Beauty is a subjective term, and everyone has their own idea of what is beautiful. A lizard, for example, is often seen as repulsive and unappealing. Likewise, we consider several animals as ugly, sometimes even obnoxious. So here, let us learn about some ugly animals who have made it to the list since they aren’t as adorable as koalas and quokkas.

Thanks to their unappealing characteristics, these ugly animals can survive and adjust to the hardship of nature. Additionally, studying them can help us better understand ecosystems.

It is critical that each of us has a part in animal protection.

And understanding why animals appear the way they do might help conservation efforts. So I’m ready to lead you to the world of the most God-awful creatures, living, breathing, and fighting the same struggle of life.

Let’s Begin The List

Here we have started with our lovely list of animals, from ugly rats to ugly black animals. So let’s begin…

1. Blob Fish

Blob Fish

If a sad and dementia-driven grandpa lived 2000 to 4000 feet below sea level in the deep dark waters, I’d call them Mr. Blobby. This real ugliest baby in the world, the blobfish, has a characteristically big globular head and “floppy” skin.

The Ugly Animal Preservation Society organized a run-off. It was seeking a mascot, an ugly mascot. The blobfish’s unappealing looks make people sympathize.

And our sad, confused, fat-nosed grandpa won the game! Championed by Paul Foot, the blobfish is the first to appear in any list of ugly animals pictures. It is now the society’s official mascot.

Did you know?

The lack of water pressure causes the blobfish to lose its form when dragged to the surface and captured in trawling nets by fishermen.

Additionally, it lacks a swim bladder. Therefore, its stomach must remain inside it. However, this does not imply that it is stable in the atmosphere. Thus, it would be dead.

These ugly animals resemble any other fish when put under the water pressure of their natural habitat.

2. Purple Frog

Purple Frog

There is comparatively little focus on India’s vast and distinctive amphibian species on the international conservation scene. However, early-stage conservation biologists in the Western Ghats are working on some of the rarest amphibians in the world.

With 185 species discovered since 2004, India has one of the greatest rates of amphibian species discovery worldwide.

Now, coming back to our ugly list…

Do you believe purple animals could be ugly?

Found in the Western Ghats of India, these purplish amphibians fall under the Sooglossidae family and scientifically named Nasikabatrachus sahyadrensis. The purple frog or the pig-nose frog is one of the ugliest creatures.

Even a herpetologist would probably find the purple frog repulsive. They may find them entertaining and/or intriguing, but no one can look at this person and say, “Wow, what a looker.”

This extremely uncommon frog species lives underground and only comes to the surface to procreate once a year.

Although they are passive, their behavior and growth show how mother nature has rewarded them for their shrewdness in preserving their own species. It is a fossorial species that spends its whole existence underground and only briefly emerges onto the ground after mating.

The species’ males use distinctive cries that sound like a “chicken” to entice females from their hidden burrows.

However, these ugly purple animals made it to the third highest worldwide priority for amphibian conservation on the EDGE list.

Its narrow area of occurrence causes a threat to these deformed animals along with some additional factors. These include habitat loss and alteration, unpredictable weather patterns, and, most concerningly, human consumption.

3. Californian Condor

Californian Condor

The California condor (Gymnogyps californianus) is the largest land bird in North America. These ugly animals have a wingspan of 3 meters and are one of the heaviest flying birds in the world.

Human beauty standards often mark double chins as “not so alluring”. Then I’d suggest you take a look at some ugly animal pictures and find out a Californian Condor.

They have a fine long double chin that almost extends to a neck. Additionally, they are bald and have reddish-gray skin on their head and neck. The California condor can measure between 43 and 52 inches in length, with a wingspan of up to 9 1/2 feet, and weigh between 18 and 23 pounds.

Their eating habits are a bit wild and beastly too. They prefer the carcasses of large dead animals such as deer, cattle, and sheep.

Because of the long breeding season, condors cannot breed every year. But these birds tend to live a very long life. All the adult Californian Condors have fascinating pasts that span decades.

Naked Mole Rat

Naked Mole Rat

Remember the “Ugly Naked Guy” from F.R.I.E.N.D.S?

I’ve got the beastly version of him on my ugly animals list.

According to the Naked Mole Rat campaign, the naked mole rat looks like “an elongated cocktail sausage with large, protruding teeth”.

The only cold-blooded mammal in the world, this animal chirps like a bird and digs its teeth. So these are not just a bunch of ugly rats. Naked mole rats are also an interesting and intriguing species to learn about.

Naked mole rats may live for up to 18 minutes in extremely low-oxygen environments, such as subterranean tunnels. This is because they use fructose for energy, a fuel source that does not require oxygen to digest (convert into energy).

They are resistant to acid discomfort. Therefore, they are at ease in the acidic carbon dioxide found in their burrows. The naked mole-rat has strong cancer resistance and resists typical aging processes linked with cell disintegration.

Proboscis Monkey

Proboscis Monkey

International Primate Day is celebrated on September 1st. On this day, conservationists get a chance to consider how they might best elevate the profiles of less-loved primates.

Nasalis larvatus, the proboscis monkey, frequently win the public polls of ugly animals on this day. Males and females both have prominent noses, but sexual dimorphism causes dominant males to develop potbellies and piggy eyes.

Several amateur crowdfunding projects aim at soliciting money for species conservation. They prompted awareness through memes that included the monkey and text connecting its look to jokes and cultural allusions from Poland.

Proboscis monkeys are unique to Borneo’s rainforests and never leave the island’s marshes, rivers, or coastal mangroves. Adults have a coat of light brown fur that is grey at the arms, legs, and tail and becomes red around the head and shoulders.

They rely on a variety of symbiotic microorganisms to digest food in their intricate, chambered stomachs.

Destruction of large portions of their habitat resulted due to the rapid destruction of their native Borneo forests for logging, settlement, and oil palm plantations.

The increasingly fragmented rage of these ugly gorilla species forces them to leave the trees. They have to cover greater and more dangerous spans of land in search of food now.

Warthog

Warthog

Finally! We’ll be talking about Pumbaa!

One of the most charismatic and ugly animals in Shamwari’s African Safari is the Warthog. The scientific name is Phacochoerus Africanus, also known as the Common Shrike.

Their name comes from the “warts” or protrusions on the side of the face. They sleep underground at night in burrows stolen from other animals. They can live up to 17 years.

A well-known porker in Disney’s The Lion King, Pumba, who will never be forgotten, gave warthogs instant notoriety. It is an omnivore with a stretchy nose and grubs up roots and tubers.

Their tusks are canine teeth that have grown larger and stick forth from their mouth. There are two pairs; as the mouth opens and closes, the shorter, lower pair rubs against the longer, upper pair, wearing them to a razor-sharp edge. The top pair can go as tall as 25 cm.

Warthogs use tusks for digging, combat with rivals, and self-defense against predators. In decorative carving, they have traditionally served as a substitute for ivory.

Aye-Aye

Aye-Aye
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If the devil had a face, this ugly animal would surely feature for the best!

The aye-aye expands and seems to double in size when frightened or agitated. Through the echoes created when the animal knocks on wood, bat-like ears can locate empty spots in trees. The nocturnal animal’s large, spherical eyes aid in night vision, and its opposable huge toes enable it to hang on branches.

Did you know these ugly baby animals have even made their way into the local folklore?

It is believed that Aye-ayes bring death and bad luck and must be exterminated right away, according to some mythologies. Since so many of these primates have died as a result of this, an extension of legal protection became a necessity for them.

Additionally, some researchers have confirmed that the name “Aye-Aye” originated from the Malagasy phrase “I don’t know”. It is believed that locals were afraid of taking its name and hence “Aye-Aye”.

Monkfish

Monkfish

Monkfish are fierce predators despite having one of the most peculiar looks in the animal kingdom!

They hide on the ocean floor and ambush fish that are drawn to baited antennae. The monkfish has long been a prominent ingredient in European cuisine, and its ubiquity has grown in other nations, including the US and Japan.

Monkfish use the spines on their dorsal fins to attract food into an area where they can attack swiftly. These bottom-dwelling fish are dark in appearance, but they have marbling that allows them to blend in with the substrate.

Temperate-zone species, such as the blackfin goosefish, are smaller and attain maximum lengths of around two feet.

Elephant Seal

Elephant Seal

The sight of an adult male elephant seal makes it difficult not to giggle. His enormous head is dominated by a huge, bulbous nose that, when he’s at ease, hangs over his lips. Because of how similar it seems to an elephant’s trunk, the species was given that name.

But don’t be fooled by that silly look. These ugly black animals tilt their heads back and blow up their large schnoz a balloon when they want to make a manly statement, generally to competitors.

The elephant seal uses it as a megaphone by inserting the tip into his mouth and making loud, clapping belches that resemble bongo drums in a cave. This particular method is used to warn the younger boys: “Don’t even consider getting near me or my girlfriends.”

Elephant seals in the northern hemisphere breed from December to March. First to come are the males, who are aggressive due to testosterone.

Each mother gives birth to a squawking, 90-lb youngster in a matter of days (conceived the year before). Do what has to be done for the species, girls, and then go immediately.

Red-Lipped Batfish

Red-Lipped Batfish

I started my list of ugly and deformed animals with the sad and confused grandpa and will end it with the pissed-off aunt.

The red-lipped batfish is one of the world’s rarest fish. Closely similar to other batfish but entirely unique to the Galapagos Islands.

Found in the depths of the Pacific Ocean, ranging from 3 to 76 meters, these ugly animals haunt the borders of reefs up to 120 meters deep as well. Typically, the species may be found on the sandy bottoms of reefs or on the ocean floor.

As a piscivore and insectivores, red-lipped batfish mostly eat tiny fish and crustaceans. In addition, it possesses an illicium. This feature helps them to draw animals towards them.

Batfishes swim, although their fins are better suited to acting as pseudo-legs. These ‘legs’ are employed for movement and perching as it looks about.

Bald Uakari

The Bald Uakari is a mammal that comes with a red face. They have an incredibly bright face, thick orange fur and a bald head. But There is actually an explanation behind Thor’s looks. The bright red color of the face has a reason behind it, and that is they do not have any skin pigmentation. And thor blood vessels are very close to the color of their skin, giving it the color it has.

Bald Uakaris are mostly found in Brazil and Peru and they like to stay close to the Amazon river basin. But this species has been identified as Vulnerable by the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species because of their reducing numbers. Hunting and deforestation is one of the primary reasons behind this reduced numbers.

Anglerfish

The Anglerfish is a creature that you will find at the depth of the oceans. They get their name from the way they hunt; they dangle their luminescent fin ray to attract other fish to themselves. The luminance of their fin comes from the symbiotic bacteria.

They are mainly carnivorous, and they feed on the other crustaceans and fishes with the help of their sharp teeth. They lay still on the ocean bed and observe the energy until other fishes get attracted by its illicium, that is the dangly part they have on their head. Anglerfish have an expandable jaw and thus can eat prey that are twice their size.

Hammer-Headed Bat

Hammer-Headed bats are long-faced megabats that are found in Central and West Africa. They are often called hammer-headed fruit bats or big-lipped bats. They are the largest bats in Africa and have a wingspan of 3.3 feet approximately.

Male and female hammer-headed bats look a lot different from one another which makes them sexually dimorphic. The male vocal cords are thrice the size of the female vocal cords because of resonating chambers they have on their faces. 

Ending The Ugly Animal List

That’s too many ugly animals for a day! Nevertheless, the list can go on forever. 

How does it feel to wonder if these animals have similar lists featuring humans?

Beauty is a subjective term, so these lists can be considered arbitrary. Nevertheless, animals are creations of nature. And, like nature, they, too, provoke wonderment. 

Please let us know which animals you think are the ugliest in the comments below.

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Saswati Banerjee
Saswati Banerjee is a content writer with specializations in different fields. Her niches vary from travel and food to fintech and games. A writer by day and a reader by night, she enjoys close company, a cup of coffee, and a guitar after a hard day at work.

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