9 Horrifying Creatures That Are Real Life Vampires

These demons of the night are way more terrifying than vampires (or vampire bats) will ever be.

1. Dear Lampreys, this officially too many teeth.

MO: This horrific eel hooks onto a victim with their insane monster teeth while said prey is swimming and defenseless.

Likeliness to hunt humans: Only if starved.

2. Do not let Vampire Finches fool you with their cuteness.

 

MO: They pick open the healing wounds of other birds, mostly seagulls. And even crazier, their prey usually doesn’t fight back.

Likeliness to hunt humans: Unless you’re a bird on the Galapagos Islands, you’re safe.

3. The Candirú is the reason you should never pee in the Amazon.

MO: This parasitic catfish SWIMS INTO IT’S PREY’S GILLS AND DEVOURS THEM FROM THE INSIDE OUT.

Likeliness to hunt humans: Rare, BUT in 1997 a Candirú swam up a local man’s urine stream and into his urethra, where it tried to feed on blood and tissue before it died. Doctors surgically removed the 6 in dead Candirú and the man made a full recovery.

4. This is a Kissing Bug, named for it’s propensity to bite faces.

MO: THEY BITE YOUR FACE OFF IN YOUR SLEEP.

Likeliness to hunt humans: High, especially if you live in Arizona or Texas. Bonus! They spread Chagas disease and their bites have been know to cause allergic reactions including swollen-shut eyes, blistered skin, breathing difficulties and even seizures.

5. The Hood Mockingbird learned it’s best moves from the formidable Vampire Finch.

MO: These wound pecking scavengers are similar to Vampire Finches only more aggressive and unafraid of humans.

Likeliness to hunt humans: In all honesty they’re way more likely to be more interested in your water bottle than your blood.

6. Vampire Moths are real and coming to get you.

MO: Using what is basically a genetically evolved straw (called a proboscis) to snack on the blood of vertebrates.

Likeliness to hunt humans: They will 100% feed on you, and good news! They’re moving further and further north from their native habitats in Malaysia and Southern Europe, so they’ll be most likely coming to soon to a neighborhood near you.

7. Look into the demon eyes of this creature called an Oxpecker.

 

MO: Much like their fellow wound feasting bird friends, Oxpeckers prey on the backs of large mammals like cattle.

Likeliness to hunt humans: Humans are too small time for Oxpeckers.

8. Even this seemingly chill Cooper’s Nutmeg snail is out for blood.

MO: The Cooper’s Nutmeg hunts electric rays and makes small cuts to drink out of, but will also utilize gill slits to feed out of.

Likeliness to hunt humans: You’re good as long as you’re not an electric ray.

9. And finally the Madrilenial Butterfly. Which was literally birthed in hell.

 

MO: IT’S A BUTTERFLY THAT DRINKS BLOOD. FROM FRESH CORPSES.

Likeliness to hunt humans: Unlikely (if you’re alive) in real life. But definitely in the nightmares you’ll have tonight.

Check out more articles on BuzzFeed.com!

          
    Now Buzzing