If you liked my article about Freaky Animals (see it here) you’re definitly going to love this article! Heres 10 more of those animals you love, even though they might make you cringe!
Chinese Giant Salamander
This freaky animal is very rare and is classified as “critically endangered” due to pollution, habitat loss, and over-collecting, because it is considered a delicacy and used in traditional Chinese Medicine.
The Chinese Giant Salamander was terrible eyesight and depends on sensory nodes that run along its body form head to tail. The average size of these Salamanders are between 55 and 66 pounds, and grow to about 4 feet in length.
This frog is mostly found in India, and is also called the Pignose frog. This freaky animal spends most of it’s time underground, and only surfaces for about 2 weeks out of each year, during the monsoon season, and only comes out for the purpose of mating. For this very reason, The Purple Frog escaped the notice of early scientists. Most burrowing frogs like to emerge in order to feed, however, the Purple Frog is different. It feeds mainly underground on termites, foraging with their tongue.
The Pygmy Marmoset is a cute freaky animal that is also known as the dwarf monkey, for obvious reasons. This is a New World monkey that is native to the protective rainforest canopies of western Brazil, eastern Ecuador, southeastern Columbia, northern Bolivia, and eastern Peru. The Pygmy Marmoset is one of the smallest primates, and is the very smallest true moneky in existence.
The Sea Dragon is a type of Seahorse found primarily around Australia. They are very fragile and unstable outside of their natural habitat. This freaky animal is very popular in alternative medicine.
All living species are found in the islands of Southeast Asia. The Tarsier is a type of lemur, and lemurs are not lacking on the freaky animal front, most of them are quite odd looking. Interestingly enough, one of the Tarsier’s large eyeballs is the same size of it’s entire brain. Tarsiers have never really been successfully bred in captivity. When cages, they have been known to injure and possibly kill themselves because of the stress they feel.
The Axolotl is classified as “critically endangered” and lives only in a lake beneath Mexico City. In captivity, this freaky animal eats a variety of readily available foods, including trout and salmon pellets, frozen or live bloodworms, earthworms, and waxworms. Yummy!
Thanks to the Disney/Pixar hit Finding Nemo, many children have had nightmares about this particular freaky animal. What you see on the movie is really what you get. They lure their prey in and snatch them quick as can be. Angler Fish are found all over the world and use an unusual mating method.
“Anglerfish employ an unusual mating method. Because individuals are presumably locally rare and encounters doubly so, finding a mate is problematic. When scientists first started capturing ceratioid anglerfish, they noticed that all of the specimens were females. These individuals were a few inches in size and almost all of them had what appeared to be parasites attached to them. It turned out that these “parasites” were the remains of male ceratioids.
At birth, male ceratioids are already equipped with extremely well developed olfactory organs that detect scents in the water. The male ceratoid lives solely to find and mate with a female. They are significantly smaller than a female angler fish, and have trouble finding food in the deep sea. This necessitates his quickly finding a female anglerfish to prevent his death. The sensitive olfactory organs help the male to detect the Pheremones that signal the proximity of a female anglerfish. When he finds a female, he bites into her skin, and releases an enzyme that digests the skin of his mouth and her body, fusing the pair down to the blood-vessel level. The male then slowly atrophies, first losing its digestive organs, then its brain, heart, and eyes, and ends as nothing more than a pair of gonads, which releases sperm in response to hormones in the female’s bloodstream indicating egg release. This extreme sexual dimorphism ensures that, when the female is ready to spawn, she has a mate immediately available.”
If you have ever heard of an angora sweater, and wondered what an angora was, here is your answer. If is a very large rabbit, largely bred for their wool. The Angora Rabbit is one of the oldest domestic rabbits. This freaky animal looks odd with all this hair, but looks even odder when it is shorn over the summer, as it gets too hot and the fur too difficult to maintain.
Perhaps one of the most aptly names animals in the world is the Blobfish. It inhabits the deep waters of the coasts of Australia and Tasmania. Due to the inaccessibility of it’s habitat, this freaky animal is still largely unknown to the world because it is very rarely ever seen by humans.
Giant Soft-Shelled Turtle
The Giant Soft-Shelled Turtle is classified as “endangered” and tends to spend around 95 % of it’s time buried, lying absolutely motionless, with only its eyes and mouth sticking up out of the sand. It does, however, surface twice a day to take a breath. This freaky animal lays around 20-28 eggs in February or March on riverbanks.
If you enjoyed these freaky animals, be sure to check out Part 1 of 10 Freaky Animals
And stay tuned for more freaky animals as I find them!
About the author:
Kate is a proud wife and mom and she loves to read! She is the author of The Book Buff, book reviews for regular people. Check it out at http://www.thebookbuff.blogspot.com