When watch­ing ani­mals in nature, you can most often see how a squir­rel jumps on a tree, a snake glides across the lawn, or bees fly into their hive near your house. But there are much more inter­est­ing crea­tures in the world that are not so easy and sim­ple to meet. Here is a com­pi­la­tion of some of the most exot­ic ani­mals that have strange and unusu­al body fea­tures.

exotic animals

Bald wakari

The bald wakari is a species of mon­key in Brazil and Peru that is known for its bright red face. Flocks of these mon­keys are called detach­ments, they pre­fer to live in tall trees due to con­stant flood­ing. These floods are grad­u­al­ly destroy­ing the habi­tat of the hair­less wakari, and a num­ber of oth­er exot­ic ani­mals in the area. Sci­en­tists believe that the col­or­ful muz­zle of the mon­key is the result of a spe­cial pig­ment that allows the red col­or of the blood ves­sels to show through the skin. This is dis­ad­van­ta­geous and does not con­tribute to the sur­vival of the mon­key in any way, because it is much eas­i­er for preda­tors to detect the mon­key. Unfor­tu­nate­ly for these mon­keys, they are slow­ly dis­ap­pear­ing due to hunters as well. Bald uakari with paler faces are sus­cep­ti­ble to malar­ia. They iso­late them­selves from oth­er mon­keys and do not breed. This is one of the most exot­ic mon­key breeds.

giraffe beetle

This exot­ic bee­tle gets its name from its unusu­al­ly long neck. The giraffe bee­tle is an insect that lives on the island of Mada­gas­car. Although it may look very incon­ve­nient, this strange bod­i­ly fea­ture is crit­i­cal to the life of a small insect. For males, their necks serve as a weapon against oth­er males. The necks of male wee­vils are twice as long as those of female wee­vils.

snub-nosed monkey

The snub-nosed mon­key is more like a vic­tim of a genet­ic exper­i­ment than a pri­mate. They were only recent­ly dis­cov­ered in the Asian coun­try of Myan­mar, after being acci­den­tal­ly hunt­ed. Since then, sci­en­tists have observed these mon­keys in the jun­gle dur­ing the rainy sea­son. This is the best peri­od to observe their unusu­al behav­ior. Mon­keys curl their hair into a ball to pro­tect them­selves from water because the odd shape of their noses allows water to enter their nos­trils eas­i­ly, caus­ing them to con­stant­ly sneeze.

The pop­u­la­tion of snub-nosed mon­keys in Myan­mar is cur­rent­ly 260–300 indi­vid­u­als, but it is in dan­ger of declin­ing due to their tasty meat, which is often hunt­ed. Luck­i­ly, they feed on berries and fruits in the high tree­tops, mak­ing them dif­fi­cult for hunters to catch. Exot­ic ani­mals are not uncom­mon in Myan­mar, which is why sci­en­tists and researchers from all over the world come here.

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ice fish

First dis­cov­ered in 1927, the ice­fish is a strange look­ing organ­ism that inhab­its the coasts around Antarc­ti­ca. The exot­ic fish has strik­ing fea­tures, fangs and a ghost­ly white body. Such a trans­par­ent body is the result of the absence of hemo­glo­bin in her blood.

The mys­tery of how these fish sur­vive with­out hemo­glo­bin has puz­zled researchers for over 60 years and lies in a sub­stance that car­ries oxy­gen through the blood­stream. Recent­ly, sci­en­tists have the­o­rized that ice­fish can absorb oxy­gen through their skin rather than their gills. Anoth­er ver­sion is that instead of blood, ice­fish have plas­ma. The yel­low­ish col­or of the plas­ma may be the cause of the yel­low tint in the fish.

big eel

The list of exot­ic ani­mals also includ­ed an extreme­ly rare large eel, some­times called the pel­i­can eel. This crea­ture lives deep in the ocean. One rea­son for its rar­i­ty is that females lay their eggs in such deep waters, where off­spring often sim­ply do not sur­vive.

The deep sea eel opens its jaws of an incred­i­bly large mouth to swal­low large prey attract­ed to the superb bio­lu­mi­nes­cent orbs at the ends of its tail. As an eel ages, its teeth slow­ly dis­ap­pear, but its sense of smell improves to com­pen­sate for the loss of teeth.

hummingbird butterfly

The hum­ming­bird but­ter­fly, or com­mon tongue, is a very exot­ic crea­ture that is often con­fused with a hum­ming­bird. Found almost every­where in south­ern Europe and Asia, this moth is very sim­i­lar to a hum­ming­bird. Not only that, she has a very sim­i­lar trunk for col­lect­ing nec­tar. It expands with air as the moth inhales, allow­ing the nec­tar to be sucked out.

Along with hav­ing a hum­ming­bird’s pro­boscis, its wings can move just as fast while mak­ing a low hum­ming noise. The com­mon tongue has a good mem­o­ry, con­stant­ly return­ing to the same 50 flow­ers.

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flying frog

The fly­ing frog is a rare species that only descends from a tree dur­ing the breed­ing sea­son. Also known as the para­chute frog, this species has strong mem­branes between its toes. Sci­en­tists ini­tial­ly thought that these mem­bra­nous mem­branes were used for swim­ming because it is more com­mon for frogs, but were sur­prised to see them fly­ing from tree to tree. These exot­ic ani­mals fly in such a way as to avoid preda­tors.

The longest dis­tance a fly­ing frog trav­eled was over 15 meters. This is just enough to get to anoth­er tree, or even to the ground. In addi­tion to webbed mem­branes, the frog uses the help of its toes to land more safe­ly, much like geck­os do.


Prob­a­bly one of the weird­er crea­tures in the world. Sal­pa is an exot­ic ani­mal, more like an alien. Sur­pris­ing­ly, this jel­ly­fish-like crea­ture that lives off the coast of Cal­i­for­nia is not a jel­ly­fish at all, but is actu­al­ly made up of small­er organ­isms that come togeth­er and inter­act. Each sal­pa has an indi­vid­ual struc­ture, con­sists of plank­ton and is absolute­ly safe.

These organ­isms have become more numer­ous in recent years due to their incred­i­ble abil­i­ty to clone them­selves at will. How­ev­er, salps also cause a num­ber of prob­lems. They destroy fish­ing nets while trapped, and once even tem­porar­i­ly dis­abled a nuclear pow­er plant in Cal­i­for­nia. Sci­en­tists say that because of their abil­i­ty to adapt to vary­ing water tem­per­a­tures and immu­ni­ty to pol­lu­tants, salps could soon flood the ocean.

Indian purple frog

The Indi­an pur­ple frog has a fun­ny face and a very fat body. These strange exot­ic ani­mals are born as tad­poles, just like nor­mal aquat­ic frogs. The only dif­fer­ence is that these tad­poles have a pig-like nose hang­ing from their face like a hook.

Sci­en­tists are sur­prised by the strange fea­tures of the frog. Its short limbs are meant to dig the ground like tiny shov­els. They cre­ate whole labyrinths under­ground, spend­ing only two weeks of their life on the sur­face. Dur­ing these two weeks, the frogs have enough time to find a mat­ing part­ner and go under­ground again. Dur­ing this time, males croak loud­ly to attract females, and the pow­er of their sweet song becomes loud­er when it starts to rain.

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carpet octopus

Found in the seas of New Zealand and Aus­tralia, the car­pet octo­pus (also known as the Super­man or Bat­man octo­pus) is almost as rare as the big eel, but lives in much shal­low­er waters. Iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of males and females of this species is very easy, because the females are almost 2 meters longer. Its “car­pet” is used to cap­ture prey, as are a num­ber of oth­er tricks.