As film enthusiasts know, some of the greatest movie monsters of all time are based on the real-life animals walking, flying, and swimming around the planet. While there's no shortage of weird animals out there in nature, they become even weirder once you zoom in on specific body parts - like their mouths. These terrifying animal mouths might give you nightmares. The mouths of the anglerfish or payara bear an uncomfortable resemblance to the xenomorph from Alien, and the hagfish is like something straight out of an H.P. Lovecraft story.
But that's just the beginning of the terrors nature has to offer, at least as far as mandibles, tongues, and teeth go. This list just might make you second guess how cute penguins are, or your decision to adopt a pet tortoise. If you ever find yourself on land or in the water with one of these terrifying creatures, remember: don't look it straight in the mouth. You will freak out.
The payara, often referred to as a "vampire fish," is native to the Amazon. It has two large fangs that stick out from its lower jaw and can reach six inches in length. As you might guess, payaras are carnivorous fish, and use their fangs to hunt smaller fish.Is this terrifying?
What's it like to get bitten by a great white shark? They can apply over 4,000 pounds per square inch of force with their jaws, have 48 exposed teeth (with an additional five rows of developing teeth behind those), and each tooth is about two and a half inches long. So, it's safe to assume it would hurt a lot.Is this terrifying?
Gelada baboons live in the high mountains of Ethiopia, and graze grass up to 90% of their days. But don't let that fact make you think they don't have some fearsome teeth. These baboons are known for their knockout fights, and when they get angry or threatened, they bear their terrifying mouths by flipping back their gums.Is this terrifying?
Those sharp, serrated teeth-like protrusions on the goose's tongue and beak are called tomia. They help geese saw through grass and weeds. Yes, they're terrifying, but remember: birds are one of the closest living relatives to dinosaurs.Is this terrifying?