Five Demonic Creatures
These five creatures are demonic for a reason, they either have a name that will send you running, or their looks will.
- The Satanic Leaf-Tailed Gecko (Uroplatus phantasticus) is the smallest member of the leaf-tailed gecko family. They are indigenous to the Madagascar forest habitat.
- The Anglerfish doesn’t have a demonic name, but just look at it! It is the original nightmare creature. The females attract mates by a lure that sticks out of their heads that contains bioluminescent bacteria. The tiny males, up to six at a time, will latch onto the much larger female with their teeth and eventually fuse into her body until there’s little more to him than his reproductive organs, which she’ll eventually use to fertilize her eggs. She literally sucks them dry.
- The thorny devil is also known as the thorny dragon and mountain devil. Its Latin name is Moloch horridus, which refers to the ancient god Moloch, who is associated with child sacrifice. Makes you wonder who thought to name him. When threatened, the reptile lowers its real head and lets a large scaly bump on its back pass for another head. He is a thorny little devil.
- The long-horned beetle is a South American native that might look threatening but its actually threatened itself. The beetle is considered “vulnerable” as their numbers are lowering. He does look like a horrifying minion of hell, but its all a show.
- The basking shark is one of the scariest looking creatures alive. At 32 feet (10 meters) long, the basking shark is the second-largest living fish after the whale shark. It has distinctive gill slits that go almost all the way around its head and a cavernous mouth that’s just about always open. Yikes!
The Amazing Amazon Milk Frog
Amazon Milk Frogs, also known as Mission Golden-eyed Tree Frogs or Blue Milk Frogs, were first found in Rio de Janeiro’s Maracanã River. The name “Milk Frog” refers to the poisonous, white, milky secretion that this frog secretes when threatened. But what about that blue mouth? This species is most active at night and is known for its loud vocalizations. During the day, they sleep in the vegetation high above streams. These tree frogs spend their entire lives in the tropical rainforest canopy (rarely, if ever, descending to the ground). They are native to northern South America (Colombia, Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela). These frogs can live up to 25 years. Breeding usually occurs in the rainy season (November through May) with the female laying about 2,500 eggs, which hatch into tadpoles in only one day.
Giant Legless Amphibians
Although they look like enormous earthworms, they aren’t. They are a newly discovered species of legless amphibian, complete with backbone, making them similar to salamanders or frogs. These creatures are part of a group of animals called caecilians. They live out their lives in underground burrows, tending to their slimy pink young, which emerge from their eggs as miniature adults.
The discovery of new vertebrates is rare, especially outside of tropical rain forests, but the new caecilians come mostly from human-inhabited areas in northeastern India. They’ve escaped notice for so long because these burrowers spend their lives underground, out of sight of human eyes.
Bringing Back the Dead
Once native to the wet and temperate climate of Queensland, Australia, the extinct gastric-brooding frog is different from most other frogs. For starters, it gives birth from its mouth, swallowing eggs to hide in its stomach until they’re ready to hatch. Secondly, all of the frogs have been dead since 1979, likely due to deforestation and pollution.
Now, scientists working on a de-extinction program, called the Lazarus Project, want to bring the baby-belching amphibian back to life. In a new experiment presented in front of the National Geographic Society, researchers successfully re-constructed the gastric-brooding frog’s embryos by combining its DNA with the eggs of a related species.
The Indian bullfrog is known for its large size, up to 15 centimeters in length, and dramatic coloring. They are found in Myanmar, Bangladesh, Pakistan and India,
During most of the season, both genders are a dull olive-green color. However, once mating season comes around, the males skin turns bright yellow and their vocal sacs turn bright blue. This is one amazing frog.