"Seriously, fuck this thing."
The Bobbit Worm is known for being up to 10 feet long and it's horrible, painful bites are known to cause permanent nerve damage. This is less of a problem for its prey though, as they are dragged underground to be eaten alive.
Dumping nightmare fuel
agreed, bobbit worms are also iridescent incase you didn't think they were gorgeous
I can respect murderous ocean worms and angry plants, but parasites can get fucked.
bad taste anon
That's not true. Male bobbit worms don't have external genitals. A five second google search to fact check that would have told you so.
>One unusual symptom associated with the syndrome is a feeling of "impending doom".
why would anyone ever enter any large body of water? there's nothing but whale semen and urethra-amoebas and ancient eldritch jelly-horrors from 100 million years ago that kill adult humans fucking instantly
It's funny how its first reaction isn't to run but to try and kill you.
Like, it's not even bite to try and deter you and then make a run for it; it's just going to cling on and commit to kill or be killed despite the odds.
The guinea worm
This is a parasitic worm that almost exclusively infects apes and humans in Africa. Thankfully due to foreign aid education programs and modern medicine, less and less reported cases of infection occur each year, with only 25 cases in 3 different countries in 2016.
Rarely do we actually try to exterminate an entire species deliberately, but in this case we may be getting very close and for what it's worth it's probably a good thing.
Most overrated "scary" animal ever.
10 feet long but at most 2 inches thick. Better watch out, it might almost hurt when it snaps at your toes.
>horrible, painful bites are known to cause permanent nerve damage
Bullshit, they are not venomous.
>From a plant
>Stinging can last for three days
Oh that's not so bad
>To two years
I have not found a single source saying they are venomous. There is NOTHING on scholar, not a single reference. The wikipedia article states it like a fact, but when you follow the source you get to wired.com (hahaha) and there a single researcher says it MIGHT inject a toxin, for which there is absolutely no evidence or other study to back it up.
>Distribution and habitat
>It is found in Australia and New Guinea. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests and subtropical or tropical moist montane forests.
>Behaviour and ecology
>During a study of the toxicity of the genus Pitohui, two specimens of this species were tested. One of these specimens contained traces of batrachotoxins (BTXs) similar to those found in the secretions of Central and South American poison dart frogs.
What do you think about our birds phäm?
>The fruit is edible if the stinging hairs that cover it are removed.
>For two or three days the pain was almost unbearable; I couldn’t work or sleep, then it was pretty bad pain for another fortnight or so.
Your hankering for some fucking berries would have to be MORE INTENSE THAN THE SUN
how hasn't this been posted yet?
for those who don't know, it's some guy who has a bobbit worm in his fishtank that seems to be impossible to kill/catch, even though he rips it in half and feeds it glue, glasshards and poison. it is quite long but definitely worth the read.
One of these is the largest insect I ever caught, and it was flying.
I'd say by far: jigger flea
at least ticks stay on top of your skin. Jiggers burrow into your flesh. Unlike botflies and mangoworms, they don't come out. These fleas swell to the size of a pea with eggs and squirt them out to spread their numbers, then they die and decompose inside your flesh, causing septic infection and necrosis with godawful stench. They also hurt like a motherfucker.
No pharmaceutical or chemical strategy to date has worked. The only way is to cut each jigger out of the flesh with a knife, one by one. This leaves a network of massive holes which are nightmares for trypophobes
nope everything wants you dead
one of the most savage killers of the outback
I've had a dog with multiple jitters inside its paws. Found him in the streets this way.
I was able to cure him using a single Capstar pill. The jitters all died and dried up, even the eggs.
fuck me i squished a big in my kitchen the other day and one of those things came out
it was a big black motherfucker, it was so fucking gross
>When ingested, the fruit is reportedly "pleasantly sweet" at first, with a subsequent "strange peppery feeling ..., gradually progress[ing] to a burning, tearing sensation and tightness of the throat".
Yeah, no. Centipedeposter go away, that centipede is not exhibiting normal centipede behaviour and is nowhere near the typical reaction from a pede, wild or captive. Nice cherry-pick though.
I saw one of these near lake tahoe in some little pond that I was walking around in. Fastest I've ever ran out of a body of water. The one I saw was green and translucent though...and looked like it had 2 red undulating spines. Most fucked up thing I've seen irl
Fucking casual. Parasites are the most successful and interesting group of organisms on the planet. You're just mad cause you have to waste energy getting your own food and shelter
They are, surprisingly, not painful, or cause other symptoms by themselves, so people just ignore them up to a point.
They only get problematic when you get dirt, bacteria and such into all of the open wounds, which of course happens a lot in third world countries with shitty hygiene practices.
I'm surprised noone has posted this yet. One of my favorites. I give you: The Sandbox Tree.
Mouth watering is commonly preparation for 2 things: food or vomiting. If you were normal I'd say it was because you were disgusted to the point of being slightly sick to the stomach but since you're Satan, it was probably appetizing for you.
Anyone listed the Manchineel yet? A tree so toxic that rain falling on its leaves will severely burn you.
the tree that killed Ponce de Leon
Fungi in general creep me the fuck out. They're the largest organisms for starters, dwarfing even the tallest trees. They're underground so you can't even see them being fucking everywhere and massive. They do a major amount of decomposing, turning organic matter into inorganic matter, like some sort of Death ferrying souls into the afterlife. They live inside the organic matter they're decomposing, it doesn't even have to be dead organic matter. They specialize in whatever they're digesting, meaning it's not too unrealistic for them to specialize in digesting humans. They dig through the organic matter with long thin tiny mycellium spewing enzymes to dissolve and then absorb their food. Their chitin composure is more resillient to medication compared to many other parasites to top it all off. I've literally had nightmares of fungi forcing their way through my innards dissolving me alive slowly and painfully and then emerging from my skin. I know fungi are incredibly useful for life in general especially on land but fuck me do they have the potential to be nightmare fuel.
>Painful stinging sensation that can last days or years
How does this make you feel? Is that just a normal cough you have? Or Aspergillus mold creeping a little further inside your lung?
>All parts of the tree contain strong toxins, some unidentified. Its milky white sap contains phorbol and other skin irritants, producing strong allergic dermatitis. Standing beneath the tree during rain will cause blistering of the skin from mere contact with this liquid (even a small drop of rain with the milky substance in it will cause the skin to blister).
In the past, natives would tie their PoW to the trunk of machineel trees and leave them to die a gruesome dead. Fuckers.
I hate you all and my life is genuinely worse for reading this thread.
>Approximately one year after infection, the female causes the formation of a blister on the skin's surface, generally on the lower extremities, though occasionally on the hand or scrotum. When the blister ruptures, the female slowly emerges over the course of several days or weeks. This causes extreme pain and irritation to the host.
I remember seeing this one episode of "the monster inside me" where a little boy got infect by a raccoon worm that started eating his brain and forever damaged his mental capability.
These guys are friend-tier despite looking freaky. Tailless Whip Scorpions almost never attack humans and don't have any notable venom against us.
Centipedes, namely large scolopendra species, are the most terrifying creatures. They can kill reptiles, mammals, tarantulas, scorpions, and can give a hideous bite. Scolopendra Gigantea can get up to a foot long and frequently kill snakes. Their face is composed of modified claws that deliver a venomous bite.
You didn't mention the best part about S. gigantea. They hang upside down from cave ceilings to catch and eat bats.
Same, nature is both beautiful and terrifying
Aye but no recordings of the projectiles ... mfw
centipedes are cool as fuck they look like transformers or someshit
Good old Helgrammites. Bite is fairly painful and they are all over the rivers here in Ohio.
Dear Members of this thread
I live in Canada. My whole life the most dangerous thing I have met is a jaguar in the woods. Beware, some crazy person has let loose his jaguar in the Canadian wilderness.
Please pass this on as Canada has really lax lawson exotic animals, I fear I May not survive another encounter.
Actually, jaguars are native to all of the Americas. Same way mountain lions are. They simply disappeared in North America due to loss of natural habitat and heavy hunting/poaching. But now they are making a comeback.
There was even a documentary I watched on TV the other night about jaguars living in the lower states.
So it isn't that surprising that the rare individual might have wound up all the way in Canada.
They pretty much go all the way down to the stomach
The biggest. Cicadas terrify me to no end. I'd rather sprint through Pelican Bay ass first than deal with those cunts.
Here's a succ worm. Dunno what it actually is, but it's pretty nopey
>be happy that the lizard is probably dead so it doesn't suffer
>the lizard's leg moves
>I just think the centipede is moving it by accident
>the leg moves more and I realize the thing is still alive
nature is scary as hell
>tfw you realize somebody wanted to make a vid of their centipede eating so they set that gecko up to be eaten alive
>tfw you realize that person just watched it happen without caring
What if humans are the scariest animal?
I woke up with this thing in my glass of water. Anyone know what the hell these little shits are?
for what it's worth, I was chomped on by a smallish bobbit worm hiding in our high school biology saltwater tank. It pinched and broke skin, but i felt no evidence of being envenomed (no itching/burning/stinging/numbness).
That thing was a bitch and a half to get rid of though
why are people afraid of spiders and centipedes? I get they have many legs, but they aren't pests like roaches and they eat unwanted guests. Also, they don't fly so you won't have any on your skin
There is nothing scarier than nature.
Perfect organism. Its structural perfection is matched only by its hostility. Unclouded by conscience, remorse, or delusions of morality.
>what if smaller animals actually feel greater pain and fear than we do?
then the universe is a hell evolved solely for the torture and horror of animals.
really I can't imagine anything more pointless and terrifying.
/an/ is spookier because it doesn't have to ask you to play pretend first before showing you creepy stuff.
>the form I've been promised is more beautiful than even that
>they tell me I will float through the air and strike at the foes of our biomass with my mind...
>with our mind...
>my cup runneth over
>Dermatobia fly eggs have been shown to be vectored by over 40 species of mosquitoes and muscoid flies, as well as one species of tick; the female captures the mosquito and attaches its eggs to its body, then releases it. Either the eggs hatch while the mosquito is feeding and the larvae use the mosquito bite area as the entry point, or the eggs simply drop off the muscoid fly when it lands on the skin. The larvae develop inside the subcutaneous layers, and after approximately eight weeks, they drop out to pupate for at least a week, typically in the soil.
>Oral use of ivermectin, an antiparasitic avermectin medicine, has proved to be an effective and noninvasive treatment that leads to the spontaneous emigration of the larva. This is especially important for cases where the larva is located at inaccessible places like inside the inner canthus of the eye.
>inside the inner canthus of the eye
I would've posted more Regura if I could be bothered censoring it.
Common in North America.
After you touch Wild Parsnip and are then exposed to sunlight you can get extreme burns and blisters.
>The quantity of venom one Irukandji jellyfish carries is enough to kill 60 people.
IF GOD IS REAL WHY WOULD HE CREATE SOMETHING SO HORRIBLE
>When ingested, the fruit is reportedly "pleasantly sweet" at first, with a subsequent "strange peppery feeling ..., gradually progress[ing] to a burning, tearing sensation and tightness of the throat". Symptoms continue to worsen until the patient can "barely swallow solid food because of the excruciating pain and the feeling of a huge obstructing pharyngeal lump".
This whole tree sounds like a fucking SAW trap jesus christ
>it's the perfect organism
>needs a large enough host to come close enough to it's egg and they stand like a retard as the facehugger crawls out and leaps at you
>needs time to implant chestburster embryo
>followed by gestation period in host
>followed by multiple molts to reach adulthood
>can't even reproduce
Ridley is such a hacl
Dude, it's okay.
I understand irrational fears. They suck. They're irrational.
If it helps any, cicadas don't even have mouths. They can do literally nothing to you except make that horrible noise.
Nothing. He's a faggot and think they look icky, therefore he's terrified of them.
>>cicadas don't have mouths
>How do they eat then?
They don't. They survive off of whatever fat/energy reserves they built up as grubs living under ground. As adults they have one purpose, and one purpose only : find a cicada of the opposite sex and make babies. After that, they die. Sort of like mayflies; only cicadas get more time to do the deed.
giant hogweed is in the same family. might be worse though, it has killed people before.
Invasive here because people thought it would look cute in gardens