Nature's Rare Animals We Can't Forget

By Sophia Maddox | March 19, 2024

The Aye-Aye spends most of the day rolled up into a ball

The animal kingdom is a vast and varied group of creatures, many of which we'll never get a chance to see up close. Thankfully, we've got plenty of photos of the most bizarre animals in the world to show you what you're missing. Whether you're curious about the strange fish that live in the depths of the open ocean, or nocturnal creatures who live in the trees of Africa we've got you covered.

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If you’re worried about running into this ugly little creature, don’t worry, you have to go all the way to Madagascar to run afoul of this animal which locals believe brings bad luck. Of course it’s not really bad luck, it just looks funny. Aye-ayes do their best to spend most of their lives in in rain forest trees and only come down at night.

They spend most of the day curled up in a ball, when they wake they go on eat hunt for insects that crawl beneath tree bark. They use their long middle fingers to hunt for the larvae that makes up the most of their diet. These animals can live up to 20 years, which is a long time to stay up in a tree. 

The Mexican Alligator Lizard is endangered and beautiful

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The endangered Mexican alligator lizard is a gorgeous small invertebrate that more closely resembles a curved piece of turquoise than a member of the animal kingdom. They tend to be slow-moving, however when they feel threatened they can run away with the best of them. These lizards mainly live in high elevation cloud forests in Central America, specifically Mexico and Guatemala.

The Mexican alligator lizard has a healthy diet of bugs that are low in protein like caterpillars, grasshoppers, and katydids, although during the summer they don’t each as they’re preparing to breed. Locals believe that these lizards are venomous, but fortunately for collectors that’s not the case.