15 Odd Looking Animal Species You Probably Never Heard Of

It is well known that any living being adjusts to live in its environment. Though most of the creatures you happen to see in your environment have the shape and the appearance that you expect, there are certain animal species that have odd looking shapes and appearances. This is mainly due to the fact that they have evolved to be so for thousands of years. Evolutionary changes have enabled them to live in their peculiar environments. In case humans don’t disturb them they will exist for future generations to see despite the fact that they have their natural predators to escape from.

Natural environments they live are such that these bizarre creatures have developed their own defense systems to thwart the efforts of their predators to attack them. At the same time, they have very special ways of attacking their prey. There are some herbivorous creatures that have the ability to camouflage themselves to live among trees by acquiring shapes and colors of leaves. There are other animal species that are able to hide and wait their prey to come close to them in order to catch and feed on them.

There certain creatures that have venom in their stings. While they are able to control and kill their prey with venom, humans kill these animals due to the very presence of their venom as they get scared on sight that these animals will sting them. With all these considerations in mind it is interesting to look at these odd looking animals and to study their behavior. Animal lovers have been able to take a few snapshots of some of these animals as well. While some of these animal species have not been easy to capture with cameras there have been others that could be photographed easily. The following are some of the odd creatures we are able to describe for you along with their pictures.

1- Ankole Watusi
Long Horns from Africa

Ankole Watusi is a breed of cattle that lives in Africa. They are also called the Ankole long horns due to their massive horns that could grow up to a length of 8 feet. These horns are used by this animal species for its defense as well as for cooling its body in the warm habitat where it lives. These animals are reared in certain African countries for milk but they are rarely killed for meat.

2- Irrawaddi Dolphins
Dolphins with Short Beaks and Bulging Foreheads

One of the animal species, dolphins that look strange with their short beaks and bulging foreheads are found in South Asian and South East Asian coastal areas. They certainly look different from other dolphins. These animals could be seen in the ocean as they need to come out of water to take fresh air as they cannot stay under water for more than one or two minutes.

3- Pacu Fish
Full Jaws Shaown

When Pacu Fish open its mouth it resembles the smile of a human. Male fishermen in South America which is the native region of this fish are scared to swim in areas where this fish is present calling them the “ball cutters”. Its appearance also is a bit strange for a fish. Though this is a vegetarian fish it has mistaken human male reproductive organs for nuts when it has attacked humans. This is an opinion expressed by scientists.

4- Eastern Long Necked Turtle
Neck is Like 10 Inch Long

This turtle with a long neck has an appropriate name among animal species. Their necks could be as long as 10 inches and they are native to Australia. Also called the snake neck turtles, they use their necks to catch their prey the same way snakes do.

5- The Flying Snake (Chrysopelea)
The Snake That Flies

The strange thing with this snake is that it could fly. It will climb up trees and glide through the air to land where it wants. They are venomous but not deadly and are found in South East Asian mainland and in China, India and Sri Lanka. They pray on bats, frogs, birds and lizards. It is able to flare its ribs and flatten its body in order to glide through air.