Bone-Chilling Animals Straight from Your Nightmares
When it comes to creepshows, mankind can only hope to imitate Mother Nature. The truth of the matter is that a lot of the things that we’re terrified of stem directly from the fears of our ancestors. The strange faces that peer at us from the dark may not belong vampires and werewolves, but instead from completely natural terrors. These nine real-life horrors will make you leave the light on every night!
Every animal needs to eat and reproduce, but the botfly takes it to new levels. This tiny insect lays its eggs in the bodies of mammals, and then over time, the larva hatches. This creates a hard lump in the host’s body, something that swells and swells until it bursts open.
Tongue Eating Louse
This tiny crustacean is yet another example of an innovative parasite. It enters a fish’s mouth, and over time, it eats up the fish’s tongue. It’s not done there; instead, it latches on to the place where the tongue used to be and serves as the fish’s new tongue, eating a little bit of everything the fish eats!
The pacu fish is a type of a pirhana, and you might be wondering how much worse it could get when it comes from a family that can skeletonize a cow in mere minutes. This fish has teeth that remind us frighteningly of human teeth, but what’s worse is what this fish decides to do with them. While the pacu fish will eat a wide variety of foods, it is known for chomping on (and off) testicles.
The Surinam toad is an animal with a rare ability to nourish its young. During the mating process, fertilized eggs get deposited on the thickened skin of the female. The skin grows up over the eggs, and the eggs are safe as long as the mother is. When the eggs get ready to hatch, tiny frogs burst out of their mother’s back. While all life is precious, seeing the baby frogs squirm their way out of their mother’s skin is a tad unsettling.
There are a number of different insects that go by the name of the assassin bug, but one particularly nasty version lives in South America. Like other assassin bugs, this one pursues its prey quickly and effiiciently. It also injects its prey with a toxin that makes the animal’s insides easier to suck out. However, this particular version secretes a sticky liquid that allows them to stick their prey’s bodies to them, serving as a primitive kind of armor.
Humans typically get a little queasy looking at blood and guts because those things by necessity should be inside us. However, what if we were like the barreleye fish? This deep sea dweller has an almost entirely transparent head, allowing us to take a look at the bizzare structure of the animal’s eyes.
Imagine the utter darkness of being more than 2000 feet under sea level. Suddenly, you detect something swimming towards you at great speed, and right before you feel needle-sharp teeth dig into you, you think that you’re pretty happy that you didn’t see what got you. The frilled shark is a sea-going nightmare, and it’s easy to see how frightened fishermen might have been to pull up one of these rarities.
Anglerfish are denizens of the deep, and their legacy is a frightening one. In the dark, many animals give off their own light, and the anglerfish dangles a bright lure for hapless small animals. When the prey animal comes closer, it is confronted not by food but instead by hellishly sharp teeth.
While huntsman spiders are found all over the world, it is only in Australia where they attain a true visage of terror. These spiders are quick, but on top of it, they’re huge. While they are not considered dangerous to humans, their bites are still quite painful, and they can be quite aggressive.
The best (or worst) thing about the creepy animals of the natural world is that they can be anywhere. These animals are spread across the world, and you never know when you are going to run into one!