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World's Most Preposterous Animals

Nature has a funny sense of humor. Some animals look too ridiculous to be real, but rest assured they are. Check out these startling examples.

World's Most Preposterous Animals

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Satanic Leaf Tailed Gecko

Satanic Leaf Tailed Gecko

Evil knievel. The satanic gecko is an arboreal lizard only found in Madagascar. Its coloration can vary from tan to purple to orange and its tail looks like amazingly similar to a decaying leaf, hence its name. This gecko can be held in captivity. Its natural diet consists of moths and crickets.

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Elephant Shark

Elephant Shark

Elephant nose and horse tooth might be appropriate monikers as well. This small shark species grows to about 1 meter and lives off the coast of Australia and New Zealand, where, incidentally, it's popular as fish and chips. The Elephant shark uses it oddly protruding nose to search for molluscs and clams, it's favorite food.

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Tarsier

Tarsier

This alien-looking prosimian is native to the Philippines, Borneo, and Sumatra. Tarisers have extremely large eyes, long hind limbs, elongated fingers, and slender tails. Tarsiers are nocturnal and primarily insectivorous. They are the only entirely carnivorous primate species.

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Aye-Aye

Aye-Aye

Yes, that's a real picture. The Aye-Aye is an arboreal, nocturnal lemur native to Madagascar. It has a unique method of hunting: it taps on hollow trees to hear out grubs, then, using rodent-like teeth, it gnaws a hole in the tree and pulls the grub out with its long middle finger.

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Platypus

Platypus

Sure evidence that nature has a sense of humor. The platypus, native to Australia, is one of the oddest creatures on the planet. Part duck, part beaver, part otter, it has webbed feet, a bill, a broad flat tail, lethally poisonous craws, and it lays eggs! So disparate are these features, for a long time naturalists thought it was a hoax.

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Proboscis Monkey

Proboscis Monkey

This ridiculous-looking monkey is native to Borneo's mangrove forests and swamps. The large nose, reaching up to 7 inches in length, is much more prominent on males, who use it to attract females. The Proboscis monkey is great climber and swimmer. This is an endangered species, with only about 1000 left in existence.

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Fairy Pink Armadillo

Fairy Pink Armadillo

Half hamster, half brontosuar, this little critter, only about 5 inches in length, inhabits the sandy plains of central Argentina. It's got a pink color, hence the name, it's nocturnal, and living almost entirely underground in loose dirt. Burrowing itself near ant colonies, this armadillo feeds mostly on ants and their larvae.

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Saiga Antelope

Saiga Antelope

A nose to shame Wato. The Saiga once inhabited vast areas of Eastern Europe and even prehistoric North America, but is now nearly extinct; it can only be found in Kazakhstan and parts of Mongolia. Its elaborate nose serves the dual function of warming up air in the winter and filtering out dust in the summer. Its horns are highly valued in Chinese folk medicine.

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Mola

Mola

The fish with no tail. Also known as the mola mola or sunfish, it's the largest bony fish on record, weighing over 2,000 lbs. The Mola inhabits tropical ocean waters where it feeds primarily on jellyfish. Some countries consider this fish a delicacy, while others ban it from sale.

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Emperor Tamarin

Emperor Tamarin

Did someone say mustache rides? This primate is indigenous to the rain forests of the Amazon basin of Peru and Bolivia. Tamarins live in small packs of up to 8 and feed predominantly on insects.

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