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    Mata Mata Turtles

    Mata Mata Turtles

    [ranking: 15]
    The mata mata turtle spends almost its entire life in the water, only emerging on occasion to lay eggs. It's the sole surviving member of its genus, with an appearance that more closely resembles a dinosaur than a modern turtle. It can survive for up to 75 years and reach up to two feet in length.
    So what makes this turtle scary? It has a spooky way of eating: it creates a vacuum in its mouth that sucks in passing fish.

    Green Anacondas

    Green Anacondas

    [ranking: 3]
    Green anacondas live throughout South America. They primarily reside in swamps, marshes, and rivers; this makes the Amazon the ideal home for them. These snakes are gigantic: they can reach up to 30 feet in length and weigh an amazing 550 pounds. 
    These anacondas don't pose much of a threat on land; they're too heavy and cumbersome to have the ability to move quickly. When they are in water, however, it's a completely different story. They can move with devastating speed, and special openings on the very top of their heads allow them to lie almost completely submerged in water. Once they locate and ambush their prey, these anacondas use their immense size and deadly strength to constrict a victim. Anacondas' meals aren't small, either - they've been known to take down jaguars.

    Giant Otters

    Giant Otters

    [ranking: 14]
    The giant otter is the largest member of its species in the world, and one of the biggest mammals in South America. It lives exclusively in the Amazon River and the surrounding waterways. While it may not look particularly threatening, this apex predator is one of the most efficient killers in the rainforest.
    Believe it or not, this otter is capable of killing and eating anacondas and caimans. Groups of giant otters sometimes work as a team to latch onto the back of a caiman's neck, an advantageous spot where predators can't be reached by the caiman's sharp teeth. Then they just harass the caiman until it wears itself out from lactic acid buildup, allowing the otters to drag it onto the shore and eat it alive.

    Electric Eels

    Electric Eels

    [ranking: 8]
    Though it's commonly known as the electric eel, this fearsome creature is actually a knifefish. Due to its distinctive physiology, it is capable of producing electricity from its organs. This electric shock can reach intensities of up to 600 volts for several milliseconds. While this can't kill you, it can deliver as much pain as a stun gun and cause a numbing sensation.
    And this eel can grow up to eight feet long. It's definitely not an animal you would want to come across.

    Payaras

    Payaras

    [ranking: 11]
    The payara is known as the vampire fish, and for good reason: it has a huge mouth studded with fangs that can reach up to six inches long. Though there is some debate about the maximum size this fish can reach, researchers believe they can grow to almost four feet in length.
    Don't worry, though - they pose no threat to humans. Those fangs are exclusively used to impale smaller fish.

    Pacus

    Pacus

    [ranking: 13]
    The pacu is a type of fish closely related to the piranha, though it grows to a far greater size. But the real nightmares begin with its mouth. Its chompers bear an uncanny resemblance to human teeth. Those pearly whites are there for a reason: the fish is an omnivore, so it often chows down on tough food, including nuts.
    Pacus aren't necessarily aggressive, but their teeth can cause an uncomfortable amount of pain.

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The Amazon River and its surrounding rainforest are home to some of the most diverse lifeforms on Earth. As one of the longest rivers in the world, the Amazon offers a rich habitat for a wide range of creatures. Some are exquisitely beautiful, while others are undeniably creepy. Many Amazonian species have evolved in ways that make them completely terrifying.

These weird Amazonian animals can be scary for all kinds of reasons. Some look as if they have crawled straight out of a nightmare, such as the Amazonian giant centipede. Others, like the black caiman, are dangerous predators capable of maiming anything they encounter. Then there are the animals that look harmless, but are actually killing machines that should be avoided at all costs. That giant otter may look adorable, but it's as fierce as any sharp-toothed carnivore.

Wondering what animals live in the Amazon? The answers may spook you. Animals wreak havoc all over the globe, but those unique to the Amazon River are especially scary. Check out the Amazon's most fascinating and downright alarming animals.

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