Check out these 7 animals with a flair for the dramatic in their colouring!
Sometimes it's hard to tell if things are real on the internet, especially when you see some wildly coloured animal that surely must be fake.
That's what we thought when we saw a pink armadillo and a blue lobster recently. But no, they exist!
So we went searching for some more colourful animals that looked so amazingly brilliant we thought they must've been photoshopped.
And not just birds (we've only included one) because that would be too obvious or easy.
Check them out.
1. Pink Fairy Armadillo
Armadillos are known for their leathery shell and big claws for digging. And then there's this little cutie, which seems to be made of fairy floss and cuteness.
You know an animal is special when your social media manager has to check to make sure it's real.— Smithsonian (@smithsonian) June 14, 2021
Meet the pink fairy armadillo. At about 6 inches long, it's the world's smallest armadillo. The shell’s color comes from blood vessels close to the surface. https://t.co/c345qKajqr pic.twitter.com/5HU40yg2TG
This is just a guinea pig queen dressed for battle, Smithsonian, you can't trick me 😤— Fretty "taken into account" Boop (@i_miss_the_days) June 15, 2021
For scale! pic.twitter.com/L3qVkyaIsF— Minor Leaguer (@Minor_Leaguer) June 14, 2021
It's just me? pic.twitter.com/TCfxojDCJo— Onepopcorn (@onepopcorn) June 15, 2021
This gorgeous fish proves the old saying that looks can be deceiving. The Mandarinfish stinks and is toxic too. Look but don't touch!
3. Panda Ant
That’s one furry ant! Except it’s a wasp. And the female has no wings. Seems like a rough deal to us. Reminds us of a bamboo-loving Panda or a dalmation, which is pretty cute until you learn its sting is so strong it's been given the nickname of "cow killer".
Despite looking like an ant and being referred as such, it is in fact a form of wingless wasp. This insect is also known as cow-killer. Females possess thicker fur but lack wings. The furry panda ant lives for about 2 years. pic.twitter.com/xyN3nhcnZg— Essence of Lursa #StrongerTogether 🐾☂️🦎🌊 (@KapeciaResists) July 13, 2022
4. Blue Lobster
Animals you don't expect to be blue. Lobster. Tick. They're extremely rare, so if you do catch one, think yourself lucky. And then be kind and throw it back.
This blue Lobster was caught off the coast of Portland yesterday and returned to the water to continue to grow. Blue lobsters are one in two million. pic.twitter.com/6chTk7PoLP— Lars-Johan Larsson (@LarsJohanL) July 3, 2022
They can even be chimeras! pic.twitter.com/LlGAwnfjNU— Gerardo Fedon (@ElGeFe) July 4, 2022
5. Bolivian Golden Bat
This is a newly discovered species and is now protected. Which is great, because we think it looks like its made from the filling of a Crunchie Bar and we'd probably eat it.
Bolivian Golden Bat! pic.twitter.com/5upHZuAFGB— A 🦇-shaped Witch // Alice (@WitchofSteam) March 6, 2022
6. Pink-necked Green Pigeon
Pigeons are often thought of as "rats with wings", but not this one! How stunning!
A pink-necked green pigeon from South-East Asia... Feel like we could've done more with the name, guys. pic.twitter.com/aDI7GFiW9v— Gwydhar (@Gwydhar) July 12, 2022
rerminds me of rainbow ice cream, or fruit loops, or fruit tingles. Oh geez, now i want dessert!— No One 🏳️🌈 (@EssentialBron) July 12, 2022
7. Albino Alligator
Okay so obviously this one's an absence of colour, but we still think it's amazing to think of a fierce alligator being white. The babies hatch looking rather pink, but the adult is all white. If you saw it lying on the ground, you might think it's a marble statue and go for a closer look, which obviously would be a big mistake!
Filed under “Things I might die trying to pet”....— Alicia Marie (@AliciaMarieBODY) May 4, 2021
An albino alligator 🐊🥰 pic.twitter.com/wVuMdlha5R
A newborn albino alligator.— Weird Animals (@Weird_AnimaIs) June 4, 2020
(Photo: Shawn Heflick) pic.twitter.com/96g59z2Lj1