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21 Curious Animals You Never Knew Existed

It's a weird world, my friends.

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1. Maned Wolf

Also known as the winner of "Nature's Next Top Model."Native to: South America (mainly Brazil)Defining characteristic: From foot to shoulder, they stand between two to about four feet tall. It's also smelly.
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Also known as the winner of "Nature's Next Top Model."

Native to: South America (mainly Brazil)

Defining characteristic: From foot to shoulder, they stand between two to about four feet tall. It's also smelly.

2. Tufted Deer

Native to: Eastern Asia (mainly China)Defining characteristic: I mean, the 1+ inch long fangs come to mind.
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Native to: Eastern Asia (mainly China)

Defining characteristic: I mean, the 1+ inch long fangs come to mind.

3. Dumbo Octopus

Also known as the stunt double for the octopus from Finding Nemo.Native to: 9,800 - 23,000 feet below sea levelDefining characteristic: Protruding "ears" which give it its name.
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Also known as the stunt double for the octopus from Finding Nemo.

Native to: 9,800 - 23,000 feet below sea level

Defining characteristic: Protruding "ears" which give it its name.

4. Gerenuk (Waller's Gazelle)

Native to: Eastern AfricaDefining characteristic: ... dat NECK.
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Native to: Eastern Africa

Defining characteristic: ... dat NECK.

5. Sunda Flying Lemur

Also known as the cutest thing I have ever seen.Native to: Southeastern AsiaDefining characteristic: It is not a lemur and it does not fly. It is a colugo, and it glides due to a membrane that connects its limbs. Also (in case you hadn't noticed), its eyes are massive.
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Also known as the cutest thing I have ever seen.

Native to: Southeastern Asia

Defining characteristic: It is not a lemur and it does not fly. It is a colugo, and it glides due to a membrane that connects its limbs. Also (in case you hadn't noticed), its eyes are massive.

6. Lowland Streaked Tenrec

Native to: MadagascarDefining characteristic: It's striped and spiny.
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Native to: Madagascar

Defining characteristic: It's striped and spiny.

7. Glaucus Atlanticus

Native to: Temperate and tropical watersDefining characteristic: It's blue. It stings people. It's only 1.2 inches long.
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Native to: Temperate and tropical waters

Defining characteristic: It's blue. It stings people. It's only 1.2 inches long.

8. Pacu Fish

Native to: Rivers in the vicinity of the Amazon.Characteristics: IT HAS TEETH OH MY GOD. Also, it likes biting testicles.
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Native to: Rivers in the vicinity of the Amazon.

Characteristics: IT HAS TEETH OH MY GOD. Also, it likes biting testicles.

9. Eastern Long-Necked Turtle

Native to: AustraliaDefining characteristic: It's basically a giraffe-turtle. Again, dat NECK.
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Native to: Australia

Defining characteristic: It's basically a giraffe-turtle. Again, dat NECK.

10. Costa Rican Variable Harlequin Toad

Native to: Costa RicaDefining characteristic: It's very brightly colored. And the pattern varies.
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Native to: Costa Rica

Defining characteristic: It's very brightly colored. And the pattern varies.

11. Megalopyge Opercularis Caterpillar

Native to: The southern US; Mexico; and Central America.Defining characteristic: It's wearing a fur coat 24/7.
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Native to: The southern US; Mexico; and Central America.

Defining characteristic: It's wearing a fur coat 24/7.

12. Nyctimene Tube-Nosed Fruit Bat

Native to: OceaniaDefining characteristic: It's all in the name.
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Native to: Oceania

Defining characteristic: It's all in the name.

13. Axolotl

Also known as REAL LIFE NEOPET.Native to: Central MexicoDefining characteristic: They're weird as hell. And they're smiling.
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Also known as REAL LIFE NEOPET.

Native to: Central Mexico

Defining characteristic: They're weird as hell. And they're smiling.

14. Yeti Crab (Kiwa hirsuta)

Native to: Southern Pacific OceanDefining characteristic: It's got furry appendages, y'all. It looks like freakin' yeti.
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Native to: Southern Pacific Ocean

Defining characteristic: It's got furry appendages, y'all. It looks like freakin' yeti.

15. Tarsier

Native to: Southeastern AsiaDefining characteristic: HOLY EYES, BATMAN.Want to hear a Morgan Freeman impersonator tell you about the tarsier? HINT: Yes. Yes, you do. Watch this video NOW.
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Native to: Southeastern Asia

Defining characteristic: HOLY EYES, BATMAN.

Want to hear a Morgan Freeman impersonator tell you about the tarsier? HINT: Yes. Yes, you do. Watch this video NOW.

16. Hispaniolan Solenodon

Native to: HispaniolaDefining characteristic: It's a venomous mammal that apparently smells like a goat. What even?
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Native to: Hispaniola

Defining characteristic: It's a venomous mammal that apparently smells like a goat. What even?

17. Glass Lizard

Aka Fakey SnakeyNative to: Asia; Northern Africa; Southeastern USADefining characteristic: They're lizards that don't have legs. But they aren't snakes.
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Aka Fakey Snakey

Native to: Asia; Northern Africa; Southeastern USA

Defining characteristic: They're lizards that don't have legs. But they aren't snakes.

18. Antarctic Icefish

Also known as Ghostfish KillahNative to: Waters around AntarcticaDefining characteristic: They're see-through and they have antifreeze in their blood.
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Also known as Ghostfish Killah

Native to: Waters around Antarctica

Defining characteristic: They're see-through and they have antifreeze in their blood.

19. Aye Aye

Native to: MadagascarDefining characteristic: It's basically the mammal version of a woodpecker. And its tail is as long as its body.
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Native to: Madagascar

Defining characteristic: It's basically the mammal version of a woodpecker. And its tail is as long as its body.

20. Gharial

Also known as living needle-nosed pliersNative to: Indian subcontinentDefining characteristic: Long-ass snout with 110 teeth.
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Also known as living needle-nosed pliers

Native to: Indian subcontinent

Defining characteristic: Long-ass snout with 110 teeth.

21. Tapir

Native to: Central and South America; Southeast AsiaDefining characteristic: Junior elephant trunk.
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Native to: Central and South America; Southeast Asia

Defining characteristic: Junior elephant trunk.

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