History KillerRabbit / RealLife

25th Jan '17 12:26:57 AM PaulA
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* Moles. That's right, the blinky/blind, fuzzy, [[TheWindInTheWillows shy-but-friendly]] little guys. These guys may be cute, but they are vicious little blighters: they are predators capable of hunting underground, and burrowing their own tunnels to do so, and are incredibly territorial. Oh, and cannibalistic- put two moles together for any length of time and you end up with one fat mole.

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* Moles. That's right, the blinky/blind, fuzzy, [[TheWindInTheWillows [[Literature/TheWindInTheWillows shy-but-friendly]] little guys. These guys may be cute, but they are vicious little blighters: they are predators capable of hunting underground, and burrowing their own tunnels to do so, and are incredibly territorial. Oh, and cannibalistic- put two moles together for any length of time and you end up with one fat mole.
2nd Jan '17 5:18:53 AM Morgenthaler
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** Modern swine are ''much'' more docile than their Iron Age ancestors, which were more like barely tamed boar. In AncientRome, pig farming was infamous for the extreme danger involved. Think about that the next time you read ''Literature/TheOdyssey'', which was set in ''AncientGreece'' (and therefore even older)--Eumaeus had to be a {{Badass}} to ''do his job'', so he would have been no slouch in the climactic battle![[note]]And the Biblical story of the Prodigal Son, who became penniless and friendless and who had to take on a job nobody else wanted. Not because of the unclean status of pigs in a Jewish land. Or the associations. Who do you think would ''want'' to herd pigs in Jewish Palestine apart from the hated Roman occupier? So. A collaborator with the Romans who makes himself ritually unclean. AND into the bargain is forced into an unsanely dangerous job. Jesus knew what he was doing when he chose this career for his Prodigal...[[/note]]

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** Modern swine are ''much'' more docile than their Iron Age ancestors, which were more like barely tamed boar. In AncientRome, pig farming was infamous for the extreme danger involved. Think about that the next time you read ''Literature/TheOdyssey'', which was set in ''AncientGreece'' (and therefore even older)--Eumaeus had to be a {{Badass}} badass to ''do his job'', so he would have been no slouch in the climactic battle![[note]]And the Biblical story of the Prodigal Son, who became penniless and friendless and who had to take on a job nobody else wanted. Not because of the unclean status of pigs in a Jewish land. Or the associations. Who do you think would ''want'' to herd pigs in Jewish Palestine apart from the hated Roman occupier? So. A collaborator with the Romans who makes himself ritually unclean. AND into the bargain is forced into an unsanely dangerous job. Jesus knew what he was doing when he chose this career for his Prodigal...[[/note]]
17th Dec '16 8:18:22 AM Nick7689
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** Obviously the main thing people fear about kangaroos are their massive legs and feet. But they have a lot of upper body strength too. Just look at the muscles on this [[https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/600x315/8c/76/06/8c7606830ef9da99bdf0ca32610dfff7.jpg red kangaroo]]. Also, [[http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6184/6126547868_c45a398b03_z.jpg those claws!]]
7th Dec '16 1:03:22 AM AgentTasmania
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* The Secretary Bird of Africa looks very cute and seems relatively harmless at first, but they are actually ferocious predators. They very closely resemble [[RaptorAttack the small predatory dinosaurs known as raptors]] that lived millions of years ago, such as Velociraptor and Troodon. They are endowed with a sharp, curved beak and razor-sharp claws on their feet. Their kicks are very powerful, and they regularly prey on snakes. They snap the snake's spinal cord with their kicks, and then proceed to tear up its body with their claws and beak and eat it. They've been known to take on Black Mambas and ''win''. They can be very aggressive towards humans sometimes, and they can allegedly shatter a human hand with a kick. In other words, if you're looking for a living, real-life [[JurassicPark Jurassic Park]], look no further than this.

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* The Secretary Bird of Africa looks very cute beatiful and seems relatively harmless at first, but they are actually ferocious predators. They very closely resemble [[RaptorAttack the small predatory dinosaurs known as raptors]] that lived millions of years ago, such as Velociraptor and Troodon. They are endowed with a sharp, curved beak and razor-sharp claws on their feet. Their kicks are very powerful, and they regularly prey on snakes. They snap the snake's spinal cord with their kicks, and then proceed to tear up its body with their claws and beak and eat it. They've been known to take on Black Mambas and ''win''. They can be very aggressive towards humans sometimes, and they can allegedly shatter a human hand with a kick. In other words, if you're looking for a living, real-life [[JurassicPark Jurassic Park]], look no further than this.



* Australian magpies may seem like harmless songbirds, but they do have a reputation for attacking people who come near their nests.

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* Australian magpies may seem like harmless are very ear and eye pleasing songbirds, but they do have a reputation for attacking people who come near their nests.
5th Dec '16 7:28:09 PM schoi30
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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Koala#Ecology_and_behaviour Koalas]]. It's not hard to piss them off, especially if you interrupt one of their 19 hours of sleep, and they have huge teeth and claws that can do some real damage when you rile them up. [[LandDownUnder Please stay away from them.]] Fun fact: they are always [=POed=] at you because they're coming down from a high. Eucalyptus leaves actually contain a mild toxin, to which they have built up a resistance that instead makes them stoned. Hence the sleeping 19 hours a day.

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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Koala#Ecology_and_behaviour Koalas]]. It's not hard to piss them off, especially if you interrupt one of their 19 hours of sleep, and they have huge teeth and claws that can do some real damage when you rile them up. [[LandDownUnder Please stay away from them.]] Fun fact: they are always [=POed=] at you because they're coming down from a high. Eucalyptus leaves actually contain a mild toxin, to which they have built up a resistance that instead makes them stoned. Hence the sleeping 19 hours a day.]]
26th Nov '16 9:00:04 PM MrMediaGuy2
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* Mustelids (ferrets, minks, weasels, martens, sables, polecats, badgers and wolverines) are unbelievably strong for their size. They are not afraid to fight back fiercely when [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WGF-pofc-lQ threatened by greater predators]], despite their cute, fluffy appearance. There's a reason why [[PersonAsVerb badger is a verb]] and {{Wolverine}} is a superhero. The ''entire group'' has this trait making them some of the deadliest predators in their habitat.

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* Mustelids (ferrets, minks, weasels, martens, sables, polecats, otters, badgers and wolverines) are unbelievably strong for their size. They are not afraid to fight back fiercely when [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WGF-pofc-lQ threatened by greater predators]], despite their cute, fluffy appearance. There's a reason why [[PersonAsVerb badger is a verb]] and {{Wolverine}} is a superhero. The ''entire group'' has this trait making them some of the deadliest predators in their habitat.
26th Nov '16 8:16:32 PM hamza678
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* Sugar gliders might be [[BitchInSheepsClothing all cute and cuddly on the outside]] but [[NightmareFuel on the inside they are the stuff of nightmares for animals their size]], for example a book tells about how a breeder thought it would be just swell to add little button quail in with a cage that housed a colony of sugar gliders fully expecting them to be friends. Big mistake as it turned out that sugar gliders EAT birds and thus SLAUGHTERED all of the helpless little quail effortlessly. [[FromBadToWorse It states exactly what sugar gliders do to their victims]], they dispatch their helpless victims with a quick bite to he head before ripping them limb from limb, grabbing and munching body parts [[FauxAffablyEvil with the same unbridled enthusiasm that a kid would display when digging into a bucket of KFC]]

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* Sugar gliders might be [[BitchInSheepsClothing all cute and cuddly on the outside]] but [[NightmareFuel on the inside they are the stuff of nightmares for animals their size]], for example a book tells about how a breeder thought it would be just swell to add little button quail in with a cage that housed a colony of sugar gliders fully expecting them to be friends. Big mistake as it turned out that sugar gliders EAT birds and thus SLAUGHTERED all of the helpless little quail effortlessly. [[FromBadToWorse It states exactly what sugar gliders do to their victims]], they dispatch their helpless victims with a quick bite to he the head before ripping them limb from limb, grabbing and munching body parts [[FauxAffablyEvil with the same unbridled enthusiasm that a kid would display when digging into a bucket of KFC]]
12th Sep '16 7:46:21 AM AnoneMouseJr
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* In general, an animal with large, forward-facing eyes will look cute to humans. An animal with this feature is almost always a vicious predator. If not, they are a primate or a sloth, which are also listed here.
* Pretty much anything that isn't newborn and isn't obviously dangerous has potential to be this. Natural Selection is the biological equivalent of TrainingFromHell on this planet. Even the vegetarians can rip the unwary a new one. Hell, even the ''vegetables'' can!

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* In general, an animal with large, forward-facing eyes will look cute to humans. An animal with this feature is almost always a vicious predator. If not, they are a primate or a sloth, which are also listed here.
* The Secretary Bird of Africa is another example. They look very cute and seem relatively harmless at first, but they are actually ferocious predators. They very closely resemble [[RaptorAttack the small predatory dinosaurs known as raptors]] that lived millions of years ago, such as Velociraptor and Troodon. They are endowed with a sharp, curved beak and razor-sharp claws on their feet. Their kicks are very powerful, and they regularly prey on snakes. They snap the snake's spinal cord with their kicks, and then proceed to tear up its body with their claws and beak and eat it. They've been known to take on Black Mambas and ''win''. They can be very aggressive towards humans sometimes, and they can allegedly shatter a human hand with a kick. In other words, if you're looking for a living, real-life [[JurassicPark Jurassic Park]], look no further than this.
* The prehistoric ''Bullockornis'' resembles a human-sized duck. With a viciously sharp beak the ''[[FanNickname demon duck of doom]]'' makes ''Velociraptor'' look like an adorable bunny in comparison. Ironically, ''Bullockornis'' and other dromornithids are now considered to be herbivores. But given what its modern herbivore relatives like the other infamous aussie bird, the cassowary, can and will do, this isn't much reassurance.
* Speaking of which, ''Velociraptor'' ''itself'' is an example of this trope. Even when it doesn't look like the one in ''Franchise/JurassicPark'', a coyote-sized, feathery chicken-like dinosaur is perfectly capable of taking on a full-grown ''Protoceratops'' ten times its size, while alone. Tiny, cute, but it can kill you in an instant.



* While emus don't fall under the generally accepted category of "cute", they are essentially human sized birds with fluffy feathers and big, expressive eyes. They can also kick you to death in a matter of seconds. Most of those tall, long-legged, flightless birds aren't that harmless. Ostriches are reputed to be able to disembowel a lion.
** The emu's relative the Cassowary is essentially a Velociraptor with a beak. Also, EyeScream, they are attracted to shiny objects, like human eyes. Which are at beak level. The cassowary, a [[http://www.thewonderofbirds.com/cassowary/cassowary.gif rather silly-looking]] flightless bird best known for having an oddly-shaped head, also sports a set of claws that make it pretty much [[http://i65.photobucket.com/albums/h225/centrarchid/6a00e398be6a750005011016c13c18860d-500pi.jpg the closest modern-day equivalent of a velociraptor]]. If you manage to piss one off, it can and will eviscerate you, and there are numerous cases of death-by-cassowary on record. They have been known to [[ExtremeOmnivore eat metal]].
*** In other words, these guys are the last of the Old-School Dinosaurs.
* The blue-ringed octopus. Not exactly cute, but it definitely wouldn't look very threatening, despite being one of the most poisonous sea creatures known to man. As comedian Billy Connolly says "It wouldn't fit in the palm of your hand, but if this thing's in a bad mood ''you don't make it to the *** phone!''"
* The striped pajama squid. It is exactly as adorable as you'd expect from the name, but it's also the second-most venomous cephalopod after the blue-ringed octopus.
* Octopi are mostly known as tiny and occasionally even cute little animals that have amazing abilities of fitting into the smallest cracks and change their skin to match any surface. So when the staff of a marine aquarium decided to move their North Pacific Giant Octopus into a tank with their sharks, they didn't expect it to have any trouble staying safe. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cA8zQw6gDNI And then each night more and more of the sharks were disappearing or found dead]].
* Betta fish are small and very colorful, known to be ideal for beginner fish owners due to their hardy nature or because [[http://saveourgreen.org/allpost/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/betta3.jpg they are just that beautiful]]. They are also infamous for their [[BloodKnight extremely aggressive behavior]]: A Betta will rip another fish to shreds if it has the motive and the opportunity to do so, as many unfortunate people who made the mistake to put two or more Betta together on the same tank or bowl can testify. They'll even attack mirrors that are put in front of them, thinking it's another fish. There's a reason they also known by other name: Siamese '''fighting''' fish.



* There are some tree frogs, small and rather beautiful. And whether they are alive or dead, merely ''touching'' them with one's bare skin is a bad idea. With [[PoisonedWeapons a tip of blowgun dart]], on the other hand.... Fortunately, the ones in captivity are not fed the ants that cause them to produce said toxins.



* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conus Cone Snail]]. Many people pick them up because they're pretty... and get a deadly neurotoxic harpoon stuck right into them! Due to the speed at which the snail fires the harpoon, they are actually the ''fastest snails on earth''. The toxin is so deadly that the cone snail is nicknamed the "cigarette snail" - you have just enough time to smoke a cigarette before you die. The only way to survive is to be put on life support until the poison wears off.
* From the right perspective, jellyfish can look like gracefully-flowing gossamer, living chandeliers. But one touch and you'll know what days of agony is like ''if you're lucky''; if not, and it's one of the nastier species, you'll learn what a few minutes of agony ''and'' the afterlife are like.
* Man-o-wars. Look like jellyfish but are really a colony of different organisms where one is a purple floating sac and the rest are tentacles that make digestion and attack. From outside the water, [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/c/c3/Portuguese_Man-O-War_(Physalia_physalis).jpg/437px-Portuguese_Man-O-War_(Physalia_physalis).jpg it looks beautiful]]. Under the water, they are goddamn painful and, in some cases, can kill a person.
* [[http://scienceblogs.com/tetrapodzoology/2009/09/great_tits_murderous_rapacious.php Great tits]]. They're relatives of the chickadees, have a [[HaveAGayOldTime name that]] [[HehHehYouSaidX induces giggles]], and in winter they prey on hibernating bats by ''ripping their heads off''.
* Ladybugs (or ladybirds, if you prefer). Sure, they look cuddly (even for a bug) and are often seen as innocent, but for aphids, they're your worst nightmare. Ladybugs ravenously devour them to the delight of gardeners everywhere as aphids are serious pests.



* The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vB5recdpPaI clione,]] nicknamed the "sea angel," sure looks pretty as it peacefully swims through the water...until it [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xlc7r34Sh-c opens its many-tendriled mouth to catch its prey.]]
* Poison ivy is gorgeous. It has glossy green leaves which are red when new, and a stunning purple fall color. It also has attractive white berries that birds love. It causes ferocious allergic reactions. Once it's on the skin, most efforts to alleviate the pain will only serve to spread the irritant oils. It grows quickly, and with its berries so appealing to birds, spreads rapidly. If burned, its irritants will be carried in the smoke, and will tear up the lungs of anyone who inhales that smoke. It also seems to be responding to elevating atmospheric carbon dioxide levels by increasing the potency of its irritants.
** On the other hand, half of the population likely to be exposed to it is just flat out immune. Amusingly, when the ''Series/MythBusters'' attempted to test poison oak home remedies, none of them proved to be susceptible (until they got to John the researcher, ''sixth'' on the depth chart), though admittedly it could conceivably have been a false negative, as it's possible they had never been exposed to it before[[note]]Kari was banned from the test due to prior severe reaction[[/note]]; like all allergic responses, the initial exposure does not produce an effect but every exposure thereafter ''usually'' does.[[note]]On the other hand, Grant said on-air that he'd had reactions before, and Tory's choice of words after his test ("...but apparently, I don't get it anymore") implies he had as well; neither got a rash during the course of the test.[[/note]]



* A ''lot'' of plants look totally harmless but are actually quite dangerous. For instance, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nerium_oleander Oleander]] has beautiful flowers but it is ''very'' toxic.
** Special mention should go to teddy bear cholla, a cactus which, despite the name, is phenomenally un-cuddly. The name comes from the fact that it looks almost fuzzy, which, combined with the strange shapes it tends to grow in, makes it look kind of comical. The "fuzz," however, is actually thousands upon thousands of hair-thin, transparent, barbed thorns that come out at the slightest touch and lodge in your skin. Guess [[BearsAreBadNews bears are REALLY bad news]].
*** Honourable mention must go to the giant stinging tree. It does the same while looking EVEN more unassuming. One slight breeze and everything in a 3 block radius suddenly feels like it's ON FIRE!



* Inverted with the Hickory Horned Devil caterpillar, the largest caterpillar in North America and larval form of the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Citheronia_regalis regal or royal walnut moth]]. It's five inches long, covered in menacing-looking spines from head to end, and yet it's completely and totally harmless.
* But played straight with the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Megalopyge_opercularis puss caterpillar]]. Awww, isn't it cute and furry, like a little [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries tribble]]? Until you touch it, that is, at which point you're in for a world of pain.



* Leopard Geckos are adorable, harmless-looking desert lizards, more well-known for their easygoing nature as a pet than for their '''[[BadassAdorable ability to kill venomous scorpions twice their size]]'''.
* [[SwansASwimming Swans]]: graceful, regal, a symbol of love ... and equipped with wings strong enough to break your arm at a blow if you come near their eggs.
* [[http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2011/02/in-the-web-of-the-velvet-worm/ Velvet worms.]] Probably another UglyCute example, but they're soft and squishy things that crawl slowly over the forest floor on stubby legs. And are predators. That can kill prey the size of tarantulas. (They do it by spraying a [[CrazyAwesome sticky slime that quickly hardens into a net]] to trap their prey. And then they close in and eat the helpless prey alive.)



* Inverted with the Horseshoe Crab. They have dangerous-looking spikes on their tails and bodies and tails that look like stingray tails, but they're harmless and can't really hurt you.
* The mantis shrimp is a small, often colorful little critter that lives in coral dens and mostly keeps to itself. To eat its dinner of molluscs and crustaceans though, the mantis shrimp doesn't bother with prying them open: it [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i-ahuZEvWH8 BLASTS]] them open with its clublike arms, which strike with the acceleration of a .22 BULLET. The force generated per area is so powerful that the mantis shrimp can [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mantis_shrimp COMPLETELY MISS its target and STILL do damage]] by force alone. Captive mantis shrimp have been known to crack or shatter aquarium glass with a single blow. They have another name: [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast thumbsplitters]].
** See also The Oatmeal's comic about mantis shrimp as "[[http://theoatmeal.com/comics/mantis_shrimp the harbinger of blood-soaked rainbows]]."
* An awful lot of tropical reef fishes and invertebrates, including the drop-dead gorgeous ones popular for saltwater aquaria, are deadly poisonous, and even the nonvenomous species may sport razor-sharp spines for protection. Heck, even the ''coral'' can cut you to ribbons if the current makes you bump into it.
* Shrikes are small, cute songbirds that kill mice and lizards by [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice impaling them on thorns]], then use the neatly strung-up corpses as a larder.
* Most large frogs, but special mention goes to the American Bullfrog. Funny-looking, not particularly fast, no obviously deadly attributes. But it will eat anything. ANYTHING. In Southwestern areas, it will jump out of the water at night to hunt lizards, rodents, ''scorpions and tarantulas.'' If a scorpion is too big to swallow, it will chomp down on it, then fold it in half with its forelegs and shove it down its gullet.
* Pretty much anything that isn't newborn and isn't obviously dangerous has potential to be this. Natural Selection is the biological equivalent of TrainingFromHell on this planet. Even the vegetarians can rip the unwary a new one. Hell, even the ''vegetables'' can!
* Inverted with Crane flies. They may look like gigantic mosquitoes, but the worst a crane fly can do to someone is when they're larvae. Then they can do some damage to your lawn.



* The more brightly-colored and striking an amphibian is, [[BrightIsNotGood the more poisonous its skin is likely to be]]. This also applies to insects, fish and reptiles. Its theorized that these bright, striking colors act as a warning for predators that says "do not eat me, I'm poisonous". Some species, such as the king snake, go so far as to imitate this look despite not being poisonous themselves.



* The pelican, a waddly goofy looking bird with a weird neck and beak pouch, the larger ones can eat a pigeon in one swallow.



* If you think snakes are cute at all, baby venomous snakes fall under this, especially baby cobras. They have huge eyes and a cute stripey pattern. They're no less venomous than adult snakes, and sometimes even inject ''more'' venom than an adult snake would, [[PowerIncontinence because they haven't learned how to use it yet.]]
* One of the biggest warnings that anyone will receive when doing amateur diving on or near tropical coral reefs is "don't touch the fire coral". Fire coral isn't a true species of coral, its actually more closely related to jellyfish and anemones. [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/9/9c/Millepora_alcicornis_%28Branching_Fire_Coral%29.jpg This is what one variety looks like]]. Like jellyfish, they have nematocysts, which shoot out and deliver venom into anything that touches the fire coral. If you so much as brush one with your bare skin, you will be in some of the worst pain of your life.



* The porcupine puffer is a friendly-looking curious fish that also happens to be a vicious predator. Yes, you read that right. Porcupine puffers (like all puffer fish) have teeth that are formed into a beak-like shape that's razor sharp. Likewise, they have powerful jaws that allow them to crack open the shells of creatures like clams and snails. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6msgQFXOhrk Here's one eating a hermit crab.]]
** They're not short on defenses either. Like all puffers, they can inflate their bodies to intimidate predators, and they have the added bonus of being covered in sharp pointy spines (hence how they got their name). And, if those defenses don't work...Well, did we mention that their bodies contain a poison that's 1200 times deadlier than cyanide?
** Their smaller cousins, the Green-Spotted Puffer are like tiny adorable piranha when they're hungry. Don't believe us? [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2KD_o1VnyRA Here's a pair of them (and a Figure "8" Puffer) eating a crayfish]] [[EatenAlive while it's still alive.]]
** Pufferfish are also notoriously territorial, even the little ones, to the point where they'll attack any other fish in the same tank. Now, that may not seem like much, until you realize that they are known to attack fish much larger than themselves. There are many accounts of fish owners putting a larger fish in the same tank as the puffers only to check on the tank the next day and find the larger fish is dead. Turns out the larger fish died a slow agonizing death because the puffers would repeatedly attack and tear it to shreds.



* Australian magpies may seem like harmless songbirds, but they do have a reputation for attacking people who come near their nests.



* Keas. They're just as cute as any other parrot, but they can also badly damage or destroy cars, mainly by tearing at the metal or windshield wipers with their powerful bills. They also eat meat.



* Pygmy Falcons are smaller than pigeons, and are much cuter than what most people would expect from a bird of prey. Despite this, it has all the hunting skills and instincts of its more badass-looking relatives, preying on reptiles, insects and small mammals in Africa.
* Hooded pitohuis are brightly colored, seemingly normal-looking songbirds. They're also one of the very few poisonous birds in the world, with a strong toxin in their feathers and skin. The toxin makes anyone who touches it feel like their hands are on fire.


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[[folder:Birds]]
* The Secretary Bird of Africa looks very cute and seems relatively harmless at first, but they are actually ferocious predators. They very closely resemble [[RaptorAttack the small predatory dinosaurs known as raptors]] that lived millions of years ago, such as Velociraptor and Troodon. They are endowed with a sharp, curved beak and razor-sharp claws on their feet. Their kicks are very powerful, and they regularly prey on snakes. They snap the snake's spinal cord with their kicks, and then proceed to tear up its body with their claws and beak and eat it. They've been known to take on Black Mambas and ''win''. They can be very aggressive towards humans sometimes, and they can allegedly shatter a human hand with a kick. In other words, if you're looking for a living, real-life [[JurassicPark Jurassic Park]], look no further than this.
* The prehistoric ''Bullockornis'' resembles a human-sized duck. With a viciously sharp beak the ''[[FanNickname demon duck of doom]]'' makes ''Velociraptor'' look like an adorable bunny in comparison. Ironically, ''Bullockornis'' and other dromornithids are now considered to be herbivores. But given what its modern herbivore relatives like the other infamous aussie bird, the cassowary, can and will do, this isn't much reassurance.
* While emus don't fall under the generally accepted category of "cute", they are essentially human sized birds with fluffy feathers and big, expressive eyes. They can also kick you to death in a matter of seconds. Most of those tall, long-legged, flightless birds aren't that harmless. Ostriches are reputed to be able to disembowel a lion.
** The emu's relative the Cassowary is essentially a Velociraptor with a beak. Also, EyeScream, they are attracted to shiny objects, like human eyes. Which are at beak level. The cassowary, a [[http://www.thewonderofbirds.com/cassowary/cassowary.gif rather silly-looking]] flightless bird best known for having an oddly-shaped head, also sports a set of claws that make it pretty much [[http://i65.photobucket.com/albums/h225/centrarchid/6a00e398be6a750005011016c13c18860d-500pi.jpg the closest modern-day equivalent of a velociraptor]]. If you manage to piss one off, it can and will eviscerate you, and there are numerous cases of death-by-cassowary on record. They have been known to [[ExtremeOmnivore eat metal]].
*** In other words, these guys are the last of the Old-School Dinosaurs.
* [[http://scienceblogs.com/tetrapodzoology/2009/09/great_tits_murderous_rapacious.php Great tits]]. They're relatives of the chickadees, have a [[HaveAGayOldTime name that]] [[HehHehYouSaidX induces giggles]], and in winter they prey on hibernating bats by ''ripping their heads off''.
* [[SwansASwimming Swans]]: graceful, regal, a symbol of love ... and equipped with wings strong enough to break your arm at a blow if you come near their eggs.
* Shrikes are small, cute songbirds that kill mice and lizards by [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice impaling them on thorns]], then use the neatly strung-up corpses as a larder.
* The pelican, a waddly goofy looking bird with a weird neck and beak pouch, the larger ones can eat a pigeon in one swallow.
* Australian magpies may seem like harmless songbirds, but they do have a reputation for attacking people who come near their nests.
* Keas. They're just as cute as any other parrot, but they can also badly damage or destroy cars, mainly by tearing at the metal or windshield wipers with their powerful bills. They also eat meat.
* Pygmy Falcons are smaller than pigeons, and are much cuter than what most people would expect from a bird of prey. Despite this, it has all the hunting skills and instincts of its more badass-looking relatives, preying on reptiles, insects and small mammals in Africa.
* Hooded pitohuis are brightly colored, seemingly normal-looking songbirds. They're also one of the very few poisonous birds in the world, with a strong toxin in their feathers and skin. The toxin makes anyone who touches it feel like their hands are on fire.


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* The blue-ringed octopus. Not exactly cute, but it definitely wouldn't look very threatening, despite being one of the most poisonous sea creatures known to man. As comedian Billy Connolly says "It wouldn't fit in the palm of your hand, but if this thing's in a bad mood ''you don't make it to the *** phone!''"
* The striped pajama squid. It is exactly as adorable as you'd expect from the name, but it's also the second-most venomous cephalopod after the blue-ringed octopus.
* Octopi are mostly known as tiny and occasionally even cute little animals that have amazing abilities of fitting into the smallest cracks and change their skin to match any surface. So when the staff of a marine aquarium decided to move their North Pacific Giant Octopus into a tank with their sharks, they didn't expect it to have any trouble staying safe. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cA8zQw6gDNI And then each night more and more of the sharks were disappearing or found dead]].
* Betta fish are small and very colorful, known to be ideal for beginner fish owners due to their hardy nature or because [[http://saveourgreen.org/allpost/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/betta3.jpg they are just that beautiful]]. They are also infamous for their [[BloodKnight extremely aggressive behavior]]: A Betta will rip another fish to shreds if it has the motive and the opportunity to do so, as many unfortunate people who made the mistake to put two or more Betta together on the same tank or bowl can testify. They'll even attack mirrors that are put in front of them, thinking it's another fish. There's a reason they also known by other name: Siamese '''fighting''' fish.
* From the right perspective, jellyfish can look like gracefully-flowing gossamer, living chandeliers. But one touch and you'll know what days of agony is like ''if you're lucky''; if not, and it's one of the nastier species, you'll learn what a few minutes of agony ''and'' the afterlife are like.
* Man-o-wars. Look like jellyfish but are really a colony of different organisms where one is a purple floating sac and the rest are tentacles that make digestion and attack. From outside the water, [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/c/c3/Portuguese_Man-O-War_(Physalia_physalis).jpg/437px-Portuguese_Man-O-War_(Physalia_physalis).jpg it looks beautiful]]. Under the water, they are goddamn painful and, in some cases, can kill a person.
* The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vB5recdpPaI clione,]] nicknamed the "sea angel," sure looks pretty as it peacefully swims through the water...until it [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xlc7r34Sh-c opens its many-tendriled mouth to catch its prey.]]
* Inverted with the Horseshoe Crab. They have dangerous-looking spikes on their tails and bodies and tails that look like stingray tails, but they're harmless and can't really hurt you.
* The mantis shrimp is a small, often colorful little critter that lives in coral dens and mostly keeps to itself. To eat its dinner of molluscs and crustaceans though, the mantis shrimp doesn't bother with prying them open: it [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i-ahuZEvWH8 BLASTS]] them open with its clublike arms, which strike with the acceleration of a .22 BULLET. The force generated per area is so powerful that the mantis shrimp can [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mantis_shrimp COMPLETELY MISS its target and STILL do damage]] by force alone. Captive mantis shrimp have been known to crack or shatter aquarium glass with a single blow. They have another name: [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast thumbsplitters]].
** See also The Oatmeal's comic about mantis shrimp as "[[http://theoatmeal.com/comics/mantis_shrimp the harbinger of blood-soaked rainbows]]."
* An awful lot of tropical reef fishes and invertebrates, including the drop-dead gorgeous ones popular for saltwater aquaria, are deadly poisonous, and even the nonvenomous species may sport razor-sharp spines for protection. Heck, even the ''coral'' can cut you to ribbons if the current makes you bump into it.
* One of the biggest warnings that anyone will receive when doing amateur diving on or near tropical coral reefs is "don't touch the fire coral". Fire coral isn't a true species of coral, its actually more closely related to jellyfish and anemones. [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/9/9c/Millepora_alcicornis_%28Branching_Fire_Coral%29.jpg This is what one variety looks like]]. Like jellyfish, they have nematocysts, which shoot out and deliver venom into anything that touches the fire coral. If you so much as brush one with your bare skin, you will be in some of the worst pain of your life.
* The porcupine puffer is a friendly-looking curious fish that also happens to be a vicious predator. Yes, you read that right. Porcupine puffers (like all puffer fish) have teeth that are formed into a beak-like shape that's razor sharp. Likewise, they have powerful jaws that allow them to crack open the shells of creatures like clams and snails. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6msgQFXOhrk Here's one eating a hermit crab.]]
** They're not short on defenses either. Like all puffers, they can inflate their bodies to intimidate predators, and they have the added bonus of being covered in sharp pointy spines (hence how they got their name). And, if those defenses don't work...Well, did we mention that their bodies contain a poison that's 1200 times deadlier than cyanide?
** Their smaller cousins, the Green-Spotted Puffer are like tiny adorable piranha when they're hungry. Don't believe us? [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2KD_o1VnyRA Here's a pair of them (and a Figure "8" Puffer) eating a crayfish]] [[EatenAlive while it's still alive.]]
** Pufferfish are also notoriously territorial, even the little ones, to the point where they'll attack any other fish in the same tank. Now, that may not seem like much, until you realize that they are known to attack fish much larger than themselves. There are many accounts of fish owners putting a larger fish in the same tank as the puffers only to check on the tank the next day and find the larger fish is dead. Turns out the larger fish died a slow agonizing death because the puffers would repeatedly attack and tear it to shreds.
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* There are some tree frogs, small and rather beautiful. And whether they are alive or dead, merely ''touching'' them with one's bare skin is a bad idea. With [[PoisonedWeapons a tip of blowgun dart]], on the other hand.... Fortunately, the ones in captivity are not fed the ants that cause them to produce said toxins.
* Most large frogs, but special mention goes to the American Bullfrog. Funny-looking, not particularly fast, no obviously deadly attributes. But it will eat anything. ANYTHING. In Southwestern areas, it will jump out of the water at night to hunt lizards, rodents, ''scorpions and tarantulas.'' If a scorpion is too big to swallow, it will chomp down on it, then fold it in half with its forelegs and shove it down its gullet.
* The more brightly-colored and striking an amphibian is, [[BrightIsNotGood the more poisonous its skin is likely to be]]. This also applies to insects, fish and reptiles. Its theorized that these bright, striking colors act as a warning for predators that says "do not eat me, I'm poisonous". Some species, such as the king snake, go so far as to imitate this look despite not being poisonous themselves.
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* ''Velociraptor'' ''itself'' is an example of this trope. Even when it doesn't look like the one in ''Franchise/JurassicPark'', a coyote-sized, feathery chicken-like dinosaur is perfectly capable of taking on a full-grown ''Protoceratops'' ten times its size, while alone. Tiny, cute, but it can kill you in an instant.
* Leopard Geckos are adorable, harmless-looking desert lizards, more well-known for their easygoing nature as a pet than for their '''[[BadassAdorable ability to kill venomous scorpions twice their size]]'''.
* If you think snakes are cute at all, baby venomous snakes fall under this, especially baby cobras. They have huge eyes and a cute stripey pattern. They're no less venomous than adult snakes, and sometimes even inject ''more'' venom than an adult snake would, [[PowerIncontinence because they haven't learned how to use it yet.]]
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* Ladybugs (or ladybirds, if you prefer). Sure, they look cuddly (even for a bug) and are often seen as innocent, but for aphids, they're your worst nightmare. Ladybugs ravenously devour them to the delight of gardeners everywhere as aphids are serious pests.
* Inverted with the Hickory Horned Devil caterpillar, the largest caterpillar in North America and larval form of the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Citheronia_regalis regal or royal walnut moth]]. It's five inches long, covered in menacing-looking spines from head to end, and yet it's completely and totally harmless.
* But played straight with the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Megalopyge_opercularis puss caterpillar]]. Awww, isn't it cute and furry, like a little [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries tribble]]? Until you touch it, that is, at which point you're in for a world of pain.
* [[http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2011/02/in-the-web-of-the-velvet-worm/ Velvet worms.]] Probably another UglyCute example, but they're soft and squishy things that crawl slowly over the forest floor on stubby legs. And are predators. That can kill prey the size of tarantulas. (They do it by spraying a [[CrazyAwesome sticky slime that quickly hardens into a net]] to trap their prey. And then they close in and eat the helpless prey alive.)
* Inverted with Crane flies. They may look like gigantic mosquitoes, but the worst a crane fly can do to someone is when they're larvae. Then they can do some damage to your lawn.
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* Poison ivy is gorgeous. It has glossy green leaves which are red when new, and a stunning purple fall color. It also has attractive white berries that birds love. It causes ferocious allergic reactions. Once it's on the skin, most efforts to alleviate the pain will only serve to spread the irritant oils. It grows quickly, and with its berries so appealing to birds, spreads rapidly. If burned, its irritants will be carried in the smoke, and will tear up the lungs of anyone who inhales that smoke. It also seems to be responding to elevating atmospheric carbon dioxide levels by increasing the potency of its irritants.
** On the other hand, half of the population likely to be exposed to it is just flat out immune. Amusingly, when the ''Series/MythBusters'' attempted to test poison oak home remedies, none of them proved to be susceptible (until they got to John the researcher, ''sixth'' on the depth chart), though admittedly it could conceivably have been a false negative, as it's possible they had never been exposed to it before[[note]]Kari was banned from the test due to prior severe reaction[[/note]]; like all allergic responses, the initial exposure does not produce an effect but every exposure thereafter ''usually'' does.[[note]]On the other hand, Grant said on-air that he'd had reactions before, and Tory's choice of words after his test ("...but apparently, I don't get it anymore") implies he had as well; neither got a rash during the course of the test.[[/note]]
* A ''lot'' of plants look totally harmless but are actually quite dangerous. For instance, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nerium_oleander Oleander]] has beautiful flowers but it is ''very'' toxic.
** Special mention should go to teddy bear cholla, a cactus which, despite the name, is phenomenally un-cuddly. The name comes from the fact that it looks almost fuzzy, which, combined with the strange shapes it tends to grow in, makes it look kind of comical. The "fuzz," however, is actually thousands upon thousands of hair-thin, transparent, barbed thorns that come out at the slightest touch and lodge in your skin. Guess [[BearsAreBadNews bears are REALLY bad news]].
*** Honourable mention must go to the giant stinging tree. It does the same while looking EVEN more unassuming. One slight breeze and everything in a 3 block radius suddenly feels like it's ON FIRE!
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* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conus Cone Snail]]. Many people pick them up because they're pretty... and get a deadly neurotoxic harpoon stuck right into them! Due to the speed at which the snail fires the harpoon, they are actually the ''fastest snails on earth''. The toxin is so deadly that the cone snail is nicknamed the "cigarette snail" - you have just enough time to smoke a cigarette before you die. The only way to survive is to be put on life support until the poison wears off.
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** Their smaller cousins, the Green-Spotted Puffer are like tiny adorable piranha when they're hungry. Don't believe us? [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2KD_o1VnyRA Here's a pair of them (and a Figure "8" Puffer) eating a crayfish.]] [[AndIMustScream while it's still alive.]]

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** Their smaller cousins, the Green-Spotted Puffer are like tiny adorable piranha when they're hungry. Don't believe us? [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2KD_o1VnyRA Here's a pair of them (and a Figure "8" Puffer) eating a crayfish.]] [[AndIMustScream crayfish]] [[EatenAlive while it's still alive.]]
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* Orangutans may appear to be docile and peaceful animals (and for the most part, they are), but that's mostly just the females and youngsters. A full grown male is 200lbs of muscle that could very easily rip you limb from limb if they feel threatened by you. There's a reason why you never see people interact with the males in shows filmed at Orangutan rehabilitation centers. They're just too dangerous.

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* Orangutans may appear to be docile and peaceful animals (and for the most part, they are), but that's mostly just the females and youngsters. A full grown male is 200lbs of muscle that could very easily rip you limb from limb if they feel threatened by you. There's a reason why you never see people interact with the males in shows filmed at Orangutan rehabilitation centers. They're just too dangerous. Creator/TerryPratchett did his research on this one - the Librarian of {{Discworld}}'s Unseen University is frequently described as looking like a 300lb burlap sack... but [[BerserkButton never call him a monkey]] or you'll find out that it's a sack filled with muscle.
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