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9 Weirdest-Looking Animals You Didn't Know Existed

  • Oct 17, 2009
This list is adapted from the Huffington Post article of the same name.  Who knew that there were such strange looking creatures out there?!
The axolotl is a Mexican neotenic mole salamander. Neotenic means that, as adults, it holds onto traits seen in juveniles.

My second grade class actually had two of these.  One of them crawled out of the tank and died.  Totally ruined my childhood, but I digress.  I still think that they're creepy.
With 2,500 species of cicada insects around the world, some are stranger than others.

I'm surprised that the cicada is on this list.  They're not that uncommon.
The aye-aye is a rodent-looking lemur found in Madagascar.

This has gotta be the ugliest lemur I've ever seen.  The scraps of hair and plastic-like ears kinda put me off.
Star-nosed Mole
The star-nosed mole can be found in eastern Canada and the northeastern United States.

That nose looks hard to powder.  And where are its eyes?!  I can't help but wonder what function that starry nose has.
Philippine Tarsier
Although the tarsier's distribution was once widespread, it's now only found in Southeast Asia.

This one's actually kind of cute, but those gigantic eyes and human-like fingers are kinda creepy.  Looks like a real life Furby!
Angora rabbit
The angora rabbit is a domesticated species, known for its cultivated hair.

Wait, you mean that's not a powder puff?!  Holy mother of... oh my god.  I want to pet it and hug it!
  That layer of fuzz is INSANE!
Giant Isopod
Giant isopods can be found in the deep sea, primarily in the Atlantic.

This kinda reminds me of a squid, except with an exoskeleton.  Maybe a squid dressed up for Halloween?
Kiwa Hirsuta
This crustacean was discovered in the South Pacific Ocean in 2005 and is noted for its "fur-like" extensions.

This is also known as the "Yeti crab", for obvious reasons. So cool to know that it was just discovered four years ago! I wonder how yummy they are and whether I can make a stole out of those furry claws or not...
Leafy Sea Dragon
Related to the sea horse, the leafy sea dragon is good at camouflaging.

These aren't too special.  They're cool looking, but I've seen these in plenty of aquariums (I'm an aquarium enthusiast!).  Not that a sea horse has any "indecent" body parts to be "ashamed" about, but they're kinda like the Adam and Eve of seahorses what with their leafy outfit and all.

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September 30, 2010
You're hysterical -- and that angora rabbit is to die for!! #5 looks like an inbred Koala (I love Koala bears, but this thing looks evil) and #3 could give me nightmares. Great and entertaining list Devora!
September 30, 2010
Yes, I'd love to hug the angora bunny! And ha, it's the eyes of the Philippine tarsier that creep me out! The aye aye is tweaking out :P
September 30, 2010
I'm a firm believer there's no such thing as an ugly animal, but I have to agree with you; some of these are creepy!!
September 30, 2010
I'm a firm believer there's no such thing as an ugly animal, but I have to agree with you; some of these are creepy!!
November 13, 2009
Wow, educational and hilarious. Someone needs to give that bunny a trim! LOL! I'm still trying to decide if I think the axolotl is cute or not. Hmmmm...
November 14, 2009
Thanks! If you give the Angora bunny a trim though, it'll be less fuzzay and fun to hug! I think the Axolotl's face is cute, but then when you see it swimming around a tank, it's a bit creepy...
November 14, 2009
I'm not sure I'd even know where to begin. If it weren't for the visible nose, I wouldn't even know which end was which. How does that bunny see anything, anyhow?
November 14, 2009
Well, if an emo kid can see past his bangs, I'm sure an Angora bunny can see past its own fuzz ;)
November 16, 2009
I'm still wondering how Robert Smith of The Cure gets around without walking into walls. ; )
November 16, 2009
The same way an Angora bunny gets around without a bang trimming ;P
November 11, 2009
Awesome! How did you find these critters? Hilarious about the Kiwa Hirsuta!!
November 12, 2009
In this Huffington Post article that I posted in the description!  I think I'm gonna turn @djevoke's Things You Need For A Crab Feed list into a Things You Need For A Kiwa Hirsuta Feed... :D
October 15, 2010
Regarding the eating of strange animals, how on earth could anybody come up with the idea of eating such a strange thing as a horseshoe crab? And why are there no horseshoe crabs in this list? (Maybe they should replace the cicada with the horseshoe crab.)
November 10, 2009
Love it!
November 11, 2009
Thanks, lady! :)
November 10, 2009
Axolot looks like a pokemon :)
November 10, 2009
Whoa, I never realized it, but the Axolotl does look like it could be a Pokemon!
November 05, 2009
I love this list. where on earth did you grow up that you had an axolotl in your classroom?!
November 05, 2009
Califor-ni-a :P We even had a chinchilla, among many other odd pets. My 2nd grade teacher was a kooky animal lover!
November 05, 2009
Oh. my. god. How crazy! I wonder where one GETS an axolotl! O_o I think that thing would have scarred me for life if I saw it in person!!
November 05, 2009
Oh. my. god. How crazy! I wonder where one GETS an axolotl! O_o I think that thing would have scarred me for life if I saw it in person!!
October 25, 2009
uh yeh! I forgot the name of that insect that gets frozen and thawed after a certain period and still alive and kicking! nice one.
November 05, 2009
I wanna know that name of that insect!
October 17, 2009
The star nosed mole is amazing, I´ve never seen that creature before.
October 17, 2009
That was the one that I was most surprised by! I've never seen anything like it either.
October 15, 2010
Really, that's not so unusual, I've seen that one loads of times! It have no eyes because it spends its whole life underground and the star-nose it use to locate pray (earthworms and what-have-you...)
October 17, 2009
Great list! I love your commentary too!
October 17, 2009
Thanks, Kay! :)
October 17, 2009
awesome list! i want a Axolotl now.
October 17, 2009
Thanks, Hayes! I don't know about a pet axolotl... they're cold-blooded (hopefully not emotionally, too!), so their environment requires special care.  I recommend the White's tree frog ;D
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