Really weird (non-alien) animals #2

In Pandora Uncaged, book 2 in my Passion Island trilogy, Pandora Dayle is in charge of a animal hospital / zoo for indigenous animals on the new colony planet, Addoray. As you can imagine, there are loads of strange creatures in the book — slytherins, mobeaves, chasm cats, slop dogs, and the ubiquitous boothies.

But you don’t have to go to Addoray to find strange animals. Here are a few of Earth’s weirdest creatures that I didn’t know existed until recently.

Gobi Jerboa

I might have seen pictures of this guy before. Maybe. He looks almost normal until he stands up.

Image credits: tgran |

Japanese Spider Crab

If you think that last guy has long legs, you ain’t seen nothing yet!

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Penis Snake

Kinda gross, but harmless.

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Venezuelan Poodle Moth

From the ridiculous to the sublime! Isn’t she cute?

(Image credits: Arthur Anker | imgur)

For more really strange animals, check out:

Pandora Uncaged

Book Two in the Passion Island Trilogy — A friends-to-lovers future romance

Pandora Dayle is her family’s disgraced black sheep. Ten years after running away from home, she’s rebuilt her self-respect at an isolated facility for saving animals native to the colony’s planet. Her redemption feels as fragile as a dream, but she’ll be okay if nothing traumatic happens.

But when the best friend from her innocent youth arrives, her insecurities mushroom.

Aidan used to be Pandora’s best friend. Since his teen years, he’s held heroic jobs—police officer and now Search and Rescue leader. He adored innocent young Pandora so much he compares every woman to her idealized memory, and finds them wanting.

But when he rediscovers the real thing, she’s not at all what he expected.

Booker, a naïve Apprentice Cupid for a secret organization, receives his second assignment: get Pandora and Aidan to mate. They’d been close friends, so his strategy is simple: He flies Aidan to her island and tells him to impregnate Pandora.

What could possibly go wrong?

Pandora Uncaged is at these fine sites. Order your weird animals today.



  1. What a collection! I take it the spider is harmless. I’m never going to wherever it lives.

    1. It lives in the ocean, so you’re probably right — you’re never going to go where it lives.

  2. Amazing! Did you already know about all these, or did you research them for this post?

    Or did some of them influence the critters Pandora cares for?

    1. I knew about a couple of these critters, but most I researched for this post. None of the animals in my book are as weird as these. People wouldn’t believe them — they’d scoff and say “Yeah, right.”

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