15 Most Terrifying Animals That Will Make Your Stomach Curl
Slimy, skinny, small and huge — these animals come in all shapes and sizes. They may live in vast dry lands or in the deepest parts of the ocean. Their homes will equally give you that strange terrifying feel. Brace yourselves for the following most terrifying animals in existence that will make you cringe.
15. Poodle Moth
It comes from the newest species of moth that has only been discovered in 2009. This strange-looking moth was found in the Sabana region of Venezuela by Dr Arthur Anker of Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.
The bizarre physical appearance of this animal makes it undoubtedly terrifying and scary. It comes from the family of Lasiocampidae and from the genus Artace or other genus closely related to it.
14. Cyclops Shark
The mere sight of this Cyclops Shark will surely freak you out and give you goosebumps. It was found in Mexico and seemed to have become the prey of a larger shark in the sea. The Cyclops shark is known to be an abnormality and not a naturally-born animal.
13. Goliath Tiger Fish
The Goliath Tiger Fish is found in the Congo River basin, the Lualaba River, Lake Upemba and Lake Tanganyika in Africa and is known as the largest among the tigerfish clan.
This clan is composed of very wild predators characterized by their sharp and long dagger-like teeth. It is believed that this type of fish actually eats small crocodiles and does not fear them.
12. Marabou Stork
The Marabou Stork comes from the family of Ciconiidae. Its natural habitat is in Africa, in the southern part of the Sahara. It can live in both wet and arid areas especially the areas near human habitats.
It is a large wading bird that is known to be an “undertaker bird” because of its physical form — having wings shaped like a cloak, skinny white legs, and at times a large white mass of “hair”.
11. Lobster Moth Caterpillar
This caterpillar looks oddly like a lobster – but a lobster that climbs tree branches. It is visible in the Palearctic ecozone that includes Europe, Asia, and Africa, except the north of Africa.
Some of them can be found in the southern part of England. This peculiar animal really looks abnormal because of its caterpillar-like structure with a face and color like that of a lobster.
10. Asian Sheepshead Wrasse
The Asian Sheepshead Wrasse obviously comes from the species of wrasse that is native of the western Pacific Ocean. This weird-looking animal is among the largest marine creatures that can also be found in the Korean Peninsula, China, Japan and even in the Ogasawara Islands. Mostly, they live in the rocky reef parts of the ocean. Despite its strange physique, the Asian Sheepshead Wrasse is considered to be a good-natured animal.
9. Tube-Nosed Fruit Bat
The devilish look of a tube-nosed fruit bat explains why it is among the list of the most terrifying animals that ever lived on Earth. It looks like a normal bat but if you look closely, it has this demonic face that will surely change your impression.
It can be found in the Philippines and other tropical and subtropical dry forests. It can also be found in Australia, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, and the Solomon Islands.
8. Cthulhu Larva
You’re probably having a hard time believing that such a bizarre-looking animal really exists. This is a baby sea cucumber. You can only imagine how terrifying this animal will look when it becomes a full-fledged adult. Since this larva is a baby sea cucumber, it can be found in almost all types of oceans. It is also known as the sea-pig.
7. Naked Mole Rat
It is naked! Yes, this naked mole rat gives off malicious vibes and its physique is terrifying too. It’s two very long front teeth alone can scare anyone. It is also known as the sand puppy or the desert mole rat and is very abundant in parts of East Africa. It usually spends its entire life under the ground.
6. Satanic Leaf-Tailed Gecko
Well, there’s no need for more words because the name of this animal says it all. This gecko is only found in Madagascar and can totally camouflage itself among the brown-colored leaves and shrubs, especially since its tail is shaped like a leaf. Its camouflage is its main weapon while hunting food at nighttime and for saving itself from predators during the day.
5. Frilled Shark
A frilled shark is more dangerous than a great white shark or any other sharks in the ocean. This type of shark can be found in the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans.
Displaying its dark-brown, eel-like body with the dorsal, pelvic and anal fins situated far from each other, this shark is known to be a “living fossil”. It looks like a snake with a big head underwater.
4. Wolf Fish
The combination of a wolf and a fish is what its name suggests and that is absolutely terrifying. The sharp teeth of this fish are enough to effortlessly incapacitate its prey. It lives in the North Pacific and Atlantic Ocean. It is also known as the sea wolf or the devil fish because it eats smaller aquatic life.
3. Trogloraptor Spider
This small creature is indeed terrifying because it is big for a spider with its long legs and yellow claws. This spider comes from the caves of southern Oregon. It is commonly called the cave robber spider. Its long and sturdy legs and claws are used to snap its prey when hunting.
2. Star Nosed Mole
This creature does not look like any other mole because of its deformed and abnormal appearance due to its strange appendages and snout. It is found in the wet lower areas of Canada and northeastern United States and is considered to be one good swimmer. Its nose may look like a star but it certainly isn’t charming. It just looks and feels weird.
1. Honey Pot Ant
Never underestimate tiny creatures because this honey pot ant can enlarge to up to three times its original size. The swelling condition of their abdomens is known as plerergate wherein excess consumed food makes it swell. This serves as a nutrition dam for other ants since they can extract nutrition from the plerergate. They can be found in places like the Australian Outback.