Moray Eels are a family of eels that can be found in all the waters of the world. Researchers say that there are approximately 200 species of eels in 16 genera. Most of them are marine, but a few species can be found in brackish water (water with more salinity), while some can be seen in fresh water as well.
They are carnivorous creatures that feed mostly on smaller fish, crabs, and octopuses. They can be prey for groupers, barracudas and sea snakes.
But why are they considered dangerous? Well, most of them possess large teeth used to tear flesh or grasp slippery prey. Some species, such as the snowflake moray and the zebra moray, have molar like teeth suitable for crushing. That’s not all! They can secrete a mucus that contains a toxin that causes red blood cells to clump and eventually get destroyed. That being said, if they bite you, then you can be hospitalized for a while. If that doesn’t scare you, then their face definitely should.
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The tiger centipede, also known as Scolopendra polymorpha, the common desert centipede or Sonoran Desert centipede, can be found in the Southwestern United States and northern Mexico. Their natural habitat can be observed under rocks or inside rotting logs. Their bodies can reach up to 7 in (18 cm) in length.
But what if a tiger centipede bites you? According to animal experts, the centipede’s venom can cause pain and swelling in the area of the bite, plus other possible severe reactions throughout the body, such as redness, anaphylaxis, vomiting, nausea, headache and tissue necrosis. However, most of the time, their bites aren’t life-threatening to humans (especially adults), but they can be dangerous to children or people who are allergic.
Coyote Peterson (known for getting bitten by terrifying animals in the name of science) said about the tiger centipede that they are the worst pain givers in the world of insects. “This just absolutely eclipses all the insect stings I’ve taken.”
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