10 Cryptids More Terrifying than the Mongolian Death Worm

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Skeleton of a vampire bat

They haunt our nightmares and fuel countless Internet stories. They make us shiver with fear and giggle with delight. These are cryptids, a catchall term for creatures whose existence has been posited but is highly unlikely, like the Mongolian Death Worm or the Loch Ness Monster. These creepy beasties have worked themselves into our imaginations to the point where they’ve become almost as familiar to us as cats and dogs.

Here’s a list of ten mythical animals – some based in fact, some completely imaginary – that we think are far more terrifying than the Mongolian Death Worm. Take a look and see if you agree!

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An artist’s interpretation of the Mongolian Death Worm

Before we get to the list, let’s have a quick look at the scary beast that inspired it, the Mongolian Death Worm itself. This slithering creature is definitely like something from a nightmare – reputably able to spit deadly corrosive acid and kill from afar with an electric shock. The Worm is reported to live in the Gobi Desert of Mongolia, where it is said to appear when the ground is muddy from rain.

As with all cryptids, there is no proof that the Mongolian Death Worm exists or has ever existed, but that doesn’t stop the speculation from abounding. After all, why let the facts get in the way of a good monster? Now, let’s get on with describing a few more nasty creatures that we think are even more frightening than this one.