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.

Aye-aye -
An alarming-looking creature, the aye-aye is a species of lemur and the world's largest nocturnal primate.

Stoat -
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.

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