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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.