Once in a while, you just need a blog post about adorable animals. It’s good for the mind. That being said, it is more interesting to talk about animals that lure you in with cuteness but then turn crazy! This list of animals are like the animal kingdom version of Snapped. So without further ado, let’s look at these cute little psychos.
We’ll begin with the Blue-Ringed Octopus. These little cuties grow to just 5-7 inches. They are a grey/beige color while swimming but once agitated, they develop 50-60 blue rings that shine with color, warning whatever, or whoever, has disturbed them to back up! They float around sandy, shallow parts of water off the shores of Australia and the western Indo-Pacific. They seem cute, beautiful even if you see them floating around, but watch your step! These little guys will bite and their tiny mouth can inject enough poison to paralyze and kill a grown adult male in minutes. Worst part? No known antidote.
This next little guy hit my radar when a video went viral of a Slow loris eating a rice ball! His big eyes and slow movements make you want to squeeze him like your favorite teddy bear and never let him go! However, don’t let the extreme cuteness fool you! The Slow loris is one of the only poisonous mammals in the world. They have a poison gland on their elbows and they’ll lick the substance and mix it with their saliva which activates the poison. They will also rub the poison on their fur to ensure their safety.
Are you dying yet? There’s more! When you hear Pufferfish, you may think of the little guy in the tank on Finding Nemo. While the movie is accurate in the visual representation of the Pufferfush, it leaves out the darker side…These guys will bob along with their smiling fish faces until threatened. They then use their ability to suck in large amounts of water to blow up to several times their normal size. This coupled with their spiky outsides make them impossible for prey to eat. But, the icing on the cake is there is enough toxin in one Pufferfish to kill 30 adult humans, and there is no known antidote.
I hope this helped break up the monotony of your day! Here are some honorable mentions that may not be poisonous, but are still deadly:
This Moose They are very large and aggressive, particularly when guarding their young.
This Giant Anteater whose claws can disembowel a human in one swift motion.