10 Incredible Animals You Should Know About
- Published on: Friday, January 3, 2020
- 10 Incredible Animals You Should Know About
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The animal kingdom truly is diverse, and it’s such a shame that we common people know so little about it. We want to remedy that by presenting you with 10 animals you should know about. Make sure you stay until number one where you will meet an animal that may have come straight from your nightmares.
Number 10. The Pink Fairy Armadillo
No, it doesn’t have wings or the ability to grant you wishes, but the pink fairy armadillo is quite cute, in its own unique way.
This particular species of armadillo generally ranges between 90-115 mm in length, excluding its tail, and will weigh less than a pound. Similarly, this is the only species of armadillo that has its dorsal shell almost completely separate from its body.
This unique animal resides in the dry grasslands and sandy plains of central Argentina. This sandy environment works well for the pink fairy armadillo since they are excellent diggers. In fact, they have the ability to completely bury themselves in a matter of seconds if threatened.
The pink fairy armadillo uses their digging abilities to burrow in areas beside large ant colonies. Ants provide a constant food source for this species of armadillo. As well, they may also forage on worms, snails and plant matter but ants are their number one choice.
Unfortunately, due to habitat destruction, the population of the pink fairy armadillo is decreasing and they have been listed as Threatened since 1970.
Number 9. The Blue Dragon
When most people think of slugs, they probably think of the ugly yellow and green blobs that plague their gardening patch. These crawly creatures are not exactly the most graceful or captivating creatures. But then, there’s the blue dragon sea slug.
Blue dragons are part of the nudibranch family, a group of soft-body mollusks more commonly known as sea slugs. Though they look like the left-behind offspring of some alien creatures, these bizarre creatures are 100% Earth-bred. They’re actually not all that different from your average garden snail, just a lot more colorful, but often quite poisonous so, look but don’t touch.
Although they are all quite beautiful, with a wide range of colors and specialized appendages, the blue dragon is the most visually stunning and fascinating by far. When fully extended, it looks like an alien dragon flying through the water on their colorful tendrils, known as cerata.
Blue dragons are known to go after much larger creatures, including the notoriously lethal Portuguese Man o’ War. Not only is the blue dragon immune to its sting, it’s able to process the Man o’ War’s nematocysts, the cells that allow for that creature’s deadly sting, and store them in its own extremities.
Number 8. The Pacu
Have you ever seen a fish with human teeth? Neither have I, then I met this strange looking creature from the Amazon.
Pacus are a large family of freshwater fish related to the Piranha. However, while some species of Pacu do look like Piranhas, they are actually herbivores and an extremely peaceful species of fish. One of the primary differences between the two is that the piranha’s teeth are triangular and razor sharp and the Pacu’s teeth are more square shaped and human-like.
These fish make amazing pets. In fact, Pacus are also known to develop personalities as they grow older and can sometimes recognize their owners. Their fascinating behaviors make them a popular choice among aquaria enthusiasts.
But don’t think you can just rush off to any pet store and buy one of these guys. They can get so big they tend to become a handful. An adult Pacu can be over 30 inches long and will need to be kept in a pond or an enormous tank.
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