Video: The World’s Scariest Creatures

Candice Gaukel Andrews October 30, 2013 15

Snakes, spiders or scorpions—even though you’re a nature enthusiast, chances are that there’s at least one creature found within the world’s diverse animal kingdom that gives you the creeps.

Watch the video below and learn what Earth Unplugged thinks are some of the world’s scariest beings. No ghosts, ghouls or gremlins here; these are all real-world species.

Just a warning for those of you with entomophobia: there are a number of insects represented.

After you watch the video, tell me: what critter scares you the most?

Have a happy, spooky Halloween,


Not all insects are this scary! To see some beautiful members of the Arthropoda phylum, check out our butterfly migration trip. For an opportunity to spot an aye-aye, visit our Madagascar tour page.



  1. Melania Padilla November 7, 2013 at 1:12 pm - Reply

    Agree Trevor, all of them are interesting and/or beautiful

  2. Trevor LaClair November 7, 2013 at 11:34 am - Reply

    I find this video funny, mainly by the way it is presented. Overall, none of those animals are on my scare list.

  3. Terry Willers November 3, 2013 at 1:56 am - Reply

    Great stuff keep up the good work and if you are ever down our way do pop in!

  4. Jude November 2, 2013 at 3:53 pm - Reply

    The cordeceps fungus (sp?) Wow! Learned something new Ain’t nature awesome!

  5. Eve Le-Fay November 2, 2013 at 12:14 pm - Reply

    Great video and love the aye aye, one of my favourite animals… as for the most scariest creature… mankind gets my vote..

  6. Nicole Wexler November 2, 2013 at 4:31 am - Reply

    Not sure I’ll sleep tonight 🙂 The killer fungus and the fly larvae probably scare me the most…

  7. Anita Bongers November 1, 2013 at 1:03 pm - Reply

    super!!! 🙂

  8. Tom Trott November 1, 2013 at 8:39 am - Reply

    Out of the those shown, the fungus makes the top of my list. What a thing to be possessed by! Poor insects have no defense. This is a great video! I will be showing it to my students. So many of these are intricate animal associations that go unnoticed by most. Nice work, Candice!

  9. Mahboob Kawsar November 1, 2013 at 7:52 am - Reply

    Hi Candice, Nice video and great presentation! There is so much to know and learn from nature and wildlife, look forward to see more about nature!

  10. Chris du Plessis November 1, 2013 at 6:17 am - Reply

    I do not find these animals” scary at all. The most scary animals are among Homo sapiens. Think about Cambodia, names like Adolph Hitler, Idi Amin and scores of others. Now, that is scary!

  11. Art Hardy November 1, 2013 at 6:00 am - Reply

    I’ve always been averse to ticks, especially deer ticks. Not all that crazy about being in water with sharks, either.

  12. Carlyn Kline November 1, 2013 at 1:10 am - Reply

    My vote is for any of the parasitic worms that can take up residence in a human or other animal. Not only are such invaders as the tapeworm, hookworm, filarial worm, and other roundworms repulsive to look at, but they create very nasty problems.

  13. Christine Leduc October 31, 2013 at 12:09 pm - Reply

    those rainforest ants are scary enough without the fungus! good video for today!!!

  14. NineQuietLessons October 31, 2013 at 9:16 am - Reply

    I’ve always hated Isopods, particularly the Giant Isopod.

  15. Roger Harris October 31, 2013 at 8:19 am - Reply

    Happy Halloween!

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