10 Scary Facts Behind the World’s Most Adorable Animals

10 Scary Facts Behind the World's Most Adorable Animals

They may look harmless, but these cute creatures have a dark side.

Ladybugs are cannibals

the side of wild red ladybug coccinellidae anatis ocellata coleoptera ladybird on a green grass.Serhii Hromov/Shutterstock

These brightly colored beetles aren't afraid to turn on each other when food is scarce. If it's a matter of survival, adult ladybugs will eat other freshly molted or newborn ladybugs. The beetles also have a wicked defense mechanism: When startled, ladybugs emit a foul-smelling fluid from their leg joints that helps scare away predators. These cute pictures of baby animals will make your day.

Starfish have ghoulish eating habits

Amazing colorful starfishes close up on the white sandy beach. Beautiful red starfish in crystal clear ocean water, travel concept on tropical starfish beach, Phu Quoc, Vietnam.Ale_Koziura/Shutterstock

It may come as little surprise that these unusual creatures have a few biological eccentricities—they see through tiny "eyespots" at the tip of each arm, for example. But their eating habits qualify as downright grotesque. To consume a mussel or clam, the five-pointed critter pries the shell open slightly, ejects its stomach from its mouth into the shell, digests the animal, then slides its stomach back into its own body. This video from the Vancouver Aquarium shows the bizarre eating technique.

Snails have razor-sharp teeth

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How terrifying can an animal really be if it moves at an average speed of 0.03 mph and leaves behind a trail of goo? One look into a snail's mouth will tell you: Gastropods, including snails and slugs, have thousands of tiny teeth located on a ribbon-like structure called a radula. Depending on the species, they use these teeth as a poison harpoon, to cut prey, or, in the case of the ghost slug, to seize and devour earthworms. Find out more facts about animals you have wrong.

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