The moment we finished school, we think we know every animal species out there. But, the truth is that the variety of animals are endless. Some of these animals are so freakingly odd! They look like something a first grader dreamed of and drew on paper or even an anime character.
Here are 14 of the most bizarre animals you’ve never seen before.
1. The Panda Ant
The Panda Ant is a most unusual species of insect. Their name derives from the obvious resemblance to a panda in its markings. This remarkable insect is not even an ant. The Panda Ant is actually a variety of wingless wasp! They were first discovered in 1938. Very little is known of this little seen insect. They are only known to exist in coastal regions of Chile. Their sting is exceptionally powerful for their size. They have been seen to bring down animals as large as cows with only a few dozen stings
2. The Red-lipped Batfish
These strange looking fish have long and sharp nose and they also look like they put a lot of lipstick on their lip. Some scientist believe the purpose of its red bright lip is for the male of Ogcocephalus darwini to attract the female.
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.
3. The Penis Snake
The Penis Snake is neither a penis nor a snake. This, errr… 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
4. The 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 because of how much time they spend hiding in their burrows.
Mantis shrimp don’t see colours like we do. Although the crustaceans have many more types of light-detecting cell than humans, their ability to discriminate between colours is limited.
5. The Goblin Shark
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.
This pink-skinned animal has a distinctive profile with an elongated, flattened snout, and highly protrusible jaws containing prominent nail-like teeth. It is usually between 3 and 4 m (10 and 13 ft) long when mature, though it can grow considerably larger.
6. The Umbonia Spinosa
The Umbonia Spinosa, also knows as the Thorn Bug,is considered a pest in Southern Florida. It likes to live in ornamental and fruit trees, which it ends up destroying, especially during heavy infestations. This insect kills its host because it sucks the sap and also because it lays its eggs in the tree.
7. The Venezuelan Poodle Moth
The Venezuelan Poodle Moth – the almost unreal looking subject of the popular meme — is believe it or not, a real animal, not a hoax. The species was only recently identified, in 2009, but there are actually quite a few rather closely related moth species that look just as interesting/strange.
8. The Glaucus Atlanticus
Also known as the blue dragon, this creature is a species of blue sea slug. You can find it in warm waters of the oceans. it normally floats on the surface because of a gas-filled sac in its stomach.
FYI: It’s quite like one of the pocket monsters of the Anime, POKEMON.
9. The Bush Viper
The African Bush Viper is one snake in the many genus of Atherissnakes deserving the Viper name. This snake is highly poisonous.
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.
10. 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. They are uniformly blue with a yellow spot on their heads that fades as they age. They average 30–75 cm in length with a maximum length of 1.2 m. They develop a large “beak” like other parrotfish that is used for scraping algae and small organisms from rocks.
11. The Thorny Dragon
Colored in camouflaging shades of desert browns, this lizard has a “false” head, which he presents to his predators by dipping the real one.
he thorny devil grows up to 20 cm (8.0 in) in length, and it can live for up to 20 years. Most of these lizards are coloured in camouflaging shades of desert browns and tans. These colours change from pale colours during warm weather and to darker colours during cold weather. These animals are covered entirely with conical spines that are mostly uncalcified.
12. The 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.
Sea pigs are a variety of sea cucumber.
13. The Okapi
The Okapi is a beautiful and unusual animal. With its white-and-black striped hindquarters and front legs, it looks like it must be related to zebras! But take a look at an okapi’s head, and you’ll notice a resemblance to giraffes.
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.
14. The Indian Purple Frog
Meet the Indian purple frog, also known as the pig-nosed frog. With a chubby, purple body and pointed, piglike snout, it’s unlike any other frog on Earth.
Found in India, this species only spends two weeks a year on the surface of earth, leaving the underground for mating.