Unbelievably Ridiculous Animals That Actually Exist!


Here are unbelievable animals that actually
exist in real life! 10 – Giant Weta A giant cricket that eats carrots? No way! That sounds more like something from a children’s
cartoon than something that mother nature could actually produce. But that’s exactly what the Giant Weta is,
a ridiculously big cricket that can eat vegetrables. Found in New Zealand, they’re often considered
to be among the biggest insects in the world. In 2011, a park ranger named Mark Moffett
found what might be the biggest living insect on this planet. While exploring a tiny island near New Zealand
called Little Barrier Island, he came across a massive weta with a wingspan of seven inches
that weighed 71 grams! While they once populated the New Zealand
mainland, they’ve since been found on small islands such as Little Barrier. Rats that came over from Europe, brought by
accident of course, nearly wiped out the Weta population entirely, to the point where they’re
almost never found on the mainland anymore. 9 – Hairy Frog When you first hear the name “Hairy Frog”,
you might think of a hipster dive bar that your friend’s garage bands plays at. Or maybe it sounds like some sort of twisted
fairy tale for kids. But no, we’re actually talking about a real
frog here. The Hairy Frog is also known as the Horror
Frog, or the Wolverine Frog. Like many of the world’s most fascinating
creatures, the Hairy Frog makes its home in Africa, primarily central Africa, to be a
bit more specific. These things probably have one of the coolest
and most bizarre defense mechanisms ever. When threatened, Hairy Frogs actually BREAK
their OWN bones, and extend them through their own toe pads to fend off their enemies!!! Now how badass is that?! According to New Scientist dot com, they pull
off this amazing feat by contracting a muscle that connects the bones to connective tissue. When they flex that muscle, the bones break
off and jut out through the toe pads. Then they go ahead and unleash h*ll on their
attacker! But obviously, they’re not too powerful
for us, because apparently they make for a good snack. Hunters in places such as Cameroon are known
to hunt them down with spears and knives, probably to avoid those scary claws, and sell
them. Those who eat them, like to roast them and
have them served up as a snack or h’orderve. But still, these horror frogs, wolverine frogs,
hairy frogs, or whatever nickname you wanna give them, aren’t to be messed with. 8 – Panda Ant Pandas and ants don’t have all that much
in common, so the name is kinda interesting. But the truth is, they aren’t even technically
ants. They’re actually a member of the wasp family….and
by that I mean the winged creatures that have a painful sting. Not the rich family down the street who drive
a Lexus and hang out at the country club. Anyway, Panda Ants are some feisty SOB’s
that can inflict a SUPER painful sting. Growing up to 8 millimeters in length, they
have such a powerful sting, they’ve been known to take out cows and other creatures
that are infinitely bigger than they are. In fact, they’ve even garnered a pretty
morbid nickname……the cow killer. Found mostly in the Southwestern United States
and Mexico, Panda Ants aren’t known for being all that aggressive, so that’s good
for us at least. You’d still want to avoid them though, since
they WILL sting when threatened and if they can take out a cow, then we’re probably
no match for them. Their stings rank as a 3 out of 4 on the Schmidt
Pain Index, which roughly translates to “painful as f*ck”! 7 – Vampire Squid Their scientific name is Vampyroteuthis infernalis,
which basically translates to “Vampire Squid from Hell.” That may or may not be a true statement, I’ll
let you guys figure it out. The name Vampire Squid probably conjures up
images of an evil squid, terrorizing lost ships at sea and wreaking havoc on anything
in its way. However, despite their fearsome appearance,
the Vampire Squid is a fairly docile sea creature, as they feed mostly on drifting particles
called “marine snow”. Vampire Squids pose little to no threat to
other fish or marine life. That’s sort of a letdown given their name,
if I’m being totally honest here. However, that doesn’t mean they’re totally
boring. Lurking deep in the tropical oceans around
the world, Vampire Squids can withstand depth that very few living organisms could withstand. Generally speaking, they hang out at depths
of two to three thousand feet below the water. With large fins, they propel themselves through
the water, almost as though they’re flying through the sea. Although they make few enemies at such great
depths, they do have this pretty cool defense mechanism where they they form a web with
their eight arms. They can also shoot out bioluminescent mucus
that dazes their attacker long enough for them to simply disappear into the blackness
of the deep sea. This allows Vampire Squids to easily evade
anything trying to make a meal out of them. Since they live in depths where light can’t
penetrate, their body is lined with photophores, which allows them to basically glow in the
dark, a process known as bioluminescence. But seriously, that bioluminescent mucus?! Ughhhhhhhh 6 – Red-Lipped Batfish Seriously, something that’s a cross between
a bat and a fish? Well not truly a cross, it’s just its name. Their cousin is the slightly less well known
Rosy-Lipped Batfish and as both of their names suggest, their most distinctive feature is
its big red lips. Living in the Galapagos Islands and off the
coast of Peru, Red-Lipped Batfish are surprisingly bad at swimming, which definitely seems like
a pretty important skill for creatures living underwater. However, they’re able to move around by
essentially walking on their pectoral fins, which have adapted to allow them to walk around
on the ocean floor. So about those bright red lips. They look like they’re wearing makeup so
it makes sense their lips most likely serves to make them even more distinguishable during
mating season. That’s pretty much just the best guess marine
biologists can come up with. It also has a special body part that extends
outward called an illicium on the top of its head, which it uses as a way to lure prey
near them. Even though these guys look really strange,
and maybe even dangerous, they’re actually harmless to humans. 5 – Aye-Aye What the h*ll is this thing anyway? Is it a gremlin? Jabba the Hut’s annoying sidekick? The Aye-Aye is a small, nocturnal mammal that
lives only on the island of Madagascar. Although they may look like a rodent strung
out on meth, it’s actually a primate, believe it or not. It’s closely related to chimps and apes
as it’s actually a lemur. Subsisting on an omnivorous diet, Aye-Ayes
typically roam the trees of rainforests, rarely coming down to the ground unless they absolutely
have to. Although they look bizarre and probably frighten
little kids, their distinctive anatomy helps them survive in the Madagascar canopy. Their opposable toes let them dangle from
trees, while their abnormally large ears and long middle finger help them hunt down food. They use a method called echolocation to help
them catch prey, which means they tap their finger on a tree, and then listen for wood-boring
insect larvae inside the trees. They then poke their long finger inside to
scoop insects out. They catch their prey almost the same way
my mom buys fruit at the grocery store! The tapping for sound part that is. My mom’s not fingering any fruit at the
grocery store. At least I hope not anyways…… According to National Geographic, they’re
the only primate to hunt using this method. They can even use their long, sharp finger
to scoop out the inside of coconuts! Given their odd appearance, it may come as
no surprise that the people who live in Madagascar consider these odd little mammals to be a
bad omen. Although it’s based on an old and crazy
superstition, it’s still pretty common for people to kill Aye-Ayes whenever they see
them. This practice has put their population at
risk, and laws have been adapted to try and protect the Aye-Aye from extinction. 4 – The Royal Flycatcher When you first see this bird, you’d probably
think, “whoa, that looks like a bird with a mohawk!” But it’s really just the Royal Flycatcher. The most common of these birds would be The
Amazonian Royal Flycatcher. Not surprisingly they’re found in the Amazon
forest, usually living in Northern Bolivia, Perú, Venezuela, Ecuador, Brazil and Colombia. And of course their favorite meal is flies! What they’ll do is post up in a tree, and
dart out when they see flying insects. Measuring just about 6 and a half inches long,
these little guys use their size and quick speed to their advantage when they hunt. And they’re pretty crafty too. They build really large nests on branches
that hang out over water, making it hard for predators to hunt them down. This survival tactic seems to be working pretty
well, as their population is in good shape. Conservationists have virtually zero concern
that their species faces any sort of threat. Oh yeah, about the word Royal in their name. They get that for its feathery display on
the top of their heads. Formally known as plumage, these feathers
are on full display during mating season. Apparently these colorful feathers really
help to set the mood. 3 – Pipevine Swallowtail Caterpillar While it may look like a peaceful butterfly
from Avatar, the Pipevine Swallowtail Caterpillar is found in North America and Central America. These caterpillars evolve into amazing looking
butterflies. Generally speaking, the life cycle of a caterpillar
evolving into a butterfly is a miracle of nature in and of itself, but these guys are
especially amazing. Measuring anywhere between 2-4 inches, they
sport an incredible blue scaling that makes for a perfect cover on National Geographic. Here’s what’s pretty crazy though. According to Got Science Dot Org, as caterpillars,
they love to feast on toxic plants that pretty much everyone else in the animal kingdom would
rather pass up. Not only can they withstand the toxicity of
these plants, but they use it to their advantage if they’re ever attacked. When a potential predator tries to take a
bite out the caterpillar, they shoot out this distasteful, toxic liquid that scares them
off. Their skin is super tough, easily tough enough
to withstand the attack while they employ their secret weapon. Once they transform into the beautiful butterfly,
that toxicity remains. And again, it’s used as a defense mechanism. Potential predators such as wasps who try
to attack, stand no chance. So really, these caterpillars are extremely
beautiful and deadly at the same time. That’s the exact combination that makes
for a hot date to a few of my friends I know! 2 – Goliath Beetle Meet the world’s heaviest bug. It’s appropriately named, the Goliath Beetle. Making their home in the rainforests of Central
Africa, the Goliath Beetle can weigh up up to three and a half ounces, which is almost
a quarter of a pound! Combine that with their length of around 4
inches, and you have one of the largest insects in the world. Imagine seeing some of these things crawl
around your kitchen!!! While they may look kinda freaky, they actually
play an important role in the ecosystem. Often referred to as “nature’s janitors”
they’re known to feast on dead plants and animal poo. So think about it this way, the next time
you’re trekking through an African rainforest and DON’T see or smell a bunch of animal
poop, you can thank a Goliath Beetle. In general, beetles are one of earth’s most
fascinating creatures. We all know they’ll survive a nuclear war
if it ever comes to that, as they’ve been around for roughly 300 million years, which
makes them the world’s oldest insect. However, as cool as these insects are, they’ll
likely always be overshadowed by Paul McCartney, John Lennon and the rest of the Beatles. 1 – The Giant Scaleworm Broadly speaking, scale worms can describe
any member of a family of scaled worms. They all have their own distinct look and
some of them are actually not too bad looking. But then there’s the Eulagisca scaleworm,
which aren’t really good looking at all. This worm looks like something straight out
of nightmares. It almost looks as though it’s part space
alien and part radioactive sea creature. Good thing this giant scale worm inhabits
Antarctica, far away from any of us. When this guy wants something to munch on,
the entire front of their throat rolls outta its mouth! While scientists don’t know a whole lot
about these guys and what they eat in general, some people have speculated that they’re
probably active hunters. The majority of scaled worms are known to
be skilled hunters who often dwell near or under rocks. By the looks of this thing, it doesn’t look
like anything really would want to get in its way. Here’s what’s next!

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