Check out the Most UNBELIEVABLE Iridescent Animals In The World! From glowing animals to creatures with amazing colors, this top 10 list of bizarre creatures with iridescent colors is incredible!
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10. Violet Sabrewing
One of the most abundant species of hummingbird in the Americas, the Violet Sabrewing, can be found in mountainous forests from southern Mexico all the way south to western Panama. While most people associate the word “hummingbird” with a tiny and dainty specimen, the Violet, is in actual fact, a large and spectacular birdie reaching the approximate size of a sparrow.
9. Iridescent Shark
If you’re wondering why you may have never heard of this shark before, it’s probably because it isn’t really a shark. It’s a species of shark catfish but looks kind of like a shark to some degree. They are native to rivers of Southeast Asia and are bred for their meat known as swai. They have been spreading around the world and environmental groups have begun to find them in rivers in Colombia, South America and they are very worried it could become a threat to endangered species.
8. Blue Morpho Butterfly
These winged beauties are labeled as one of the most emblematic and beloved of all the butterfly species because of their size and vivid blue coloring. These shimmering wings reflect the light making the Blue Morpho butterfly easy to spot in the Amazon Rainforest. They are found in forests throughout Central and South America, and at six inches long with a wingspan of about 20 centimeters, they are recognized as one of the largest butterflies in the world.
7. Sea Sapphire
These tiny critters look like gemstones flashing in the sun! Known as the Sapphirina copepod, they are also called the rice of the sea since they are at the bottom of the food chain! Some people think they are the most beautiful ocean creature in the world.
6. Cuckoo Wasp
Also known as emerald wasps, these guys definitely grab your attention, even though they are no larger than the average housefly. It moves fast and has a beautiful iridescent blue-green color. Unfortunately, the Cuckoo Wasp is actually a parasite, and just like the Cuckoo bird, they lay their eggs in the nests of other species, usually bees and other wasps. Hence the name.
5. Sunbeam Snake
Sunbeam snakes prefer humidity and dampness, and usually live in damp, loose soil near water, and are mostly found in Southeast Asia. These snakes are known for their highly iridescent scales, and while the head scales are made up of larger plates, the ventral scales are slightly smaller. They usually emerge at dusk to feast on amphibians, snakes, rodents, and carrion (so basically everything).
If we are going to be technical, the correct terminology here would actually be Peafowl – where the male is the Peacock, and the female is called a Peahen. (But I wouldn’t really worry about that, because no one goes around saying “peafowl” anyway!
3. Paua Snail (Abalone)
Paua is a Maori name that is appointed to three species of edible sea snails. These sea slugs are most commonly found in shallow coastal waters along the rocky shorelines in New Zealand, Australia, Japan, the west coast of the US, and South Africa. The massive sea snails feed on seaweed and survive the strong ocean tides by clinging to rocks, using their large muscular foot.
2. Jewel Beetle
Jewel Beetles have been prized for their beauty since ancient times, especially in Asia. Their iridescence is their trademark, and these critters come in varying shades of red, blue, orange, green, yellow, and black. The beetle sheds its exoskeleton when it molts, revealing a brand new, sparkly outer plate!
1. Blue-ringed Octopus
Found in the coral reefs of the Indian and Pacific and oceans, from Japan all the way to Australia, the Blue-ringed Octopus may be tiny, but this little guy is one of the most venomous animals in the world!!
They can range from the size of a golf ball to the size of a human hand, and their brownish-yellow coloring helps them blend into their surroundings.
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