From the blue-footed booby’s undeniably vibrant pedicure to the terrifying, horror villain-esque toes of an aye-aye, these animals have been stomping around with the weirdest feet on the planet. Some animal feet replicate humans’ just a little too closely for comfort (we’re looking at you, unsettling gorilla toes) while others are just bizarrely oversized.
Though animals’ colorful array of absolutely ludicrous feet may seem random, every foot serves an important evolutionary function. Just like strange animal mouths help our furry friends chomp, weird feet help them climb, balance, and run. Sloths have giant claws that allow them to hang from trees, and flying lemurs have toes equipped with suction cups that help them navigate any surface. In any case, it’s no small feat to live with such outlandish feet.
Aye-Ayes Basically Have Spiders Attached To Their Legs
Moles Have Gnarly Claws to Help Them Dig
Ostrich have feet like velociraptors
American Coots’ Feet Look like Awkwardly Large Basketball Sneakers
The African Jacana Looks like It Borrowed Its Feet from a Much Larger Bird
Some Caterpillars Have Hair for Fingers
Flying Lemurs’ Toes Work like Suction Cups
Geckos Have Five Toes, Just Like Us
Tarsiers Have the Boniest Toes
Sloth Feet Are Kind Of Like Clothes Hangers
Armadillos Could Definitely Use a Pedicure
The Blue-Footed Booby Is Known For, Well, Its Blue Feet
Giant Tortoises Could Probably Use Some Foot Moisturizer
Collared Lizards’ Feet Are Almost Incomprehensible
Raccoon Feet Look A Little Too Humanlike
The Golden-Handed Tamarin Is Named Pretty Aptly
Seal Flippers Are Made For Walking (And Swimming), and that’s Just what they’ll Do
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