July 16, 2009

6 Bizarre Looking African Wild Animals

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Africa is well known for its wildlife..but there are some out there that honestly look strange and creepy..Here is our fun list of some of 6 weird looking creatures found in Africa

1. Aardvark

The Aardvark is a burrowing, nocturnal mammal found in Africa that is also called the “antbear”. It closely resembles a pig though they are not related in any way. It has a stout body with an arched back and is sparsely covered with coarse hairs and feeds almost exclusively on ants and termites.

2. Chameleon

This weired looking creatures are characterised by by their parrot-like, separately mobile eyes giving them a full 360-degree arc of vision around their body and very long, highly modified and rapidly extrudable tongues.

The tongue of a chameleon extends out faster than any human eye could follow, at around 26 body lengths per second hitting the prey in about 30 thousandths of a second. The creature has the ability to modify its skin color to blend with the surrounding

3. Fiddler Crab

The male fiddler crab has an outsized claw that is said to be used to attract the lady crabs during mating

4. Mandrill

The Mandrill is the world’s largest species of monkey. The Mandrill is well known for its olive-colored fur and the colorful face and colorful rump on males.

5. Naked Mole Rat

The naked mole rat is said to lack pain sensation in its skin and has a very low metabolism. Its legs are thin and short; can move backward and forwards very fast, have large, protruding teeth are used to dig, and their lips are sealed just behind the teeth to prevent soil from filling their mouths while digging.

They have little hair and wrinkled pink or yellowish skin.

6. Southern Ground Hornbill

This funny looking bird is characterized by black coloration and vivid red patches of bare skin on the face and throat.

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