From Coconut Crab to Pink Fairy Armadillo and even Giant Isopod here are 21 World’s Weirdest Animals, would you love to own one?
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10. Coconut Crab
If you were hoping that the photos of these crabs are misleading, we’re sorry to disappoint you. The Coconut Crab is just as big and terrifying as it looks. At around 9 pounds and 3 feet long, the Coconut Crab is a monster. They are a type of hermit crab and, as their name suggests, eat coconuts. Their incredibly powerful claws are capable of climbing trees and picking up more than 60 pounds.
9. The Yeti Crab
The Yeti Crab is a relatively new discovery, found in 2005 off of the coast of Antarctica. Because of their harsh habitat, the Yeti Crab has made some incredible adaptations. First, they live near vents of warm water. Meaning their living space is extremely cramped, with around 600 crabs per square meter. They also are blind, they actually have no eyes, because they live at depths of 8,500 feet. Finally, their defining characteristic: hairy arms and legs. The hair on their arms and legs is a breeding ground for bacteria, which they eat. This way, the Yeti Crab actually cultivates its own food, eliminating the need for hunting or foraging.
The echidna is as amazing as it is weird. Echidnas are one of two species of mammals who are capable of laying eggs, the other is a platypus. With beady eyes, short legs, a long snout, an even longer tongue, and a body covered in spines, the echidna might also take the cake for strangest mammal period.
7. Tufted Deer
These heartwarming little deer stand at only 28-inches off the ground and are named after the wild tuft of black hair on their forehead. What makes this deer one of the strangest Bambis around? Their terrifying vampire teeth. The male deer grow intense canines with which they maul one another during mating season.
6. Sea Lamprey
Lampreys are 100% the stuff nightmares are made of. These hideous creatures are more mouth than anything, which they use to latch on to other fish. Once they sink their rows of teeth into the body of another fish, they feed off blood and bodily fluids. These ghastly fish are native to the Atlantic Ocean, but are beginning to creep into the Great Lakes as well.
5. Giant Isopod
This deep sea creepy crawly lives at depths of up to 7,000 feet beneath the surface. At these depths, the ocean is pitch black, so they have developed a reflective retina, much like cats, that makes their eyes appear to glow in the dark. Like giant squids, their huge size is part of a phenomenon called deep sea gigantism, which means creatures living at amazing depths tend to be much larger than their shallower cousins. In fact, these isopods average about 14-inches, but some specimens have been measured at over two and a half feet long.
This sea creature which inhabits the Atlantic ocean is still as disturbing as it was 300 million years ago. Hagfish, or slime eels, are living fossils that have changed very little over the millennia. Their defining characteristic is their revolting ability to produce slime. Tons of it. When they feel threatened, their bodies secrete gallons of slime in minutes. In an effort to get people to appreciate the hagfish, there is a national holiday named after them in October. But it doesn’t come as a huge surprise that Hagfish Day is so close to Halloween.
These endangered creatures look like a cross between a dragon and an anteater. Pangolins are covered in tough armor, made of thick keratin scales. When they feel threatened, they roll into a tight ball, making themselves impervious to harm. Pangolins can grow to be about 40-inches long, but in some cases, their tongue is actually longer than their entire body! These incredible mammals have also made a habit of carrying their newborn babies on their tail to keep them close.
2. Pink Fairy Armadillo
This could very well be the cutest animal to make it on our list. Of all the species of armadillos, this one is the smallest, living up to its name. Pink fairy armadillos only grow to be about five inches long and weigh less than a pound. Unlike other armadillos, the pink fairy doesn’t use its shell as armor. It’s pastel pink covering sits on top of its fluffy white fur and is a way to keep the armadillo cool in the summers and warm in the winters.
1. Duck-Billed Platypus
If the duck-billed platypus hadn’t earned the popular reputation of being the weirdest living thing on earth, we’d probably think it was a joke. In fact, when the platypus was discovered in the late 1700s, British scientists were convinced it was a prank being played by George Shaw. And can you blame them? The duck-billed platypus is a wild mixture of a little bit of everything: a duck bill, a beaver body, webbed feet, poisonous claws, and to top it all off, the thing lays eggs. Descriptions of this animal read like a sideshow attraction.