Uglies Animals In The World

It seems as if we are programmed to think of animals as 'cute' or 'adorable'. Maybe is because of the many pictures we look at every day on the internet or maybe is because we see them as helpless and our instincts just kick in. Or yes, maybe they are just cute and adorable. But there some rare cases that make us question this statement. Even if you are a hardcore animal lover and will always love every creature in the animal kingdom, you'll have to admit that these fellas are just plain and simple, ugly.

There is even an organization called The Ugly Animal Preservation Society that is dedicated to raising the profile of some of Mother Nature's more 'aesthetically challenged' children because according to them, the panda gets too much attention. Ranging from the depths of the oceans to the blue skies, here's a list of the ugliest animals in the world.



The Blobfish


This guy actually won a contest and is the unofficial Ugliest Animal. And he's actually pretty lazy too. He has very few muscles and moves very slowly. To eat, the Blobfish waits on the bottom of the ocean for prey to pass by.

The Naked Mole Rat


Not as cute as the one seen in the beloved animated series Kim Possible, these rodents live in large communities led by a queen, whose main purpose is to give birth and raise young. Blind naked mole rats use their sensitive hairs to navigate underground passageways.

Elephant Seal


They are extreme divers and polygamous lovers who have one of the longest migration routes. They almost went extinct last century. Luckily, the numbers have gone up since then!

The Aye-Aye


This poor animal is currently an endangered species partially due to the fact that many in its native Madagascar view them as an evil omen and kill them on the spot.

Celestial Eyed Goldfish


Looking more like a cartoon than an actual fish, this goldfish is also extremely clumsy and can't really swim well because of its rounded body and dorsal fin.

Star-nosed Mole


The star-nosed mole is an intelligent little creature that uses air bubbles to smell. Their noses are made up of 11 pairs of tentacles and because of them can detect seismic wave vibrations.

Philippine Tarsiers


This small creature resembles more a Gremlin than anything else, and it's pupils go so big they cover the full eye, which is bigger than their brains! They can leap as high as 10 feet.

Softshell turtle


This species was found in 2007 by the World Wildlife in the former Khmer Rouge area of Cambodia. They are actually carnivorous and prefer to move overland in search of better conditions, which is responsible for on-road mortality.

The Oriental Yeti


This creature was caught by hunters in the remote woodlands of China in 2010. Described as looking a bit like a bear but without any fur and with a tail like a kangaroo, to this day no one exactly what he is.

Long-nosed Monkey


This monkeys live in Indonesia and will honk to communicate with one another, with the nose straightens out during each honk. The Long-nosed Monkey, not the prettiest animal in the world.

Yunnan snub-nosed monkey


Looking like Voldemort with bad lip injections, this is one of the lesser known primate species and was almost completely unknown until the 1990s. Today, they are endangered because of the destruction of their habitat.



They are the most recent family of caecilians (legless amphibians) to be identified. The mothers stay wrapped around their developing eggs for two to three months, apparently not eating at all during this period.

Baird Tapir


The Baird tapir is the largest mammal found from Mexico to South America. They have only four toes on each front foot and three toes on each back foot. There nose is not very beautyful.



These birds sure are beautiful, as long as they don't open their mouths. Their brush-like tongue is for feeding on nectar from flowers and soft berries.

Sphinx Cat


You may have your own opinion, but with their wrinkly and see-through skin, these cats are just not for everyone. But apparently, they make it up on love and affection!

Long-spined Sea Scorpion


Although small in size, they are very aggressive and will attack fish larger than themselves. These predatory creatures lie still camouflaged against the rocks while they wait to attack their prey.

Snapping Turtle


Know for their combative disposition when out of the water with its powerful beak-like jaws and highly mobile head and neck, the snapping turtle also rocks three rows of spikes on its back.

California Condor


This condor became extinct in the wild in 1987 (all remaining wild individuals were captured), but the species has since been reintroduced. It should not come as a surprise that they are related to vultures!

Chinese crested hairless dog


Two-time winner of the title 'Ugliest Dog in The World' Miss Ellie is a Chinese crested hairless dog. Despite their name, these dogs don't come from China, but from Africa!

Matamata Turtle


This animal a formidable predator. Its knobby carapace and bulky head and neck may look like a pile of rocks, but they confer near-perfect camouflage. It comes as no surprise that in Spanish, their name means 'kill kill'.

Vampire Bat


At night these bats emerge from their caves to search for cows, horses, birds, pigs or even humans. Then, often without waking their victim, the bat uses its sharp teeth to shave away pieces of flesh and then lick the blood with their tongue.



Despite looking like it, these are not actually warts at all. Rather, they are thick, fleshy pads that protect the animal when it is engaged in combat.

Mexican burrowing frog


This underground living frog has a bloated body and horny, shovel-like feet, which it uses for digging. This underground living frog has a bloated body and horny, shovel-like feet, which it uses for digging.

Fruit Fly


As ugly as they are annoying, these bugs are on every continent except for Antarctica. A journal reported that the reproductive stem cells of male fruit flies may hold clues to aging!



Their bald head has an awful purpose: As a carrion-feeder, vultures are able to stay cleaner without head and neck feathers to absorb the rotting material of their hapless victims.

Chinese salamander


The largest salamander and largest amphibian in the world is considered to be a "living fossil". It is estimated that the wild population has declined by more than 80% since the 1950s.



Hagfish can produce gallons of snot from their skin in a matter of minutes. This snot will clog the mouth of anything that tries to eat it.

The Roti Island snake-necked turtle


This turtle has a neck as long as it's body. It is also critically endangered due to the fact that is one of the most desired turtles in the international pet trade.

Dung Beetle


This disgusting bug actually feeds on feces. They can rolls massive balls of poop in straight lines, walking backward and navigating by the stars.

The Shoebill


Preferring solitary lifestyles, the birds only come together when food is scarce or during mating season. Little is known about these birds, as they prefer to live in areas uninhabited by humans.

The Woolly Bat


The bat typically lives in the forest understory and roosts in hollow trees or dead clusters of leaves. They are slow flying and highly maneuverable.

Big-Eared woolly bat


Another one of the Wholly family, but perhaps even uglier. These bats are typically either isolated or part of a small group. Colony sizes vary between one and seven.

The Giant Water Bug


They are also referred to as toe-biters and alligator ticks. These massive water bugs can grow to nearly five inches long and are one of the largest beetles in the world.

Marabou stork


these African birds are scavengers of large carrion, which is why they have featherless heads. They also eat other birds and have even been known to consume flamingos. They also defecate all over their legs and feet!

Horseshoe Bat


Yet another bat that made the list, this one gets its name from the shape of its "noseleaves," the fleshy structure surrounding the bat's nose. The upper part is pointed and the lower part is shaped like a horseshoe.

Red-lipped batfish


Scientists believe that the purpose of the bright red lips is for the male of the species to attract the female. They are suited to walk the ocean floor rather than to swim.



Although known for being scavengers, the Smithsonian reports that they actually kill 95 percent of what they eat. An adult spotted hyena can tear off and swallow 30 or 40 pounds of meat per feeding.

The Goblin Shark


It is the only representative of the family Mitsukurinidae, a lineage some 125 million years old. A few specimens have been collected alive from the depths at which they live and brought to public aquariums, though they only survived a short time

Titicaca water frog


This one is a very large and critically endangered species of frog that has excessive amounts of skin. This one is a very large and critically endangered species of frog that has excessive amounts of skin.



A kakapo is a giant flightless parrot that lives in New Zealand. Despite not being able to fly, has one of the highest lifespan and survived deforestation!



They are the most endangered group of fishes in the world. Habitat loss and overfishing are the culprits since they are the chosen appetizer of many wealthy people.

Greater Adjutant


Their species name, adjutant, is a military rank. They will feed on all manner of rubbish and their Indian name translates as bone swallower – they can survive almost anything.

Bald-headed Uakari


Their red faces are actually a sign of virility, as the redder their mugs the better their immune system seems to function.

The Purple Pig-Nosed Frog


This Indian frog spends most of its life underground, and its discovery was a huge deal. It added to the evidence that Madagascar and Seychelles separated from the Indian landmass sometime after the breakup of Gondwana had started.

Giant Palouse Earthworm


The giant Palouse earthworm is one of the largest earthworms in the world, being able to grow up to a meter in length. It is pasty white and what is worse, spits when it is angry. For some reason, when handling it, it gives off an odor like that of lilies.

Frilled shark


This is a very rare and very old shark that lives in the depths of the ocean. Its unusually wide jaws allow it to swallow large prey whole.



This fish are carnivorous and are thus adapted for the capture of prey, which they lure by using their luminescent organ. This fish are carnivorous and are thus adapted for the capture of prey, which they lure by using their luminescent organ.

Hairy frogfish


After a frogfish has been subjected to a certain environment, they are able to take in their settings and change color over the span of a few weeks to blend in with the surroundings.

Atlantic Wolfish


They produce natural antifreeze to keep their blood moving fluidly in their very cold habitat! Sadly, this species is also rapidly being diminished, most likely due to overfishing and bycatch.



Despite its super sharp teeth and powerful jaw, the Monkfish, which can grow to be up to three feet long, usually swallows its prey whole. This animals head is large, depressed and flat.