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!