The 20 Most Strikingly Beautiful Animal Photos You Need to See
You won't believe some of these actually exist.
You’ll barely believe your eyes
Dolphins and sea dragons and birds, oh my! You may think you have seen it all, but there are some pretty weird animals out there. The animal kingdom is huge with so many species to see and learn about. You certainly may have gushed over all the cute animals and the baby animals, but just wait until you see what beautiful animals we have in store.
While you sit and marvel at the Arctic fox’s luscious fur, you should know that it actually serves a greater purpose than just being beautiful. The thickness of the fur helps the fox survive the frigid temperatures and the white color helps it blend in with the snow in order to hide from predators.
Mandarinfish are usually found swimming in the Pacific between Japan and Australia, but this picture may be as close as you ever get to these beautiful animals. These fish are stinky. Since Mandarinfish don’t have any scales to protect them from predators, they are protected with poisonous spines and caked in a copious amount of smelly mucus.
The gorgeous colors on panther chameleons become even more astonishing once you recall that they can change them in an instant. Chameleons change color in order to communicate, express emotion, and blend in with their natural habitat to protect themselves from predators.
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Look at this beauty! Native to Brazil, green-headed tanagers blend right into the forest environment with their green, blue, and black feathers. They also like to stick with their clique, so you’ll likely see these guys in small groups.
Solely residing on the island of Madagascar, the sunset moth is known for its vibrant, rainbow wings. While we humans will gawk at its beauty, the beautiful colors indicate to hunters that they are toxic.
Leafy sea dragon
Residing in the waters off the coast of east and south Australia, the leafy sea dragon is closely related to seahorses and pipefish. But they’ll have you doing a double take as these guys look more like seaweed than fish.
Both male and female quetzals share the striking animated colors, but it’s the male birds that grow the train of twin feathers. These trains can be up to three feet long during mating season in order to attract the females.
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California red-sided garter snake
While snakes may be unappealing to many people, you have to admit that these guys have absolutely beautiful skin. These snakes like to slither in marshlands, shallow water, and dunes. Although they aren’t considered dangerous to humans, they do have toxins in their saliva that may cause an unpleasant reaction.
We can’t have a list of the most beautiful animals without including the majestic dolphin. They are extremely acrobatic and can leap over 25 feet out of the water as you may already know. Not to mention they are unbelievably intelligent, generally considered to come in second after humans.
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Not all sea slugs are created equal, and this chromodoris proves it. These little beauties are vividly decorated with colors that deter predators as they move along reefs and feed on sponges.
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Arguably, all big cats are jaw-droppingly picturesque, but the panther is especially so. Interestingly, the panther is not a distinct species, but is just a general name used to identify any big cat with black fur.
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Ah, the circle of life. You may recognize this primate from The Lion King, holding up baby Simba for all the animals to see. Aside from your TV screen, you’ll find these monkeys in tropical rainforests in large groups munching on fruits and insects.
Where should we even start with this one? The long, muscular legs? The silky mane? The smooth fur? Although a stallion is a male horse, the word is also used to describe someone who has breathtaking qualities. Now you can see why!
There could be many, if not all, dog breeds on this list for various reasons, but the Siberian husky’s eyes really take the cake for beauty. Their eyes can either be an ice blue or a deep brown but striking either way. Some of them may even have one of each.
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Poison dart frogs
At only one inch long, these cuties come in a wide array of colors and leap around South American rainforests. But don’t be fooled by their size! If you see one of these beautiful animals, keep your distance as one tiny frog can have enough poison to kill ten adult men.
Imagine seeing a beautiful pink orchid flower and realizing that it’s actually a praying mantis. This is not an uncommon mistake as these females have evolved to resemble the flower since they typically hunt for pollinating bugs. Keep the animal love going and check out these adorable animal photos that will make you say “awww.”