18 Nightmare Creatures That Are Too Scary To Exist, But Do If you're squeamish or scared of spiders, proceed with caution.
Japanese Mountain Leeches
A leech? Big whoop, right? WRONG. This guy isn't confined to bodies of water; instead, it hangs out in trees, flailing around to reach you, and then gnawing through your clothes to get to your skin.
Sprickets (aka Camel Crickets)
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What if there was a bug that ~looked~ like a spider, but ~jumped at you~ like a cricket? GUESS WHAT, THERE IS!
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which are found through Nicaragua to Paraguay, are known by two different names. There's "bullet ant," which refers to the searing, throbbing pain caused by its sting; or there's the local term ("ant 24"), which refers to the span of 24 hours in which you'll be in that searing, throbbing pain. Also cool is that it can be over an inch long. hormiga veinticuatro
Goliath Birdeater Spiders
Mexican Redknee Tarantula
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You know what's scarier than a tarantula, though? A tarantula that
will fling irritating bristles from its stomach and back legs at whatever or whoever disturbs it — which can then embed in the "attacker's" skin or EYES. Luckily, irritation in humans is usually minimal.
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There isn't anything the anglerfish
does that makes it particularly scary — although the filament attached to its head that glows and leads its prey directly into its mouth is pretty crazy — but the fact that it looks like a monster your brain couldn't think up on its cruelest day lands it here.
Just a harmless eel, slithering about in the lake, right? THAT'S WHAT YOU THINK! The lamprey is hiding a nightmare mouth of concentric teeth, which they use to latch onto — and then feed on — their prey. Bonus: Their gills make it seem like they have nine eyes!!!!!!
Butcher Birds (aka Shrikes)
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Butcher birds are sadistic little terrors, because they don't just kill their prey like normal predators:
They , on thorns, spikes, barbed-wire fences, or basically any sharp point. And it's not just bugs! They leave animals as big as lizards spiked on trees so that they can return to continue feasting later. NO THANKS. impale them
Red Wood Ants
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Rasberry Crazy Ant
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OK, it is technically more accurate to call them gliding snakes —
the snake will slither to the end of a branch, fling itself off, and then undulate its body so that it glides down to the ground — but still: SNAKES. THAT SOAR THROUGH THE AIR. PROBABLY RIGHT ONTO YOUR HEAD. BuzzFeed Daily
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