10 Extraordinary Looking Madagascan Creatures

The African island of Madagascar is home to a wide variety of wildlife. Here are 10 extra ordinary looking creatures that inhabit the island.

Madagascar is home to hundreds of fascinating, colorful, bizarre, endangered , rare and extra ordinary looking animal life. Read on to learn new facts about 10 extra ordinary looking Madagascan creatures.

Aye-aye

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The Aye-aye (Daubentonia madagascariensis) is a species of lemur native to the east coast of Madagascar. The species inhabit rainforest or deciduous forest. The world’s largest nocturnal primate, the bizarre aye- is currently classified as Near Threatened by the IUCN.

The Aye-aye has a black or brown thick coat. It has yellowish-orange eyes, large, sensitive ears, and a long, bushy tail. It has 5-fingered hands with a very long middle finger and curved, claw-like nails. It measures 36 to 43 cm (14 to 17 in) head-body length with a long tail that is 56 to 61 cm (22 to 24 in).It weighs about 2 kg (4 pounds). It has strange method of finding food; it gnaws an opening in the wood, inserts its narrow middle finger and digs out its prey. Its diet includes; insects, insect larvae, nuts, fruits, nectar and seeds.

Giraffe Weevil

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The Giraffe weevil (Trachelophorus giraffa) is a newly found species of weevil native to Madagascar. This extraordinary looking Madagascan creature gets its name from an extended neck resembling that of a giraffe. The male’s neck which is three times longer than the female of the species is used to fight for mates. This elongated neck is also useful in nest building.

Little is known about this bizarre creature. The beetle’s body is generally black in color with unique red elytra covering the flying wings. Males measure about 2.5 cm long. Since the species was only discovered in 2008, no conclusive findings are established whether the giraffe weevil is threatened or endangered.

Eastern Woolly Lemur

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The Eastern woolly lemur (Avahi laniger), also referred to as the Gmelin’s woolly lemur or eastern avahi is a bizarre looking woolly lemur found only on eastern sides of the island of Madagascar. This nocturnal animal lives in monogamous pairs in tropical moist lowland and mountainous forest.
 
Eastern Woolly lemurs are generally typically reddish-brown or gray-brown in color with thick, tightly-curled fur. The appendages are white and the thin, elongated tail is reddish-orange. The species has rounded head, large eyes and a short snout. Head-body length measures 25-30 cm with a tail about 32-37 cm long. Adults weighs 1-1.3 kg. Avahi laniger is classified as Least Concern (LC) on the IUCN Red List.

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  1. SharifaMcFarlane Says...

    On December 23, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    The giraffe weevil is built like a crane.


  2. gaby7 Says...

    On December 23, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    Frankly I never imagined there was anything like a giraffe on this planet! Great stuff here Papa!


  3. gaby7 Says...

    On December 23, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    Frankly I never imagined there was anything like a giraffe weevil on this planet! Great stuff here Papa!


  4. lapasan Says...

    On December 23, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    Those creatures are indeed extraordinary looking.


  5. Tulan Says...

    On December 23, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    they are weird looking creatures.


  6. Eunike Says...

    On December 23, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    Cute animals.


  7. el zorro Says...

    On December 24, 2012 at 12:31 am

    You are the MAN papz :) A walking Encyclopedia… Informative share you got here..


  8. LCM Linda Says...

    On December 24, 2012 at 1:35 am

    For unknown reason, I can’t see all photos in Triond’s articles. But your information is still very interesting. Wish you Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.


  9. pruelpo Says...

    On December 24, 2012 at 2:58 am

    These are all fantastic collections dude. You again have gone there for this purpose. Great!


  10. Ruby Hawk Says...

    On December 24, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    Papa, these are cute, interesting little animals. thanks for educating us.


  11. LCM Linda Says...

    On December 26, 2012 at 4:26 am

    Revisit to try my luck on seeing the photos. Merry Christmas.


  12. lonelyplanet Says...

    On December 29, 2012 at 7:33 am

    You always come with amazing wildlife pictures and articles.


  13. realityspeaks Says...

    On January 10, 2013 at 10:34 am

    Fascinating post. Awesome pics.


  14. afaceristonline Says...

    On January 19, 2013 at 10:42 am

    very interesting post .thanks for share


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