Posted by: Danielle | August 11, 2010

16 Unique Animals You Probably Haven’t Seen With Pictures

A list of unique and interesting animals that you have probably have never seen, from all over the world.

1. Happy Faced Spider

The happy faced spider is found in Hawaii (United States), and is instantly recognizable for the “happy face” on its back which is where it got his name.The spider is about 5mm long overall. They have a yellow body and each spider has its own unique markings. The variations may serve as a camouflage against birds to counteract patterns recognized by predators. The pattern can change by what the spider has eaten.

2. Aardwolf

The aardwolf is a small subspecies of hyena that is native to eastern and southern Africa. Its name is dutch for “earth wolf”. Their diet almost completely consists of insects such as larvae and termites.It mainly eats termites and can eat 200,000 in a single night. They hid in their burrows during the day and come out at night to eat.

3. Fossa

A carnivorous mammal only found in Madagascar, it is related to the Mongoose family. The largest mammalian carnivore on Madagascar they hunt medium sized animals such as fish,birds, rodents and small lemurs. Their population is considered vulnerable by the IUCN due to their population decline over that last 20 years.

4. European Ground Squirrel

It also goes by European Souslik, and its found in eastern Europe in Ukraine,Czech Republic,Greece,Romania,Bulgaria, some parts of Asia, and as far north as Poland. They live in colonies in individual burrows, they are diurnal, which means they are active during the day and they sleep at night.They feed on seeds and plant shoots,roots and flightless invertebrates. Their population is listed as vulnerable by the IUCN.

5. Blobfish

A deep sea fish that lives off the coast of Australia and Tasmania. It is rarely seen by people and it lives at a depth where the pressure is several dozen times then at sea level. It has a density that is slightly less that water that allows it to float above the sea floor without it having to waste energy swimming. It eats edible matter that floats in front of it.

blobfish.jpg image by Azzedarius

6. Lesser Grison

The lesser grison can be found in South America in: Peru,Argentina,Bolivia,Brazil,Chile and Paraguay. It belongs to the ferret family. They are usually found near water and they live under rocks, and tree roots. They also inhabit vacated burrows. They feed on small mammals, invertebrates,reptile,amphibians,fruit and eggs.

7. Ring-Tailed Cat

The ring-tailed cat is native to north america found in 9 states in the United States(California, Colorado, Oklahoma, Oregon, Arizona, New Mexico,Nevada, Texas, Utah), as well as three Mexican states (Guerrero, Oaxaca and Veracruz). They can be easily tamed and are legal to keep as pets in some parts of the United States.

8. Blanket Octopus

A unique looking Octopus found off of Australia’s northern coast. Unlike other octopuses this one does not use ink to intimidate predators, it uncurls a large net like membrane which spread out , and this trait is what gives this unusual animal its name.

9. Glass Frog

Glass frogs are found from Mexico to Panama, and through the Andes into Bolivia, and Venezuela some species even live as far as the Amazon basins, Brazil and Argentina. The glass frog gets its name from its translucent skin through which the glass frog’s internal organs including the heart and liver are visible.

10. Hairy Frog

This strange frog comes from central Africa. It gets its name from hair like structures on the body and thighs of the adult males. They are threatened by habitat loss but are not considered endangered by the IUCN.

11. Leafy Sea Dragon

The leafy sea dragon lives along the southern and western coasts of Australia. It gets it’s name from it’s appearance. They feed on plankton, and small crustaceans. A related species is the weedy sea dragon. Like Sea Horses the males in of this species also take care of the eggs. Once they are born the leafy sea dragons are completely independent, only 5% make it to adulthood.

12. Satanic Leaf-Tailed Gecko

This gecko is only found in Madagascar, it is also known as the eyelash leaf-tailed gecko, and the fantastic leaf-tailed gecko. They come in many colors ranging in hues of purple,orange,tan, and yellow.  They eat a variety of insects. They are considered vulnerable by the IUCN.

13. Angora Rabbit

The angora rabbit is a variety of domestic rabbit raised for its long soft fur, it is also one of the world’s oldest types of domestic rabbit, and it originates in Ankara,Turkey.

– an English angora rabbit

14. Frilled Shark

The frilled shark lives in the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. They have several features which some call “primitive” which gives it the nickname “the living fossil”. They are usually found deep in the water, but it has on rare occasions been found on the surface of the water. They are rarely ever encountered alive,so they pose no danger to humans. They are considered Near Threatened by the IUCN, because they are sometimes a bycatch of fishing.

15. Purple Frog

A species of frog that live in the Western Ghats of India, it is also known as the pignose frog. It was discovered in October 2003, and it was found to be unique to India. The frog spends most of the year underground, surfacing only for two weeks during the monsoon to mate. It is listed as endangered by the IUCN.

16. Spiny Turtle

The spiny turtle is found in Brunei, Indonesia,Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand. Its name comes from the sharp, pointed, spiky edged shell. It is also known as a cog-wheel turtle.It is listed as endangered by the IUCN.

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