Some of the Weirdest Animals on the Planet Today

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A collection of images surfaced on the popular site Imgur showing some of the strangest animals that currently call planet Earth home. They range from deep sea creatures to land-dwelling mammals to members of the avian and insect communities, and come in a variety of sizes, but all of these fascinating animals are guaranteed to turn heads.

The Imgur collection was posted by the user RggGomez, showing just how interesting and diverse the animal kingdom can be.

For example, the star-nosed mole uses its unique snout design as a touch organ, helping this small creature feel its way around, and are typically found in the northeastern United States and eastern Canada.

The scotoplane, also known as the sea pig, is usually only found at depths of more than 1,000 meters in the Atlantic, Indian, or Pacific oceans. It is a deposit feeder and survives by removing organic particles found in deep-sea mud.

The thorny dragon is a desert-dwelling lizard whose coloring helps keep it camouflaged in the desert. It also has a “false” head designed to distract predators from the real one.

One of the smaller weird animals, the Glaucus Atlanticus, also known as the blue dragon, is a species of blue sea slug that is said to resemble a dragon. This creature prefers warm water ocean areas and is typically seen floating on the surface.

A relatively recent discovery made in Venezuela in 2009 is the Venezuelan Poodle Moth. The recently identified species hasn’t been studied in depth, but its appearance is certainly unique.

Able to bury itself in a matter of moments, the pink fairy armadillo is usually no more than 4.5 inches long without including the tale. It has a distinct pink color, is nocturnal, and predominately feeds on ants.

Found in Eastern Africa, the gerenuk, or Waller’s gazelle, is a species of antelope with a long neck and a relatively small head when compared to their body size. They will also stand erect on their rear legs, allowing them to reach higher branches when feeding.

The Amazonian Royal Flycatcher is found in the woodlands throughout the Amazon basin area. Reaching about 6.5 inches in length, these birds can catch flying insects. They typically build very large nests, some reaching lengths of up to 6 feet, and often choose to construct their dwelling on branches that overhang the water, making it harder for predators to get them.