Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Phillip Elden: Weirdest Animals In The USA

Phillip Elden

The world is full of marvelous creatures, says land conservation expert Phillip Elden. But, some are more interesting than others. Keep reading for a brief rundown of some of the strangest animals you may find right in your own backyard. 
Ringtail cat 
The ringtail cat is actually part of the extensive raccoon family. Although smaller in stature, like a feline, the ringtail cat barks like a dog. They are found mostly in desert regions and may be identified by their brown body and long black and white striped tail. 

Gila monster 
According to Phillip Elden, the Gila monster is one of just a handful of venomous lizards. Like the ringtail cat, they are typically found in drier climates. Fortunately, their bright and distinctive markings make them easy to avoid. They are also quite lazy, meaning they are of little threat to humans. 
Hooded nudibranch 
The hooded nudibranch looks a bit like a disembodied alien head. It’s a translucent sea slug with a large mouth, known as an oral hood. Phillip Elden explains that they use this to trap smaller animals. 
Alligator snapping turtle 
The alligator snapping turtle is a mean and rightfully-feared animal found throughout the southern United States. Phillip Elden explains that, despite its prehistoric appearance, alligator snapping turtles are right at home in the ponds, rivers, and lakes of today. These viscous turtles will attack humans and animals when threatened, and use their almost unnaturally strong jaws to hold tight to any prey that happens into their mouths. 
Ghost faced bat 
The ghost face bat is one of Phillip Elden’s favorite mammals. It is, humorously, considered one of the least beautiful animals on earth, and, like other bats, tends to live in caves and come out and play only at night. 
Star nosed mole 
The star nosed mole is reminiscent of a horror movie, with what looks like a second face coming out of its nose. These star-shaped appendages look like raw flesh, but are actually well-developed to help this underground mammal find its way around in the dark.