5 Real Creatures That Make Great Campfire Horror Stories

While the typical idea of a campfire horror story usually entails some sort of murderer in either alien or human form, very few go further than that, which is a shame. Earth is home to a plethora of terrifying critters that will scare the thermal socks off any kid when told near a campfire on a chilly night.

All you have to do is understand what makes the creature scary, from its lethal venom to its eyes that look right into your soul, then use a bit of imagination and twist those facts into a truly terrifying story. Your kids will think you’ve braved the deepest oceans and darkest dungeons to find these creatures and be able to fully describe them. Even when the truth is that you just read this article. But we’ll keep that between us.

So without further ado, here are five real creatures currently lurking among us that make for some great campfire horror stories.

Mata Mata Turtle

While the idea of an actual walking turtle the size of a human capable of using ninja skills to fend off attackers is quite terrifying, it isn’t real. The Mata Mata, however, is very real and very, very ugly. This abomination is native to South America and essentially looks like a giant spiked lizard that has outgrown its shell.

Now you’d be thinking, if the purpose of the shell is to protect the turtle, why is this one barely fitting inside of it? Well, look at it. Nobody is going to attack this thing – it’s going to attack them.

Coconut Crab

Don’t let its playful name fool you. This awful looking beast is not only huge, but its strong enough to crush a human skull with its pincers and it lives up to 60 years. Imagine a spider, but with a hard shell and a 38-inch length from leg to leg. Don’t forget the giant pincers.

If you’re interested in reading more about the Coconut Crab, Midday Daily News has a piece detailing all the facts.

Tailless Whip Scorpion

The Tailless Whip Scorpion, or Amblypygi, takes the worst qualities of a bug, spider and scorpion and puts them together to create a truly ugly little monster. It can shove prey into its mouth using its hands and has a whole array of other legs and feelers, making it look more like some sort of anorexic land urchin. Not the type of thing you’d want to touch.

Deep Sea Holothurian

Commonly known as “Cthulhu Larva,” this blob of yuck has no face and feeds on the ocean floor. The species is surprisingly resilient and has lived for a long time. This is likely due to the fact that no creature would want to lay its teeth into it based on looks alone.

Deep Sea Hatchetfish

Remember that line about the creature with eyes that look into your soul? Well, this is it. Due to its preference for darkness, it has two disgusting black and gray spheres attached to the side of its head that were once eyes. Pair that with a ghoulish droopy mouth and you have some proper nightmare fuel.

The world is full of strange creatures and critters and these are just the tip of the iceberg!

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