Some animals are often given the ‘cute’ and ‘adorable’ tags by humans due to their pleasant appearances. However, on the other hand, some look quite strange and creepy. While it wouldn’t be fair to say that the strange and creepy-looking animals are evil, they would certainly remind you of creatures from the scariest horror movies.
But which animals are we exactly referring to here? Read on to find out!
This devilishly-named giant salamander, native to the central and eastern USA, may look scary. However, in terms of character, it’s quite timid. In reality, Hellbender salamanders are probably most scared of humans, as human activities have contributed greatly to habitat loss through pollution and hunting. There are two subspecies of this giant salamander.
The Ozark hellbender (one of the subspecies) can be spotted in the rivers that rise in the Ozark Mountains. If you want to catch a glimpse of this rare giant salamander, we recommend visiting Missouri’s Ozark National Scenic Riverways.
- They’re North America’s largest salamander.
- They have a lot of weird aliases.
- Hellbenders breathe through their wrinkly skin.
- They’re slow-growing and long-lived.
- They are crayfish-eating specialists.
- Hellbenders can see with their whole bodies.
- They keep to themselves.
- They walk underwater.
The Bobbit Worm
The Bobbit worm (scientific name Eunice aphroditois) lives in the waters of the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. In terms of length, most Bobbit worms range from 10 cm – 3 m. Tatooine’s Sarlacc monster from Return of the Jedi is quite similar to the worm, which is known for awaiting its prey while it’s buried underground.
Any approaching prey is detected by the worm’s sensitive antennae. The worm’s pounce is notorious, as it’s potent enough to slice a fish in two.
The Bobbit conceals its long body in the sea bed and waits with its head either at ground level or poking a couple of inches out of the bed, ready to ambush its prey.
In 2013, staff at an aquatics store in Woking had a “big surprise” when they discovered a metre-long Bobbit in one of their tanks, the BBC reported.
It was thought to have entered the tank inside a piece of live rock that had been imported into the aquarium from the ocean.
The northern stargazer is an unusual-looking fish with a speckled, levelled body and a large head. It lives at the bottom of the lower Chesapeake Bay’s deep, open waters.
Stargazer defences by attacking others. Their toxins come from two large spines, which are placed just above their petrol birds. Although their poison will not kill you, it can be extremely painful and can swell and push locally.
The Epomis Beetle
The Epomis Beetle is known for its calculated method of hunting amphibians. When an amphibian approaches, it acts as if it wants to be eaten. However, this is just a guide. The real ploy of the beetle involves attacking the amphibian when the amphibian thinks that it’s gotten the better of the beetle.
Beetle larva lures and kills frogs, while the adult hunts and paralyzes them
First, it dodges the amphibian’s tongue. After that, it uses its hook-like fangs to attach itself to the amphibian’s head. Finally, it paralyzes its victim and swallows it.
The larval beetles can spend their entire life cycle feeding off a toad or frog, Wizen said in a statement. (Adult beetles can also ambush amphibians, paralyzing them by severing their spinal cord or a crucial muscle.) The most advantageous amphibians are those attacked by a larva in the first stage of its development: When the larvae need to moult, they fall off the frog, leaving a damaging scar.
This creature is in my opinion one of the scariest looking. Seldom we don’t know what’s weirder: nature’s strange universes or the ridiculous names we humans give them. That is absolutely the case with the Sarcastic Fringehead (Neoclinus blanchardi).
Sarcastic fringeheads live in the Pacific waters, off the coast of North America – from San Francisco, USA to Baja California in Mexico. They ambush predators, so they prefer to stake out a hide-y hole that allows them both protection and a great vantage point from where to pounce on prey
Marine biologist Watcharapong Hongjamrassilp’s thesis research suggests that they use the colourfulness of their mouths to communicate with each other.
Divers have described being harassed by a grumpy fringehead after becoming too close to its home. Thankfully, their tiny size means they’re not a threat to humans, so long as you don’t poke your fingers where they don’t belong.
The velvet worm has many subspecies thriving across the entirety of the Southern Hemisphere. Apart from looking quite creepy, they’re also known for their hunting technique. It involves using sensitive antennae to locate prey, followed by immobilizing the prey through the firing of a glue-like poison from either side of its head.
Next, it injects saliva that commences digestion of the insides of the prey. Finally, the prey’s innards are sucked out.