Can you name these weird animal species?


With just a portion of a photo as a clue, can you guess the name of the animal species?

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To what critter do these long legs and tail belong?

The jerboa, specifically the lesser Egyptian jerboa, is a desert-dwelling rodent that can go its entire life without drinking any water. Thought its legs and tail are slender, they're powerful and allow the tiny animal to make long leaps across the sand.

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To whom do these scales belong?

bush viper
Bush vipers are found in tropical sub-Saharan Africa, from Nigeria to western Kenya. This forest resident can occur in a variety of colors, including reds, oranges and blacks, not just the beautiful blues and greens seen here. The most important thing to remember about this snake is not its coloration, but the fact that it is venomous!

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What species grows these amber-hued horns?

The critically endangered saiga antelope is a standout for its unusual proboscis, a snout that reminds us of the prehistoric ice age ancestors of modern grazers. Saigas once roamed vast swaths of the Eurasian steppe zone as well as North America, but over-hunting has reduced them to a few tiny populations in Russia and Kazakhstan.

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What kind of eye is this?

The aye-aye is a species of lemur in Madagascar. It finds food by tapping on tree trunks to locate grubs, then chews a hole and uses its long fingers to extract its meal — essentially the same strategy as a woodpecker. Not only does the endangered species face habitat loss, but it is considered an evil omen and is killed by locals when spotted.

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Can you 'eye-dentify' this species?

mantis shrimp
The amazingly colored mantis shrimp is considered one of the most important predators in shallow tropical and sub-tropical areas. They have powerful claws that they use to kill prey. In fact they're known by several names including "prawn killers" for their hunting prowess, and "thumb splitters" because of the damage they can do to a careless human handling them.

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What animal sports this punk rock 'do?

lowland streaked tenrec
This wonderfully funky critter is a resident of eastern Madagascar. It may be tiny but it is tough! It has scattered quills, some of which are barbed and detachable, that it erects and drives into an attacker's nose or paws. The non-barbed quills are used to communicate with family members, a sound-generating strategy called stridulation usually left to insects and snakes.

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To whom does this snout belong?

This unusual animal looks like a mash-up of several different species. Shaped similar to a pig, it has a prehensile snout (like an elephant's) but it is most closely related to odd-toed ungulates, like horses and rhinos. Of the five tapir species still living, four are classified as endangered.

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Whose eye have you caught here?

sunda flying lemur
Despite its name, the Sunda flying lemur is not a lemur, nor does it fly. It is a species of colugo and is a glider, spreading the extra skin between its legs to basically slow and extend its fall between leaps among trees. It is the same strategy that flying squirrels use, except that the Sunda flying lemur is much better adapted to the task with the largest "wingspan" possible — even the spaces between its toes are webbed to maximize its glide.

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What species has these swift legs?

patagonian mara
This unusual critter may look like a rabbit but it is a rodent. Found only in Argentina, its running stride has been likened to that of a deer or antelope. It is also called a Patagonian cavy or, confusingly, a Patagonian hare.

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Whose toothy muzzle is this?

tufted deer
It's not often you see a deer with fangs, but the tufted deer is not one to disappoint. Rather than fancy antlers, the males of this species grow fang-like canines that can be up to one-inch long. It's a strange enough feature to name the species after it but, no, it's named for the tuft of dark fur that grows on its forehead and sometimes reaches lengths of over six inches (and which almost hides the teensy antlers of the males). Go figure.

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These long furry legs belong to which species?

maned wolf
The maned wolf stand tall as the largest canid in South America (and it claims the status of tallest canid, too). While it looks like an extraordinarily leggy red fox, it is not closely related to any other living canid, including foxes or wolves. It is in its very own genus, Chrysocyon. It's closest living relative is the bush dog (also in its own genus, Speothos), which ironically enough has extremely short legs.

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Can you name the owner of this maw?

shoebill bird
This enormous African bird gets its name from the shoe-like shape of its intimidating bill. Though mostly silent, it uses bill-clattering to communicate at the nest, where it may also use vocalizations. It is noted for moving at a slow pace, including standing statue-still for long periods of time, and it even has one of the slowest wing beats of any bird.

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To whom do these feathery appendages belong?

This fascinating creature is also known as a walking fish, but it is an amphibian. It is a critically endangered species of salamander that keeps its gills and fully aquatic nature for life instead of growing lungs and moving onto land like other amphibians. The species may not be long for this world; in surveys of individuals in the wild, there were 6,000 found in 1998, 1,000 in 2003, 100 in 2008 and zero were found in 2013 after four months of searching.

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Whose schnoz is this?

probiscus monkey
Named the proboscis monkey or long-nosed monkey for obvious reasons, both males and females have relatively long noses. However, males have particularly long noses -- sometime growing to over 3.9 inches in length -- used to attract mates. Though comically endearing, the population has plummeted in the last several decades due to hunting and deforestation.

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Who is asking for a manicure in this photo?

This species of three-toed sloth is found in Central and South America. It uses its long curved claws to hook onto branches and hang upside-down. This adaptation for arboreal living makes it very difficult for sloths to walk on the ground, and they only come down to the ground by choice about once a week or so to defecate before returning to the trees.

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What species is this?

leafy seadragon
The leafy seadragon is a master of disguise, with appendages that make it look more like a wisp of seaweed than the fish that it is. The leaf-like parts are not fins, but are used only for camouflage. The fins it uses to move through the water are nearly transparent, helping it to perfectly pull off the floating-weed costume.

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Which species rocks this funky hairdo?

cotton top tamarin
One of the smallest of primates, this tiny monkey makes up for its stature with its stand-out appearance. The signature long white fur extends from its forehead to shoulders, and if it reminds you of Einstein, well, it's a fitting comparison. Cotton-top tamarins have been extensively studied for their complex social behaviors, including sophisticated communication that shows evidence of grammatical structure that is learned as a cotton-top grows up.

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