Some animals are so cute your first gut reaction is to run up and hug them. Other animals can be so scary it only takes one glance, and you’ll easily know you need to run away in sheer horror (even if they aren’t that dangerous to humans). The scariest animals don’t all have the same attributes either. Certain beasts might look huggable, but we all know they’d rip us to shreds at the first chance. And then there are the monsters, lurking under every shadow, watching and waiting for us to make the wrong move. Ready or not, here are the 25 Scariest Animals You Should Run Away From!
What’s unique about the Amblypygi, or Tailless Whip Scorpion, is that it’s really not dangerous to humans, but it’s so scary looking that running away is really the only option.
The Goliath Birdeater is the largest spider in the world. It can grow up to 1 foot (30 cm). That alone should have you running for the hills. But, they’re also poisonous and can release tiny hairs that’ll leave you scratching and itchy for days. Plus, it has fangs that could pierce a moose hide.
Most people don’t hang around when they see a swarm of bees in the area, but the African Honeybee is a whole other breed of terrifying. They’re invasive and much more likely to attack, especially in large numbers. If they think you’re a threat, they’re coming after you.
Giant African Land Snail
We know what you’re thinking, “What, a snail?” While technically you could probably just walk away from this giant beast of the east, the Giant African Land Snail is no laughing matter. They’re not poisonous, but they can transmit a parasite that’ll cause meningitis in humans. It’s best to slowly back away.
Thankfully, land dwellers like us don’t have to worry too often about the Goliath Tigerfish. However, if you, for some crazy reason, have your legs knee deep in the Congo river basin, you might want to run like the wind if you see it swimming toward you. They’re fast, have razor sharp teeth, and have even been known to eat small crocodiles.