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11 Animals You Might Be Afraid Of But Are Harmless In Reality

You will be surprised to learn that most of these animals we fear are in reality afraid of humans. These animals only have scary faces but they cannot not harm. Some of these animals are listed below:

1. Giant African Millipede

Giant African millipedes are one of the largest millipedes in the world. It grows up to length of 15 inch and 4 inch in thickness, look like small snakes. In real world they are harmless herbivores, can’t bite and can’t sting. Millipedes coil it’s long body into a spiral shape when it faces the predators.

African millipedes have 250 legs, movement of these small legs seems very attractive. They live in moist soil, under rocks of rainforest in various part of Africa. When they die they become main food for other African millipedes, they known as nutrient recyclers because of this habit.

2. Goliath Bird Eater

It is the second largest spider species in the world, native to rainforest of South America. Their hairy body and legs makes a scary look for them, but not at all harmful for humans. When it faces any threat these spiders rub their abdomen using their legs, this causes an irritation to the skin.

In fact goliath birdeater have venom, but not lethal for human beings. As they don’t have teeth this species of spider inject it’s saliva into the body of prey, this will break down it’s tissues so that the spider can have it easily.

3. Milk Snake

Milk snakes are species of the king snake family mainly found within region of Southeastern Canada. The resemblance of this snake with venomous coral snake makes for a wrong assumption on many people that it is a harmful snake. This helps the milk snake to keep away many predators and this species of snake is completely harmless.
It is quite hard to recognize the variation in color pattern of coral and milk snakes. The the red color next to black are milk snakes and red next to yellow are coral snakes. They feed on insects, earthworms and slugs.

4. Manta Ray

It is the largest species of rays in the ocean, found within sub tropical and tropical waters. Thy grow up to a size of 25 feet, have large forward facing mouth and fins. Manta rays are completely harmless even though they are large in size, despite the fact that they have been nicknamed as devil fish because of their stern devilish looks and how they hunt, they are actually not harmful to humans.
Actually divers swim along with them in tropical waters. They travel over deep sea alone or in group, sometimes they associate with other species of fish. Small fishes are the main food of manta rays.

5. Vultures

The frightening appearance, eating dead bodies, terrifying wingspan make vultures a scary looking bird. But in real world it is a harmless one, it won’t attack a living body but likes to have dead bodies. Vultures have sharp beaks and claws, but they use these tools only to cut down the dead animal bodies.
They are the highest flyers among the various species of birds even higher than eagles, sometimes they fly at 37000 feet height, remember the height of everest is 29029 feet. They also travel long distances in search of food. Vultures also have strong stomachs, and can diet 90% of bones within their food.

6. Aye-aye

Aye-aye’s are among the world’s largest nocturnal primate found within Madagascar, by nocturnal I mean that they are mostly active at night. They have long bushy tail, round and big eyes, dark color and slender fingers overall have a devil like appearance, nevertheless aye-aye’s are gentle and harmless in nature.
The long middle finger is the main tool of an aye-aye, it uses it for easy movement across tree branches, also to pick larvaes and insects beneath bark of trees. But the natives of Madagascar believes that if they point it’s finger at you it is a death sentence. Because of this reason they kill this gentle animal on sight.

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7. Vampire Bats

Because of the name attached to it most humans dread this mammal. The only flying mammal in the world that feed on blood, rest in dark caves, have sharp teeth and scary looking face. Human attack by a vampire bat is very rare, they suck blood from cattles. At the same time they never suck enough blood that might cause the death of their host.
Vampire bats live in colonies that have members up to 1000. They usually roam in midnights and using their razor sharp teeth to suck blood from bodies of cows, goats and other birds. the saliva of this bats also prevent blood from clotting.

8. Gharials
Gharials are member of the gavialidae crocodile family, it looks exactly like crocodiles. But gharials have long narrow snouts, they are native to Indian subcontinent. Unlike other members

of crocodile family they never attack humans or other large animals. In fact their jaws can’t hold any large animal.
The elongated narrow snout of gharial holds 110 sharp teeths. But they never attack other large animals, they use this tool to catch fishes, frogs and insects.

9. Basking Shark

Basking sharks are the second largest fish in the world. They grow up to a length of 33 feet, this large size and wide open mouth make it to look so dangerous. Actually they are filter feeders and not at all aggressive, smaller fishes are their main food and they never attack humans even though they can and nothing will happen.
Their snout have a conical shape and slits that helps to open the mouth so wide. Basking sharks open their mouth while they travel in sea to let their body filter out water (i don’t see the logic in that tho), In that way basking sharks get enough food. They spend most of their time and feeding at the surface of the ocean, During winter season they migrate to deep ocean.

10. Ball pythons

These snakes are generally docile and easy to handle. They don’t get large enough to pose a threat of constriction. They rarely grow larger than 5 – 6 ft (152 – 182 cm). The average adult size is even smaller than that.

11. Children’s python

These snakes do not get their name because they are recommended for children. They are actually named after English zoologist John George Children. Adults grow to an average length of around 3 ft (1 m) and rarely exceed 5 ft (1.5 m). Due to their relatively small size (and the fact that they are non-venomous like all pythons), these snakes are not considered dangerous to humans at all.

These snakes do not get their name because they are recommended for children. They are actually named after English zoologist John George Children. Adults grow to an average length of around 3 ft (1 m) and rarely exceed 5 ft (1.5 m). Due to their relatively small size (and the fact that they are non-venomous like all pythons), these snakes are not considered dangerous to humans at all.

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