With the large diversity of animals that nature blessed this planet with, it’s no wonder that there are quite a few species that aren’t exactly pleasing to the human eye. It might not be relevant from their point of view, but from ours, there sure are quite a few ugly critters out there. Below you can see 5 of the ugliest faces nature has to offer. Obviously, the list is influenced by my own preferences. Feel free to leave a comment with your own top 5.
5. Russian Wheat Aphid
Less then 2mm long, with a pair of eyes that just creep me out and a saliva that is toxic to plants. This is the Russian Wheat Aphid, an invasive species that causes losses in cereal crops.
Small, ugly, with a weird nose and venomous saliva. This is the Almiqui, also known as the Cuban Solenodon, an endangered species that lives underground.
3. Mata Mata Turtle
You can see above its head from profile, it’s the Mata Mata Turtle, with a large, triangular head, a horn on the nose and lots of tubercles and flaps of skin. It’s a large land turtle, that can be found in South America. Two more pics below, because it’s so worth it.
What you see above is the face of a Dobsonfly, put under the microscope. Isn’t it sweet how those eyes are looking at you?
1. Helmeted Water Toad
Just look at this lovely creature and those hands. It’s the Helmeted Water Toad, and apparently it lives in Chile and feeds on toads, among other things. With a maximum size of 32cm, this is a creepy not so little guy.