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Rare, Unique Wildlife Animals

There was a post that came across my news feed recently, and it was about a two headed copperhead snake found in Northern Virginia. The snake has a dominant head, two tracheas, two esophaguses, but shares the heart and a set of lungs. After reading the article from The Wildlife Center of Virginia, I started thinking what other wildlife animals has been found that are unusual and rare.

1. Giant Coconut Crab

  • live in the region of Indo-Pacific islands

  • known as the robber crab or palm thief

  • get their name from climbing coconut trees to clip off coconuts

  • weigh up to 30 pounds

  • live more than 30 years

2. Geoduck

  • native to the northwest coast of North America and Southwestern Canada

  • weigh over 15 pounds

  • they are commercially harvested

  • have the title of the longest living animal on the planet with a life expectancy of 145 years

3. Slender Loris

  • live is wet and dry forests, as well as lowland and highland areas

  • size of a chipmunk with long thin legs

  • lifespan average is 12-15 years

  • rub their urine over their hands, face, and feet which is thought to be a remedy for their foods of choice

4. Leaf Insect

  • also known as the walking leaf insect

  • native to South Asia and Australia

  • they have a tendency to sway back and forth to mimic a real leaf blowing in the


5. Blobfish

  • native to the deep waters of Australia and Tasmania

  • will consume any organic matter that passes in front of it

6. Spiney Orbweaver Spider

  • also known as spiney orbweaver spider or crab spider

  • non aggressive but bites cause irritation

  • scientists believe the physical appearance evolved to protect from predators in which the shape and colors look dangerous

7. Star-Nosed Mole

  • found along the eastern seaboard of the US and across the Northeast US from Wisconsin to New Hampshire, also found along Southeastern areas of Canada

  • the pink fleshy appendages are used for their sense of touch

  • they are fully blind

  • smaller than the average mole

These are just a few of the strange and rare wildlife animals within the world. There are many different other ones of the own uniqueness.

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