Glaucus, must have struck all the navigating naturalists, by the grace of its forms, and by the brilliancy and agreeable assortment of its colours. - Georges Cuvier, 1805
Giant Isopod -Giant Isopods are a case of abysmal gigantism. They appear as large bugs in a purplish gray hue, and can measure several centimetres in length.
Dumbo Octopus -This curious little fellow is called “Dumbo Octopus” because of its elephant shaped body and two ear-shaped fins.
Giant Softshell Turtle -Cantor’s Giant Softshell Turtle (Pelochelys cantorii) is distinguished by its smooth, soft, dark olive-coloured shell.
Babirus -The Babirus defensive spikes sticking out of its snout. These are actually the animals teeth, whose implantation encourages them to move upward until piercing the skin and out.
Yeti Crab - The Yeti Crab (Kiwa hirsuta) is a 15 centimeters long crustacean recognisable by the abundant silky blonde setae that covers its legs which gives it its common name.
Star Nosed Mole -The Star-nosed Mole(Condylura cristata) is a small species of North American mole. It owes its name to the very characteristic shape of its snout.
Sunda FLying Lemur -Sunda Flying Lemur(Galeopterus variegatus) can glide from tree to tree in the canopies of tropical forests.
Waller's Gazelle -Waller's Gazelle (Litocranius walleri), also called giraffe antelope or gerenuk, is a medium-sized antelope characterised by its long neck that resembles that of a giraffe.
Maned Wolf -The Maned Wolf (Chrysocyon brachyurus) is an omnivorous species of the canid family, native to South America.