Weird Nature The Coolest Animals That Have the Most Unusual Abilities  

Ranker Science
1.4k votes 326 voters 80.6k views 15 items Embed

List Rules Vote up the animal that has the most unusual ability.

List of animals that have the most unusual, unique abilities. Animals have evolved in the smartest and strangest ways. This list ranks the craziest, most bizarre adaptations of all time. The animals on this list take evolutionary traits to a whole new level with intense defense mechanisms to avoid becoming prey. The result is this page's compilation of Mother Nature's freakiest inhabitants, courtesy of their unusual evolutionary qualities.
Many on the list of crazy animal adaptations have outrageous tools to hide from predators. Cuttlefish and leaf bugs, for instance, are absolutely unparalleled when it comes to camouflage and mimicry, while many young white-tailed deer essentially pretend to die in order to dissuade hungry killers. Others go a bit more extreme to piss off their enemies, such as Northern Fulmars, who vomit a disgusting liquid, and Pistol Shrimp, whose claw snaps and ignites a collapsing bubble of epic proportions. Other wacky adaptations found in animals range from the mere existence of an electric eel, as well as hooded seals who inflate a pink balloon from their noses to attract a mate.
1 165 VOTES

Basilisk Lizards Might Be the Second Coming

Basilisk Lizards Might Be the ... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Coolest Animals That Have the Most Unusual Abilities
Photo: Animalist/YouTube

Basilisk lizards walk on water, which is why they've garnered the lovely nickname "Jesus Lizards." This adaptation comes in handy when fleeing from mammals and reptiles who don't happen to have magical biblical powers.

114 51
Is this unusual?
2 94 VOTES

Horned Lizards Autohaemorrhage

Horned Lizards Autohaemorrhage is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Coolest Animals That Have the Most Unusual Abilities
Photo: National Geographic/YouTube

When you're starting to attack one of these Texan lone stars, don't be surprised if it shoots out a stream of blood from its eyes. Even if its in the mouth of a fox, the autohaemorrhage adaptation is so disgusting, the fox will drop the lizard because of the bad taste and trauma.

68 26
Is this unusual?
3 126 VOTES

Pistol Shrimp Will Shoot You

Pistol Shrimp is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Coolest Animals That Have the Most Unusual Abilities
Photo: via FrogBlog

With an adaptation of this proportion, do not order a pistol shrimp cocktail appetizer anytime soon. When this type of shellfish snaps its extremely unique claw, the sound scares the crap of every living thing in its path, and it also shoots off a collapsing bubble that stuns the victim.

84 42
Is this unusual?
4 102 VOTES

Cuttlefish Almost Go Invisible

Cuttlefish Almost Go Invisible is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Coolest Animals That Have the Most Unusual Abilities
Photo:  Marine Ecology HSU

Cuttlefish have evolved in such a way that their camouflaging capability rivals any living organism. These punks can hide by controlling their own skin cells to blend in, including outrageously bright colors (even though they're colorblind).

69 33
Is this unusual?