Strange and bizarre endangered animal species

There are some strange and bizarre endangered animal species throughout the world – some of which I have had the privilege of meeting, but for many they remain unknown and a mystery. Here is a short account of some of the amazing species we share our planet with:

The Mexican Walking Fish

The adorable Mexican Walking Fish is known by its nearest and dearest as the Mexican sea monster and Axolotl Salamander.

Although referred to by many as a fish, the Axolotl is actually an amphibian which retains its external gills as an adult and remains as an aquatic life form instead of growing lungs and living on the land like other Salamanders. It's a beautiful and innocent animal that defies science in so many ways.

Sadly, it is an endangered species due to pollution and habitat destruction.

The Goliath Bird Eating Spider

The Goliath Bird Eater is a spider from the tarantula family and is considered one of the largest spiders in the world.

Although it is known as a bird eating spider; funnily enough, it rarely eats adult birds at all.

The Whistling Spider

...a species of tarantula that is also known as the Queensland Whistling Tarantula.

When provoked, The Whistling Spider lets out a hissing sound like other theraphosids from Australia.

The Whistling Spider is a very shy species and rarely strays far from the safety of its burrow.

Chinese Giant Salamander

The largest of the salamanders and the largest amphibian in the world; the Chinese Giant Salamander is capable of growing to six foot in length.

Lord Howe Island Stick Insect

The Lord Howe Island Stick Insect is also known as a tree lobster due to its appearance.

Unlike most species of insect, the Lord Howe Island Stick insect form incredibly close bonds, especially as the males follow their female counterparts and often mimic their routines.

Giant Water Bug

The Giant Water Bug has a syringe-like tooth that liquidises the insides of its prey with toxic venom.

Giant Coconut Crab

The Giant Coconut Crab can crack a coconut with one swipe, but is rarely dangerous to humans as they are very slow moving.

They can be found in the Pacific Islands - like Guam – and, are once more, on course to becoming endangered due to the destruction of their habitat.

The Mallocorcan Midwife Toad

The father toad raises the young whilst the mother toad hunts. The female toads even compete for mating rights in the way other male species do.

Glass Frog

As the name suggests, the internal organs of this frog can be seen through its translucent skin, giving it a glass like appearance.

Komodo Dragon

The prehistoric Komodo Dragon has become threatened due to human behaviour and volcanoes.

The Komodo Dragon is the largest lizard in existence and often exceeds 10 feet. They have excellent eyesight and are fantastic hunters, even though they're hard of hearing and are incapable of running fast for very long.