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15 Bizarre Animals You’ve Probably Never Seen Before

 Our world is inhabited by some of the most amazing and bizarre-looking animals. In the past, we have shown you some weird animals like the pink fairy armadillo or the bald uakari, but planet earth consists of such a wide array of strange and beautiful creatures that there are still countless birds, reptiles, fish, and mammals out there that you may not have even seen or heard of before.

Today, we will look at some more unusual creatures of our world. From the Madagascar leaf-tailed gecko to the Chestnut-bellied imperial pigeon, these strange and astonishing creatures show once again why nature is so wonderful.

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1. The Blue Glaucus is also known as the sea swallow, blue angel, and dragon slug. It's a unique sea slug that floats upside down and accumulates toxic chemicals or stinging cells from other venomous creatures into its own skin. This amazing ability gives the blue slug a defense mechanism against predation.

Unusual Creatures, blue slug
Image source: Izismile 

2. The Showgirl Chicken combines the features of two of the weirdest-looking chicken breeds - Silkies and Turkens. They got their name because of their resemblance to Las Vegas performers.

Unusual Creatures,  Showgirl chicken
Image source: Izismile 

3. The Madagascar leaf-tailed gecko was discovered only recently and is a master of camouflage. It is often found hiding amid tree leaves and is only about 4-inches-long.

Unusual Creatures, Madagascar leaf-tailed gecko
Image source: Izismile 

4. The Peruphasma schultei is a stick insect that has a velvety matte black body, along with yellow eyes, red mouthparts, and marked white antennas. It is only found in the small territory of the Cordillera del Condor region in Peru.

Unusual Creatures, The Peruphasma schultei
Image source: Izismile 

5. The Black and rufous elephant shrew is a small mammal identified by its multi-colored pelage. Endemic to central and eastern Africa, these animals live in lowland forests and dense woodlands and feed on insects on the ground by using their nose. 

Unusual Creatures, black and rufous elephant
Image source: Izismile 

6. The Ghost Mantis is an insect that looks like a beautiful yet brittle brown leaf. Its found in Madagascar and continental Africa and changes its color to green when the humidity increases.

Unusual Creatures, Ghost mantis
Image source: Izismile 

7. The bizarre-looking treehopper is a bit like a mosquito as it has two interlocking, needlelike feeding tubes. However, they are known for the sharp, pointed spine on their back which looks like a thorn on a plant and helps them camouflage themselves against predators. 

Unusual Creatures, The treehopper
Image source: Izismile 

8. The beautiful and colorful Chestnut-bellied imperial pigeon is found mainly in New Guinea. It's a rare bird and its population is assumed to be pretty small. 

Unusual Creatures, Chestnut-bellied imperial pigeon
Image source: Izismile 

9. Also known as the world’s biggest beetle, the Titan Beetle can grow to be about six and a half inches long and lives deep in tropical rain forests in South America. Despite their huge size, these insects aren't aggressive and only attack when threatened. 

Unusual Creatures, Titan Beetle
Image source: Izismile 

10. The red-nosed lanternfly is probably the cutest bug ever! Native to Burma, Thailand, and the Karen Hills of India, these critters use their long nose as a straw to drink tree sap. 

Unusual Creatures,  red-nosed lantern fly
Image source: Izismile 

11. The Silky Anteater is a nocturnal animal that is found in the forests of Southern Mexico, and Central and South America. It has no teeth but has a sticky tongue. This tiny anteater likes to stay on the treetops and very rarely comes down to the ground.  

Unusual Creatures, Cyclopes didactylus
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12. The Indian giant squirrel is a canopy dweller that builds a spherical nest with leaves and twigs to avoid being caught by leopards and birds of prey. It is known for its cream, maroon, and black color and dark bushy long tail.

Unusual Creatures,  Indian giant squirrel
Image source: Izismile 

13. African fat-tail geckos are cousins of the Leopard gecko and are native to West Africa. These reptiles require moderately high temperatures to survive and thrive.

Unusual Creatures, African fat-tailed gecko
Image source: Izismile 

14. The Panama King Vulture or simply the King Vulture is a large bird found in Central and South America. These amazing scavengers thrive in tropical lowland forests and can spend hours soaring through the air without flapping their wings while looking for dead animals to feed on.

Unusual Creatures, Panamanian king vulture
Image source: Izismile 

15. The Ornate Ghostpipefish inhabit the Indian and western Pacific oceans. These weirdly shaped critters are remarkably hard to spot as they blend themselves incredibly well in coral reefs.

Unusual Creatures, ornate ghost pipefish
Image source: Izismile 
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