Aye-ayes can be found only on the island of Madagascar. Many people consider them an omen of bad luck or even death. ©Rod Waddington, flickr

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.


Fear of spiders is common, and an estimated 6% of the general population suffers from full-blown arachnophobia. The leading explanation is that our ancestors evolved to fear spiders, and this has been passed on to us.

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.