Most Frightening Invasive Species

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It’s still an ever growing battle between humans and animals and adaptable apex predators may eventually take over the world if we don’t up a fight! While some animals are worthy of saving and protecting. Many bugs and sea animals prove to be a complete nuisance to mankind and it might be better if they just went extict! From beetles are capable of completely destroying forests

14. Kudzu
This mysterious Chinese plant has become an invasive species and completely engulfed places in Georgia, Alabama, and South Carolina. Also known as Kudzu, it’s the most aggressive species of plant and can kill all other plants in it’s path. Horticulturists became fascinated with this plant, but made the wrong decision of planting it in their gardens in the Southeastern United States. It turned out, this was the perfect environment for it to thrive to unimaginable levels. Kudzu is also known as a Japanese Arrowroot and belongs to a legume family, similar to peas. The plant climbs over trees and other shrubs, killing them in process. This zombie like plant is only killable from its roots and has the potential to grow covering 150,000 acres per year!

13. The Frilled Lizard
This strange reptile looks like a modern day dinosaur and he’s got the frills to prove it. Found in Northern Australia and in New Guinea it has excess skin that it uses to flare up when it feels threatened in order to make it’s predators back away. They might not always be easy to spot due to their excellent camouflage that blends in well with tree bark. It typically stays in the trees unless it needs to find food or fight of other lizards who are in its territory. Feasting on a diet of beetles, mice, termites and butterflies, with the right conditions, these lizards are known grow rapidly with a good food source. When the cane toad was introduced as an invasive species, the frilled lizard population sky rocketed in australia.

12. Northern Pacific Sea Star
Due to the vast amount of shipping in the Eastern pacific, it’s not too difficult for the Northern Pacific Sea Star to get around. Native to China, Korea, Russia and Japan, but once they invaded the coasts of Australia, things began to get a little bit out of control. These things aren’t easy to get rid of either and they don’t tend to die easy in any case. During a population control mission, several thousand sea stars were cut up and thrown back into the sea. It only got worse because each piece was able to generate a new seastar as long as it had part of the central disc attached.They have no flavor and serve as very little purpose to humans. They live up to five years long and tend to feast on the shellfish that humans tend to eat. They’ll even eat humans, as it’s been shown that they’ll feast upon drowned sailors, so watch out!

11. Javan Mongoose
If you thought killer star fish were bad, imagine being invaded by savage mongooses with rabies! Doesn’t seem like a great situation. In the 1800 in hawaii, sugar plantations were being ravaged by rats with a sweet tooth and the land owners thought they had a trick up their sleeve. Let’s bring a bunch of mongoose here from india and see how it goes. The main problem was that the mongoose weren’t really going for the rats but instead, rare tropical birds that are native to hawaii! It turned out the person who planned introducing this species to hawaii, didn’t realize that rats are nocturnal and mongooses are active during day time. Without any natural predators in their new found home, they were nearly unstoppable. The javan mongoose was also brought to the island of okinawa to control pests but became pests themselves. The ones in japan and in the carribean carry antimicrobial-resistant strains of E. Coli. So keep your distance!

10. Asian Horned Beetle
Another invasive species that comes from asia, this one accidently came to the US in 1996 and it’s believed to have spread from solid wood packaging material. They been attacking valuable trees throughout the US. Trees like maple, birch. willows and elm trees have no natural defense against these beetles since they hadn’t made contact with such a creature in the past. They’re identifiable by their long antennas and make noticeably large holes to lay their eggs.The grubs will eat their way out of the tree and will kill large branches with ease. Pesticides have proven to be very effective and some locals will even encourage you to kill the beetles on site! From now on, all wooden crates from china must be fumigated before sent to the US.

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