25.01.2022
25 strangest creatures on Earth that you probably don't know

With more than 8 million species of living things on Earth, no wonder that nobody knows or has seen them all. And if you wanted to look at 8 million pictures of all the cool animals roaming the Earth, it would take around eight years if you'd spend 30 seconds for each photo and would do it non-stop, without any breaks for eating or sleeping. And with scientists discovering new rare animal species almost every day, this operation sounds quite unrealistic. That's why we've chosen the most curious and weirdest animals of the bunch, so you won't have to spend a decade checking them out yourself.

25. Atretochoana Eiselti Or 'Penis Snake'

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Atretochoana eiselti is a species of caecilian with a broad, flat head and a fleshy dorsal fin on the body. Although it is not a snake, it's been called a 'penis snake' in the media.

Fun facts:

  • The eyesight of the penis snake is believed to be poor. However, it is capable of finding food, mates and shelter by a sensitive sense of smell.
  • Was discovered in the warm, turbid waters of the Madeira River, it was theorized that they lived instead in the cold, oxygen-rich waters of an elevated region.

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