Animals with Naturally Unusual Colors
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Animals with Naturally Unusual Colors

Which animals have naturally unusual colors?

You might have stumbled upon the news on Oi! Kitty, the female cat who turned pink by her own master’s doing. The feline’s strange color was uniquely attractive as it was artificial. Ever wondered what uniqueness nature really has to breed? Below are three strangely colorful organisms the natural way.

Purple Frog

Also called as the Pignose or Doughnut Frog because of its pointy snout like that of a piglet and its apparently bloated appearance like that of a doughnut (less the hole in the middle), this endangered specie of frog averages seven (7) centimeters in length and finds its habitat in the Western Ghats in India.

The purple frog (Nasikabatrachus sahyadrensis) belongs to the Sooglossidae family. Discovered in 2003 in India, this specie likes to hunt for food underground and feeds mainly on termites. It takes most shelter underground and surfaces only for about two weeks during the monsoon to mate.

Its given genus is derived from combined Sanskrit and Greek words meaning nose and frog and Sahyadri, the local name of the mountain range where it was discovered, is responsible for its specie designation.

Flamingo Tongue Snail

This white-shelled, brightly-colored sea snail is usually an inch long and is common on many Caribbean and southern Atlantic Coral Reefs. It may weirdly resemble a clown fish at a great distance only that its black-ringed, yellow-orange complexion comes in spots. Scientifically called Cyphoma gibbosum, this mollusk feeds on gorgonian corals, a soft type of coral also known as sea whip or sea fan.

Interestingly, although gorgonia corals are found to contain toxic products of their metabolism, these products do not poison the snail at all. Instead, these harmful compounds out of its preys (the gorgonians) are used by the flamingo tongue snail as a mechanism to discourage its own predator in the possible food chain.

Pink Grasshopper

Sometime in 2009, eleven-year old English schoolboy Daniel Tate discovered and caught a pink grasshopper which he initially thought as a pink flower until he realized it was actually moving. Recognizing that grasshoppers are normally green and brown, nature reserves officer for East Devon District Council noted that the grasshopper, which happened to be a female, was a result of mutation owing to its odd color, although the experts were not sure what could have caused the mutation.

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wildlife is wonderful. interesting article on special creatures!

Isn't wildlife amazing?