Let’s face it, we all love animals. Every time you open Instagram you’re bound to see a picture or video of animals being cute in one way or another. Cats and dogs are great, but what about the animals we never hear about? There are over 1,367,555 identified non-insect species in the world today and, by the end of the blog post new species may have been discovered somewhere! In this top 10 list we will be ranking the more unusual animals planet earth is home to.
#1 Panda Ant
Despite its intriguing exterior, the Panda Ant harnesses an extremely nasty sting and is hence known as the “Cow Killer”. Panda Ants are actually from the Mutillidae family of wasps. The Mutillidae’s female counterparts are wingless and hence resemble large, white and black haired ants with very a similar style to the Chinese giant panda.
Image Source: Chris Lukhaup
#2 Lowland Streaked Tenrec
Originating from Madagascar, an island country in the Indian Ocean. This type of tenrec can usually be found in tropical rainforest environments. The lowland streaked tenrec eats mainly earthworms found on the forest floor and can sometimes be seen stamping on the ground, a tactic to increase earthworm activity making catching prey easier.
Despite its Zebra like stripes, the Okapi is more closely related with the Giraffe and is therefore known as the Forest or Zebra Giraffe. Okapi are originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo in central Africa.
#4 White Peacock
A strange but beautiful animal. Most of us are familiar with more common peacocks because of their blue-green plumage and distinctive spotted tail feathers. The white peacock on the other hand looks very much ready for a wedding with its tail in an elaborate fan. These majestic birds suffer from an interesting genetic condition known as leucism, much like albinism in humans where pigment in the skin is reduced.
#5 Blue-Footed Booby
Image Source: Paul Krawczuk
Found on the tropical island regions surrounding the eastern pacific ocean, this marine bird really does have some great shoes. The blue-footed booby’s unusual foot pigmentation comes from its diet of fresh fish.
#6 Alarm Jellyfish (Atolla)
Known for their red exterior, the Atolla Jellyfish is a deep-sea crown jellyfish. Like many mid-water species, it is deep red in colour. Atolla are bio-luminescent. When attacked the jellyfish launches an array of flashes around it. The flashes are used to draw in predators who are more interested in the jellyfishes attacker than itself, much like an alarm.
#7 Arctic Fox
Arctic Foxes are small foxes found in the arctic regions of the northern hemisphere. They are very well adapted to the cold climate and is known for its warm, thick fur that is also used for camouflage in snowy environments.
#8 Blue Ocean Slug
Glaucus atlanticus is a species of blue, shell-less sea slug, the blue colouring helps keep them camouflaged against the sea water. This species is pelagic, they float upside down in the seawater using water tension to keep them up. Blue ocean slugs eats venomous sea life, so be careful when picking one up as it can result in a pretty nasty sting!
#9 The Sarcastic Fringehead
Excellently named, the Sarcastic fringehead has a huge mouth with sharp teeth, and aggressive, territorial behaviour towards other fish. They are particularly hardy aquatic creatures. When two fringeheads have a battle over territory, they put their mouths together as if kissing. This is to establish who is the bigger fish and therefore the more dominant.
Image Source: Bernard Dupont
To round of our top 10 list we have one more animal for you. The gharial is a crocodilian native to the northern area of the Indian subcontinent. According to data, there are less than 235 gharial left on the planet. This is mainly due to the loss of river habitats, the reducing number of fish resources for them to eat and fishing net entanglement. Gharial are currently listed as critically endangered by the ICUN Red List.
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