Animals You Won't Believe Are Real!
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11. The Blue Dragon
Also knows as the Glaucus Atlanticus, this crazy-looking creature is a species of blue sea slug. Much more elaborate than a sea slug, however, the Blue Dragon is able to float on the water's surface because of a gas-filled sac in its stomach. This species can be found in the warm ocean waters, and we think they look magnificent!
12. The Mantis Shrimp
The Mantis Shrimp also has a few other nicknames, such as “sea locusts“, “prawn killers” and “thumb splitters”. But did you know that this is one of the most common predators in tropical and sub-tropical waters? We thought this creature was just some kind of rare, psychedelic crustacean!
13. The Venezuelan Poodle Moth
The Venezuelan Poodle Moth was only discovered fairly recently in 2009. Found in Venezuela, this strange looking creature has even become the subject of a popular meme! We think this species is probably the most adorable moth we've ever seen, and we can definitely see the resemblance to a poodle...
14. The Giant Isopod
What is this gigantic creature, you ask? This is one the largest species of the existing isopods, and there is a reason behind its abnormal size. Apparently crustaceans living in the deeper parts of the sea can experience 'deep sea gigantism'. This is where the crustacean will grow much larger than its shallow sea dwelling counterparts.
15. The Saiga Antelope
The Saiga Antelope is known for its extremely unusual, over-sized, flexible nose structure - a strange sight indeed! We think they're still incredibly cute though. The sad news is that these creatures are critically endangered and it is already completely extinct in China and southwestern Mongolia.
16. The Bush Viper
The Bush Viper lives in the trees of the tropical forests in Africa, and it does most of its hunting at night. As if snakes weren't already scary enough, this one looks as though it's covered in hundreds of spiky leaves! The slightly better news though is that they are a smaller species of snake, with the maximum length being 78cm!
17. The Blue Parrotfish
Smile for the camera! This comical looking fish is known as a Blue Parrotfish and they average 30-75 cm in length. Some can grow up to 1.2m though - crazy! There is no other species of fish that contains such a stunning uniform blue color across the whole species. The Blue Parrotfish spends a whopping 80% of its time looking for food.
18. The Indian Purple Frog
Yep, this is an actual animal! This species of frog commonly found in India is much more bloated and round than its other frog counterparts. The Indian Purple Frog also has a small head and an unusual snout. Did you know this frog only spends about two weeks above ground each year? This is when the species is looking for a mating partner.
19. The Thorny Dragon
The Thorny Dragon is an Australian lizard that resides mostly in the desert. They are also known as the mountain devil, the thorny lizard, or the moloch. This lizard is covered in sharp spikes, and it uses these to frighten away predators. The crazy thing about these lizards is that they can live for up to 20 years - that's a lot more than most lizards!
20. The Sea Pig
The sea pig has no relation to a pig - they are actually closely related to sea cucumbers! They have enlarged tube feet and live on deep ocean bottoms - that's a depth of over 1000 meters! We find these animals incredibly unreal, especially because they really do have an uncanny likeness to pigs...