Even as scientists bend over backwards to try to find alien lifeforms on other planets, we sometimes lose sight of just how diverse life on our very own Earth is. In a Common Sense Conspiracy exclusive, we will embark on a four-part series delving into some of the most bizarre creatures right here on Earth that you probably had no idea existed. So, let’s get started:
1. The Komondor Dog — This is not your average Fido. These guys have corded coats, unique to their kind, and have great instincts for herding livestock. Often called “mop dogs,” don’t let the crazy cords fool you. These guys are made almost exclusively of muscle, making them very powerful “man’s best friends.” You might think all those cords might mean big-time shedding, but these guys hardly shed at all. These dogs have initiative and will actively make decisions on their own, making them great for guarding livestock. A calm breed, they are usually pretty happy to go with the flow, but they will fight to the death to defend themselves or their flock if challenged.
2. The Yeti Crab — These guys inhabited our good ‘ole Earth for who knows how long before they were officially discovered in 2005. Known for their silky blonde locks, these crabs live a tough life in the ocean, because their eyes lack pigment to form colors. Scientists believe they are mostly blind. However, they still carve out a pretty nice existence, despite terrible living conditions in the Pacific-Antarctic Ridge.
3. Madagascar Sucker-Footed Bat — These guys hang out in palm trees in Madagascar by adhering to surfaces with suction-cup looking feet. Only they don’t really use suction. Sweat comes out of their feet, allowing them to attach themselves to a surface.
4. The Axolotl — They look like a Nickelodeon cartoon character, but yet, they are real. These guys only exist in two lakes in Mexico. That’s right, nowhere else. They are an offshoot of salamanders, but for some reason they never go through the metamorphosis that allows them to become land animals as well. They retain their aquatic gills and patrol these lakes, Chalco and Xochimilco, which are both diminishing rapidly. These lakes were once much larger than they are now, and the Aztec civilization once considered the Axolotl a normal staple of their diet.
5. The Proboscis Monkey — These guys hang out in Malay in Southeast Asia. They are known for their pot bellies and long noses. They share a trait with humans: they are sexually dimorphic, which means that the female and male varieties have easily distinguishable character traits. They hang out mostly in coastal areas or near rivers, but they are prevalent throughout the islands of Malaysia, although they are not found elsewhere.
6. The Star-Nosed Mole — These characters are mostly found in Eastern Canada or the Northeastern United States. The star-nosed mole has over 25,000 receptors in its “nose” which helps it feel its way around. While its appearance may throw you off, these guys are great swimmers and find plenty of food in lakes and rivers. They are carnivores mostly, and will happily dig into the surface to try to find food.