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8 of the Weirdest Creatures on the Planet!

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Daily Planet has been all over, looking at creatures of all shapes and sizes. Some tend to be really cool, while others are a bit... odd. Here is a list of critters from all over the world that are a mix of both! 


Burmese Python



Sliding in first on the list is the Burmese python. This beautiful reptile is usually found in south-East Asia, and can grow up to 18 feet, approximately 5.5 meters! Burmese python is the third largest snake species known. This carnivorous creature will eat anything from rodents, birds, medium sized mammals such as rabbits, deer, and even alligators!


The python is known as a constrictor, it does not use venom to subdue its prey, but instead suffocates them to death and eats it whole using its rear-ward pointing teeth. It has been found in south Florida recently, which is unusual and reasons are still unknown. The pythons are invasive species in the area and are causing a great deal of damage within the everglades.

Let’s slither to the next one shall we?


Right whale



Considered the ‘Ugly Duckling’ of whales, the Right Whale is a close relative of the Bowhead whale, and can be distinguished by rough patches of skin on its head. These patches are caused by a parasite known as Whale lice and live on the callosities of the whales. These callosities make it easier for fishermen to hunt the whales ( also due to their inability to swim fast). These whales are often hunted and thus called the “right whale,” because it was the right whale to hunt.

 


Golden-collared Manakin



For all the hopeless romantics out there, this is the golden collared Manakin, found in Panama. The Manakin dances its heart out- literally! During the courtship dance, several males gather together in a small area, and each jumps from small tree to small tree while making a fast, powerful, loud snapping sound with his wings. He also does this wing-snap while perched. When the male lands on a perch, he rapidly turns to expose his feathers to the female. Scientists measured its heartrate during courtship and it can reach 1300 beats per minute. Talk about heart beating right out of your chest!!
 


Saharan Silver Ants 



Ants are very impressive insects; some are able to carry 100 times their own weight, and they can live up to 30 years! However, only ants have developed a way to withstand the blistering heat of the sun. According to researchers in University of Brussels, Saharan ants have silver sheen that acts as a heat-repellent system, reflecting incoming sunlight like a prism. Scientists call it “total internal reflection,” and it’s what gives these ants their unique appearance. This enables the silver Saharan desert ants to maintain a lower body temperature, allowing it to cope with temperatures that exceed 122 degrees F (50 degrees C), so the ants can forage during the day, and avoid predators.The African heat wave hasn’t got them down! 
 


Burrowing Owls



Whoever thought that digging and flying could be possible, well here it is! These are the North American burrowing owls. Rather than living in a nest, they live in burrowed holes! Burrowing Owls don’t dig these holes themselves, they use holes that were dug by other small mammals such as prairie dogs, and ground squirrels. They are quite small and use the holes for protection.

Unlike most owls the burrowing owls are active both day and night. They usually live in pairs or loose colonies of two or more families. The burrowing owls mainly eat insects, grasshoppers, and beetles. They can hover and roll mid-air allowing them to capture prey much easier.  


Pink Fairy Armadillo



When you imagine a fairy, you think pink, sparkles and maybe a bit of magical pixie dust, right? Well, this next creature can’t do any of that - but, it definitely is a rare sight! The Pink Fairy Armadillo can be found in the sandy plains of central Argentina, and itis the smallest species of armadillo known.. It is the only armadillo with a dorsal shell that is almost separate from its body, and It also just happens to be pink. Their shell is more than just armor, it’s also used for thermoregulation. Nights in the Argentinian plains can get very cold, they can control the amount of surface area exposed to the environment in order to gain or lose heat.

These creatures are so rare that finding them in field are usually incidental, and most pink armadillos that are caught in captivity die before they even reach their destination. The longest living pink armadillo kept in captivity was a whopping 4 days! That’s one thing they have in common with fairies, they don’t like to be kept in captivity.
 


Sandfishes



The name can be quite baffling. kind of like an oxymoron, but these creatures are as elusive as they get! To start off it actually isn’t a fish, but a skink. Skinks are lizards that like to burrow themselves, have no pronounced neck and move like  snakes. The sandfish’s name originated from its ability to swim through sand similar to how fish swims in water. This unusual behavior is due to a number of physical adaptations including a streamlined body, highly polished skin, strongly developed limbs, a chisel-shaped snout, and reduced ear openings—to prevent sand entering its orifices.

The Sandfish moves in a wave like manner tucking its limbs against its sides rather than using its limbs as paddles to propel itself forward. It usually dives into sand in order to protect itself, and keep its core temperature leveled as it is cold-blooded. Adult sand fish can grow up to 8 inches and are insectivores using vibration to detect prey. This guy is the ultimate sandmarine. 
 


Nomadic Jellyfish



Jellyfishes have always beem hypnotic and mysterious. These creatures have no bones, blue transparent jelly-like body, and stingers that can cause unbelievable pain to humans. The Nomadic Jellyfish are named due to its wandering characteristics. The Nomadic Jellyfish are indigenous to tropical warm waters of Indian and Pacific Oceans. Since 1970's it has been also found in Mediterranean Sea, where it entered via the Suez Canal.  Recently, it has been found in the Eastern Mediterranean, off the coast of Israel, Turkey and in the Aegean Sea off the coast of Greece. The Nomadic Jellyfish is light blue colour and their bell is rounded. It can grow up to 10 kg of weight, and its bell is commonly 40–60 cm in diameter, but can be up to 90 cm. European Union lists it as one of the worst invasive marine species in European waters. Kind of like an invasive alien…
 


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