Vampires are scary. That's a fact. Especially hangry ones. But there are many things out there just as scary as we are--for instance poisonous snakes. Over five million people a year are bitten by venomous snakes that result in approximately 100,000 deaths. I won't even get into the amputations. Body parts can discolor, bloat--you get the picture.
Snakes on the Scary List
Vipers are a nasty bunch. Many varieties are found in India, but the U.S. has snakes in the viper family including rattlesnakes, copperheads, and the cottomouth. A viper's highly toxic venom can result in kidney failure, followed by death. Speaking of which, death adders in Australia have earned their name. Let's not forget the King Cobra and its impressive fangs. A single bite can kill an elephant. The spitting cobra isn't as toxic--but just ewww. The Black Mamba is super fast, although not as fast as a vampire. You can read more about snakes at TreeHugger.com and TravelEarth.com.
Scary without Poison
There are sooo many scary bugs out there. Of course, the Black Widow spider is poisonous but doesn't look very scary. Any cockroach is scary and gross--especially the hissing cockroach and giant burrowing cockroach. Can you imagine a cockroach that's as heavy as a golf ball? Beetles can be pretty scary, too. The Goliath Beetle looks like it has a crab's claw for a face. It's the strongest creature on Earth for its size. Luckily these guys only reach about four inches long. However, the Titan Beetle can reach six inches long and snap pencils in half with its jaws. How would you like one of those in your house? To read more about these scary bugs go to CBC Kids.
Humans--Yeah You Make the List
Humans are an unpredictable bunch--that's what's scary. If you meet a Grizzly in the forest, you can be pretty sure he doesn't want to sit down for tea. Notice I didn't use a wolf. They get a horrible rap--fairy tales have done them wrong. Don't get me started. Wolves have the common sense to steer clear of humans. To find out more about wolves and check out the "wolf cam" visit nywolf.org. Okay, I'm off my soapbox--back to humans. Recently, I read an article where a guy was pulled over for grand theft auto and had body parts in the stolen car. Guess he didn't want to dirty his car. At least, he didn't have body parts in his luggage like another guy. Insert eye roll. Anyway, to get a good dose of weird and scary things, check out the iScary podcast. Find out about freaky friends and scary hookups. You have to hear it to believe it.
Now that I've given you a lot of things to read about and get scared over, there's one more to add: Reno Red: Coming Up Roses. Yes, book 2 is out! You can meet my boyfriends in this one and learn the big secrets the humans were hiding from me. Of course, I was hiding a couple from them, too. If you have any comments, I'd love to hear them. Just remember I'm super fast and have fangs.
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