Named for having eyes atop their heads, stargazer fish poke their faces through the sand as they wait to ambush prey such as small crustaceans.
Photograph by Jeff Rotman, Nature Picture Library
Madagascar's top predator is a mysterious creature called the fossa. Despite its feline features, it’s actually a relative of the mongoose family.
Photograph by Nick Garbutt, Nature Picture Library
Using its web like a net, the ogre-faced spider catches unaware insects that walk below its sticky trap.
Photograph by Alex Hyde, Minden Pictures
That’s not a bad sunburn—this small South American primate, a bald uakari, is known for its bright red face.
Photograph by Ingo Arndt, Minden Pictures
The umbrella mouth gulper eel is a deep-sea fish with a hinged jaw that opens wide enough for the creature to swallow prey larger than itself.
Photograph by Norbert Wu, Minden Pictures, Corbis
Madagascar’s satanic leaf-tailed gecko gets its devilish name from its red eyes and the small horns on its head.
Photograph by Ryan M. Bolton, Shutterstock
When angry, the gelada baboon flashes its sharp teeth and bright-pink gums by flipping its upper lip inside out over its nose.
Photograph by Patricio Robles Gil, Nature Picture Library
The opposing heads on a two-headed snake—like the ones on this eastern ribbon snake—often fight over which one gets to swallow the food.
Photograph by Todd Pusser, Nature Picture Library
The shoebill stork, also known as the whalehead stork, can stay completely still for hours at a time waiting for prey to appear in its swampy habitat.
Photograph by pixel1962, iStockphoto
The tentacles of the colossal squid, the world’s largest invertebrate, have hooks and toothed suckers that allow the animal to easily grab hold of its prey.
Photograph by Marty Melville, AFP, Getty Images
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