There are some really weird and funny looking animals out there in the world some of which we already know of and some that we don’t. How many strange and wonderful creatures do you know of that look like they belong in a Star Wars movie?
In this post, we have selected 21 animals that we think are pretty weird and funny looking. Not only do some of them look strange but they also have some unusual habits too.
Some of these animals live in the water some live on land, some like to live up in the trees and some even spend their lives deep underground. A number of these are really cute looking even though they look like space aliens. On the other hand, there are a few animals that look really ugly and scary.
You will learn about these funny looking animals and understand that there is a reason why many of these living things look and act the way that they do.
- 21 Weird Animals That Live in the Ocean
- 21 Weird Animals That Live in Rainforest
- 21 Weird Animals That live in the Desert
Tarsiers are very small primates found in southern and eastern parts of Asia. They’re as small as squirrels, reaching only up to 6.4 inches in length. Tarsiers have very large eyes and ears to help them find food at night. They also have a very long tails and hind legs to help them move around treetops.
Fun fact: Tarsiers can rotate their heads for about 180 degrees to help them locate their prey silently.
02. Dumbo Octopus
Dumbo octopi have fins on their side that look like ears. This is why this species of octopus is named after Dumbo the animated elephant created by Walt Disney. They live at the bottom of the sea, about 1,300 to 23,000 feet from the surface. They can either be colored green, red, or orange.
Fun fact: Newly born baby Dumbo octopi are already big and sturdy and can already take care of themselves.
Unlike most fish, mudskippers can live both in and out of water. Their swimming fins are very strong and allow them to walk on land. Since they’re poor swimmers, they usually walk instead of swim underwater. They can also flip their bodies to skip across mud to avoid predators.
Fun fact: Mudskippers move much faster and breathe better when they’re on land.
04. Bald Uakari
Bald Uakaris are friendly primates with hairless, red faces that make them look a bit more human than other primates. They eat fruits, leaves, and seeds usually, but sometimes they also eat small animals. They’re now an endangered species because of deforestation and hunting.
Fun fact: Bald Uakaris can express happiness, sadness, and other emotions pretty well.
05. Cape Rain Frog
Cape Rain Frogs are round, brown frogs found mostly in South Africa. They eat mostly worker ants and termites. The Cape Rain Frog’s defense mechanism is to inflate itself like a puffer fish to either scare away predators or make itself too big to swallow.
Fun fact: Cape Rain Frogs often croak in chorus before it rains, making them pretty good weather forecasters.
06. Hooded Seal
Hooded seals are arctic seals often found in the North Atlantic and the Arctic Ocean. They have large flippers for swimming and sharp claws for hunting fish, octopi, squids, and other sea creatures. Hooded seals like to live alone. They meet only with other hooded seals during mating season.
Fun fact: Male Hooded seals can blow pink balloons out of their noses to attract female Hooded seals.
07. Angora Rabbit
Angora rabbits are big, fluffy animals known for their long, fine fur. Their wools are soft and silky, which is why it’s often used in creating sweaters. They’re very playful and friendly and love to meet new people and rabbits.
Fun fact: Angora rabbits need to be sheared or else they’ll get too fluffy and start bumping into objects because they can’t see past their own fur.
Sloths are mammals found mostly in Central and South America. They hang onto branches with their long, curved claws and eat the leaves they can reach. It can take their stomachs up to a month to digest one meal, which is why they don’t have enough energy to move very fast.
Fun fact: Sloths are the world’s slowest animals, so slow that even algae grow on their fur.
09. Emperor Tamarin
Emperor Tamarins are known for their long white moustache. They live in groups of two to ten with the oldest female as the leader. They bond by grooming each other and keeping each other safe by making loud shrieking cries when there’s danger.
Fun fact: The moustaches of Emperor Tamarins may have been used to signal each other and to distinguish one from the other.
10. White-faced Saki Monkey
White-faced Saki monkeys are tree-living creatures that are active during the day. They eat berries, flowers, leaves, mice, and other small plants or mammals they can get their hands on.
Fun fact: Sakis often make loud high pitched sounds while raising their hair and jumping up and down on branches to call other Sakis.
A tapir looks somewhat like an anteater and a bear combined. They live in mountains, swamps, grasslands, and forests. Their snout is a combination of their nose and upper lip. It helps them find and eat leaves and fruits. They communicate with each other using pee or high- pitched sounds.
Fun fact: Tapirs can use their snouts as snorkels when hiding underwater from predators.
12. Pink Fairy Armadillo
Pink Fairy armadillos are the smallest of all armadillos, reaching only up to 6 inches in length. They have light pink scales above and fluffy white fur underneath. They love to eat ants and ant larvae. They can use their strong claws to dig out insects underground and move around sandy areas.
Fun fact: Pink Fairy armadillos move underground so fast that it seems like they’re just swimming through water.
Alpacas are charming and cute creatures with smooth, soft, and silky fur. They communicate with each other by humming and sing love songs to their mates by making a strange sound. They eat grass, weeds, and other plants. Their long necks help them look around for predators while they hide behind rocks.
Fun fact: Alpacas spit at a herd member if they don’t like what he’s doing.
14. Pygmy Marmoset
Pygmy Marmosets are the world’s smallest monkeys. An adult Pygmy Marmoset could easily fit on your palm but they’re able to jump 15 feet into the air. They like living in trees because they could easily find food and hide from predators.
Fun fact: Pygmy Marmosets almost always have two babies and will be carried by their father for the first two months of their life.
15. The Maned Wolf
Maned wolves look pretty much like foxes with overgrown hair, but they’re not actually related to them. They have very long ears that can reach about seven inches. They usually live alone and will run away if they get startled. They’re stinky, which is why they’re sometimes called skunk wolves.
Fun fact: Mane wolves can rotate their ears to listen to prey animals hiding in the grass.
16. Patagonian Mara
Patagonian maras look like big bunnies but they’re actually rodents closely related to guinea pigs. They’re usually found in grassy places because they love to eat plants. They have very good eyesight and hearing and can run up to 29 kph to avoid predators.
Fun fact: Although not related to rabbits, Patagonian Maras can walk and hop like rabbits do because their back legs are longer than their front legs.
17. Naked Mole Rat
Naked mole rats are “naked” because they live underground so they don’t really need protection from the sun’s rays. When it gets too cold at night, naked mole rats huddle together to keep each other warm. They have a few tiny hairs on their body to help them feel their surroundings.
Fun fact: Naked mole rats barely use their eyes. Instead, they sniff around to find food and identify members of the same colony.
Gerenuks are tall, thin antelopes. They don’t need to drink water because they already get moisture from the plants they eat. They like to eat soft leaves, flowers, fruits, and other plants they could reach with their long necks.
Fun fact: Gerenuks have an extra vertebra in their spinal cord that helps them stand like human beings do.
Fossae are cat-like creatures that can only be found in the tropical rainforests of Madagascar. They are very fast and can run at a speed of 35 miles per hour. They also have very good senses of hearing, eyesight, and smell. They are the biggest predators on the island and can grow up to 2 meters in length.
Fun fact: Fossae were actually thought to be primitive cats until they were discovered to be very large mongooses.
20. Sunda Colugo
Sunda Colugos are also known as Sunda Flying Lemurs, but they actually aren’t lemurs and they also can’t fly. Instead they glide from tree to tree all throughout the night searching for fruits, flowers, and leaves to eat.
Fun fact: Sunda Colugos have skin flaps called patagium that act like parachutes to help them glide across a span of about loo meters.
21. Frill-necked Lizard
Frill-necked lizards have large frills that open like an umbrella to scare off predators. They can look scary but they’re perfectly harmless. They live on trees and are pretty hard to spot because they move very fast and can use camouflage to become “invisible”.
Fun fact: Frill-necked lizards try all sorts of tricks on predators from trying to blend in with their surroundings to trying to scare them off. If all else fails, they run to the nearest tree for safety.