As a special Halloween
treat, we’ve cooked up a factoid scarefest about some of the world’s creepiest—and
not so creepy—animals:

  • The black mamba may be the
    world’s biggest, fastest, and deadliest snake, with venom that kills humans often
    in less time than it takes to watch It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown,
    but they are actually shy animals who prefer to use their speed to escape
    predators rather than attack. Many Africans even consider them to be guardians of
    the forest.
  • There’s nothing that
    makes me jump like seeing a tarantula on a path in
    the Los Angeles hills, but tarantulas’ appearance is far worse than their bite—for
    humans, that is. Tarantulas—who can live to be 30 years old in the wild—feast
    mainly on insects, and some species use a filament of silk as a trip wire to
    let them know when a meal is approaching.
  • It’s a myth that
    touching a toad‘s
    skin can give you warts, but toad skin is
    unusual. The skin doesn’t grow, so every now and then, toads pull it off and
    eat it, revealing a brand-new skin.
  • What’s scarier than a zombie?
    How about a zombie
    ? One wasp species injects cockroaches with venom that makes them
    unable to move on their own, allowing the wasp to steer the cockroach to her
    burrow, where she lays her eggs on the cockroach. The wasp larvae then eat the
    cockroach alive.
  • And while we know that flesh is for zombies,
    there’s nothing that black
    mate for life
    —enjoy more than a romantic meal for two over a nice carcass.
    Black vultures will attack any third wheel who gets too cozy with a vulture’s partner.

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I might open the door to
my burrow in a tarantula costume when this year’s trick-or-treaters knock, but check
out some other last-minute costume


by Heather Faraid Drennan

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Article source: PETA Files

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