Would you believe that this dog-rabbit-deer hybrid is technically a rodent? They're also super-fast for their size with a top speed of 35 mph. Maras don't hook up with any other one they see, either - when they mate, they do it for life.
This sea slug is incredibly colorful but don't let that fool you - it is deadly. They feed off the Portuguese Man o' War jellyfish, stealing the cells that give the jellyfish its dangerous sting, and use it as their own. They don't even swim, just float around the water and hunt for prey, so don't touch them if you see one.
The name is exactly as advertised - it is a monkey that looks like it's had a bad run with a razor. But these Brazilian monkeys also have a jaw strong enough to bring a Brazil nut to pieces. The shade of their heads is important - the redder it is, the healthier they are.
These weird-looking storks are rarely talked about because they are so elusive, they were only discovered in 1850. It was good that we did find out about them so late because shoebills are freaking terrifying. They'll eat anything — young crocodiles or even their own young — in order to survive. They also rub poop on themselves to cool down which also adds to the gross factor.
Mexico is home to this quirky little salamander, and like many of its other cousins, it too can regenerate missing limbs. What really makes the axolotl special is that it can put the brakes on its metamorphosis but still reach sexual maturity. This allows it to keep its gills for underwater breathing while still having lungs, basically making it a perpetual teenager.
This is the largest in the goat family, but most people aren't really interested in their size. It's the horn length of the male markhor that catches everyone's attention, and it's nothing to sneeze at...it can grow as tall as 60 inches! The height of their habitat is pretty impressive too: they can be found in areas as high as 11,000 feet.
Lemurs are cute little guys all on their own, but these are cool since they can go airborne! Well, they aren't so really fliers so much as gliders using the stretched membrane between their arms and legs. As far as parachutists go, they are pretty adorable.
Unlike its namesake bear, this insect is not known for its docile and cuddly demeanor. The panda ant has a reputation as a "cow-killer' with a sting that can kill two-pound mammals. There's also the pesky truth that it's not really an ant; it's a wasp where the females have no wings.
This cuddly winged critter is a bit of an internet darling at the moment. A zoologist posted a photo of it in 2009, but people questioned the validity of its existence. Luckily, they did find actual scientific proof of the poodle moth so they're still safe on the "actually-a-real-creature" list.
These circular arachnids are very, very small — around 2-9mm in length — but what makes them stand out is the number of colors you can find them in. They can be striped, dotted, with splotches, or more in brown, white, yellow, and other shades. True to their name, they make the orb-shaped webs that you freak out when you see them stretched across your front porch.
Think of this one as a living, breathing piece of seaweed salad. This sea dragon makes the rounds floating around in its clever camouflage among the actual plants of the ocean. Male sea dragons, like seahorses, can carry a ridiculous amount of eggs...around 200, to be exact.
If someone was to catch this one from the sea they'd think they're holding a living, breathing piece of coral. Whatever you do though, do not touch a stone fish — its venomous sting has made people who've felt it ask for amputation just to deal with the pain.
And that's just coming from the first hour of pain.
This shellfish is too cool-looking to put in some cocktail sauce. Just look at all those colors and you will see that the deep is home to so much beauty. The mantis shrimp can also see beauty, too — its eyes have 16 color-receptive cones.