10 Remarkably Freaky Animal Species

Lions and tigers and ... glowing roaches? Oh my.

By Jane Claire Hervey
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    Glowing roach

    Now you'll be able to hear and see these creepy crawlies scuttling in the night: As reported in Time.com, this new species of cockroach uses bacteria to glow in the dark.

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    Carnivorous sponge

    Livescience.com reports that these sponges use their hooked appendages to grab passing sea creatures, which they then enclose in a thin membrane (think: spider's web) and eat. Double-check your loofa...

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    Mind-control fungus

    If mind control is your ultimate superhero power, you might envy this fungus. The Brazilian species makes its home in an ant’s brain, and NationalGeographic.com reports that it controls the ant until it kills it off and takes its spores elsewhere.

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    Tiniest chameleon

    An adult-sized Brookesia marca, a chameleon sub-species, is small enough to rest comfortably on a match tip. This tiny reptile has been put at risk, though, due to deforestation and general habitat loss, reports LiveScience.com.

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    Snub-nosed monkey

    Is that a monkey … or Voldemort? According to Wired.co.uk, the critically endangered snub-nosed monkeys from Myanmar get water in their nose when it rains, so researchers listen for sneezes to help find the animals.

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    Transparent shell snail

    Nearly one thousand kilometers (about 609 miles) below sea level in a Croatian cave system, scientists discovered this snail and its translucent shell. Although other types of snail live in the same cave, scientists only found one specimen of the itty-bitty species.

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    Eyelash-winged wasp

    Tinkerbella, aptly named after Tinkerbell from "Peter Pan," is a species of wasp known for its distinct wings that resembles eyelashes. According to ScienceDaily.com, a group of scientists exploring Costa Rica identified the tiny wasp in 2013.

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    Skeleton shrimp

    Tiny and rare, this skeletal-looking translucent shrimp has only been found in caves off of the coast of Southern California, according to CNN.com.

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    Elephant shrew

    Although these animals may seem like everyday rodents, the elephant shrew is more closely related to its namesake. Despite being smaller than the other elephant shrew species, this mammal genetically resembles an elephant more than a mouse, according to the African Wildlife Foundation.

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    Leaf deer

    Smaller than a standard beagle, the average adult leaf deer weighs about 25 pounds and measures about 8 inches tall. Its name came about because Myanmar locals claim it can be wrapped with just one large leaf, reported The New York Times.


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