Top 7 Newly Discovered Animals

DiCaprio’s Snail-Eating Snake

This tree-dwelling snake was discovered in Panama and Colombia. It is one of five new species of snail-eating snakes. Named after Leonardo DiCaprio’s mother.

Stream Treefrog

Found in the Río Negro-Sopladora National Park in Ecuador, this frog is named after J.R.R. Tolkien due to its vibrant, fantastical colors.

Rose-veiled Fairy Wrasse

Discovered in the Maldives, this colorful fish was initially thought to be a variation of another species but was identified as a separate species in 2022.

Principe Scops Owl

This owl, discovered on Príncipe Island in Africa, has a unique call that resembles insect sounds. Its population is estimated to be between 1,000 and 1,500 individual.


Found in Thailand, this tarantula lives in bamboo, using holes made by other animals. It's the first tarantula known to have a habitat closely linked to bamboo.

Tapir Frog

Discovered in Peru, this frog gets its name from its tapir-like nose. It has chocolate-colored skin and is adapted to the loose soil found beneath Clusia trees​.

Star-like Octopus

This newly recognized species of octopus, part of the larger O. vulgaris group, was found off the western coast of Australia. Genetic studies have confirmed its distinctiveness.