The world is a wild and wonderful place, filled with millions of different species most of us have never even heard of. Here are some of them.
Star Nosed Mole
Inhabiting the north-eastern United States and Canada, the star-nosed mole has 22 miniature tentacles at the tip of its snout that it uses to forage for food.
Endemic to the jungles of Borneo, the proboscis monkey is one of the largest monkeys found in Asia. The male monkey uses its fleshy, pendulous nose to attract mates. Excellent swimmers, the proboscis monkey has evolved with webbed feet and hands
Found in Madagascar the Aye-Aye is the world’s largest nocturnal primate. Often noted for its unique foraging techniques, it taps on trees until it finds larvae, gnaws a hole in the wood, and inserts its middle finger to pull them out.
A member of the dragon family, the frill-necked lizard got its name because of the large ruff of skin around its neck, which it unfurls when feeling threatened. It is found mainly in northern Australia and southern New Guinea
Related to storks and also known as a Whalehead, it’s obvious where this east African bird gets its name from. It’s one of the largest birds in the world and can grow to be over 3 feet (1 meter) tall.
Due to the ear-like fins protruding from their “heads,” they have been likened to Disney’s famous elephant, after which they were named. Living at extreme depths, these creatures are a rare sight
MATA MATA TURTLE
This South American freshwater turtle is found in the Amazon and Orinoco basins, primarily in slow-moving streams and swamps where it can stand in shallow water and stretch its nose to the surface to breathe.It’s an unusual, ancient-looking creature that’s clearly made for camouflage.It has a horny snout and flattened, triangle-shaped head that looks like fallen leaves, and a brown/black shell said to resemble bark. Measuring up to 18 inches long and weighing some 30 pounds, it’s a large, triply-looking turtle!
VENEZUELAN POODLE MOTH
Discovered in Venezuela’s Gran Sabana region by Kyrgyzstan’s Dr. Arthur Anker in 2009, this unusual insect looks like a cross between a poodle and an angora sweater.Ankara’s odd (some might say adorable) discovery went relatively unnoticed for several years, until someone posted his photo of the fuzzy white moth with bulging black eyes and bizarre antennae online.It quickly went viral, but the moth (which experts believe belongs to the Artacegenus) has yet to be confirmed as a new species.