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Watch From tiny assassin bugs, to the biggest crocodiles in the Nile, these are the 15 SCARIEST Ambush Predators !
Stargazer -- This family of fish have such a nightmarish appearance, you’d think they could simply scare their prey to death! But these creatures have top-mounted eyes that allow them to search for prey as they stay buried in the sand. When an appropriate morsel passes by, the fish will leap upwards and ambush the victim passing overhead. Some species of this fish have worm-shaped lure that grows out of their mouth, which they wiggle to attract the attention of their prey. And because other species are known to be venomous and deliver electric shocks, they’re sometimes called “the meanest things in creation.” Would you agree?
Tasselled Wobbegong (wah-beh-gong) -- This is a species of bottom-dwelling carpet shark found primarily in shallow coral reefs off northern Australia, New Guinea and nearby islands. Their skin has a series of bold patterns that make it resemble a carpet. It also serves as camouflage against the sand. To lure in prey the creatures will wave its fleshy lobes or its tail slowly back and forth … its fin resembles a small fish. Smaller sharks, crabs and even octopuses are often found on the menu. While known to move slowly, the creatures can strike in the blink of an eye. If you’re wondering about the name, “Wobbegong” (was-beh-gong) isn’t a Dr Seuss character … It’s a word from the language of the Australian Aborigines which means, “shaggy beard”.
Bobbit Worms -- Remember those monster sandworms from Dune? These aquatic worms aren’t as big as the ones in the sci-fi story … but at over 10 feet long, they’re still pretty huge. Some species of the worm have toxic bristles along their body that are known to cause severe skin irritation if touched. The worm will bury its body into an ocean bed made of mud or corals … it uses those bristles as a way to detect prey in its vicinity … Once alerted, it’s also known to attack with enough speed to slice its prey in half with its sharp teeth!
Alligator Gar -- this is a torpedo-shaped fish that is often referred to as a ‘living fossil’, due to the retention of certain physical characteristics possessed by their ancestors … such as their ability to breathe both air and water. They’re relatively passive and seemingly sluggish … but are known to be voracious ambush predators. The nocturnal creatures primarily hunt fish … but they also ambush and consume small mammals or water fowl that may float on the water’s surface.
Great White Shark -- Wow, these guys turn up quite often on Epic Wildlife … that fearsome reputation cuts across a lot of categories … including this one! These big bad fish are considered ambush predators … When hunting, they’re known to surprise their prey by swimming up from the bottom, and ambushing them. It will usually deliver a massive bite that disables the victim … then back off and allow its prey to die before moving into feed. That strategy allows the shark to avoid combat with potentially dangerous prey such as sea lions.
Komodo Dragons -- This big monitor lizard is found in Indonesia … and is known for eating mostly carrion. But they can ambush living prey by using a stealthy approach. When prey arrives at the dragon’s ambush site, it suddenly charges at the animal and strikes at the underside of the victim’s throat. The dragons then feed by ripping away huge chunks of flesh and swallowing them whole as it holds down the carcass with its forelegs.
Cougars -- These big cats are well-known for their tremendous leaping ability … they’ll often hide in brush and trees or other covered spots until prey is within reach … then they’ll make a powerful leap onto the back of its victim and administer a deadly neck bite. They’re known to jump 15 feet in a single bound … and if they’re leaping from a vantage point above their prey, the cats can clear a 40-foot distance! They tend to favor deer as a choice cuisine … but if food is scarce, they’re known to catch whatever they can eat, including insects.
Nile Crocodile-- This beast has the ability to within its freshwater habitat or outside it … but it’s rarely found in saltwater environments. This aggressive African croc is not only an apex predator but a formidable ambush predator as well, known to take down a variety of prey. They’re known to lie in wait for hours, days or weeks waiting for the precise moment to strike. Once a victim is within range, the beast uses its powerful bite and sharp teeth to apply a grip that’s nearly impossible to break. Did you know that the Nile crocodile is considered the second largest living reptile after the Saltwater croc?
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