There are many beautiful animals on this great planet. Upon first glance, many of them are easily recognized by all because of the works of scientist who are constantly researching this great world Still some animals do not fit into this category. These rare creatures reside in hidden places such as the depths of the ocean or deep caves and caverns. The animals that top this list may not be the most beautiful, but they are most definitely the strangest animals that can be found on Earth.
The Solendon is a small mammal that is indigenous to Cuba and Hispanola. This creature very closely resembles the Shrew in the fact that it has a long snout and scaly tail. However, the Solenodon has a flexible snout as opposed to the Shrew. Another distinctive feature of this animal is the fact that it is extremely poisonous. The Solenodon is the only mammal that can inject its prey with rattle snake poison. So it is best to stay back if you encounter this critter, as they will bite at the drop of a hat.
The Kakapo is the only flightless parrot on this planet. While its feathered cousins travel by air, this species chooses to walk or climb from place to place. This bird can be found in New Zealand and is often referred to as the owl parrot. This creature got its nickname from the disc shape that its feathers create around the eyes. This parrot also sets precedence as being the largest breed of parrot weighing in at eight pounds.
The Olm is an amphibian that is indigenous to Europe, mainly to be found in Italy. This creature has a long white body with four small legs. Upon first sight it looks very similar to a small snake. This creature spends its life in underground caves and consequently has under developed eyes and is completely blind. While the Olm cannot see that does not mean it is completely defenseless. The Olm compensates for lack of sight with extraordinary hearing and sense of smell.
The Bumblebee Bat can be found in the limestone caves of Thailand and Southeast Burma. This species of bat is very small. An adult Bumblebee bat measure only one inch from head to tail. This breed of bat has another distinguishing feature, which is its pig like snout.
The Ichthyophis Kohtaoensis is a rare amphibian that is native to Cambodia, Loas and Thailand. This creature has a long snake-like body with a pointed tail. This reptile has a dark gray body with a yellow belly. The one feature that makes this amphibian is unique is the fact that it has two muscles that control the jaw.
The frilled shark is an oddity in the animal world. Until the nineteenth century researchers thought this animal had died out with the dinosaurs. However, this was proven to be untrue from the accounts of fisherman and the discovery of carcasses of this creature. This shark looks very much like an eel in the fact that it has elongated body. The Frilled Sharke has a triangular shaped head with a long gray body. This shark does not have the large distinct dorsal fins that most have.
Monito Del Monte is the Spanish term for “little monkey”. But this name is deceiving. The Monito Del Monte is actually a marsupial that lives in Chile and Argentina. This species of mammal was thought to be extinct over eleven million years ago. However, modern day explorers discovered this creature in the modern age. This small marsupial has the body of a mouse with brown fur and large, pointy ears and a long tail. The distinguishing feature of this animal is its large eyes and the fact that it lives In the trees of the rain forest. The long tail helps this animals swing from the branches in order to travel.
The Addax is also called the screw horn Antelope. This species of Antelope resides in very few places in the Sahara desert. While they look like many other species of Antelope, upon further inspection they are actually very different. This species has square teeth like that of a cow. Also, the antlers on this species are extremely long and curved, thus the nickname of screw horn Antelope.
The Dugong is a large marine animal that very much resembles the Manatee. While these creatures are in the same family called the Sirenia, they differ from the Manatee. The Dugong can be found in the waters north of Australia and into the Indio-Pacific region. The mammal has a long gray body with paddle like fins towards the head. The distinct features that this species posses is its fluked tail. The tail of this animal looks similar to a dolphin tail. Also, this creature has a mouth that flairs out at the side and is in a more down turned position, making it easy to graze on the vegetative life on the ocean floor.
The Saola is by far the most rare mammal on Earth. These creature are native to Vietnam and Laos. This animal grows to a height of about 3 feet. It closely resembles the goat in stature as well as some of its features. The mammal has a small tail and long pointed ears. However, this animal is different in the fact that it has a very distinct pattern of white spots and stripes on its face.