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104 posts · 124,574 views is a blog dedicated to the world's most odd,unusual and strange animals. Here you will find information, pictures and videos of animals that you will hardly believe they actually exist.

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  • November 30, 1999
  • 12:00 AM

Honeypot Ants - Live food storage units

by beredim in Strange Animals

Honey ants are a weird class of ant-workers that engorge themselves with food. Overtime, their abdomen gets as big as a grape. In times of need, they will either regurgitate the stored liquid or sacrifice themselves to feed the rest of the colony. ... Read more »

  • February 23, 2014
  • 01:30 PM

The star spider - Gasteracantha cancriformis

by beredim in Strange Animals

Female Star SpiderKingdom: Animalia   Phylum: ArthropodaClass: ArachnidaOrder: AraneaeFamily: AraneidaeGenus: GasteracanthaSpecies: Gasteracantha cancriformisConservation Status: Not evaluated, the species is abundant throughout the western hemisphereCommon Names: Star spider, Spiny backed orb weaver, Spiny orb-weaver spider, crab-like orbweaver spiderThe star spider is a colorful species found across the southern part of the United Sta........ Read more »

  • March 6, 2014
  • 11:03 AM

Giraffe Weevil (Trachelophorus giraffa)

by beredim in Strange Animals

Giraffe weevilKingdom: AnimaliaPhylum: ArthropodaClass: InsectaOrder: ColeopteraFamily: AttelabidaeGenus: TrachelophorusSpecies: Trachelophorus giraffaConservation Status: Not assessedCommon Name: Giraffe weevil, leaf-rolling weevils (used for all Attelabidae species)The giraffe weevil is a weevil species endemic to the forests of Madagascar. It was discovered in 2008, hence little is known about it. As you have probably guessed, its named this way due to ........ Read more »

  • September 15, 2014
  • 05:57 AM

Turritopsis Dohrnii - Is It Really Immortal?

by beredim in Strange Animals

The "Immortal" JellyfishCredit: Peter Schuchert/The Hydrozoa DirectoryKingdom: AnimaliaPhylum: CnidariaClass: HydrozoaOrder: AnthoathecataFamily: OceaniidaeGenus: TurritopsisSpecies: Turritopsis dohrnii (formerly classified as T. nutricula.)Common Name: The immortal jellyfishMost of the animals featured on the site are chosen based on their unusual looks. However, this not the case with Turritopsis dohrnii, which seemingly has no notable morphological characteristics. On the outside, i........ Read more »

  • June 20, 2011
  • 01:00 PM

Glaucus Atlanticus

by beredim in Strange Animals

Information, images and videos of Glaucus Atlanticus, a tiny but beautiful sea slug found in oceans all over the world. It is commonly known as sea swallow, blue glaucus, blue sea slug, blue sea dragon and blue ocean slug.... Read more »

  • November 22, 2014
  • 10:32 AM

Hammerhead Slug: World's Largest Flatworm

by beredim in Strange Animals

Bipalium kewenseNotice the distinctive hammer-like headBy Ajaykuyiloor (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia CommonsKingdom: AnimaliaPhylum: PlatyhelminthesClass: TurbellariaOrder: TricladidaSuborder: ContinenticolaFamily: GeoplanidaeSubfamily: BipaliinaeGenus: BipaliumSpecies: Bipalium kewenseCommon Names: Hammerhead slug, Greenhouse PlanarianNicknamed as the "hammerhead slug" due to its half-moon shaped head, Bipalium kewense is not your ev........ Read more »

  • December 10, 2014
  • 08:59 AM

Pacific barreleye: Weird Fish with Transparent Head

by beredim in Strange Animals

Pacific barreleye fish
By Isa2014 (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-4.0],
via Wikimedia Commons

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Argentiniformes
Family: Opisthoproctidae
Genus: Macropinna
Species: Macropinna microstoma
Common Name(s): Pacific barreleye

The Pacific barreleye fish is one the weirdest creatures lurking deep in the ocean. Named after its eyes that are ... Read more »

  • November 30, 1999
  • 12:00 AM

The Australian Turtle Frog

by beredim in Strange Animals

The turtle frog is a strange animal from western australia. Named after their turtle-like body, the species feeds exclusively on termites.... Read more »

  • March 3, 2014
  • 06:36 AM

Promachoteuthis sulcus - The squid with the human like teeth

by beredim in Strange Animals

Kingdom: AnimaliaPhylum: MolluscaClass: CephalopodaOrder: TeuthidaFamily: PromachoteuthidaeGenus: PromachoteuthisSpecies: Promachoteuthis sulcusConservation Status: UnknownCommon Names: The squid with human teethThis weird, alien looking creature is called Promachoteuthis sulcus. It is a rare, newly discovered deep-sea squid, best known for its human-like mouth. The species is only known by one specimen that was caught in 2007, in the nets of the German r........ Read more »

  • May 13, 2014
  • 02:33 PM

Yellow boxfish - Cute little swimming cubes

by beredim in Strange Animals

Juvenile Yellow BoxfishKingdom: AnimaliaPhylum: ChordataClass: ActinopterygiiOrder: TetraodontiformesFamily: OstraciidaeGenus: OstracionSpecies: Ostracion cubicusConservation Status: Not assessed, not believed to be threatenedCommon Name: Yellow boxfish, Cubicus Boxfish, Polka-dot BoxfishToday's post is about a fish that can only be described as astonishingly cute. It's commonly known as the Yellow boxfish and can be found in reefs throughout the Pacific Ocean and Indian Ocea........ Read more »

  • December 29, 2014
  • 12:10 PM

8 Weird Animal Penises

by beredim in Strange Animals

Penis, the primary sexual organ that male and hermaphrodite animals use to inseminate sexually receptive mates (usually females and hermaphrodites respectively) during sex. Almost all species use some variation of the organ to transfer sperm into females' eggs in order to create more offsprings.

However, thanks to evolution, some species have come up with some really remarkable and weird ... Read more »

  • December 30, 2014
  • 10:21 AM

9 Weird and Interesting Facts about Caecilians

by beredim in Strange Animals

There are about 200 species of caecilians (pronounced ‘seh-SILL-yuns’) but it's highly unlikely you have or will ever encounter one.  Why? Because they live underground, burrowing through loose soil and ground litter with their long, snake-like bodies.

Read on to learn 9 weird and interesting facts about these unusual creatures.

Bombay caecilian (Ichthyophis bombayensis)
Credit - Wikicommons... Read more »

Kupfer, A., Müller, H., Antoniazzi, M., Jared, C., Greven, H., Nussbaum, R., & Wilkinson, M. (2006) Parental investment by skin feeding in a caecilian amphibian. Nature, 440(7086), 926-929. DOI: 10.1038/nature04403  

  • August 16, 2014
  • 06:08 AM

The Mata mata turtle

by beredim in Strange Animals

Kingdom: AnimaliaPhylum: ChordataClass: ReptiliaOrder: TestudinesFamily: ChelidaeGenus: ChelusSpecies: Chelus fimbriataConservation Status: Least ConcernCommon Name(s): Mata mata, Mata mata turtle, Matamata and other similar variationsMata mata, a strange name for what is sure one of the world's strangest turtles! This large, South American river turtle is the only surviving species of the genus Chelus and is easily one of the most unusual creatures you are likely to encounter in the Amazon........ Read more »

  • October 13, 2011
  • 12:00 PM

Red-lipped batfish

by beredim in Strange Animals

The red lipped batfish is a fish of that can be found on the sandy bottoms near the Galapagos Islands. It is named this way due to its bright red, lipstick-like lips. It is also known for being able to walk on the sea floor using its modified fins! ... Read more »

  • June 14, 2014
  • 04:00 PM

David VS Goliath: How a tiny Israeli spider preys on ants four times its size

by beredim in Strange Animals

Juvenile Zodarion cyrenaicum (red circle) feeding on the gaster of a much larger antCredit: Stano PekárIn nature, the general rule is that big fish eats little fish. Obviously, this doesn't apply exclusively to fish!However, every rule has an exception. One such notable exception is Zodarion cyrenaicum, a tiny spider from the Negev desert, Israel that feeds almost exclusively on the 4-times bigger Messor arenarius ant.M. arenarius ants grow to be up to 1.7 cm (~0.6 in.) long and ........ Read more »

  • October 24, 2014
  • 12:50 PM

The Pig-like Aardvark

by beredim in Strange Animals

Adult and juvenile AardvarksCredit: By Scotto Bear from North Beach, MD, USA (aardvarks) [CC-BY-SA-2.], via Wikimedia CommonsKingdom: AnimaliaPhylum: ChordataClass: MammaliaSuperorder: AfrotheriaOrder: TubulidentataFamily: OrycteropodidaeGenus: OrycteropusSpecies: Orycteropus aferConservation Status: Least Concern (Not Threatened)Common Name(s): Aardvark, African antbear, Cape anteaterMeet the Aardvark, a medium-sized, burrowing, nocturnal mammal from Afri........ Read more »

Taylor, W., Lindsey, P., & Skinner, J. (2002) The feeding ecology of the aardvark Orycteropus afer. Journal of Arid Environments, 50(1), 135-152. DOI: 10.1006/jare.2001.0854  

Mutlow AG, & Mutlow H. (2008) Caesarian section and neonatal care in the aardvark (Orycteropus afer). Journal of zoo and wildlife medicine : official publication of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians, 39(2), 260-2. PMID: 18634220  

Tabuce, R., Asher, R., & Lehmann, T. (2008) Afrotherian mammals: a review of current data. mammalia, 72(1). DOI: 10.1515/MAMM.2008.004  

White, J., Williams, G., Samour, J., Drury, P., & Cheeseman, P. (1985) The composition of milk from captive aardvark (Orycteropus afer). Zoo Biology, 4(3), 245-251. DOI: 10.1002/zoo.1430040305  

  • November 30, 1999
  • 12:00 AM

The Australian Turtle Frog

by beredim in Strange Animals

The turtle frog is a strange animal from western australia. Named after their turtle-like body, the species feeds exclusively on termites.... Read more »

  • October 19, 2011
  • 12:55 PM

Sea pigs

by beredim in Strange Animals

Sea pigs are alien-looking deep sea dwellers that are closely related to sea cucumbers. Information, images, videos and facts included !... Read more »

  • September 10, 2014
  • 07:42 AM

Indian Purple Frog (Pignosed Frog)

by beredim in Strange Animals

Indian Purple FrogCredit: Karthickbala at ta.wikipedia (CC-BY-SA-3.0)via Wikimedia CommonsKingdom: AnimaliaPhylum: ChordataClass: AmphibiaOrder: AnuraFamily: SooglossidaeGenus: NasikabatrachusSpecies: Nasikabatrachus sahyadrensisConservation Status: EndageredCommon name(s):  Indian purple frog, Pignosed frog, Indian purple frogMeet the Indian puple frog, an endangered and odd-looking species of frog from the mountains of India’s Western Ghats.The species was formally described o........ Read more »

  • February 9, 2011
  • 04:28 PM

Mexican mole lizard

by beredim in Strange Animals

The Mexican mole lizard (Bipes biporus)is a strange, lizard-like animal that comes with two front five-toed limbs. Also known as the five-toed worm-lizard and ajolote, this weird creature occurs exclusively in Baja California, Mexico. ... Read more »

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