These 5 Fascinating Creatures Look Like They Can’t Possibly Be From This Planet
When you think of creepy creatures, plenty of fictional beasts probably pop into your head. But what about the real-life monsters and oddities that exist around us? These five animals seem to be too obscure, strange, and macabre to be from planet earth. However, they are more than real, and their appearances are as stunning as they are horrifying. How would you feel if you ran across one of these odd animals?
Sweet Sailfin Dragon
These spectacular lizards may not breathe fire, but they’re pretty darn magnificent. The Sailfin Dragon often have gorgeous skin and coloring and are native to the Island of Indonesia. Despite their intimidating name, they’re far from being as dangerous as their fictional, film-based cousins. Holding and petting these sweet little lizards isn’t off limits!
Tardigrades may have cute names like “water bears” and “moss piglets”, but at first glance, they look a little horrifying. Still, these micro-animals are the toughest creatures on earth, building homes in places like mud volcanos, freezing landscapes, and tropical rainforests. They can also go several years without water or food, and survive shifts in temperature and pressure that would be fatal to any other lifeform. So, these squishy little micro-monsters are essentially indestructible.
Goofy Hammerhead Bat
We’ve all heard of Hammerhead Sharks, but what about Hammerhead Bats? These creatures may look a little goofy, but these big-lipped, nocturnal bats are far from defective. They’re located in equatorial Africa and thrive on a mostly fruit diet. However, science still has a long way to go in understanding the behaviors, reproduction, and true origin of these cartoonish creatures. Could they be from Mars? It’s too soon to tell.
Purple Vampire Crab
Okay, come on…even their name is spooky. This bright-purple, yellow-eyed sea-dweller is as gorgeous as it is horrifying. Also known as a Geosesarma dennerle, these crabs originate from Indonesia and live in freshwater. In many places, these creepy crustaceans have become popular pets. Could you sleep knowing those fluorescent eyes are watching you?
Spooky Albino Sulcata Turtle
If you mixed a vampire bunny and a turtle, you’d get this creepy-eyed creature. These reptiles are a variation of Sulcata Turtles with a gene for Albinism, originating from Northern African deserts. However, they look a little more like they just crawled out of a Steven King movie than the Sahara Desert.
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