Top 10 Weirdest Ugly Animals

Ugly animal… and threatened?

If their appearance makes you smile, it is a good idea to remember that some of the animals listed below are among the currently threatened species. And this, in particular because their physique is far from sticking with the standards of beauty of the animal world. Result ? They arouse little interest from the public, and therefore from zoos and animal parks, and sometimes even from the scientific community. Among the most frequently cited species:

The Blobfish

If we had to elect only one ugly animal on the scale of the entire planet, it is probably the Blobfish which would win the prize. Indeed, the Psychrolutes marcidus, of its real name, is systematically cited when it comes to listing the animals considered to be the ugliest. If, most of the time, the fish of the abyss have all the scariest animals, the Blobfish, on the other hand, looks more like a big sad and slimy fish. An endangered species, this solitary, inedible fish is found off Tasmania and Australia in the deep sea.

The Penis Snake

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The penis snake, real name Atretochoana eiselti, is without doubt one of the strangest species on our planet. If he is so nicknamed, it is obviously because of his phallic shape. The latter, however, has a penis only in form, since it can measure up to 75 cm, or even 1 meter for males; and serpent only in name, since it is an amphibian. Endowed with a very powerful sense of smell, this extraordinary animal breathes… through its skin. And it is thanks to this highly developed sense that it manages to detect the fish and worms that make up its diet.

The pink truncated armadillo

If the armadillo is not used to being cited among the cutest animals on the planet, the pink truncated armadillo (Chlamyphorus truncatus) even less! A species endemic to Argentina, this animal has a strange pink shell made up of around twenty rows. Although fragile, this shell allows the armadillo to thermoregulate, acting as a “heater” when the temperature is too low and an “air conditioner” when it is too high! Did you say practical?

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The star-nosed mole

You might think it was straight out of an animated film, but it is nevertheless very real. The Star Condylure (Condylura cristata by its scientific name), known as the “star-nosed mole”, is a small species of mole from North America. And it is to its sprawling snout, very useful for exploring its environment, that this mole of about 20 cm owes its nickname. Almost blind, it is considered the animal that eats the fastest in the world.

The striated frogfish

Beneath its air of used sponge, the streaked frogfish, Antennarius Striatus by its scientific name, is a formidable hunter. Its color, which varies according to its environment, allows it to camouflage itself perfectly. Its wide mouth, meanwhile, allows it to capture prey as large as itself. That is to say measuring about twenty centimeters.

The Naked Mole Rat

Very different from the rats that we are used to seeing in Europe, the heterocephalus glaber, known as the naked mole rat, is a species that lives in East Africa, and more precisely in Somalia, Ethiopia or Kenya. . It owes its name to its particular dress, almost similar to that of Sphynx cats, giving the impression that it is naked. And for good reason, he has no hair! An amazing species, and all the more so when you know that it can live up to 30 years, that it is not sensitive to pain and that it can remain in apnea for up to 18 minutes!

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No need to look far to find species at the antipodes of animal beauty standards. Evidenced by the turkey! This galliform bird, from the Phasianidae family, native to Latin America was introduced to Europe during the 16th century. And it is of course to its red, fleshy, wrinkled, relaxed and featherless neck that it owes its place in the ranking of the ugliest animals.

Matamata turtle

Halfway between stone and dead leaf, the Matamata tortoise – Chelus fimbriata, as it is scientifically named – is indeed real. Weighing up to 15 kg, this South American freshwater turtle has a carapace adorned with streaks which makes it possible to determine its age. An age that can go up to 10 years. However, it is not its shell that is the most surprising, but rather its strange head, long, flat, and triangular. Like the frogfish, the Matamata turtle has the chance to easily merge with its environment, in particular because its head is easily confused with aquatic plants.

Scotoplane globosa

Coming from the Elpidiidae family, the Scotoplane globosa is a species of sea cucumber. At the end of its translucent and swollen body, which can measure up to 20 cm, are 7 pairs of feet! It also has 4 protrusions, which look like tentacles, but are called “dorsal papillae”. Already observed at more than 9000 meters deep, this abyssal species roams the bottom of the oceans in search of sediment to feed on.

The purple frog

If the Blopfish and the Penis Snake were to merge into one species, it would likely resemble the Purple, or Pig-nosed Frog (real name Nasikabatrachus bhupathi). Endowed with a body that seems swollen, with shiny skin with purple highlights, it has a pointed nose – which concretely has little in common with a pig’s nose – and legs whose fingers seem almost webbed. which are used to dig the burrows in which they like to take refuge.

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