We all know that humans can look different, but when we think of animals, we generally think of how beautiful they are, not quirky or strange. Not only do these animals have strange looks, but their names are just as strange.
Looking for something that will brighten your day? Thinking how strange you look or your name is? Check out these gifts from nature in the department of strange looks and names.
The Blind Snake: Okay, yes it looks like the male member of the Human species, but it is assumed to live in the Amazon. It was just rediscovered in 2011
The Blue Dragon: A type of sea slug, it has one major difference: It can float on top of the water. Found only in the warm ocean waters, it is a beautiful if not strange sight.
The Blue Parrot Fish: Unlike it’s avian name sake, it can’t talk. The only species to have this uniform blue color across the entire species, it ranges 30-75 cm (10 in- 2.4 ft) in length, although there have been some as large as 1.2 m (3.9 ft).
The Bush Viper: A poisonous snake, this one has the additional feature of looking like something straight out of science fiction. Averaging around 46-60 cm (18-23 inches), it lives in Africa, generally along the Gaboon River.
Giant Isopod: These are very large crustacean are thought to be so large because they live at the bottom of the deepest parts of the ocean. Still, looks kind of like a giant rolly-polly, doesn’t it.
The Hummingbird-Hawk Moth: Is it a bird? Is it a moth? Well, actually it is an insect. Not to be confused with hummingbird moths, it is found only in warmer climates like Japan to Portugal, it has the head and wings of a moth but the body of a hummingbird.
The Indian Purple Frog: Yes, this strange looking thing is actually a type of frog. Living underground for most of the year, it only comes out during the Monsoon season for two weeks, and that is to mate.
Lowland Streaked Tenec: This looks like it not only is having a bad hair day, but has a bad colorist as well. But careful, that hair is actually spikes! Found in Madagascar it uses stridulation (rubbing two parts of a body together to produce sound) to make noise and is the only mammal to do so.
Mantis Shrimp: This is also called the Prawn-Killer in Australia, it was once known as sea locusts by the ancient Assyrians. Today, it is also referred to as the thumb-splitter, as painful cuts and gashes were caused by people not handling it cautiously. Looking like a something that couldn’t’ make up its mind about what to wear it is one of the most common predators in both the tropic and sub-tropic waters.
The Narwhal: A species of whale, it looks like an underwater version of the Unicorn. Living only in the Arctic waters, I wouldn’t want this to sneak up on me.
The Okapi: No, it’s not a half breed between a zebra and a horse or any other animal. It’s actually more closely related to the giraffe! It also has a tongue that is long enough to wash it ears, both inside and out. Currently, there are only about 10,000-20,000 left in the wild.
The Pacu Fish: Are those human teeth? No, this fish, a relative of the piranha, eats flesh, as you can imagine. Also called ball-cutters, for obvious reasons, a day at the beach in South America just became a little less appealing.
Panda Ant: This adorable looking creature, it is actually a species of wasp. Found in Chile, be careful, they look pretty but carry a pretty mean sting.
The Red-Lipped Batfish: Okay, this kind of has the expression of your high school librarian this alien looking fish only walks on the floor of the ocean near the Galapagos Island.
Saiga Antelope: This strange creature’s nose looks like it belongs on an aardvark. Critically endangered, It is only found now in one area of Russia and 3 of Kazakhstan. Looks like it makes kissing a little difficult, doesn’t it.
Sea Pig: This aquatic animal looks like something that Isaac Asimov would make up. No relation to the pig, it is actually more closely related to the sea cucumber. Living at depths of over 1,000 m (3280 ft), Chances are you won’t see one except in an Aquarium.
The Shoebill: This large stork looks like he put a foot in his mouth. Living in tropical areas of east Africa and the large swamps from Zambia to Sudan, this unusual creature is a sight to behold.
Thorny Dragon: This Australian desert resident looks like a creature from Mars! With spines that cover it’s entire body, it also has a false head behind its neck that it shows when it feels threatened.
Umbonia Spinosa: Scientists aren’t exactly sure what this very strange, but colorful creature is, but they believe it may be related to the cicadas. Eating sap from plants by piercing he stem with their beaks, it still looks like something you wouldn’t want to meet.
Venezuelan Poodle Moth: Discovered in 2009, there’s not a lot known about this truly adorable creature.
Nature does have a sense of humor. These strange, sometime adorable and sometimes dangerous animals only go to prove, it’s not how you look, but how you present it that counts. Want to share with your friends? Let us know what you think about this article.