Six Unique Land Animals You (Probably) Won’t Find in Your Backyard
1. The Fossa
Unique to Madagascar, these mammals are related to the mongoose. Unlike the mongoose, however, the Fossa has retractable claws and sharp teeth, enabling it to be a fierce hunter. They tend to live in trees and keep away from other creatures and can grow to ultimately be six feet long.
2. The Proboscis Monkey
At first glance, you might laugh at a Proboscis Monkey. With it's gigantic, floppy nose, the males are certainly some of the strangest looking primates out there. However, studies have shown that it's especially easy for male Proboscis Monkeys to attract mates due to the amplification of their mating calls provided by the acoustics of their noses. In the primate world, they are the most prolific swimmers, living mostly in trees near waterways.
3. The Pink Fairy Armadillo
The smallest Armadillo, the Pink Fairy is named after its light pink shell. These nocturnal creatures are native to Argentina and are usually found in deserts and brush-covered areas. These palm-sized creatures are prolific diggers and can raise and lower their own body temperatures.
4. The Tufted Deer
Named for its striking tuft of thick, black fur on its forehead, these deer are found throughout Myanmar and China. Their coats of short, spiky hair and sharp sets of fangs unique to males set these deer far apart from the average. Nocturnal vegetarians, these deer generally stick to mountainous areas.
5. The Maned Wolf
These red, furry wolves almost look more like tall, long-legged foxes. Having evolved to live in the South American savannas, these wolves are the largest canid existing on the continent and tend to live in lifelong monogamous pairs. Contrary to the common wolf, Maned Wolves don’t howl - they roar.
6. The Aye-Aye
Rounding out the wonderfully weird list, we have the small, wide-eyed mammal referred to as an Aye-Aye. Also found only in Madagascar, these bushy-tailed creatures live in the tall trees of the rainforests and rarely come down to Earth. They have been considered omens of bad luck for many years, but are now protected by conservation laws. Aye-Ayes are known for their long, slender fingers, which they use to, very efficiently, scoop out the insides of coconuts.