Saturday, February 13, 2016

Ugly Comes In All Sizes...!

I don't care if you are animal, human, or vegetable...ugly is still ugly!

What makes this thing so ugly is the name and the teeth and the face! You might say he is triple ugly!

Pig-Nosed Vampire Rat

Photo credit: Kevin C. Rowe And Museum Victoria

This unflattering name unexpectedly belongs to a small, relatively defenseless rodent with a face that you can’t forget. Hyorhinomys stuempkei is a rat with a large, hoglike nose that lives in Sulawesi, Indonesia.
But its most eye-catching feature is its impressively long incisors, which are big enough to compete with Dracula. The bottom teeth of this shrew rat can grow up to 19 millimeters (0.75 in). Researchers admit that they’ve never seen anything like it.

In fact, the strange anatomy of these pig-nosed rats sets them so far apart from other species that scientists have categorized them in a new genus. Their big ears are one-fifth as long as their bodies

They have also lost the coronoid process in their jaws. This leads them to have a weak bite, which is a relief if you catch sight of their grisly fangs! Fortunately for the rodent, they don’t need to chew much when they dine on their normal meals of worms and beetle larvae.

Now I don't know about you but this critter goes right on the list of things I want to avoid! Know what I mean?

Coffee out on the patio this morning.


JO said...

Yep it's an ugly thing. Don't need to run into them or any other rodent, filthy things.

We have in the mid 80's this week and next week too. nice for getting out.

HermitJim said...

Hey Jo...
Your twmps are better than here! Li
ke you say ...great for getting out
ThAnks for dropping by today!