18 Most Beautiful Animals in the World

Written By Jill Taylor

Planet Earth is home to some incredible animals, whether that’s four-legged animals, reptiles, or colorful fish. All countries have such diverse wildlife, and it’s what helps form this planet. Here are 18 of the most beautiful animals on the planet.

Scarlet Kingsnake

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This beautiful nonvenomous snake can be found in the American south and east. They’re recognizable by their black, yellow, red, and white bands. For example, A-Z Animals writes, “It grows in length from between 2 to 4.27 feet and has a stunning color pattern of black, red, white, or yellow bands over its body.”

Fleischmann’s Glass Frog

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These frogs can be found in South America, from Mexico to Ecuador. They’re a bright, light green color and have yellow spots on their bodies. A unique part of their appearance is that they also have transparent bellies, which makes them even more beautiful and unique.

Beadlet Anemone

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The beadlet anemone is commonly found in Europe and the Atlantic coast of Africa. In Europe, you’ll come across it in the U.K. and the Mediterranean Sea. They have a dark red body with 192 lighter tentacles that come in a reddish-pink color. Their tentacles can even retract completely, which helps them adapt to tide pools.

Iberian Lynx

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History Rundown writes, “This beautiful feline that inhabits the Spanish forests has its pointed ears with tiny black hairs protruding from them.” The Iberian lynx is an endangered species, which is no doubt because of its beauty, but it can also make it much more special for lynx lovers.

Red Panda

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Red pandas are much smaller than black and white pandas. They have a coppery body with white facial markings, and this is what makes them so unique. They have a fluffy tail, which is quite large considering the body of a red panda isn’t. Their size is what makes them so cute compared to the giant panda.


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Koalas may be slow in movement, but they have a smiling face and a little black nose. They have a plump, gray body that makes them seem cuddly and increases their lovability. You’ll find koalas in Australia, but just watch out, as they do have sharp claws, especially if you go to hold one.

Blue Poison Arrow Frog

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These frogs have a striking blue color, which really makes them stand out in their green environments. For example, Swell Reptiles writes, “The Blue Azureus Dart Frog is a ‘Dyeing Dart frog’ that can be found in North-Western regions of South America where they inhabit mossy forest floors and leaf litter.”

Andalusian Horse

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This beautiful creature is recognized for its size and expertise. It’s won plenty of awards across the world for its beauty and agility. These are purebred horses from Spain, and this breed was even used as a war horse. They’re known as one of the most beautiful equines on the planet.

African Lion

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The African lion is a majestic animal, thanks to its large mane, which helps to differentiate the male species from the female. They enjoy sunbathing and relaxing during the day, which even adds a touch of human nature to them! Not only are they one of the most beautiful creatures, but they’re also one of the most important.


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San Diego Zoo writes, “Perhaps the most well known tropical bird, the toucan is a symbol of playfulness and intelligence that has been used quite successfully by advertisers and business owners.” Toucans are recognized by their huge and vibrant beak, which is sure to attract plenty of attention.

Mandarin Fish

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Mandarin Fish are known for being a colorful and majestic fish species. They usually come alive during the night, which can make it hard for underwater photographers to take photos of them. Mandarin Fish are shy animals that resemble the ancient Chinese dragons, which is what makes them so incredible.


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Chameleons are commonly known to change colors to keep them camouflaged and disguised from predators, but what people may not know is that they also change color as a way of communication. There are over 170 different species of chameleon, and each species will have a color pigment that allows their skin to change color.

Friesian Horse

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Animal Wised writes, “Friesian horses are elegant and magnificent animals. Entirely one color, these impressive animals transport you to mythical and indomitable territories in our minds.” These beautiful horses come from the Netherlands and are one of the oldest domestic horse breeds in the world.

Siberian Husky

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Siberian Huskies are known for being incredibly beautiful due to their dense but soft coat and piercing eyes. They’ll captivate anyone who looks at them; they’re just that beautiful. You can see just how closely related to the wolf that a Siberian Husky is, as many features are similar, such as thick fur and pointed ears.


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Eagles are large and strong birds of prey, with wingspans reaching an impressive two and a half meters. They look majestic when in flight, as they seem to just glide, and it’s a beautiful sight to see. Eagles are also known to symbolize freedom and power.

White Bengal Tiger

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These tigers are stunning to look at and have an imposing presence. Their white comes from a skin mutation, which the International Fund for Animal Welfare supports by writing, “Contrary to popular belief, white tigers are not a subspecies of tiger, but rather a Bengal or Siberian tiger with a rare color mutation called leucism.”


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Dolphins are well-known for their intelligence and human behavior; they’re even considered to have a brain similar to humans’. Their streamlined bodies make them capable of performing aerobic exercises that leave crowds in awe. Dolphins are incredibly social animals and are even a symbol of freedom.


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Peacocks are both vibrant and iridescent, and when they spread their feathers out, they look incredibly beautiful, so much so that some people even have them as pets. The colors of their feathers will evolve so that they can attract mates during their courtship. In the wild, you can find them in India, Sri Lanka, Java, and Myanmar.