11 Halloween Animal Facts|Scary animal facts that will have you screaming for more

Halloween is right around the corner! So for all the ghosts and ghouls out there, here is a list of 11 Halloween animal facts that will have you screaming for more.

1) In a threat response called "pumpkin posture", the vampire squid inverts its caped arms back over the body, presenting an ostensibly larger form covered in fearsome-looking though harmless spines (called cirri).

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 2) Vampire bats are the only mammals that feed entirely on blood.

vampire bat

Photo by: U.S. Department of Agriculture

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3) As you enjoy your Halloween chocolate, spare some time to think about this tiny fly, the sole pollinator of cacao, the plant from which chocolate is derived. Thanks, Forcipomyia!

Forcipomyiinae

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4) Ghost bats get their name from the extremely thin membrane of their wings, which makes them appear ghostly at night.

ghost bat

Photo by: S J Bennett

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5) Black widows feed by puncturing their prey with fangs and then sucking out their insides.

black widow spider

Photo by: Frank Boston

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6) Some animal shelters won't allow black cat adoptions around Halloween.

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7) Mosquitoes are by far the most deadly animal on earth due to the diseases they transmit such as malaria, dengue and yellow fever.

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8) Alligators are such perfect killers, they've remained unchanged for at least 8 million years.

cute alligator

Photo by: Marc Barrison

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9) Death's head hawk-moths have patterns on their back that are eerily similar to a human skull.

death's head hawk-moth

Photo by: James St. John

10) Great white sharks can smell blood up to 3 miles away

great white shark

Photo by: Elias Levy

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11) Some species of short-horned lizards can shoot blood from their eyes as a defense mechanism.

short horned lizard

Photo by: Jeff B

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