“God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well”. Our nature is full of beauties and as well as with other extremes. Many of the animals look attractive and make our mind pleasant when we are in their company yet few animals in god creation are of unpleasant or unsightly appearance –ugly. These animals won’t be winning any cute awards anytime soon, but they sure are fun to look at. It would be interesting to know and have the knowledge of different nasty animals as well. So, now let’s have a short content of “The top 10 ugliest animals in the world “.
The aye-aye is a lemur, a strepsirrhine primate native to Madagascar that combines rodent-like teeth and a special thin middle finger to fill the same ecological niche as a woodpecker. It is the world’s largest nocturnal primate, and is characterized by its unusual method of finding food. Young aye-ayes typically are silver colored on their front and have a stripe down their back. The aye-aye was thought to be extinct in 1933, but was rediscovered in 1957. This gremlin-looking creature has been considered a sign of bad luck and was killed en masse by local people. It has now become an endangered species, but luckily nobody regards the primate as food.
2. Star Nosed Mole
The star-nosed mole is a small mole found in wet low areas of eastern Canada and the northeastern United States which can be easily identified by the 11 pairs of pink fleshy appendages ringing its snout, which is used as a touch organ with more than 25,000 minute sensory receptors, known as Eimer’s organs, with which this hamster-sized mole feels its way around. With the help of its Eimer’s organs, it may be perfectly poised to detect seismic wave vibrations. This is covered in thick, blackish-brown, water-repellent fur, and has large, scaled feet and a long, thick tail, which appears to function as a fat storage reserve for the spring breeding season. Adults are 15 to 20 cm (5.9 to 7.9 in) in length, weigh about 55 g and have 44 teeth and look unpleasant – ugly.
Chikilidae is a family of Indian caecilians, this is a separate lineage resulted from genetic analyses of specimens collected during about 250 soil-digging expeditions over five years that covered every Northeast Indian state. These grow to about 4 in (10 cm) in length. They have very limited eyesight and skulls adapted for burrowing. Their eggs hatch into adult caecilians, with no larval stage in between. These amphibians look like earthworms themselves, or small snakes, though they are not poisonous. Unlike worms, they also have strong backbones.
4. Taurulus bubalis
Taurulus bubalis, known as the longspined bullhead or the longspined sea-scorpion, is a coastal fish, It is a distinctive rocky shore small fish with a thick body, large head upto 20cms and tapering body with four long spines – two on each side on the gill cover – that stick out when the fish is removed from the water. It has a variety of colors ranging from shades of browns, with cream blotches, but sometimes orange or red with white blotches. These are predators which eat prawns, molluscs. This broad-headed and tapered bodied predator has a special gift for adopting the colors of its surrounding environment. The color is variable and they can match their surroundings with great accuracy.
5. Alligator Snapping Turtle
The alligator snapping turtle is the largest freshwater turtle in the world and are almost entirely carnivorous, found primarily in southeastern United States waters, it is characterized by large, heavy head, and a long, thick shell with three dorsal ridges of large scales giving it a primitive appearance reminiscent of some of the plated dinosaurs. These weigh between 70 to80 kgs. These are usually captive-bred as pets and are readily available in the exotic animal trade. Because of collection for the exotic pet trade, overharvesting for their meat, and habitat destruction, some states have imposed bans on collecting alligator snapping turtles from the wild, but they are not an endangered species. Maturity is reached at around 12 years of age. This is definitely a creature that every human feels like unsightly appearance.