There are millions of different animal species in the world and many of them are cute and beautiful, but the dark corners of the animal kingdom have creatures that can send chills down your spine just when you look at them. Found deep in oceans, high in rainforest canopies or underground in soil, we are talking about the scariest looking animals you have ever seen. From the basking shark and the wolf eel to the whip scorpion and the Andean condor, today’s post will show you some of the most terrifying and creepy animals that exist. Nevertheless, despite being some of the scariest animals to ever exist, most of the creatures featured in this post are completely harmless to humans. Here are 25 Creepiest Animals You Won’t Believe Actually Exist.
The Camel Spider is a large arachnid (not a true spider though) recognizable by its unusual, ferocious-looking appearance. Native to Middle Eastern deserts, these creatures have been the stuff of many legends. They have been known to run after humans, kill camels, and jump up to 1 m (3 ft) high; luckily, none of these myths is actually true.
Apart from its scary appearance, the Northern Stargazer is famous for another oddity. It has a special organ just behind its eyes that produces an electric shock which it uses defensively. This stout fish has completely adapted to spending most of its life buried in sand, waiting to ambush its prey and gulp it down whole.
Native to tropical forests in Central and South America, the Wrinkled-Faced Bat is a middle-sized bat known for its scary face. Folds of naked skin surrounding its nose and mouth gives the bat a creepy wrinkled appearance. Yet, this nocturnal animal is completely harmless, feeding on fruits.
Local to Madagascar, the Aye-Aye is a rare animal that may not look like a primate at first glance, but it is actually related to chimpanzees, apes, and humans. The Aye-Aye has pointed claws on all its fingers and toes except for its opposable big toes, which enables it to dangle from branches and find grubs in tree bark.
Not to be confused with the Chimera of Greek mythology, the Chimaera (also known as the ghost shark) is a bizarre marine animal that once used to reside throughout the world’s oceans. Today, however, they mostly stick to deep waters. One specimen was recently captured by a remotely operated vehicle as far as 2,042 m (6,700 ft) below the ocean surface.