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7 Of The Most Interesting Lesser Known Animals

7 Of The Most Interesting Lesser Known Animals

The animal kingdom is filled to the brim with beautiful and interesting creatures. Yet it is often only the more popular animals, like cats and dogs, that hold our attention. So today we are going to be giving some love to our favorite lesser known animals.

While this guide won’t contain everything you ever wanted to know about animals, hopefully this list will help enlighten you to the beauty that is out there and encourage you to dive deeper into the world of animals.

#1 Pangolin

You would be forgiven for looking at a Pangolin and thinking it is a Pokemon. These scaly cuties are one of the most interesting mammals on the planet as they are the only ones to be fully covered in scales. They are native to both Asia and Africa. Although there are some key differences in the species of Pangolin found on the different continents.

Sadly Pangolins are considered endangered. They have been hunted for their scales which are used in a lot of traditional medicines. But conservationists are working tirelessly to ensure they are protected and that the species can thrive.

#2 Glass Frog

There are so many species of frogs that it can be difficult to tell them apart at times. But one of the most unique and interesting species of frog is the Glass Frog. It derives its name from the fact that its skin is translucent. Meaning you can actually see its internal organs. The purpose of this is to protect it from predators. As, while sitting on top of leaves, they will blend in with the color. Making them almost invisible to predators.

#3 Panda Ant

Ants are some of the most tenacious and industrious insects on the planet. They are tough, able to lift over ten times their own body weight. They are resilient, able to breed hundreds of new ants in record time. And they can construct intricate and beautiful underground structures with ease.

The Panda Ant is one of the most beautiful species of Ant out there. Their name comes from the fact that their skin is black and white and they are furry. Just like a Panda. But despite their cute appearance, these little guys have one of the most painful bites in the world. So make sure to steer clear of them if you see them.

#4 Hummingbird Hawk-Moth

When you think of a moth you most likely imagine one specific look. Small, fabric-like wings and a furry body. But the animal kingdom can be surprising. And that is the case with the Hummingbird Hawk-Moth. In everything but genetics, this creature is a Hummingbird. It feeds on nectar from flowers, its wings make a similar humming noise, and it looks very similar to a Hummingbird. Truly this is one of nature’s most curious creatures.

#5 Sugar Gliders

These beautiful marsupials are some of the most loyal animals you will ever see. If you are looking for a new pet these are a great choice. They have small stretches of skin between their arms and legs that allow them to glide through the air. Earning them the nickname ‘Flying Squirrels.’ While the Sugar part of their name is derived from the fact that their diet consists of sweet things such as nectar.

The reason they are such good pets is that they easily bond to their owners. And they are highly affectionate creatures. So much so that you could take them outside without a leash and they wouldn’t attempt to run away. Some people even keep them in their pockets while they travel around the city.

#6 Leafy Sea-Dragon

These majestic sea creatures are closely related to the more common seahorse. But anyone who has seen them will likely agree these beauties are in a league of their own. Their name is derived from the fact that they have small lobes coming off their body that look a lot like leaves. These act as camouflage when they are traversing through the ocean. And as an additional fun fact these are also the favorite animal of Sir David Attenborough.

#7 Star-Nosed Mole

One of the most curious species of mole, their name is derived from the shape of their snout. But they use their nose to great effect. It is touch sensitive and they can also use it to smell underwater. A feat that makes them unique amongst mammals. They do this by blowing bubbles underwater. They are found in moist areas of North America and are considered semi aquatic as well.