The Strangest Colors in Nature Prove That Earth Really Is a Magical Place

Mon Jul 05 2021

How these creatures and critters aren’t more talked about, we’ll never know. All across the globe, common and everyday animals have been coming in extremely unusual colors. We think it’s about time everyone knows about the beautiful bright hues found all throughout the animal kingdom.

Of course, these intensely pigmented creatures are a pretty rare occurrence. Which is why we’re extra thankful that they’ve been captured on camera by the lucky few that got to see them in the flesh. Get ready to have your mind blown by these mystifying evolutionary wonders that are totally photoshop and filter-free.

The Rosy Maple Moth Is Like a Real Life Pokemon

The rosy maple moth makes up for its tiny stature with its candy-colored appearance. It’s found in several places across North America despite looking like it’s a new type of Pokemon. Interestingly, it’s captured the hearts of many people due to its cute and furry body and great big doe eyes.

It’s got to be the cutest insect we’ve ever come across. They’re described as having “woolly” bodies in bright yellow and pink, although their patterns often vary. It’s thought that their unusual colors trick predators into thinking they’re poisonous, and otherwise the rosy maple moths actually blend into their environment. These guys don’t look all that different from maple seed cases!

The Cat Who’s Face Is Split Straight Down the Middle Because of Embryo Fusion

Yes, this cat’s alarming fur pattern is totally real. This is Venus, described by its owners as the “two-faced cat” due to her bizarrely colored face. The left side of her face looks the complete opposite to the right side, and they’re divided by an unnaturally straight line running down the middle of her face.

There’s a good explanation for how this half-black, half-ginger tabby cat came to be. Genetically, Venus is considered to be a chimera cat – her cells contain two types of DNA which is caused when two embryos fuse together. But even her eyes are different colors, also known as heterochromia iridium. The genetics just couldn’t make up their mind on Venus.

A Scarlet Red Pigeon Sticks Out Like a Sore Thumb

None of us have ever seen a bright red pigeon before for good reason. Spotted in Bradford, UK, pink pigeons do exist but never usually as bright as this one. People assumed that it couldn’t have possibly occurred naturally and someone must have dyed an average street pigeon, but one bird expert had a different theory.

Katie Wilkinson is from the Dorset Wildlife Trust and concluded that pigeons can turn a highly saturated reddish-pink color due to their diet. “It’s similar to when flamingos turn pink,” she stated. A flamingo eats a mixture of insects, crustaceans, mollusks, and small fishes, and that leads to them turning pink. So the question stands – who’s been feeding this pigeon?

The Technicolor Parrotfish Actually Blends in to Its Environment

We could hardly believe our eyes when we saw this crazy sea creature. It’s a parrotfish from Indo-Pacific Asia and has a striking mix of blue, purple, green, and pink colors. It looks like something straight out of a fantasy film, or better yet another planet entirely. We wouldn’t bat an eyelid if we saw this in Avatar.

Interestingly, it is thought that the insanely bright colors of the parrotfish help it blend in. When the colors blend all together, as they appear to from a greater distance, they combine to create a dull blue-grey hue. That’s the ideal shade to be for hiding from sharks in the shallow waters of the sea.

The Sunshine Yellow Flapshell Turtle That Looks Good Enough To Eat

We bet you didn’t even know about the existence of the golden flapshell turtle. It’s as yellow as the yolk of an egg and as shiny as a melting slab of butter – definitely not the kind of turtle we’re used to seeing at an aquarium. They’ve only been spotted a handful of times, the first time being in 1997.

We wouldn’t go so far as to say that this turtle has albinism, but it does have a lack of pigmentation. Somehow, instead of developing its usual dark brown pigments, this turtle developed bright yellow pteridine pigments and it dominated the flapshell’s color production. To us, it looks both kinds of gross and kind of delicious.

The Shocking Pink Bush Crickets Are Challenging Our View of Bugs

We’re used to thinking of bush crickets as being green, but they actually come in shocking hot pink! It’s a rare occurrence in the wild but it does in fact happen and has stumped scientists for over 100 years. Recently, they think they’ve finally gotten to the bottom of why these little critters come in such an extraordinary pink hue.

The science world is in agreement that bush crickets, or katydids, can come in such an abnormal color due to a genetic mutation controlled by recessive genes. Not only do these creatures have an absence of their usual green color, but they have an excess of hot pink! They’re so rare, so this photo is the closest you’ll probably get to seeing one.

A Proud Peacock That Has More To Show Show Off Than Most

Peacocks have stunning feathers and colors just in their usual form. But seeing this two-tone peacock that’s split down the middle takes their beauty to a whole new level. This big guy is half albino, and his mixed feather colors happened totally by accident. Just look at the gorgeous dappled watercolor effect he has across his face and neck.

Interestingly, this isn’t an albino peacock – it has a genetic condition called leucism, whereby pigment cells from the neural crest fail to disperse in early development. While still just a baby chick, the parts that appear white in maturity are actually more of a yellow color. Either way, it’s pretty spectacular.

The Malabar Giant Squirrel Looks Like It’s From a Parallel Universe

Believe it or not, giant multicolored squirrels do exist, and they live in the forests of South India. The Malabar giant squirrel can get up to three feet long in size and they have the most amazing technicolor fur in shades of blue, purple, red, orange, and yellow. The photographer responsible for this photo, Kaushik Vijayan, noted how seeing the squirrel “was indeed a jaw-dropping sight to behold” in real life.

But it’s not entirely known why Malabar squirrels have evolved this way. One wildlife conservation biologist speculated that these squirrels might better camouflage themselves in the “mosaic of sun flecks and dark, shaded areas.” But who knows. Perhaps their technicolor coat is a result of the huge tropical fruits they eat in tree canopies.

The Violet Purple Snail That Makes Its Own Boat From Mucus

Snails are a lot less gross when they come in a bright purple color. Suddenly, they look kind of adorable and we’re considering keeping one of these beauties as a pet. Floating around Australia’s coasts you can find the violet sea snail, that keeps itself afloat by producing a bubble raft from its mucus.

What makes these guys even weirder is that they change sex throughout their life, starting off as a male and developing into a female in their later stages. Their purple shells also have something called countershading; a clever strategy to camouflage them from predators. The underside of their violet shell is much darker and harder to spot for creatures looking up at the ocean’s surface.

A Red-Eyed Owl That Signals the Coming of the Apocolypse

No, you’re not looking at a Furby. This owl is 100% real and hasn’t been artificially dyed or given color contacts. It’s actually an albino owl that has lacks pigmentation all throughout its body. As we can see, this little guy’s feathers are a gorgeous bright white color, and he has a little pink beak and legs.

But his shocking red eyes are the most surprising part about him. The reason why they’re this terrifying color is simple – because this owl is incapable of producing any pigmentation, we can see straight through the iris in his eyes. The red colors we see are actually his blood vessels!

The Mwanza Flat-Headed Rock Agama Might Have Been the Inspiration Behind Spider-Man

The Mwanza flat-headed rock agama couldn’t look more menacing if it tried. It features a pinky-orange upper half and a violet purple/blue lower half and looks like something from the Jurassic period. Some people have even likened it to Spider-Man, as the Mwanza reptile’s bright colors are just like those of Peter Parker’s spidey suit!

But it’s only the male Mwanza flat-headed rock agamas that have this bright and beautiful display, suggesting that their colors are used for attracting a mate. Native to East Africa, it’s possible that their dramatic and vivid colors also act as a warning to predators. Wouldn’t you think these little guys are poisonous?

The Blue Florida Bark Scorpion Is Brighter Than Our Future

Don’t be fooled by the blue scorpion’s gorgeous bright color. The Florida bark scorpion glows with a bright blue hue under ultraviolet lights, making it look like something from another planet. Considering how several mammals and insects are able to naturally see UV light, this is how the scorpion looks through their eyes all the time.

It is thought by many that the blue scorpion’s venom can actually cure cancer, with people flocking to Cuba since the 80s to treat their tumors. As of yet, it hasn’t been approved by the scientific community. You might be more likely to see one of these beauties than you think, however. The blue scorpion is often found living in the walls of people’s houses and under rubbish piles in the yard!

A Giant Red Slimy Slug That Only Lives on One Australian Mountain

This slippery red slug, more commonly referred to as neon pink slug, is eight inches long as only recently discovered. You’d think that people would have spotted this giant slimy creature long before, but it’s only found on the top of one mountain in Australia. And slug specialists have a sneaking suspicion as to why they come in this vivid color.

The neon pink slug lives in a bed of red eucalyptus leaves, so it’s possible that their striking color actually helps them better blend into their environment and camouflage them from predators. Another school of thought is that because they are so remote from everything else on the mountaintop, they’re free to be whatever color they like.

The Elegant Golden Jumping Spider Has a Confrontational Character To Match

The Elegant Golden Jumping Spider couldn’t decide on one color, so it took all the colors instead. Their metallic multicolored bodies look completely fake, but this is in fact how they have evolved. Hailing from the rainforests of East Asia, they’ve quickly become one of the most sought-after pets.

And their character lives up to their flashy appearance. The Elegant Golden Jumping Spider has been found to be extremely aggressive, choosing to confront and attack rather than run away. The glorious shades of blue, yellow, and red are dominant around their thorax, but their whole body is coated in a dreamy golden bronze.

The Albino Alligator Has the Worst Camouflage in the Wild

The albino alligator is such a rarity that less than 100 of them exist in the entire world. They have a color variation of the great American alligator, making them bright white with splashes of pink here and there. On this albino alligator, you can see pink around the eyes, claws, and raised scales on its back.

Considering how male alligators can weigh up to 1000 pounds, an albino alligator is quite the sight to behold. But some claim the alligator has less of a brilliant white hue and more of a pale ivory shade. Either way, there’s something about their lack of pigmentation that makes them look extra menacing.

The Paradise Tanager Always Turns up in Fancy Dress

The paradise tanager has one of the most stunning color displays in the entire Amazon rainforest. This birdie has a black as night body, with sky blue chest plumage and a neon green head. It’s so striking that it resembles an elaborate Venetian face mask.

You can also see that the feathers directly under their beak are a deep violet shade. Certain subspecies of the paradise tanager can also feature a yellow or red butt, just to ensure that no one misses them. Despite this guy’s small stature, his insanely colorful plumage makes him one of the most beautiful birds alive.

A South African Elegant Grasshopper Doesn’t Want To Be a Wallflower

The Elegant Grasshopper from South Africa doesn’t want to blend in – it wants everyone to know when it’s arrived at the party. At least that’s the only reason we can see why it would come in such a beautiful selection of colors. It’s quite surprising, considering how there are many predators who would love to sink their teeth into a juicy grasshopper.

Violet, yellow, and white make up the body, legs, and head of this little critter. Even its two antennae feature a crazy and colorful stripey pattern. But those bright red eyes and neon pink wings really make the South African Elegant Grasshopper look ready for a rave. Perhaps their striking colors look poisonous to predators and therefore keep them at bay.

A Purple Samurai Crab’s Colors Mimic Those of a Gorgeous Sunset

We had no idea that some crabs look like they’re straight out of a fairytale. But that’s exactly the case with freshwater Purple Samurai Crabs like the one pictured below. This brilliant violet hue comes totally naturally to them and turns into a hot pink color around their front legs and pincers.

They are native to the Philippines, but can only be found on less than a handful of its islands. And despite their striking appearance, they were only officially discovered a few years ago in 2012. In some instances, the very tip of the Purple Samurai Crab’s pincers is a shocking bright orangey-reddish tone.

The Variable Neon Slug Is the Craziest Mollusc in the Ocean

Confused by what you’re seeing? We’re not surprised. This little raver is actually a small sea slug and it’s incredibly rare. There are only 3000 of these creatures out there in the ocean, so we better look at them while we can. It’s known as the Variable Neon Slug or the Dusky Nembrotha and really is that brightly colored.

The Variable Neon Slug gets its bright turquoise and neon orange color from the food it eats. Its exact diet isn’t known, but they have been seen eating some corals, sea sponges, and green-ringed ascidian. It’s truly amazing how fake-looking some creatures can be.

The Rare Albino Turtle With an Intricate Shell Pattern

We’re happy to say that this gorgeous guy was saved by the Sea Turtle Reserve Centre in Sri Lanka before he was poached and eaten as a delicacy. He’s a rare albino turtle, and he got released back into the ocean once he was mature enough to fend for himself.

You might be happy to hear that albino turtles tend to have a better chance than other albino animals living in their native habitat. That’s due to their protective outer shell. But they still tend to live shorter lives than their non-albino counterparts due to their visibility for predators.

A Blue-Ringed Octopus Changes Color When It’s in Danger

If you thought that this Blue-ringed octopus was poisonous judging from its crazy colors and pattern, you’d be totally correct. They’re actually one of the most venomous species of Octopus out there, so their outward appearance isn’t lying. They’ve been found living in tide pools and coral reefs of the Pacific and Indian oceans.

They’re most recognizable by their bright yellow flesh marked with bright blue and black rings from their head to their tentacles. But interestingly these rings can drastically change color when the octopus is threatened. Its yellow body turns into a deep blue hue to warn other creatures to stay away!