The animal kingdom is loaded with predators and creepy crawlers that have nightmarish features, however, there are some terrifying-looking creatures that really do not merit the awful reputation they have been bestowed. A few of these animals have a very scary appearance based on their considerable size, while others have sharp, long fangs or teeth. However, all of the animals listed are generally harmless towards humans, well, as long as they are not caught by surprise.
Found on the island of Madagascar, the Aye-Aye is a creature that has the features of a gremlin. We don’t really know but maybe due to their features, these temperate, innocent animals are quite often hunted and killed due to a superstition of the local people, which suggests that the Aye-Ayes are heralds of death. These harmless creatures have numerous unusual qualities, such as a very bony, long, witch-like middle finger which are used by these docile, nocturnal hunters utilize to poke grubs and insects from the hollow trunks of trees.
If you happen to experience the Basking shark’s wide-open jaws coming towards you while you are diving in the wide-open ocean, this could make you believe that this was the last image you would ever witness, it would rival any nightmare you could imagine until you realized that is was just a Basking shark, however you would still need to know what a basking shark was. Nothing like most of the other carnivorous shark species, the basking shark is a filter feeder. This means that they have a preference for zooplankton and basically would not be able to take a taste of humans, even if they wanted to. Currently, on the endangered list the basking shark should be admired for its beauty if you happen to encounter one out in the ocean before it is too late.
With a diet of main blood, also with a very ghastly looking face, plus the fact that they live in dark hollow trees or caves and only venture out at night, and with a name like a vampire bat, it is no surprise that this seems like something straight out of a horror movie. However, rather than humans, the bat prefers the blood from goats, cattle, and at times some birds. A myth that exists is that they suck the blood of their ‘prey’ however, the Vampire bat actually uses its sharp teeth to make a very painless, tiny incision in the skin of their victim, then lick at the blood. Even though bites on humans are very rare, the bat still carries diseases and infections, such as rabies.
Normally demonized due to the fact they have a very threatening wingspan, extremely scary appearance, and the fact that they only arrive at the very inapt time of the presence of dead remains that are lying around, vultures are incredibly a frightening bird. However, these massive birds are entirely harmless, well once you are still vertical and breathing. These scavengers in the skies possess razor-like talons and sharp beaks, however, these tools are not used to kill prey. At points in time when their food source is quite depleted, vultures are on occasion known to prey on weak or sickly animals, however, this is very, very rare and they mainly feed on cadavers.
The goliath bird eater is a huge, hairy spider that is a tarantula that is native to South America, specifically the rain forest. This is one of the largest spider species found on the planet, the name for this spider came from a 1705 copper-engraved design that displayed a spider of similar appearance consuming a hummingbird. In spite of the goliath bird eater’s structure, the length of its fangs, and just its reputation, this gigantic spider favors lizards, snakes, and insects and would probably only attack a human if it was provoked.
The gharial has the appearance of a crocodile in almost every aspect, except for one significant feature, namely, a long, narrow snout. Due to the similar features of its crocodilian cousins, the gharial is quite often considered a man-eater and is therefore killed on site, currently, they are on the critically endangered list. However, the reality is that the jaws of the gharial are very fragile and thin and unable of consuming a large animal. They are much better adapted for hunting frogs, small fish, and insects, this animal prefers to dodge humans entirely.
Even though they are often referred to as wind scorpions or camel spiders, these giant arachnids ironically are not scorpions or are they spiders, but instead, they dwell in their very own distinct order, called Solifugae, growing to be as much as six inches in length and with a top speed of ten miles per hour. It can be noted here that these giant arachnids do not possess poison and on the contrary to local legend, they will not attack humans.
Famous for its biomimicry, which means that it mimics nature for its benefit, the innocent snake closely resembles the very deadly and venomous coral snake. The chief difference between the two species of snake is that the milk snake is entirely harmless to humans, however before trying to pick up a colorful striped serpent, try to recall this very handy memory aid. Red next to black is a friend of Jack, red next to yellow will kill a fellow.
Giant African Millipede
This is one of the largest millipedes on the planet. It can grow as long as twelve inches and almost four inches wide, being transported by three to four hundred legs. This giant of the species can survive for as long as seven years, and in spite of what you might think and the way they look, this gigantic millipede is completely harmless, as it predominantly feeds on decaying and dead plants and trees.