Nature's deadliest assassins
Trapdoor spider -
This unique species of spider spends much of its life in a burrow underground.
Assassin bug -
Assassin bugs are predatory insects that lurk among foliage and on flowers to ambush other insects as food.
Ambush bug -
There are 291 species of ambush bug worldwide, each capable of launching a surprise attack on hapless victims using their powerful forelegs.
Goliath birdeater -
The largest spider in the world, the scary-looking Goliath birdeater is a giant member of the tarantula family.
Army ant -
A raiding party of army ants simply overwhelm anything in their path.
Red-lipped batfish -
A fish species with a penchant for scarlet lipstick, the odd-looking batfish also uses an esca to draw in its unwitting victims.
Praying mantis -
Named for its prominent front legs, which are bent and held together at an angle that suggests the position of prayer.
Golden poison frog -
Don't be fooled by its cute, copper-coated appearance: the golden poison frog is considered one of the most toxic animals on Earth.
Arizona bark scorpion -
The Arizona bark scorpion is the most venomous scorpion in North America.
Pitcher plant -
The tropical pitcher plant is beautiful but deadly.
Blue-ringed octopus -
Small but deadly, the blue-ringed octopus can deliver venom 1,000 times more powerful than cyanide.
An alarming-looking creature, the aye-aye is a species of lemur and the world's largest nocturnal primate.
The sleek, lithe stoat is a natural born killer. It happily
Bullet ant -
Bullet ants feed on a wide range of food sources, anything from plant sap such as nectar to other insects and small vertebrates, including frogs.
Hooded pitohui -
Exotic looking it may be, but the hooded pitohui is one of the only known birds to be toxic.