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
- 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
cockroach? 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
- 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
Article source: PETA Files