Category Archive: Bizarre Animal of the Week

Jan 18

Bizarre Animal of the Week: Wood Frog

The longest a human being has ever willingly held their breath without dying or suffering brain damage is just over twenty minutes. Some species of deep-diving whales can manage a little over two hours. But a small, unremarkable-looking amphibian called the wood frog can hold its breath all winter. Frogs, like all amphibians, are cold-blooded, …

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Nov 29

Bizarre Animal of the Week: Ant-Decapitating Fly

Ants are the ultimate soldiers. They never question orders from their superiors, they complete their missions to the full or die trying, and they never take a day off sick. They are so focused on the task at hand, in fact, that they will continue marching even if they lose their heads… literally. The picture …

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Oct 02

Bizarre Animal of the Week: Tongue-Eating Louse

The tongue-eating louse is the ultimate uninvited guest. It turns up unannounced, eats everything in sight and then vastly overstays its welcome. In fact, it doesn’t actually leave until the day it dies. Hopefully you’ve never had a guest quite like that. The picture above seems to depict a fish that is in the process of eating …

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May 03

Bizarre Animal of the Week: Star-Nosed Mole

From certain angles, the star-nosed mole almost looks like any other mole. It’s small and black, with thick velvety fur and big, burrowing feet. But then you notice that outrageous nose. It looks like a cross between a group of wriggling maggots and a pink sea anemone. This nose is the most sensitive tactile instrument …

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Apr 12

Bizarre Animal of the Week: Green Spoon Worm

‘Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus’. It’s a well-known saying that highlights just how different men and women really are. And it’s the same throughout the natural world: males often look and behave very differently to females because of the separate roles they play. It’s a topic we’ve covered before on this blog …

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Feb 12

Bizarre Animal of the Week: Aye-Aye

The native people of Madagascar have many strange superstitions and customs. ‘Do not sing while you are eating or your teeth will grow long’ is one of them; another is ‘do not point at a tomb or else your finger will fall off’. Most, while undoubtedly eccentric, are largely harmless, but that’s not always the …

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Jan 27

Bizarre Animal of the Week: Surinam Toad

It’s like a scene from a gruesome science-fiction film: strange, ugly creatures bursting out from the back of their disfigured mother and then starting to eat one another. But it’s not science fiction, it’s science fact – it’s just how the Surinam toad chooses to gives birth. The Surinam toad looks, upon first glance, like …

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Jan 13

Bizarre Animal of the Week: Barreleye

The most unexplored habitat on Earth is the ocean deep. We know more about the surface of the moon than we do about the very bottom of our seas. But from what little we have explored, we have discovered a very strange and mysterious world, filled with creatures that can boggle the mind. Take this …

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Nov 19

Bizarre Animal of the Week: Strepsiptera

You know you’ve got a major problem when you have another organism living inside your body, eating your innards, controlling your growth and sticking out of your rear end. If that isn’t worthy of an emergency trip to the hospital, I don’t know what is. But wasps don’t have hospitals, so if this sort of …

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Nov 05

Bizarre Animal of the Week: Sacculina

Barnacles lead mundane lives. They spend their time attached to old piers and sunken ships, waving their tiny arms about all day to grab edible morsels from the water. But one barnacle decided that arm-waving just wasn’t for it and it turned down a more sinister route. It’s the body-snatching barnacle known as Sacculina. As …

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