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Rare Animals That Look Fake But Are In Fact 100% Real

Updated May 12, 2020 61.5k votes 6.7k voters 204.3k views22 items

List RulesVote up the animals you think look totally fake, but are shockingly not.

The Internet is full of clever and deceptive images that confuse people to the point where they can no longer can tell what is real and what is fake. This fact extends to pictures of crazy animals that are so weird-looking, it's hard to believe they actually exist. It can be difficult to trust your own senses when everything about these images sets off alarms in your mind of being false. That's why everyone needs a trusty guide to help sort out truth from fiction.

Every single one of these strange-looking animals is 100% real. Like photos of albino animals, these pictures of bizarre creatures are genuine and have not been doctored or photoshopped. Nature is strange and nothing makes that more clear than these photos that look like something out of a Dr. Seuss book on crack. Check out all these freaks of nature that will have even the most gullible readers second-guessing what their eyes are seeing. Vote up the unique animals you seriously can't believe are actually real. 

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    Hag Moth Caterpillar

    Photo: Greg Dwyer / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 2.5
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      Purple Frog

      The purple frog (Nasikabatrachus sahyadrensis) is a frog species belonging to the family Sooglossidae. It can be found in the Western Ghats in India. Names in English that have been used for this species are purple frog, Indian purple frog, or pignose frog. Although the adult frog was formally described in October 2003, the taxon was recognized much earlier by its tadpole, which had been described in 1918....  more
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        The goblin shark (Mitsukurina owstoni) is a rare species of deep-sea shark. Sometimes called a "living fossil", it is the only extant representative of the family Mitsukurinidae, a lineage some 125 million years old. This pink-skinned animal has a distinctive profile with an elongated, flattened snout, and highly protrusible jaws containing prominent nail-like teeth. It is usually between 3 and 4 m (10 and 13 ft) long when mature, though it can grow considerably larger. Goblin sharks inhabit upper continental slopes, submarine canyons, and seamounts throughout the world at depths greater than 100 m (330 ft), with adults found deeper than juveniles. Various anatomical features of the goblin...  more
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          Antlion Larvae

          The antlions are a group of about 2,000 species of insect in the family Myrmeleontidae, known for the fiercely predatory habits of their larvae, which in many species dig pits to trap passing ants or other prey. The adult insects are less well known, as they mostly fly at dusk or after dark, and may be mistakenly identified as dragonflies or damselflies; they are sometimes known as antlion lacewings, and in North America, the larvae are sometimes referred to as doodlebugs because of the strange marks they leave in the sand. Antlions have a worldwide distribution. The greatest diversity occurs in the tropics, but a few species are found in cold-temperate locations, one such being the...  more
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