Brutal Killing Techniques from Nature
A lion’s bite to the neck would be a walk in the park compared to some of these brutal killing techniques. We’re not sure why so many horror writers have to invent vampires, ghosts and zombies to scare audiences. As the following 10 brutal killing techniques will prove, nightmare-inspiring fodder is plentiful in the animal kingdom. A nature documentary can be every bit as scary as the latest blockbuster.
# 10 Komodo Dragon
Killing technique: Quickly ambushes prey with a toxic bite.
At over 9 feet in length and 150 pounds, this lizard could play in the NBA. Although, first it’d need to learn how to dribble and not kill its teammates. One bite from a dragon may contain 57 different strains of bacteria. Aggressive beasts, they can chase down prey at 11 mph. That doesn’t sound fast, but imagine a lizard that big running after you. They’ve left full-grown men for dead, with chunks of flesh torn from them.
# 9 Golden Eagle
Killing technique: Death from above.
Bears and wolves are terrifying. But what scares bears and wolves? A golden eagle. In some parts of the world, men train these birds to hunt deer, wolves and caribou for them. There are reports of golden eagles chasing bears out of their territory and even snatching bear cubs for meals. They have a 7-foot wingspan, huge talons that can crush most animals and eyesight that allows them to spot prey from an extreme distance. Their victims rarely know what hit them.
# 8 Box Jellyfish
Killing technique: 60 tentacles, up to 15 feet long, with 500,000 stinging cells on each and enough toxin to kill 60 humans.
Considered “the world’s most venomous creature,” these jellyfish strike victims with harpoon-shaped needles that inject venom. Their toxins are powerful and complex, attacking the heart, nervous system and skin cells. True jellyfish just drift until prey comes along, but the box jellyfish actively hunts its dinner at up to 4 knots! Many call them the “suckerpunch” of the sea because they’re transparent and the sting is rarely noticed until it’s too late to avoid.
# 7 Black Mamba
Killing technique: Strikes victim repeatedly with a lethal mix of neurotoxin and cardiotoxin.
The mamba is the longest venomous snake in Africa, growing up to 14 feet in length. It is also the fastest land snake, reaching 14 mph in short bursts. Its bite is 100% lethal unless quickly treated with antivenin and can kill a human in 20 minutes. The death is painful. The venom paralyzes a victim’s respiratory muscles, causing suffocation. And that is if you’re “lucky” and don’t go into cardiac arrest first.
# 6 Saltwater Crocodile
Killing technique: Lies perfectly still until prey approaches water and then attacks with lightning speed and a huge mouth of teeth.
The saltwater crocodile has a long muzzle that can be nearly twice the length of its freshwater-dwelling cousins. Along with Nile crocodiles, these killers are responsible for more human injuries and fatalities than any other wild predator. Known as a “death roll,” its typical hunting technique is biting and powerfully rolling. This not only allows them to pull prey into the water, but it also tears off large bites of flesh. Creepy!
# 5 Killer Whale
Killing technique: Intentionally beach themselves in order to reach prey onshore.
The life of most whales is fairly simple. Their only major concern is “don’t get beached.” These beasts, however, laugh in a beach’s face. Known as the “wolves of the sea,” killer whales will storm a beach to pick off anything dumb enough to linger on the waterline. Touching land does not mean you’re safe from an orca’s crushing bite.
# 4 Red-Bellied Piranha
Killing technique: In hunting groups, ferociously attacks prey with razor-sharp teeth.
This Amazonian piranha earned its reputation as one of the most ferocious fish in the world for good reason. Once they sense the thrashing of a distressed animal, they swarm and strip the prey’s flesh in minutes. They grow to a maximum length of only 13 inches, but don’t underestimate these fierce, tiny beasts. If the first one doesn’t get you, his 30 cousins will.
# 3 Anaconda
Killing technique: Crushes prey by constricting it.
The thought of being bitten, stabbed, clubbed, or stung is all very unappealing. However, imagine your breath slowly and methodically being squeezed from you. The more you struggle, the tighter this 20-foot-long, 300-pound snake constricts. And the entire time, its stone-cold eyes are staring into yours, just waiting until you die so it can swallow you whole.
# 2 Great White Shark
Killing technique: Lightning speed, agility, multiple rows of sharp, serrated teeth – the entire shark is a ultimate killing machine.
There are grown men who still refuse to swim because they saw Jaws in 1975. Steven Spielberg created one of the scariest movie monsters of all time – the most terrifying thing about it is that it’s real. Great whites can grow up to 20 feet in length, weigh nearly 5,000 pounds and have been known to attack boats up to 33 feet long. All it takes is one bite to kill, and they are indiscriminate eating machines.
# 1 Tarantula
Killing technique: Crushes prey with large fangs and then showers them with digestive juices.
These hairy spiders reach 5 inches in length with a 12-inch leg span. That means if you were an insect, a tarantula would be the size of an elephant by comparison. Can you imagine if elephants possessed the ability to ambush by pouncing and pinning you to the ground? Then, as you’re being crushed, a cascade of stomach acid pours down. On you. Still alive, and helplessly strugling. Just thinking about it is a horror movie.