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10 scary animals that are totally harmless

A tarantula crawls up a person's arm.

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Don't judge a book by its cover

The animal world is full of predators and nightmarish creepy-crawlies, but there are a few frightening creatures that don't deserve such a fearsome reputation.

Some of these scary animals might even make cuddle-worthy companions. (But keep in mind that an encounter in the wild could be a humbling encounter.) 

Take a look at our list of 10 scary animals that are perfectly harmless. (Text: Bryan Nelson)