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What is the most terrifying animal, extant or extinct?

Asked by tonedef (3915 points ) November 26th, 2008

What would you never want to see in a “Jurassic Park”? Any animals that you’ve had nightmares about? Let’s get spooky!

I will go with the obvious: Carcharodon Megalodon!!! A 50-foot long great white shark with jaws that could engulf a car? No, ma’am!

Number two would be Argentavis Magnificens, the largest bird ever to fly. Though believed to be long extinct, some experts believe that a few that survived to coexist with humans explain the Native American legends of thunderbirds. They had a wingspan of up to 26 feet.

If you need some inspiration, here’s a good place to start.

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Snoopy's avatar

The tufted tit mouse.

tonedef's avatar

@Snoopy, they can be quite the little scrappers! Certainly something to fear!

jasongarrett's avatar

It’s a shark riding on an elephant’s back, just trampling and eating everything they see.

Harp's avatar

I’d have to go with Homo Neocons

asmonet's avatar

Harp wins.

jessturtle23's avatar

Mountain lions or grizzly bears. At least you have a chance of surviving a shark.

El_Cadejo's avatar

Well these animals used to be bad ass…..until evolution had its way with them

tonedef's avatar

Uberbatman, this link is so hilarious. The photo captions are incredible!

The Rhea is known to frequently run into walls
As part of “playing possum,” opossums will frequently wear a fake cast on their leg to gain sympathy

And the video of the sloth crossing the street is so precious. Good find!

El_Cadejo's avatar

the goat video at the end is the best :P

scamp's avatar

Well, you know how they say a little knowledge can be dangerous? If that’s true, one would assume a lot of knowledge would be terrifying, so I vote for the jellyfish!

KatawaGrey's avatar

When I first saw Jurassic Park, I was still working on the whole correct speech thing I was 5 or 6 and I kept telling my mom I was afraid to go into the basement because of the rafters. My mom could not understand why i would be so afraid because we had a finished basement. It wasn’t until years later that she realized I had meant raptors and simply couldn’t say it.

Aside from that, dentists and doctors. I trained myself to sleep on my stomach because I was afraid they were going to come after me with their dastardly tools of destruction.

KatawaGrey's avatar

Oh, and spiders. Blech.

flameboi's avatar

mmm… the komodo dragon???

tonedef's avatar

@flameboi, that bite is truly terrifying. Could you imagine slowly dying from some mysterious superinfection in the middle of the woods, as the dragon slowly followed your scent trail, waiting for its opportunity?

KatawaGrey's avatar

@tonedef: new fear. Thanks…

judochop's avatar

Sasquatch and an old ex’s mother.

Snoopy's avatar

@tonedef….dying in the middle of the woods from a k. dragon bite…? Try dying in San Francisco. Just ask Sharon Stone’s ex hubbie about his private zoo tour. link

I would like to amend my answer and expand Knot’s. The mosquito and the housefly. See link

loser's avatar

A hungry Chihuahua

El_Cadejo's avatar

Speaking of jellys, what about the box jellyfish

cone snails are fun too :P
“One of the fish-eating species, the geography cone, Conus geographus, is also known colloquially as the “cigarette snail,” a humorous exaggeration implying that, when stung by this creature, the victim will have only enough time to smoke a cigarette before dying.”

shrubbery's avatar

Yeah I’m with Katawa, those velociraptors in Jurassic Park used to scare the bejeezus out of me.

I reckon the good old T-Rex is the most terrifying though.

And that shark thing you linked to in the question gave me shivers down my spine. Urgh.

Ooooh and coming across a Giant Squid would be pretty eery.

susanc's avatar

Hyena is bad too. It will eat you while you’re alive and trying to fight it. Just one chunk at a time.

boffin's avatar

Can’t go wrong with @tonedef ‘s Argentavis Magnificens…
Any relation to Condors and Vultures is a good thing….

steelmarket's avatar

What animal has led to the deaths of the most humans? The mosquito. As in malaria. The animal that I would be the most afraid to encounter? The Ebola virus.

flameboi's avatar

I heard the animal that causes more deaths (attack related) every year is the hippopotamus

flameboi's avatar

But yes, the komodo dragon idea is just terrifying

asmonet's avatar

@flameboi: You’re right, hippos are the most lethal, technically. They’re so cute though!

flameboi's avatar

@asmonet
Yes, my gf has a stuffed hippo, that thing is her #1, I’m the runner-up :s

El_Cadejo's avatar

Cute? OM NOM NOM!!!!

Krow1125's avatar

Magotts and taurantulas. Imagine a group of maggots crawling under your skin and eating you. And spiders just scare me in general.

tiffyandthewall's avatar

baboons.
the human species.

Jeruba's avatar

Man, without a doubt. There’s no close second.

Jeruba's avatar

@augustlan, cute, hell! Picture those little guys in extreme battle armor and brandishing a morningstar in one hand and a razor-sharp stiletto in the other, once they get their milk teeth, that is, and what you have there is the Tiny Terror of the Dark Continent. Don’t mess with Mouse Lemur.

Darth_Algar's avatar

My vote’s going with Gigantopithecus blacki.

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