20 Amazingly Colourful Animals You May Have Never Seen

1. Blue Sea Slug

The Blue Dragon Sea Slug (Glaucus atlanticus) has several names. It is also known as a Sea Dragon, Sea Lizard, Blue Ocean Slug, Blue Glaucus and Sea Swallow. This little creature measure about two inches in length and is one of the most beautiful of the oceans’ inhabitants with its striking blue coloring; however, its beautiful appearance is deceiving as it has quite the sting from the tendrils that make its tail.

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2. Malabar Gliding Frog

The Malabar gliding frog or Malabar flying frog is a moss frog species found in western areas of India. The term “gliding” frog refers to its ability to break its fall by stretching the webbing between its toes when making leaps down from the treetops. It can make gliding jumps of 9–12 m, a maximum of about 115 times its length. This frog has a body length of about 10 cm, making it one of the largest moss frogs.

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3. Green Vine Snake

The Green Vine Snake, is a long, slender arboreal Colubrid snake that inhabits Central America and northern South America. This snake is slender, about two centimetres thick, and may have a length of about 1.5 to two meters. The tail is long and very delicate, but mostly used to hold on while reaching for prey. The head is aerodynamically-shaped and very pointy; the mouth is very big and extends almost through the whole head. The tongue is long and green, when in use it is kept outside and moved up and down

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4. Lilac-breasted Roller

The lilac-breasted roller is a member of the roller family of birds. It is widely found in sub-Saharan Africa and the southern Arabian Peninsula, preferring open woodland and savanna; it is largely absent from treeless places. Usually found alone or in pairs, it perches conspicuously at the tops of trees, poles or other high vantage points from where it can spot insects, lizards, scorpions, snails, small birds and rodents moving about at ground level.

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5. Coconut Octopus

The coconut octopus, also known as the veined octopus, is a medium-sized cephalopod belonging to the genus Amphioctopus. It is found in tropical waters of the western Pacific Ocean. It commonly preys upon shrimp, crabs, and clams, and displays unusual behaviour, including bipedal walking and gathering and using coconut shells and seashells for shelter. The main body of the octopus is typically around 8 centimeters in size and with tentacles approximately 15 centimeters long. The octopus displays a typical color pattern with dark ramified lines similar to veins, usually with a yellow siphon. The arms are usually dark in color, with contrasting white suckers. In many color displays, a lighter trapezoidal area can be seen immediately below the eye.

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6-14. Colourful Bees

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15. Leucistic (Albino) Cobra

The monocled cobra has an O-shaped, or monocellate hood pattern, unlike that of the Indian cobra. Coloration in the young is more constant. The dorsal surface may be yellow, brown, gray, or blackish, with or without ragged or clearly defined cross bands. It can be olivaceous or brownish to black above with or without a yellow or orange-colored, O-shaped mark on the hood. It has a black spot on the lower surface of the hood on either side, and one or two black cross-bars on the belly behind it. The rest of the belly is usually of the same color as the back, but paler. As age advances, it becomes paler, when the adult is brownish or olivaceous. The elongated nuchal ribs enable a cobra to expand the anterior of the neck into a “hood”.

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16. Purple Snail

With it’s brilliant purple hue and nifty homemade raft of bubbles, the violet snail (Janthina janthina) is as pretty as it is industrious. Found all over the world in tropical and temperate oceans, including all round the coast of Australia, the violet snail belongs to the ‘Pleuston’ group of organisms that live on the surface of the ocean. And it’s a pretty important member – while only 3 or 4cm long, it’s one of the biggest organisms living in this thin but incredibly expansive habitat.


17. Oriental Sweetlip

The Indian Ocean oriental sweetlips, Plectorhinchus vittatus, is a species of grunt native to the Indian Ocean and the western Pacific Ocean. This species can be found on both coral and rock reefs at depths from 2 to 25 m.

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18. Rainbow Lorikeet

The rainbow lorikeet (Trichoglossus haematodus) is a species of Australasian parrot found in Australia, eastern Indonesia (Maluku and Western New Guinea), Papua New Guinea, New Caledonia, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu. In Australia, it is common along the eastern seaboard, from Queensland to South Australia and northwest Tasmania. Its habitat is rainforest, coastal bush and woodland areas. Rainbow lorikeets have been introduced to Perth, Western Australia, Auckland, New Zealandand Hong Kong.

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19. Halloween Crab

Also known as the red land crab, whitespot crab, Halloween crab, moon crab, Halloween moon crab, mouthless crab or harlequin land crab. It is found in mangrove, sand dunes and rainforest along the Pacific coast from Mexico south to Peru. The carapace may reach a length of 5 centimetres. It has a pair of largely purple claws, reddish-orange legs, and an almost entirely blackish carapace with a pair of yellow, orange or maroon spots behind the eyes, and an additional pair of whitish spots on the central-lower carapace. This nocturnal crab digs burrows – sometimes as long as 1.5 metres in the coastal rainforests of Central America, and is common along the coasts of Costa Rica, Panama, and Nicaragua. It lives in the forest at least some of its adult life, but needs to return to the ocean to breed

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20. Poison Dart Frog

Poison dart frog (also known as dart-poison frog, poison frog or formerly known as poison arrow frog) is the common name of a group of frogs in the family Dendrobatidae which are native to Central and South America. These species are diurnal and often have brightly colored bodies. Although all wild dendrobatids are at least somewhat toxic, levels of toxicity vary considerably from one species to the next and from one population to another. Many species are threatened. These amphibians are often called “dart frogs” due to the Amerindians’ indigenous use of their toxic secretions to poison the tips of blowdarts.

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