The biodiversity of planet Earth is purely magical. Once you start exploring, you won’t feel like stopping. In this article on weird animals, we are going to go ahead and look at some extraordinary creatures that share this planet with us.
We will not dare to say that you don’t know any of what we are about to share with you but, we are pretty darn sure that you have a lot to learn from here.
Even we were so intrigued that we couldn’t help but put up at a reaction segment at the end of this article just to capture your reactions.
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Just to be clear, we will not focus on a single animal species. We will take you on a tour of the broad animal kingdom that makes our planet so vibrant, so full of life.
Before we start, let us take a pledge of protecting this beautiful Earth so that our future generations come and enjoy the very same way as we are doing now.
So, let’s get started with the list of weird animals.
Ready? Hell yes, you are!
Weird Animals: Spicebush Swallowtail Butterfly Caterpillar
The caterpillar of the Spicebush Swallowtail Butterfly (Binomial Name: Papilio troilus) is just as beautiful as the butterfly itself. That’s not the important part. The caterpillar actually has two stages of mimicry to stay protected from predators.
In the early stages, the caterpillar has a dark brown color that makes it look like a bird dropping. This makes the predator birds leave them alone.
In the fourth and the last instar, something else happens. The caterpillar takes a bright yellow-green color and sports two large black dots. These dots are highlighted with white.
These dots are placed on the swollen thorax, giving it the appearance of a common green snake. This prevents the bredatory birds and predators from eating them up!
How cool is that?
Weird Animals: Slow Lorises and Their Poisonous Saliva
Slow lorises, as the name suggests, are very slow, and hence, they cannot run away from predators. Do you think that makes them easy prey? Think again!
These animals have poisonous saliva that they put on their babies by licking them. This prevents the predators from eating them up because the poison makes those babies inedible!
Weird Animals – Mangalica – The Woolly Pig
Did you know that Mangalica is one of the only two breeds of pigs in this world that have thick and curly coat just like sheep?
Let us stand a bit corrected! As of today, it is the only pig breed in the world to sport such woolly coat. The other breed has gone extinct. The name of the other breed was Lincolnshire Curly Coat pig.
The Mangalica can be found in Hungary and it is a domestic pig. It was a result of cross-breeding between Hungarian pigs, European wild boar and Šumadija breed of Serbia.
Weird Animals: Chimney Swift – Spends Most of the Time Flying
One of the most aerial birds that you can come across is the Chimney Swift. They are the most high-flying bird.
The average height they maintain while flying is a mile above earth’s. One particular Chimney Swift was seen flying 7,500 feet above Earth’s surface.
What’s interesting is that the Chimney Swift is rarely seen resting. It drinks, bathes, and eats on wings (that is, while flying).
However, unlike other swifts which mate in air, the Chimney Swift mates while clinging on to a vertical surface that is near the nest.
Weird Animals: Costasiella kuroshimae – An Photosynthetic Sea Slug
Here is another fun animal fact! Meet the Costasiella kuroshimae – a species of a sea slug that has the capability of photosynthesis.
This sea slug eats algae and incorporates the chloroplasts found in those algae and uses them for photosynthesis.
The maximum length this sea slug can achieve is 5mm.
Weird Animals – Sand cats
Let’s take a look into the feline family. They are cute, right? Nope, we are not talking about the big boys and girls in this family. We are talking of the small ones.
The Sand cats are small ones and did you know that the maximum weight an adult male Sand cat can attain is merely 2.45 kilograms?
Here is the fun fact about Sandcats – they are very well adapted to the extreme temperatures of deserts. They have black wiry hair on the undersides of their paws that keep them protected from extreme temperatures.
The thick hair underside their paws also help them to easily move on the sand.
Weird Animals: Christmas Tree Worm – A Marine Worm that Photographers Love
A vibrant and colorful marine worm, the Christmas Tree Worm is a creature straight out of fairy tales. It has two spiraling plumes that look like fir trees and hence the name, Christmas Tree Worm.
These two plumes are used for respiration and feeding but the most surprising fact is that the plumes are the only parts of the worm that remain outside the coral.
Did we just say coral? Yes, you read it right!
At birth, the larva of the Christmas Tree Worm settles on the coral, allowing the coral to grow around the worm. Except for the plumes, the remaining body of the worm stays inside the coral.
The bristles and the legs of the worm remain inside the coral and they are twice as large as the plumes outside the coral.
Whenever the worm feels threatened, it retracts inside the coral tube.
Weird Animals: Glasswing Butterfly
The Glasswing Butterfly (Greta oto) is a brush-footed butterfly species. There are several incredible facts about this butterfly but, the most fascinating one is that it has transparent wings.
Yes, you can literally see through its wings!
The wings look extremely delicate but don’t be fooled. The butterfly is actually capable of carrying 40 times its total weight!
The transparent wings gives this butterfly a unique ability to camouflage without needing vibrant colors.
Weird Animals: Jorunna Parva or the Sea Bunny
Now you know the reason behind the name!
The rhinopores are sensory organs that are responsible for chemoreception. The fur that you see on the creature is not really fur.
The appearance comes from spicules and fleshy protuberances which are known as papillae, which are all used for sensory functions!
They are found in the Indo-Pacific Ocean.
Weird Animals: Sea Robins or Gurnard
They are bottom-dwelling fish. They have large pectoral fins. This fins, while swimming, open and close just like the wings of the birds when they fly.
The pectoral have large surface area, allowing them to glide short distances above water surface. Their skull is unusually solid and some species have armored plates on their bodies.
The most unique feature is that they have six spiny legs. In reality, they are not legs. They are flexible spines that were once a part of the pectoral fins.
When the Sea Robins develop, the spines separate out from the pectoral fins and develop into feeler-like forelegs.
These legs are extremely sensitive to amino acids and helps in chemoreception.