10+ Creepy Crawly Animals That Just Might Give You Nightmares

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It goes without saying that here at The Rainforest Site we love animals. Of course, like everyone else, we love majestic big cats, thoughtful elephants, and powerful (yet adorable) bears! We think sharks are just as exciting as the next person, and don’t get us started on whales.

But those animals get all the attention.

We love the animals that live on the periphery, as well. The ones that aren’t quite as glamorous as lions, and tigers, and bears, but are just as cool (and essential to the ecosystems in which they live). To that end, we want to take a moment to honor the ones that are creepy, crawly, and just a little weird. Enjoy!

12. The Bobbit Worm, AKA: The Sand Striker

The Bobbit worm may look small upon first glance, but don’t let what’s above the surface of the ocean floor fool you. They can grow to be up to 10 feet long! These sly predators dig themselves into the ocean floor, leaving only a few inches of their bodies exposed above ground for hunting.

Photo Credit: Flickr/Ken Traub

Photo Credit: Flickr/Ken Traub

Using five-hooked antennae, the bobbit worm senses its prey, and when the time is right, it strikes. Using a part of its mouth called the pharynx, the worm chomps down on its victim—its speed and strength powerful enough to split a fish in half!

“Next” for a fish with nasty table manners and a giant carnivorous snail!

L.D. and her eleven-year-old lab, Eleanor Rigby Fitzgerald, moved from Seattle to Grand Rapids earlier this year, and are currently enjoying exploring their new city! She likes books, music, movies, running, and being outdoors as much as possible.
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