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    Black Caimans

    Black Caimans

    [ranking: 5]
    Capable of growing up to 20 feet in length, the black caiman is one of the deadliest animals to call the Amazon River home. The dark coloring of its hide provides perfect camouflage for its nighttime hunts, allowing it to ambush unsuspecting prey in the water.
    It strikes terror into local human populations, too, thanks to its aggressive nature. Black caimans have been known to attack people who live or work on the riverbanks.

    Poison Dart Frogs

    Poison Dart Frogs

    [ranking: 9]
    Numerous types of poison dart frogs inhabit tropical forests in South America; several make their home in and around the Amazon River. They're harmless at first glance, and their vivid colors are quite lovely. But these are among the deadliest creatures on the planet. Their bright hues act as a warning: a potent toxin seeps from their skin.
    A single poison dart frog can kill up to 10 adult humans with a simple touch.
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    Amazonian Giant Centipedes

    Amazonian Giant Centipedes

    [ranking: 2]
    The Amazonian giant centipede is one of the largest insects, which directly correlates to its creepy factor: an adult giant centipede can measure up to a foot long. This gargantuan critter can be found scurrying around the forest floor near the Amazon River, where it hunts lizards, amphibians, and small mammals living near the water.
    Besides its nightmare-inducing size, it can also inject venom into its victims using sharp claws on its head.

    Candirus

    Candirus

    [ranking: 4]
    The candiru is a type of parasitic fish that lives in the basins of the Amazon River. It's small, typically just a few millimeters in length. What makes it so frightening is the way it feeds. It inserts itself into the gills of a much larger fish, then digs in.
    This shouldn't concern you - except for the story about candirus tending to insert themselves in swimmers' bodily orifices. There's only one documented case of this happening, but it's the stuff of nightmares nonetheless.

    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.

    Arapaima Gigas

    Arapaima Gigas

    [ranking: 12]
    The arapaima gigas is a massive fish that lives within the basins of the Amazon River and neighboring swamps and lakes. As one of the biggest fish in the world, it can reach lengths of up to nine feet long and weigh a staggering 440 pounds. But perhaps the creepiest thing about this fish is what it breathes: air.
    Since the fish spends so much time near the water's surface, it has developed a taste for birds that get close to shore. Its exceptional strength and powerful jaws make taking down prey a breeze, and its tough, scaly armor protects it from almost any threat in the water.

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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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