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21 More Strange Animals You Didn’t Know Exist

You might think you’ve seen the world over, under, around and through, but there will still be wonders that will make your eyes pop. Even if you’re a dedicated animal enthusiast, you can’t honestly expect to know all of the 1,367,555 non-insect animal species, that are identified on the face of Earth today! Besides, new animal species might be discovered by the time you finish reading this text, so there will always be some new surprises for us out there.

We’ve already introduced you to 22 strange animals you didn’t know existed, and, like we said, the count never stopped! Here’s a new list of 21 more animals you’ve most likely never heard of, and probably won’t see prancing around your backyard anytime soon.

Would you like any of these to become commonplace pets, and share a roof with you?

Red-lipped Batfish

Found on the Galapagos Islands, this fish is actually a pretty bad swimmer, and uses its pectoral fins to walk on the bottom of the ocean. (Image credits: imgur)

Goblin Shark

This rare shark is sometimes even called a “living fossil”, “is the only extant representative of the family Mitsukurinidae, a lineage some 125 million years old.” Goblin sharks inhabit around the world at depths greater than 100 m (330 ft), with adults found deeper than juveniles. Given the depths at which it lives, the goblin shark poses no danger to humans. (Image credits: imgur)

The Panda Ant

The Mutillidae are a family of more than 3,000 species of wasps (despite the names) whose wingless females resemble large, hairy ants. Found in Chile, they are known for their extremely painful stings, hence the common name cow killer or cow ant. Black and white specimens are sometimes known as panda ants due to their hair coloration resembling that of the Chinese giant panda. (Image credits: Chris Lukhaup)

Penis Snake

This, uhm… peculiar eyeless animal is actually called Atretochoana eiselti. It is a large, presumably aquatic, caecilian amphibian with a broad, flat head and a fleshy dorsal fin on the body. (Image credits: fotos.noticias.bol.uol.com.br)

Umbonia Spinosa

These thorn bugs are related to cicadas, and use their beaks to pierce plant stems to feed upon their sap. Their strange appearance still poses many questions to scientists. (Image credits: Colin Hutton)

Lowland Streaked Tenrec

Found in Madagascar, Africa, this small tenrec is the only mammal known to use stridulation for generating sound – something that’s usually associated with snakes and insects. (Image credits: hakoar | telegraph.co.uk)

Hummingbird Hawk-Moth

As this hawk-moth feeds on flowers and makes a similar humming sound, it looks a lot like a hummingbird. What’s interesting is that it is surprisingly good at learning colors. (Image credits: Jerzy Strzelecki | unknown)

Glaucus Atlanticus

Also known as the blue dragon, this creature is a is a species of blue sea slug. You could find it in warm waters of the oceans, as it floats on the surface because of a gas-filled sac in its stomach. (Image credits: unknown | unknown | paulhypnos)

Mantis Shrimp

Also called the “sea locusts“, “prawn killers” and even “thumb splitters”, this is one of the most common predators in tropical and sub-tropical waters; little is known about them, however, because of how much time they spend hiding in their burrows. (Image credits: Alexander Safonov)

Venezuelan Poodle Moth

Discovered in Venezuela in 2009, this new species of alien-looking moth is still poorly explored. Waiting for more info about them! (Image credits: Arthur Anker | imgur)

The Pacu Fish

You probably don’t need much explanation as to why the residents of Papua New Guinea call this fish a “ball cutter.” The local fishermen were really worried about the safety of their testicles when they had to get in the water! (Image credits: imgur | evolvingcomplexityii)

Giant Isopod

This one is the largest of the existing isopods. “The enormous size of the giant isopod is a result of a phenomenon known as deep sea gigantism. This is the tendency of deep sea crustaceans and other animals to grow to a much larger size than similar species in shallower waters.” (Image credits: Littoraria)

The Saiga Antelope

This saiga, spread around the Eurasian steppe, is known for its an extremely unusual, over-sized, flexible nose structure, the proboscis. (Image credits: enews.fergananews.com)

The Bush Viper

Being a carnivore predator, the Bush Viper lives up in the trees of the tropical forests of Africa, and does most of its hunting at night. (Image credits: thegeneralmonk)

The Blue Parrotfish

This bright blue fish can be found in the waters of the Atlantic Ocean, and spends 80% of its time searching for food. (Image credits: imgur | depalmadise)

Indian Purple Frog

Found in India, this species of frog have bloated body and an unusually pointy snout; it only spends two weeks a year on the surface of earth, leaving the underground for mating. (Image credits: wikipedia.org)

Shoebill

This large stork-like bird gets its name because of the shape of its beak. Even though it was already known to ancient Egyptians and Arabs, the bird was only classified in 19th century. (Image credits: David Li | shoebill.info)

Okapi

This mammal is native to the Democratic Republic of the Congo in Central Africa. Despite the zebra-like stripes, it is actually more closely related to giraffes. (Image credits: marylandzoo.org | baynews9.com)

Narwhal

This toothed whale, found in the arctic, has been valued for over 1000 years by the Inuit people for its meat and ivory. The narwhal, however, is especially sensitive to the climate change. (Image credits: gowild.wwf.org.uk | Richard Thomas)

Thorny Dragon

Coloured in camouflaging shades of desert browns, this lizard has a “false” head, which he presents to his predators by dipping the real one. (Image credits: imgur | Christopher Watson)

Sea Pig

Scotoplanes live on deep ocean bottoms, specifically on the abyssal plain in the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Ocean, typically at depths of over 1000 meters. They are deposit feeders, and obtain food by extracting organic particles from deep-sea mud. (Image credits: imgur | thedailygreen.com | realcoldfish)

22 More Strange Animals You Didn’t Know Exist (Part I)

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  • Ruth Neugebauer Andrieux

    I love the blue parrot fish

  • bob

    fuck that penis snake

  • Science Dude

    This Was Not Photoshoped.
    One Time My Dad Was Fishing And Caught A Pacu.
    He Made Fun Of Its HUMAN TEETH!!!!
    And On The Same Day He Caught A Baby Squid.
    Thank Goodness It Was’nt A Humoldt Squid!

  • Science Dude

    AND DONT DESTROY ANY CREATURES OR I WILL CALL THE POLICE!!!!

  • Zhane Ellis

    turn down, these animals make me fill like I got to throw up and if I throw up, it’s gonna be on yall. These animals are fake, but good information.

  • fuddyduddy

    amazing

  • Blade I. Flame

    These are all rather…..’interesting’.

  • http://majnouna.com/ Joumana Medlej

    Half of these are very likely photoshop jobs. Come on…

  • Aye aye

    Oh! HOLY MOLY GOLLY FOLLY! What did I just see!O_o ! It’s awesome!

  • Munkeyknuckle

    Those of you dumb twits who think these photos are fake have issues. The only animals on this list that should be unfamiliar are the ones from the extreme deep or the newly discovered species variations of those that were already known. The pacu though is from south america was mistakenly put in new guinea as a food source for the natives. Unfortunately they get real big there due to a lack of predation. The bearded fucking dragon is one of the most common lizards found in pet stores. Before you spout off about fakes u should learn yerselves some shit. Oh yeah wikiisnt the only source for info. And oh yeah there are many many species who have anatomy that mimics or resembles human traits. You gonna say pics of a proboscis monkey are photoshopped jimmy durante over a fucking monkey. READ FUCKING BOOKS

    • Janne

      The goblin shark is quite clearly fake (although it does exist) and the lower narwhal picture is a computer graphic.

  • Allan Chandler

    Some of these are known to me but the utter diversity of evolution astounds me

  • asdfsfsdv

    eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

  • Pakistan

    Wow there are so many things which is to be discovered. In my country pakistan, we have discovered an giant pangolian monster ,who was 8 feet tall and ate two people alive and destroyed many homes.

  • Phil

    Yup, evolution never happened, and it is impossible for species to become other species.

  • Yeah

    I just bought all of them off E bay and craigslist they are being shipped to my house right now.