Friday, April 4, 2008
Cute Little Creatures That Can Kill You in Minutes
(Artwork above by Jason Jacenko)
As if you don't have enough to worry about! Dark Roasted Blend has posted a list of some of the world's most dangerous (and easy to miss) creatures. These are the ones that you step on when you aren't paying attention--or end up under your bed sheets if you've made an enemy in the mob.
Take, for example, the venomous caterpillars of the lonomia genus (shown below). Native to South America, their exotic colors dazzle the eye and beckon young children to play with them. But the moment a human's skin brushes against the barbed hairs that cover the little beasts, a powerful poison is delivered into the bloodstream. It's said to kill dozens of people each year.
Check out the rest of the Dark Roasted Blend list here.
I was surprised to see that only one animal from Australia made the list. Aussies must contend with a wide range of deadly creatures, including the horrifying funnel-web spider and the lovely blue-ringed octopus. Heck, even the duck-billed platypus is poisonous, and you wouldn't want to mess around with any kangaroos, either! How DO you do it, guys?