5 Scariest Amazon Animals
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Brazilian wandering spiders, also called armed spiders or banana spiders, belong to the genus Phoneutria, which means “murderess” in Greek. And it’s no wonder why – it’s one of the most venomous and dangerous spiders on Earth.
They are known as the wandering spider because they do not build webs, but instead walk the jungle floor at night looking for prey. The spiders are nocturnal, and so find places to hide during the day. This is why they are so dangerous, because they hide in houses and cars, where they are easily disturbed by humans.
What’s scarrier than the largest snake in the world? That’s exactly what the anaconda is when both weight and length are considered. It can reach a length of 30 feet and weigh up to 550 pounds. Weirdly females are significantly larger than males.
Anacondas eat amphibious animals, like frogs & toads, as well as fish, caiman, birds, ducks and turtles. Anacondas are members of the boa constrictor family of snakes. That means that they kill their prey by coiling their large, powerful bodies around their victims and squeezing until their prey suffocates or is crushed to death and dies from internal bleeding. Then the snake unhinges its jaw and swallows the victim whole.
The red bellied piranha swims around the Amazon river basin in packs of about 20 to 30. They swim in groups mainly to provide protection and they can grow up to about 14 inches and live to be 20 years old.
Piranhas are illusive animals and that’s exactly why they made the list; because they are looked at as being really scary but in reality they are timid scavengers, most likely to feed on other fish, insects, invertebrates and even plants.
Nothing sounds scarries than a testicle eating fish right?! Pacus gained a reputation as testicle eating fish after Jeremy Wade featured them on a 2011 episode of his Animal Planet show “River Monsters”.
Wade said Amazonian locals told him two men died after they had their testicles bitten off by a fish. “I had heard of a couple of fishermen in Papua, New Guinea, who had been castrated by something in the water,” Wade said at the time. “The bleeding was so severe that they died. The locals told me that this thing was like a human in the water, biting at the testicles of fishermen. They didn’t know what it was.”
They look the part but they don’t actually attack humans. Vampire fish prey primarily on smaller fish, especially piranhas, which they impale with their long, sharp fangs. Like every other animals it has got a lot more reason to fear us than vice versa. The Payara is a popular fish on markets across Brazil. For us though it looks to scary to go near it even when dead!