Working with reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates I get to see my fair share of strange animals.
Below are 6 animals that I found in the shop today that I think are a little bit unusual. I’d be interested to hear which you think is the weirdest, or the most wonderful.
Albino Soft Shelled Turtles
These Soft Shelled Turtles are freshwater turtles originally from China. They spend most of their time sifting through the sand for small insects and other invertebrates to eat. Like the vast majority of freshwater turtles they come onto land to bask in the sun. Their long nose enables them to breathe air without leaving the water, to stay hidden. Albinism just makes these guys look even stranger!
These brightly coloured ‘blobs’ are possibly the most voracious predators in the shop. Originating from South America, Pacman Frogs will literally eat anything moving that fits into their enormous mouths. This includes fingers, so use tweezers when feeding! It’s easy to see where they got their name from, although these guys are nowhere near as active as the original Pacman!
Monkey Tailed Skinks
These pre-historic looking skinks are the only member is their genus making them quite unique. They originate from the rainforest canopies of the Solomon Islands where they live exclusively on vegetation. Monkey Tailed Skinks give birth to live young and have excellent parental skills compared to many other reptiles. Their prehensile tail acts as a 5th limb, making them outstanding climbers.
Axolotls are very unusual indeed. They are neotenic Salamanders, meaning they do not need to metamorphosize into adult salamanders at any stage during their life. They even reproduce whilst in this fully aquatic larval stage. They also have amazing powers of regeneration and quickly regrow a limb if they were to lose it. If their environment was to dry up, they can transform into ‘adults’. Amazing animals.
Tailless Whip Scorpion
Although these guys are Arachnids, they are neither scorpions or spiders. They have their own separate order. Like spiders and scorpions they are hunters and eat any insects they can catch. They get their name from their two front legs which have been modified into long ‘whips’. These are used for locating prey when hunting.
Albino Tangerine Milk Snakes
There’s nothing unusual about Milk Snakes, or even Tangerine Milk Snakes, but this albino morph is a little different. It’s no different to care for than any other Milk Snake but the colours on it are just sensational. It may not be to everybody’s taste and a lot of people say she looks odd but she a definite head turner. Comfortably the most striking snake in the building!
The animals above are my own personal selection, but what do you think? Comment below on your views of these animals (if you are reading this in an email, click here to visit our blog and comment).
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Definately the Axolotls. They are really unusual. It looks like it’s been photographed underwater? Is that the case? Keep up the great work on the blog.
Last time i was in the shop the Axolotls are strange. Like little prehistoric sea monsters. They get my vote for wierdness
I love the Axolotls too! I got my pair from you around a year ago and they are now almost 10 inches long!
Yep the Axolotl is deffinately the strangest! I think the tangerine milksnake is the most gorgeous! deffinately not odd! beautiful!
I think the tailless whip scorpin is the wierdest
1. why is it called a scorpion no tail
2. it looks cool
3 i love bugs and reptiles
and 4. i hear quite alot of the others
Axolotls get my vote, although the Tailless Whip Scorpion are a close second.
We think the Whip Scorpion has to be the strangest animal of all, half way between a spider and a scorpion but looks more like a weird crab!! We keep mantis, stick insects and silk moths but none of these are as weird as your beastie!!!
What a fantastic group of animals – photos are great!
I would vote for the Axolotl personally, but they could each have the “unusual critter ” award. Fascinating facts about them too.
Thanks. I enjoyed this feature.
I love the albino tangerine milksnake,very striking! I have an albino nelsons milksnake, which is similar,but that is fantastic! The Axolotis next,but being a snake lover I’m biased!!!
i would say the Albino Soft Shelled turtle , are their shell solid? it seems not solid. but it does look the most weird with that piper shaped mouth!
I have a question about the Axolotl, does it breath outside water, or does it just waggle then die like fishes? i thought they can survive out side water but it seems not since they have gills..
The Axolotl is fully aquatic and takes oxygen from the water using those gills.
In extreme drought the can metamorphosize into adult salamanders that can take to the land though!
Interesting, but its the worst i love of the salamander family, its kinda weirdest and not much exciting, id rather choose the fire salamander as pets.
kool. the axolotls are amazing but so is the snake. i love the pics.
It has to be the axolotls for me but i could be biased cos i have 2 of them myself , they’re cute fascinating and just a bit weird so they fit into my house perfectly lol 🙂