Call 'em blush, flush, rose or fuchsia - when an animal’s prime pigment is pink, the results can be strikingly beautiful… they don’t call it “shocking pink” for nothing! This proud posse of puce poseurs provides positive proof pink can be a perfectly pleasing pigment. Period.

 

1) Pink Starfish

pink starfish

You’ve gotta hand it to echinoderms (who don’t actually HAVE hands), they’re definitely “stars” when it comes to showing their true colors. Slow-moving sea creatures who frequent reef environments and occasionally feast on endangered corals, starfish are often found washed up on beaches where their brilliant hues quickly fade. (pink animal image via Arthur Chapman   

 

2) Pink Millipede

pink millipede

Why bother with contrast when you’re a newly discovered Dragon Millipede (Desmoxytes purpurosea)? This small but serious critter has a gland that produces cyanide as a defense mechanism. You most definitely don’t want to be near this hot pink dude when he’s, er, millipede-off. (pink animal image via Chulabush Khatancharoen)      

 

3) Pink Frogfish

pink frogfish

The world’s oceans host an abundance of pink fish but the pink Frogfish above steals the spotlight. Who can resist this finned clump of cotton candy as it scuttles along the seafloor? Don’t be fooled though, many species of frogfish sport sharp spines on their heads that can deliver a painful dose of toxic venom to the unwary. (pink animal image via Christian Gloor)   

 

4) Pink Iguana

pink iguana

In 1986 a park ranger first noted a small population of large, pink land iguanas living on the slopes of the Wolf Volcano in the Galapagos Islands. It was thought at the time they were merely a variation of the common land iguana... or perhaps, that the ranger had been drinking. The results of blood testing (on the iguanas, not the ranger) confirmed the Galapagos Pink Land Iguana is a specific species (Conolophus marthae) and not merely a euphemism. (pink animal image via Wikimedia / Post of Ecuador    
               

 

5) Pink Snake

pink snake

Snake breeders have long striven to induce their reptilian subjects to express colors not normally found in nature. Take the Albino and Snow Motley Corn Snakes above… not to worry, they’re not venomous. Buyers now can choose from a wide variety of pinks and patterns to suit their needs, whatever those needs might be. (pink animal image via Mike Keeling)                  
         

 

6) Pink Flamingo

pink flamingo

Think pink animals and pink flamingos are probably what come to mind. Not “Pink Flamingos”, the 1972 cult classic film from avant-garde director John Waters and starring the notorious Divine, but we digress. Real flamingos are not actually pink; they TURN pink from the beta carotene pigment in the food they eat. (pink animal image via Andrew Seaman)                                 

 

7) Pink-Faced Uakari

pink uakari

Uakaris are monkeys… monkeys from Hell!! OK, not really, they come from isolated areas of the northwest Amazon river basin and only look like Skeletor’s pet. This bizarre-looking South American monkey has luxurious hair all over its body with the exception of its head – much like your average middle-aged human male from Joisey. (pink animal image via Kevin O'Connell                   

 

8) Pink Dolphin

pink dolphin

The pink Amazon River Dolphin (Inia geoffrensis) is actually mottled pink with gray, though it’s pinker by far than any other dolphin. They’re also thought to be intelligent and have a brain capacity 40% larger than that of humans. These toothed whales have evolved echolocation capability to help them navigate the oft-murky waters of the Amazon and its tributaries. (pink animal image via Martha de Jong-Lantink)                     

 

9) Pink Hippo

pink hippo

Pink Hippos are rarely sighted outside of Hanna-Barbara cartoons but they DO exist for several reasons, one of which is albinism. Most hippos are a brownish-gray color with pink undertones but they can appear even pinker on hot, sunny days when they tend to sweat: hippo sweat is pink! (pink animal image via Ian)  

 

10) Pink Elephant

pink elephant

Asian Elephants, like the pair shown above in Malaysia, are prone to pink freckling as they age. The pinkness is most prominent on their trunks and ears. Elephants can also appear pink to varying degrees when they are very young, when they exhibit albinism, and... well, when they're newborn albinos. Put that in your trunk and smoke it! (pink animal image via Mindy McAdams)      

All images in this article were originally posted at Flickr by the indicated photographer and each has been graciously made available under a Creative Commons international license.

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