Celluloid Diaries: Scariest Vampire Animals

Friday, June 29, 2012

Scariest Vampire Animals

scariest vampire animals

Head over to Writing My Own Fairytale where I did a guest post on the scariest vampire animals as part of the book blog tour for A Good Man.

The vampire animals I wrote about are:

Vampire animal #1 - Lampreys

Long monster-like fish with neither scales nor jaws latch onto a host with their hook-like teeth and gulp down its blood. Luckily, they spend almost seven years as harmless larvae, but once it reaches adulthood they terrorize their habitats and even attack humans when starved. They have caused the extinction of many other water creatures.


Vampire animal #2 - Mosquitos

Mosquitos are behind more human deaths than any other animal because of the diseases they carry. Male mosquitos are pretty harmless because they eat a vegan, nectar-based diet, but female mosquitos need to drink blood to get their protein, thus carrying over diseases such as malaria.


Vampire animal #3 - Bedbugs

Bedbugs hide in dark, secluded areas during the day - in mattresses, behind walls, under floors - and come out at night to drink blood. An outbreak spreads quickly, since females lay up to 500 eggs in a lifetime. Pesticides nearly wiped out American bedbugs in the 1940s, but they've recently come bouncing back. Kissing bugs are similar to bedbugs as they come out at night and feed upon humans. They are bigger and more aggressive than bedbugs. They also spread disease.

bed bug

Vampire animal #4 - Ticks

Because ticks can drink up to 600 times their body weight in blood, they are considered one of the scariest vampire animals on earth. They also spread illnesses like Lyme disease.


Vampire animal #5 - Vampire bats

Of the roughly 1000 bat species, only three drink blood. They feed mainly on horses, cattle and other livestock, but they sometimes attack humans as well. One bite alone is enough to spread rabies.

vampire bat

Vampire animal #6 - Candirú

Let's finish with one of the scariest of all vampire animals: the candirú. These parasitic catfish live in the Amazon and Orinoco rivers and are known to enter the victim's private parts where they feed upon the blood and tissue. When this happens, it is very difficult to remove the candirú. They are the main reason why it is forbidden to swim naked in those area's.


vampire animals

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  1. Lampreys....look at those teeth!


  2. Candirú are the scariest vampire animals

  3. I would've said bats...until I saw your photo of the lamprey.

  4. Candirú, no more naked swimming ever!


  5. The last one, the candida, the fact that it cant get out and how it gets in you.
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  6. Candiru. Are those the same ones that get in (mainly men) when they pee while swimming in the river? Oh, that just creeps me out. I am already water phobic. I don't need another reason to be afraid of swimming.

  7. The eye is the worst! I'll stick to my chlorinated swimming pool :D Happy Fourth everyone !!

  8. Candirú is the scariest since it's living inside you! *shudders
    Advance Happy 4th of July everyone.


  9. Candirú would be my top pick. Just seeing it in the eye makes me squirm! lol I think teenagers should be given this information (minus that it's found only in the Amazon and Orinoco rivers). I think a little fear might make them reconsider skinny dipping! lol

    My second pick would be bed bugs. I've had first-hand experience with them at a hotel about a year ago. Trust me: you don't want to itch for a week like I did!


  10. Canidure or whatever that eye worm is --That is just gross!
    Jody D

  11. Lampreys are the scariest vampire animals

  12. That photo of the candirú in the eyeball is just about the grossest thing I've ever seen! Gave me the creeps!!

    I've had ticks before, and they are very unpleasant. I had one stuck in my bellybutton when I was 6 yrs old and still remember my mom trying to get it out!

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  13. Candirú looks pretty scary and gross to me. Anything that can enter your body like that scares me to death.
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  14. for me it's the vampire bats, one bite is enough to spread rabies. Where do thy life?

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  16. Vampire bats because they suck your blood.

  17. Ugh I absolutely abhor bugs and insects, although I find them fascinating and can watch Animal Planet for hours at a time. So now I'm freaking out about this kissing bug that I've never heard of, and who's apparently made an appearance in PA.


    1. Same here :-) I like how I don't get grossed out when I see it on animal planet but I see it here so creep out

  18. I'm so scared I don't think I'll ever go in a lake ever. I think the scariest is the last one.

  19. itch itch scratch scratch wiggle...gak!! Who am I kidding?? RUN!!!

  20. The last - the eye- is not a ca~ero, or candiru. That pic is of a parasite, most likely hookworm, that attacks the organs. De-worm your pets and be wary of contaminated feces.

  21. the tick looks like a grape

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