The 5 strangest looking animals… ever!

What is the strangest looking animal on the planet?

Since there are a lot of very weird looking creatures, I made three criteria for my list: they had to look weird and they had to do something very odd or they should not have been commonly heard of.

With that in mind, here are the top 5 strangest animals and insects:

Blanket Octopus

Blanket Octopus

Not only do these guys have a nice blanket to curl up under when they’re cold (total lie) but they also rip off the painful and venomous Portuguese Man O’ War tentacles and use them as weapons (no lie)!

Tongue Eating Louse

Tongue Eating Louse

The name kind of speaks for itself.  But wait, there’s more!  It’s the only parasite we know of that fully replaces the function of an organ:

This parasite enters through the gills of the fish, drains the fish’s tongue of blood, and attaches itself to the remaining muscles at the base of the tongue. The louse then takes over the functional role of the fish’s tongue in order to keep the fish, and therefore itself, alive.

Tarantula Hawk

Tarantula hawk

It’s a giant spider wasp that attacks tarantulas!  These things paralyze the spiders, drag them back to their nest, and lay an egg on the spider.  The wasp egg then hatches and the larva burrows into the tarantula where it can have a nice warm meal to feast on from the inside out!

And you thought the yellow jacket wasps were big?  These things are literally four times longer!  Oh, and yes, they sting humans too.

HoneyPot Ants

Honeypot ants

And the Western world thought they had an obesity epidemic?  Well, these ants are overfed on purpose!  Basically, these ants are giant living stores of food for other ants in times of need.

Platypus

Platypus

While certainly commonly heard of, they are strange looking!  They have webbed feet like otters, a duck-like nose, are one of less than a dozen mammals which are venomous, and only one of two mammals that lay eggs.  If that’s not strange, I don’t know what is.
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By Artem Cheprasov

Article by Artem Cheprasov

March 21, 2013

Dr. Artem Cheprasov was born in St. Petersburg, Russia. He then moved to the U.S. when he was a little boy. So no, he is not a spy. Or is he? He finished his studies in veterinary medicine at the top 10% of his class, conducted research, and discovered a cool mathematics algorithm; but we cannot confirm this as both Washington and Moscow have refused to comment on this matter either because he really is a spy or more likely because they have no idea who he even is.


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