10 Animals That Are Ready To Send Chills Up Your Spine This Halloween
With all those hairy legs, sticky webs, and poisonous bites, it’s no wonder people tend to get the creeps just thinking about spiders. From the microscopic mites to the puppy-sized bird-eaters lumbering around in exotic jungles, 43,000 types of spiders live on Earth. However, only a small number of them are actually dangerous, though you may find some in basements and under houses. The deadliest species include the brown recluse, the wolf spider, and the black widow.
6. Pumpkin Bug
Old MacDonald’s nightmare creeps in looking all cute and festive in the form of these spotted little pumpkin bugs. In reality, they are wrecking crews that seek out orchards and gardens, eating crop seeds before the plants get a chance to fully grow. These guys have a nasty little surprise for anyone who disturbs them: they emit a vile-smelling liquid. Yes, these otherwise cool-looking orange-and-black beetles are also known as stink bugs.
5. Bearded Ghoul
You definitely don’t want to play “I Spy With My Little Eye” with the bearded ghoul. Also known as the demon stinger, this venomous creature blends in a little too well with the reefs where it lives, and it even burrows into the seabed. If you swim or snorkel in the oceans near Australia, China, or the Philippines, watch closely for these highly-camouflaged critters. They have a potent venom, and its sting can prove fatal.
4. Ghost Shark
The ghost shark — which is also referred to as the spookfish — is found off the coasts of New Zealand and southern Australia. If you’ve eaten fish and chips, chances are you’ve eaten ghost shark, as its many names include whitefish and silver trumpeter. It does have an odd appearance, as it is dead-eyed and has a bulky head with an elongated snout.
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