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10 Animals with the Strangest Noses

Published by Mark Gordon Brown in Animal
October 5th, 2008

Some animals have very odd noses, let us look at some of the creatures with the strangest noses of all.


It seems this elephant has grown tired of dragging his trunk around and has found a temporary solution. When you are having a bad day, with too many burdens, just remember those poor elephants that have huge trunks they have to drag around all of the time.


Have you ever seen a toucan and wished it was made out of sugar, a sort of tropical medley candy confection? I have have at least twice in my life. This is one of those times.


I wonder if tapirs are jealous of pig’s pert upturned noses. Tapirs have snouts similar to pigs with the exception that they sort of sag, and are kinda longer. Could snout envy be an issue in the animal kingdom? Let us hope not.


This anteater would like you all to know that its’ tongue is as long as its’ snout. A fact that he seems to be quite proud of for the obvious reason winning first prize for six out of the last five International Insect eating competitions. He had a cold one year, slight sniffles.

Elephant Seal

The male is the big one with is flipper around the girl. Well you know what they say about males with big noses. We’ll just leave it at that.

Star-Nosed Mole

In his spare time this star nosed mole moonlights as an aster in Mrs Covington’s flower garden. He’s still waiting for his payroll check from Mrs Covington. I don’t have the heart to tell him she is not impressed with his job performance. Perhaps if he bigger, or a brighter color he might have a better chance at winning her admiration.


This snout is part nose, part mouth, part trash compactor, part meat slicer, and part anything that gets too close to the crimper.


You may have heard about the ugly duckling who turned into a beautiful swan. But do you recall the ugliest flamingo of all? Gerald, the ugly flamingo had a very flattened nose and if you ever saw it you would say that’s not a darn flamingo, it is a spoonbill.

Elephant Shark

As soon as a poor animal is found with a bigger than usual snout people always want to put the word “Elephant” it front. Like the Elephant Seal we saw earlier. This poor guy does not think that is fair and would prefer to be addressed as the “Australian Ghost Shark”. I have similar sentiments, although I don’t mind being called “Mark Gordon Brown”, I look forward to the day when people call me “That Multimillionaire guy with the crazy looking animals on his farm”.

Jimmy Durante

The most famous nose of all belongs to the late Jimmy Durante. He was known as “Schnozzola” and had his start in Vaudeville, but we all know him as the lovable narrator for the animated television Christmas special “Frosty the Snowman”. Just as the beauty of all the different snouts in the animal kingdom (yes of course humans are animals too), the diversity in human noses adds character to us all. “Good night Mrs. Calabash, where ever you are.”

The Photos are from Wikimedia and should not be used without checking their licensing agreements for yourself as it relates to your purpose.

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  1. nobert soloria bermosa
    Posted October 5, 2008 at 7:28 am

    that was a fun read, thanks Mark

  2. Bozsi Rose
    Posted October 5, 2008 at 8:08 am

    Very fun and cute!

  3. William F. Torpey
    Posted October 5, 2008 at 12:06 pm

    Thanks for not disappointing me. I knew Jimmy Durante had to be on the list!

  4. Darlene McFarlane
    Posted October 5, 2008 at 9:45 pm

    This one was a lot of fun.

  5. Allison Jae
    Posted October 11, 2008 at 4:26 pm

    I loved that picture of the elephant. It was really funny.

  6. sierra
    Posted May 26, 2009 at 1:01 am

    this was very interesting and fun and i really like reading it

  7. Posted September 30, 2009 at 10:48 pm

    Enjoyed the pictures and captions. Very entertaining, too. Spoonbills, however, have flamingos beat hands down. These brilliant and beautiful birds have attitude and individuality.

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