Nature can be a beautiful thing to observe. The majesty of seeing a caterpillar emerge from its cocoon as a graceful butterfly, for instance. These facts we recently uncovered, however, are pretty much the opposite of beautiful.
Each of these animals found in the wild are hiding disgusting, terrifying, or down right spooky secrets.
horned lizards defend themselves by squirting blood from their eyes. Uh, neat?
Great white sharks have great senses of smell: they can smell blood up to 3 miles away.
iStock 4.) Talking about deadly animals, hippos
kill more people in Africa than almost any other animal.
iStock 6.) Snow leopards can cover as much as 50 feet in
iStock 7.) Think NYC’s rat problem is big? Try Tehran, Iran, where rats can weigh as much as
iStock 8.) Koalas are cute, cuddly-looking, and most of them have
iStock 9.) Beavers need to chew on trees in order to file their teeth, which
never stop growing.
iStock 10.) This adorable little golden poison dart frog can kill 10 adults with its
iStock 11.) For every single human on earth there are
200 million insects.
iStock 12.) Snakes can fly. Well, sort of. Flying snakes can glide across the sky for up to
330 feet, and they can even change directions mid-flight!
iStock 13.) Warning: threaten a sea cucumber and you could get a face full of its internal organs, shot out from its anus. That’s a hell of a
iStock 14.) Vampire bats aren’t just fictional. They really do
live on blood. Yum!
YouTube 15.) Think you’re hungry like the wolf? Bet you can’t eat 20 lbs of meat
in one sitting.
17.) Tarantula poison liquefies internal organs; once their prey is basically soup inside,
they drink it.
iStock 18.) Indiana Jokes was right about snakes. This little guy has enough poison to
kill 20 people.
iStock 19.) Meerkat groups follow the orders of a main leader who chooses who mates, and when. Get pregnant without permission and
you could be punished.
iStock 20.) Look up! Crocodiles can