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Wonder Animals

Red Velvet Ant

These are actually wasps. The females of the species are wingless and covered with red hair, giving it the appearance of an ant. The males of the species have wings, but cannot sting.The red velvet ant is common in southwestern America and Mexico....

Giraffe Weevil

Not much is known about the giraffe weevil, as it was only recently discovered in 2008.It gets its name from its jointed extended neck, which is similar to that of a giraffe. The majority of the body is black with distinctive red patterns covering...

Spiney Orbweaver Spider

Spiney orbweaver spider, is also known as a crab spider. It has a very distinctive and colorful shell with several brightly colored spines protruding. Scientists believe that this physical appearance evolved to protect the spiders from predators, ...

Immortal Jellyfish

It is renowned for its ability to continually revert back into the immature polyp stage after reaching sexual maturity. It accomplishes this through a process called ‘transdifferentiation’, which is essentially the ability to transform one type of...

Glass Frog

While, like many frogs, glass frogs are green, they get their name from their transparent abdominal sides. Their internal organs and gastrointestinal tract are visible through their skin. Found primarily along rivers and streams in Central and Sou...

Mantis Shrimp

The most remarkable thing about these shrimp, besides their abnormally powerful claws, is their eyes. Mantis shrimp arguably have the best eyesight in the world. Each of their eyes has three focal points, while ours only have one. Those eyes can d...

Ninja Slug

The ninja slug can shoot calcium carbonate ‘love-darts’ into potential mates. These darts are tipped with hormones that are specially designed to get their targets into the mood for love.It also sports a tail three times the length of its body, wh...

Axolotl

These guys also put Wolverine to shame in the healing department. Axolotls are underwater salamanders that have a remarkable ability to regenerate. Not only can they re-grow their limbs, but also complex organs such as their hearts and brains. Wha...

Dragon Millipedes

These pink little millipedes are the stuff of nightmare. If you see one, watch out because they can shoot cyanide when threatened.

The Giant Coconut Crab

They get their name from their ability to climb coconut palm trees.On some islands, the giant coconut crab is also known as the robber crab or palm thief because of its habit of taking shiny items.They can also live more than 30 years.These crabs ...

Sloths

Because sloths spend so much of their lifetimes hanging upside down, their hair grows the opposite direction of that of most mammals. The hair's reversed growth pattern helps protect their skin from the elements. Sloths even give birth hanging fro...

Walking Leaf

The leaf insect has a tendency to sway back and forth to mimic a real leaf blowing in the wind. Some sources state that these insects may have been in existence 47 million years ago.The walking leaf, or leaf insect, is native to South Asia and Aus...

Leafy Seadragon

Leafy seadragon, derives from its leaf-like protrusions, which serve as excellent camouflage.They grow to a length of about 8-10 inches and feed on plankton and small crustaceans. Humans collect them and use them as pets and in alternative medicin...

Rosey-Lipped Batfish

Common in the waters of Costa Rica, the rosey-lipped batfish is a fish that, oddly enough, is a poor swimmer. Its strangely-shaped pectoral fins look more like legs than anything and they act like legs, too! The batfish walks on its fins along th...

Lyrebird

These birds have the most complicated vocal muscles out of all the songbirds. With their ability, they can mimic an innumerable range of sounds both natural and artificial. Camera shutters, car alarms, barking dogs, human voices, chainsaws and on....

Alpine Ibex

These goats are remarkable climbers, using complicated hooves that are well-adapted. They can climb the steepest cliff walls, often doing so gracefully and with no sign of vertigo. They do this to track down vegetation that often grows in the nook...

Bees

Bees actually have something in common with platypuses: they can sense electrical fields. But unlike sensing the electricity of other creatures, bees sense the electrical fields of plants. Judging the electrical fields tells the bees which flowers...

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Wonder Animals

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We all know that animals love to put us humans to shame when it comes to amazing abilities. Read on to see how.