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The 29 Weirdest Animals on Earth!

Updated on August 6, 2009

Hairless Cats

 The first successful breed was the Sphynx. The earliest Sphynx, named Prune, was born in 1966.

Star-Nosed Mole

 It has 22 tenticles on it's nose used to identify it's food. The are predominantly in North America,  and lives in wet lowland areas and eats small invertebrates, aquatic insects, worms and molluscs.

The Hispaniolan Solenodon

 My favorite--a shrew-like creature with a long snout  and teeth specially designed  to deliver venom. Only two solenodon species exist today, one in Haiti and the Dominican Republic, and the other in Cuba.

Seapigs

 They live at the bottom of the ocean as their name suggests. They eat the mud on the sea floor. Scientists aren't sure why they are so successful as a specie.

Blobfish

A gelatinous mass that has a high buoyancy, this fish skims the ocean floor gobbling up anything it comes across as it floats by.

Yeti Lobster

 This is amazing! Discovered in 2005 in the South Pacific Ocean, this creature was dubbed the "yeti lobster" or "yeti crab". It lives at a depth of 2,200 metres on hydrothermal vents along the Pacific-Antarctic

The White Turtle

 It's creamy color stems from it's exotic Chinese ancestry.

Long-Eared Jerboa

 It's a noctornal mouse-like rodent that lives in the Chinese and Mongolian deserts.  It has a long tail, long legs and extremely large ears. Being such a rare creature, it is in danger of extinction.

The Aye-Aye (seriously, that's it's name)

 A distant cousin of the woodpecker, it taps food from the trees. When food is located it uses its rodent-like teeth to gnaw a hole, then digs them out with its long middle finger.

Saiga

 It's unusually over-sized, and flexible, nose warms up the air in winter and filters out the dust in summer.

Hagfish

 Replicating something like a penis, the hagfish has been dubbed the most "disgusting" of all sea creatures. It has unusual feeding habits and copious slime producing capabilities.

Lady Seadragons

 They are covered with leaf-like appendages, making them remarkably camouflaged. They are habitants of Australia and love calm, cold water which have been protected by the government since 1982.

The Loris

 Similiar in appearance to some people I have met over the years, the slender loris inhabits tropical moist lowland forests found in India or Sri Lanka. Currently they are just about distinct.

Indian Gharial

 It is one of the longest of all living crocodilians, sometimes measuring over 20 feet.

Hairy Frogfish

 I found my long lost brother....(I have similar hair). These walk along the seabed  hunting for food in Indonesia.

Dumbo Octopus

 Their name orginates with it's ears looking like the Disney character Dumbo. They are extremely rare and dive to incredble depths in the sea.

Viperfish

 This is a deepwater fish with long, needle-like teeth and hinged lower jaws. It is one of the fiercest predators in the very deep part of the sea and is believed to attack its prey by luring its victim with a light producing organ.

Shoebill

 This large bird can be found in Eastern Africa.  It stands at an average of four feet with a wingspan of over seven feet. The species was only discovered by ornithologists in the 19th century.

The Axolotl

 This aquatic reptile looks like he is smiling. The Mexican mole salamander originates from the lake underlying Mexico City. They have the unique ability to regenerate body parts.

The Guineafowl Puffer

 It calls the Pacific Ocean home. It can be up to 50 cm in length.

The Frill-Neck Lizard

 Because of the large and loose skin around it's neck, it runs on it's hind legs when frightened.

The Long-Beaked Echidna

 They are one of two types of mammals that lay eggs.

Tarsier

 Once a widespread specie, the only existing Tarsiers in existence today is those along the islands of Southeast Asia. Each eyeball is 16 mm in diameter and is as larger or larger than their entire brain.

Red Panda

 A herbivorous mammal about the size of a cat,  it has semi-retractible claws and thick fur on its soles to protect it from the cold and to hide its scent.

The Proboscis Monkey

 It's moste noted trait is it's rotund nose. It has been discovered that the female prefers large- nosed males, the larger the better!

Pygmy Marmoset

Indigenous to western Brazil, southeastern Colombia, eastern Ecuador, and eastern Peru, they are omnivorous, feeding on fruit, leaves, insects, and sometimes even small reptiles.

Sun Bear

 This one calls south Asia home. At only four feet tall, it is the smallest member of the bear family, and it is often called the dog bear.

The Komondor

 A large Hungarian dog breed, this one  has a long, thick, strikingly corded white coat and has been declared one of its nation's national treasures.

Hungarian Puli

 Similiar to the Komondor, this dog's dreads rarely moults and is a very fast, acrobatic dog.

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      wow wow wubzy lol 

      6 years ago

      I've heard of many of these (i.e sun bear, tarsier, long eared jerboa, all the monkeys, the dogs, the axolotl, the frilled neck, red panda) but the others were completely new! Thanks I'm using some of these in a novel I'm writing :) also patrick2 so you you

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      patrick 

      6 years ago

      u are ugly

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      Sabrina Yuquan Chen (陈玉泉) 

      7 years ago from Boston, MA, USA

      You have some very interesting pictures here for me to enjoy, but I'm sorry, Red panda is nothing weird, so are some other animals listed here (not to mention "weirdest"). There are many other much stranger animals on earth, so you might want to pick better ones and revise your hub to make it more relevant

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      SASA 

      8 years ago

      Love these pics! sooo cool!!!!!!!!!!

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      Artisina 

      8 years ago from Sacramento

      Thanks for the beautiful pics and info. I never heard of most of these creatures. You rock!

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      Arrakis 

      8 years ago

      I have Hungarian Puli. Very nice and smart animal. My dog is white. Only outdoors can be kept running a lot. Formerly the shepherd. Very good hearing and protects the owner of the field.

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      Angela Michelle Schultz 

      8 years ago from United States

      Amazing Photographs!

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      Sehnonimo 

      8 years ago from San Bruno, CA

      Wow, you actually surprised me with some animals. I thought I knew all the heralded "weird" animals, but the "long-eared Jerboa" and the "Saiga" are new for me.

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      apStumbo 

      8 years ago

      Linked it!

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      pandaluvr 

      8 years ago

      im doing an animal project on the tarsier

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      Richard Parr 

      8 years ago from Australia

      enjoyed that. thanks

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      nicomp really 

      9 years ago from Ohio, USA

      Great use of the quiz. Very interesting.

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      Joilene Rasmussen 

      9 years ago from United States

      I love this hub! Some I had seen before, and others shocked me. I had to literally sit and stare, wondering, "What was God thinking when he designed *that*?" :-)

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      AsherKade 

      9 years ago from Texas

      thank you ladybird!

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      Ladybird33 

      9 years ago from Fabulous USA

      Amazing hub, loved the picutres and I love your creativity on this article! Very unique

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      marcofratelli 

      9 years ago from Australia

      Yep, these are definitely the 29 weirdest animals in the world! I really enjoyed this hub!

    • AsherKade profile imageAUTHOR

      AsherKade 

      9 years ago from Texas

      it never ceases to amaze me that my Hubpages still thrives after months of not being on here....thanks guys for the nice comments!

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      Tom Cornett 

      9 years ago from Ohio

      Wonderful hub...great pics! Thanks! :)

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      Jennifer 

      9 years ago from Canada

      I love the Red Panda!! So cute!

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      AsherKade 

      9 years ago from Texas

      thanks ebower, you can now find articles even better than this at http://www.allvoices.com/users/AsherKade.

      I have discovered my talents better suited there.Warm Regards, Asher

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      Erin Bower 

      9 years ago from Georgia

      This is awesome! Some animals I've never heard of and some I want to take home with me!

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      AsherKade 

      9 years ago from Texas

      thanks everyone! you can find more of my articles at allvoices.com under Asher Kade!

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      bayareagreatthing 

      9 years ago from Bay Area California

      I love these! I found some of the same ones- here are a few others too

      https://hubpages.com/animals/weird-wacky-creatures

      GREAT HUB!

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      Eva 

      9 years ago from Lewiston, ME

      I love your passion for animal oddities and endangerment level---most people are not aware enough to believe there are so many varieties as this hub shows. Have you ever heard of or have a photo of Tasmanian striped wolf(already extinct)? It would have been a great addition to your already awesome photos. Keep going! TToni9/Pauline

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      Laura Cole 

      9 years ago from Michigan

      love the photos

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      lisa42 

      9 years ago from Sacramento

      Awesome photos! The sea pig and the long-eared jerboar are my favorites.

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      Chloe Comfort 

      9 years ago from Long Island

      What an awesome lens. Love it! Such amazing animals - so cool. Have previously heard of the Loris and Saiga and just learned about the Dumbo Octopus last night while watching "Draining The Oceans" on the Discovery channel. The creatures on this earth are incredible! Kudos :-)

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      Beth100 

      9 years ago from Canada

      Ah, this is so refreshing and intriguing! I always found that sloths were weird.....and extremely slow....

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      AsherKade 

      9 years ago from Texas

      SEM: yea, the Loris ppl were my OPPOSITES...but I managed to have children with that person anyway...

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      SEM Pro 

      9 years ago from North America

      Great hub AsherKade! Yep > W-e-i-r-d. You've met some Loris people? Ever check into the law of attraction? lol I met some Puli friends in Jamaica (most of them moved pretty slowly though) :)

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      jill of alltrades 

      9 years ago from Philippines

      You are right, they are weird. Great collection!

    • AsherKade profile imageAUTHOR

      AsherKade 

      9 years ago from Texas

      It walks you through it....just click the link on the top right of the page menu...I'm a LEO, not computer wiz...if I can do it, anyone can...thanks for your feedback...I like the quiz too.

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      dohn121 

      9 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      You gotta show me how to set up a quiz like that! Great and weird hub as always!LOL

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