Here’s our big list of weird animals and their even weirder animal facts. This includes some of the most unusual, little known and outright bizarre animals from across the animal kingdom.
The Aye-Aye is the world’s largest nocturnal primate. It has rodent-like teeth that grow perpetually, and a special middle finger that is long, thin and almost skeletal in appearance.
The Axolotl or ‘Mexican Walking Fish’ as it’s more commonly known isn’t actually a fish, it’s an amphibian. The branches which extend from the side of its head are actually its gills.
The Blobfish is a deep-sea fish described as the ugliest fish in the world. However, this popular impression is a myth, they actually look like any other fish in their usual environment.
The Demontor Wasp is a species of cockroach wasp native to Thailand. They prey on cockroaches by injecting venom into their head, which turns them into a zombie that walks into the wasps nest.
Chrysopelea are most commonly known as the flying snake, or gliding snake – capable of traveling up to 100 metres in a single glide.
The Fossa is an unusual cat-dog-mongoose like carnivorous mammal that is native to Madagascar.
The Goblin Shark is a deep-sea shark, that has an elongated, flattened snout. Within it are protruding jaws, that are filled with teeth that resemble nails.
The Honduran white bat is also known as the Caribbean white tent-making bat and is a pygmy species of bat, which has white fur and leaf-shaped nose and ears.
The Kakapo is a species of large, nocturnal, flightless and ground-dwelling parrot. It’s the world’s only flightless parrot and one of the longest-living birds, native to New Zealand.
The Liger is a hybrid. It is the offspring of a male Lion and a female Tiger. They typically grow signifcantly larger than either parent species.
The Mantis Shrimp is a small, aggressive marine Crustacean that are able to club prey with the force of a bullet, or spike them with their sharp claws.
The Naked Mole-Rat is a rodent that has virtually no hair. Despite the name, they are neither moles, or rats. They are more closely related to porcupines and guinea pigs.
The Narwhal is a medium-sized, elusive whale, that’s referred to as the ‘unicorn of the sea‘, as the male Narwahl has a single long sword-like spiral tusk, which protrudes from their heads.
Pangolins are shy, nocturnal mammals that are completely covered in plate-like scales, and often referred to as ‘scaly anteaters’. They are worlds most trafficked animal and critically endangered.
The ‘penis snake’ as it has since been dubbed due to its appearance, isn’t actually a snake. Its species, caecilian, is a group of limbless, amphibians that are snake like, but have rings like a earth worm.
The Pink Fairy Armadillo is a desert-adapted mammal with a ‘pink’ bony armor shell, and the smallest species of armadillo in the world.
The Saiga Antelope have an unusual hanging nose, which makes them look like a camel, although they are goat-sized, and male saigas have horns.
The Shoebill is a large, elusive, stalk-like bird with an almost prehistoric appearance, due to its oversized shoe-shaped beak. They can clatter their bills which make a sound like a machine gun.
The Star-Nosed Mole is a small mole with a unique star-shaped nose that’s ringed with 22 fleshy apprendages (called ‘rays’), which they use to feel its way around, and even hunt prey.
The Thorny Devil is a small Australian lizard which inhabits deserts and scrub lands. Their body is covered in spikes and scales, which help it defend from predators.
Kiwa are a genus of marine decapods that inhabit hydrothermal vents and seeps at deep-sea. The name comes from their hairy appearance, that resembles that of the legendary snow monster Yeti.