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Top 10 Most Unusual Animals on the Planet


Animals are friends for people. These devoted creatures of the nature have played a great role in the lives of people. Even nowadays, there are millions of people who are dependent on their beloved pets. One can have no kid, but can’t help keeping dozens of cats all around his house. Of course, this is a natural thing for everybody, to have domestic pets, but when it comes to such animals, like armadillo, Angora rabbit or a wombat, hardly anyone will dare come even closer to them. Below we represent a list of top 10 most unusual animals on the planet.


10. Pedetes


These rodents, natives of Eastern Africa, are the only representative of the rodent family. They can easily climb high when they feel danger. The length of its jumping is generally counted to reach 3 meters. But in some cases the length may vary and thus this animal becomes subject of comparison with a kangaroo. Pedetes are easily tempted and within 2 or 3 weeks they can be easily ruled.


9. Red-eyed Tree Frog (Agalychnis callidryas)

Red-eyed Tree Frog

Inhabiting in Central and Northern America, these frogs feel better on trees than in water. They have the peculiarity of changing their color throughout the day. They are green at daytime, and brown at night. In addition to their big red eyes, their back legs are orange, while the front ones are blue, sometimes even violet. In a word, the frog has a variety of colors.

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8. Myanmar snub-nosed monkey or Burmese snub-nosed monkey

Myanmar snub-nosed monkey

This small monkey inhabits mainly in the jungles of Northern Burma. It is the most respectable type of snub-nosed monkeys. These monkeys are normally black colored, with an upturned nose and a tail longer than the body. In addition to Burma, you can meet these monkeys in the eastern Himalayas and in China. These species are not thoroughly studies by scientists yet. It is only known that they live in great population, spend most of their lives on trees, and move to deep jungles in wintertime.


7. Armadillo


Armadillos are small to medium-sized mammals. Their average length is about 75 cm (30 in), including tail; the giant armadillo grows up to 150 cm and weighs up to 59 kg. They are mostly found in Southern and Central America, in Paraguay, in particular. Nonetheless you can still meet this hairy animal all around the continent, even in Illinois. Armadillos normally have a low body temperature. Their armor-like skin plays a defensive role for them. Regardless of the fact that their legs are short enough, yet they can move very fast. These animals can stay under water for several minutes. What concerns their eyesight, the latter is very poor developed, so they can orient with their sense of smell. Armadillos eat mainly ants and termites.


6. Angora rabbit

Angora rabbit

These rabbits, mostly bred for their wool, are a variety of domestic rabbits, natives to Ankara, Turkey. These creatures are soft and gentle, that one cannot help loving them. They were beloved pets for most girls, especially in the XVIII century; they were inseparable parts of the French aristocracy. The pet is also a favorite one in the entire Europe and America. There are now 3 types of it: German, English and French rabbits.


5. Sarcophilus laniarius

Sarcophilus laniarius

This is an extinct species of large Tasmanian devil. This predator is a close relative to hyena, with an appearance of something between a dog and a small bear. Once a wide spread species of this animal was a frightening one for Asians and Australian aborigines and was considered to be a devil. Today, these animals’ are inhabitants on the island of Tasmania only.


4. Bradypodion pumilum or Cape Dwarf Chameleon

Bradypodion pumilum

This tiny chameleon, native to South Africa, can easily be placed in small box of matches. Its tongue is twice long as its body is, which helps it catch insects on some distance. They can easily hide themselves in bushes, changing their color. With their small sizes, it will be hard to find them afterwards. The chameleon runs an active life, eats leaves and is considered to be a rare one. It can be a little amazing, that this small creature can be dangerous and aggressive to its type, when fighting for food or territory to occupy.

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3. Wombat


The animal has received its name from Australian aborigines, the Darug tribe, who lived in the region of today’s Sidney. Their appearance resembles that of a badger, or a bear with small eyes. They have a very thick skin, a rough and strong forehead, which can be used as a battering-ram, if needed. They have short legs, a stubby tail, and may reach 1 meter length. Their advantage is the ability to quickly dig the earth. Their food is considered to be grass, roots and herbs. There exist three types of wombats: an ordinary wombat, and 2 hairy-nosed wombats, Southern and Northern, the latter being endangered species that is why they are being carefully protected.


2. Aardvark (Orycteropus afer)


It was once very fashionable to keep a minipig at home. This African animal has other names like a ground pig or an earth pig. The animal is similar in appearance with a pig, with coarse hair on its body. These animals move slowly, but hunt quickly. They dig very fast, so whenever a termite or an ant or any other insect is seen in, they dig into them with their legs and quickly take the latter with its sticky tongue. These pigs are mostly known to kids, since they can meet this character in numerous cartoons.


1. Aye-aye (Daubentonia madagascariensis)


Aye-aye is a lemur, a famous hunter of food. It has rodent-like teeth. Inhabiting in South-Eastern Madagascar is one of those animals that are common to meet in only Madagascar and nowhere else in the world. It is difficult to understand where their legs or hands start from. They are gifted with a lovely face. This lemur can eat both roots and leaves, but it doesn’t mean that it is not a predator. This kind of lemurs is also subject to disappearance from the earth. Special measures are taken to protect them. In an island in Madagascar, a natural reserve was created, where 9 lemurs inhabited. Since then the number of these species has increased, nevertheless, they are still endangered. Predator birds are considered number one enemy for lemurs. It is also believed by the natives, that seeing an aye-aye is a bad symbol. That predicts that there will be a death in the village, so they rush to kill the latter.

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