Thursday, October 25, 2012

A Haunted Garden Halloween Hop - Deadly Creatures

Are you the kind of person who sees a spider on the wall and goes screaming from the room? Or are you a brave soul that grabs a tissue, squishes the spider and flushes it down the toilet. Or the bravest of us all, do you let the spider crawl onto your finger so you can take it outside and gently release it into the rose garden. I’m somewhere between screaming and leaving the room and grabbing a big shoe. It depends on the size and furriness of the spider.

I thought it would be fun to share a top ten deadliest creature list. So if you have an elephant in your back yard, you’ll want to call in the professionals.

10 - Poison Dart Frog – Kissing one of these won’t get you a prince. One frog has enough toxin to kill 10 people.

9 - Cape Buffalo – The two sharp horns should scare you enough, but these beasts run in herds.

8 - Polar Bear – Fluffy, white, cuddly and look so docile. But you’ll be safer with a stuffed animal.

7 – Elephant – When I think of Indiana Jones riding elephants through the jungle, I think adventure. But elephants kill more than 500 people a year.

6 - Australian Saltwater Crocodile – Drowned and dismembered, yeah I think that is enough motivation to stay away from an alligators neighborhood.

5 - African Lion – This magnificent animal is considered a near perfect hunter. I think there is a story to write about a lion shifter. Precision hunter, wild and savage. I know those are qualities we love in a hero.

4 - Great White Shark – With 3000 teeth and can smell blood in the water, you’d be better to take your chances with a vampire.

3 - Australian Box Jellyfish – This jellyfish has enough toxin to kill 60 humans.

2 - Asian Cobra – The Asian Cobra isn’t the most venomous, but of all snakebites each year, it is responsible for the most deaths.

And the deadliest creature…watch out! It’s the…

1 – Mosquito – The mosquito kills more than 2 million people a year.

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Beckey said...

Huge Spiders (but I am more scared of bees since I am allergic to them)


Jannine Gallant said...

Snakes creep me out. Not very original, but they give me the shivers.

JackieW said...

In checking the list I find that a mosquito is the only one that exists where I live. I'm not afraid of bugs or mice, or spiders but worms gross me out....I don't like snakes either.

LaVerne Clark said...

Spiders *shudder*
But a creature that freaks me out more than a spider is... a cicada! Ewwww - those insects KNOW I'm scared of them and fly at me every time. I blame my brothers who loved chasing me around the house with the creepy crawlies when we were children.

JanD said...

Snakes scare me. Roaches make me grab a shoe so I can squish it.
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Mackenzie Crowne said...

For a woman who screams and goes running at the sight of a spider, living in the land of tarantulas, black widows, rattlesnakes, and scorpions doesn't make a lot of sense, but alas, the southwest feeds my soul. Believe it or not, I came into contact with each of these this summer, as well as a poisonous Sonoran Desert Toad. The Arizona high desert isn't for wussies, but if I ever come upon a Gila monster, all bets are off. ;-)

JeanMP said...

I don't like snakes, I have no problem dealing with spiders.
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Ash Krafton | @ashkrafton said...

Cockroaches. I threw up a little but just writing it.

And wanna know where I saw the biggest, grossest roach of them all?

On the shower curtain of my resort room it Walt Disney World. Dreams might come true there but that bug was a bleeding nightmare.

Cheers, Ash

Kathryn Knight said...

I'm the girl who captures the spider to release it to it's natural environment! Once a praying mantis got into the gym where I work and while all the women went running and screaming as it flew around, I was charged with capture and release - I got it to safety but it crawled up my arm as I ran for the door! I do hate any kind of bug that bites people though - mosquitoes, ticks, etc. Instant death sentence for them, LOL.

heidigarrett said...

Snakes, cockroaches, and mosquitos...I don't like any of them!

Anonymous said...

I will squish a spider before a cricket. I hate crickets!!!

Barbara Edwards said...

Who Knew? Mosquitos. Thanks for sharing your list. I hate spiders and won't swim in the ocean since Jaws.

Debbie Peterson said...

There's just something about a huge, disgusting, skittering cock roach that will send me screaming down the street... and it doesn't matter if I'm still in my PJ's....

Adila Mammadova said...

Any bug can scary me. I'm not the brave type :(

Thanks for Hop Stop,
Adila (from Azerbaijan)

Hywela Lyn said...

I don't like killing anything -and I would never squish a spider. The only think that I think would really freak me out is a scorpion - and thankfully we don't have them here in the UK!

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