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Ten Scariest Animals And Plants: Dawson's Bee, Angler Fish, Vampire Squid And More Of The Most Frightening Species (PHOTOS)

First Posted: 10/29/10 04:39 PM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 07:10 PM ET

From BBC Earth's Arj Singh:

Monsters, ghosts and ghouls will all be upon us come the witching hour on Halloween.

But sometimes spooky, scary and gruesome beasts can be found more readily in nature.

We've pulled together a collection of some of the most spine-tingling flora and fauna for your macabre 'enjoyment.'

If you find all this a bit too much you can find plenty of other exclusive nature stories, images and photos on our Facebook page or the Life Is website.

Thorny Devil
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It was Shakespeare who said that the devil has the power to assume a pleasing shape, presumably to tempt humankind. But if the devil does exist, he might look something a little like this. Covered in spikes, the Thorny Devil even has a “false head” on the back of its neck, which it shows to predators by dipping its neck. The intimidating spikes protect against predators but also collect drinking water from any part of the body. And if the devil can hide itself, as Shakespeare said, the Thorny Devil is similar. Its skin changes from pale colours when warm to darker colours when cold.
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