Human being always had an unquenchable thirst to explore the unknown to extend his authority on other life forms on earth. There are more than 14 million life forms on earth, with new creatures being discovered every now and then. From cuddly cute animals to terrifying alien-like organisms, the variety of life forms on earth is fascinating to our perception. After reading about these strangest land creatures you will surely think, why haven’t I heard about this before?
Tarsiers are a species of small leaping primates usually found in the islands of Southeast Asia. These little creatures, measuring only about 9–16 cm have enormous golden eyes, long fingers with weird fingertips. They are primarily insectivorous and catch insects by jumping at them.
2. Alien Tree Frog
Also known as the Morelet’s tree frog, this rare frog is second on our list of strangest land creatures. It has a green body, black eyes and a red or pink underbelly. They are mainly found in the forests and wetland habitats of Belize, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico.
Their alien like eyes and structure gave them the commonly known name, alien tree frog.
3. Proboscis Monkey
Proboscis Monkey aka long-nosed monkeys are native to Southeast Asia and can be mainly found in the mangrove forests of Borneo Island. The male monkeys have distinctive large noses hanging below their mouth.
Axolotl or the Mexican walking fish is not really a fish but an amphibian. The species can be found in several lakes in and around Mexico. Technically this creature is a member of the Mexican salamander family, but since it never fully matures, it‘s more like an oversized tadpole.
Axolotl is one of the critically endangered species according to the UN because of increasing water pollution.
5. Venezuelan poodle moth
When the creature was first discovered in 2009, it was a mystery for everyone, even for scientists. This insect, seemingly a blend of a large moth and a bug deemed as a new species after its discovery.
Ever seen a spider dancing? Well, next on our list of strangest land creatures is a dancing spider, no surprise its also called peacock spider.
Like most spiders, these are venomous, but their fangs are so tiny (about 5 mm max.) to puncture human skin, so you’re safe. These beautiful spiders can be found across Eastern Australia.
7. Lowland Streaked Tenrec
Lowland streaked tenrec can usually be found in Madagascar, Africa. These tiny creatures are characterized by the sensory hairs that are scattered on their back.
Tenrecs are the close relatives of porcupines and have the ability to detach its quills as a defensive mechanism.
The Sunda flying lemur or coluga are strictly nocturnal and are found in Southeast Asian especially in Indonesia. They Climb trees by stretching out their two front legs and then bringing up their two back legs, which results in an awkward posture.
Furthermore, they can glide more than 100 m with minimal loss in elevation.
What you see in the image is not a baby giraffe and is not anyway related to giraffe species. In fact, it’s an antelope and because of their characteristic long neck, they are also called giraffe gazelle.
These antelopes have strong hind legs which enables them to stand on the 2 legs while eating foliage from trees.
10. Long Wattled Umbrellabird
Umbrella birds have a crest of fine, hair-like feathers that hang all the way over its bill, giving it the look of having an “umbrella.”.
Wattled umbrellabirds also have an inflatable wattle dangling from the middle of its chest. This wattle made of feathers is usually used to attract the opposite sex during mating.
Markhor is the national animal of Pakistan. They are nothing but wild goats and can be found in the mountainous regions of both India and Pakistan. Markhors have enormous horns usually spiral in shape which are used for fighting and scraping bark from trees.
These giant goats are also excellent climbers, their wide hooved feet helps them to climb very steep hills and cliffs with ease.
12. Maned Wolf
The maned wolf has super long legs and a red coat which earned them the nickname “Fox-on-stilts”. Though the name suggests wolf, a maned wolf is neither fox nor wolf but are a unique species which are critically endangered.
Their particularly long legs are adapted to help the wolves see above the tall grass in which they often hunt.
13. Panda Ant
Even though these are referred to as ants, they are not really ants but wingless wasps. These cute little ants are also called cow killer but ironically its sting is not fatal but incredibly painful.
Panda ants parasitize other insects as part of their reproductive cycle. Panda ant will lay a single egg beside each host larva or pupae she finds. The Panda ant grows inside of the host larva by feeding off its tissue, eventually killing it.
14. Satanic Leaf-Tailed Gecko
These geckos are indeed one of the strangest land creatures you will ever find. They are known for their tail resembling a dried leaf. In fact not only does the gecko’s tail look like a dead leaf, so too does its body. Moreover, if they need to, they’re able to shed their tail off to trick a predator.
They have been given the name ”satanic’‘ because the zoologist, Boulenger who first discovered it thought the creature is mythical. These reptiles are only endemic to Madagascar, Africa and can’t be seen elsewhere.
15. Red-Eyed Tree Frog
These beautiful multicoloured frogs can be found in the tropical rainforests of Mexico, Colombia and other parts of Central America. They are distinguished by their slender limbs and red peepers, which are used to startle off their predators giving the amphibians a precious few seconds to escape.
Furthermore, When the Tree Frog sleeps, it hides its distinct colors, but the frog displays its colors while being chased or attacked.
The okapis are also known as forest giraffe or zebra giraffe, on first glance they look like a zebra but they are more closely related to a giraffe. Okapis are normally found in the tropical rainforest of Zaire and Republic of Congo.
Both giraffe and okapi simultaneously move with their front and back leg on the same side of the body rather than moving alternate legs on either side like most mammals with hooves.
17. Rainbow Lorikeets
Rainbow lorikeets are one of the most colorful creatures found on earth. These exotic birds are common in the woodlands and forests of Australia.
Rainbow lorikeets are sweet, affectionate birds that are known for their comical antics and friendly personalities with their human keeper. For this reason, many people like to keep them as pets.
18. Strawberry Crab
The Strawberry Crab, also known as the Red Boxing Crab, native to the pristine waters of Hawaii. They are called strawberry crabs because of their bright pink colour with many small white spots.
These are peaceful crabs and can be very sociable with other aquatic beings and when used in aquarium, they helps in controlling algae growth.
19. Hummingbird hawk-moth
People often confuse a hummingbird hawk-moth for a hummingbird. While flying from flowers to flowers, both looks the same and it requires close inspection to differentiate between them.
So, the next time, when flowers blooms and you hear a humming sound near the garden flowers, look closely and see if there is a Hummingbird Hawk Moth.
20. Glasswing Butterfly
These beautiful butterflies are so named because of their transparent wing. The tissue between their veins looks like glass, as it lacks the coloured scales found in other butterflies.
This features protect them from predatory birds as it is difficult to keep track of them in flight.
21. Thorny Dragon
Thorny dragon also known as the thorny devil is a lizard found in the drylands of Australia. These lizards have evolved to be covered with thorns all over the body making the predator think twice before its meal.
They also have the ability to change colors and puff themselves bigger, all of which are to ward off enemies.
This cartoon-like bird is been subject to tons of hilarious memes. They have highly distinguished eyes that seem to pop out of its head. Moreover, during the day, the common potoo’s eyes are yellow, but at night, they turn orange
There are seven types of potoos and they are usually seen all across South America.
23. Saiga Antelope
The last on the list of strangest land creatures is an antelope that looks like a creature straight from ”star wars”. These critically endangered antelopes are found in the foothills of mountains around China and Mongolia.
The saiga’s nose has an unusual structure that is thought to filter out dust in the dry summers. Also, it helps them to attract partners during mating.
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