Alien invasions might only seem like something from a war of the worlds’ style sci-fi thriller.
But the terrifying truth is that our planet is constantly under threat from the animals that already living on it.
From Marine Martians to man-eating super snake, here are ten creatures perfectly poised to take over the world.
10. Poison-immune Super-rats
Sounds pretty terrifying right? Believe it or not, these revolting rodents don’t just get their name from snooping around, the bends and squeaking a bit.
In 2014 rat-catchers on Liverpool were reporting sightings of rats the size of small cats.
Unlike anything they’d ever seen before, and the staggering annual rise in rodent related call-outs ever since has indicated the start of a war against the super rat.
These giant rodents have been gorging themselves on increased food waste in towns and cities and growing to previously unheard-of sizes.
That’s not the scariest thing about these creatures though as researchers attempting to understand the outbreak soon discovered that the huge rats had also evolved to become immune to current forms of pesticide control.
This genetic mutation officially named “L120Q” has forced rat catchers to demand permission to develop and use much stronger toxins to kill rodents.
During the 1960s and 70s, the poison was based on a blood-thinning drug called “Warfarin” which was up to “Abra Matty” alone based rat killer in 2012.
But now the Health and Safety Executive is under pressure to approve a third-generation toxin. If the government agency doesn’t act fast, all regular rats susceptible to the current poison will eventually be wiped out.
Leaving only the horrifying strain of poison-immune super-rat. And no one wants to live in that dystopia.
9. Fire-starting Ants
Those people have already heard of fire ants, you know those tiny red ants whose bite can pitch with the heat of a thousand fires, well be prepared because this specific strain of fire ants lives up to its name in an unusually deadly way.
The UK seems can’t catch a break when it comes to unusual creature invasions, because these tiny terrors were first discovered in 2009 at hid code Manor Gardens, a National Trust property in Gloucestershire.
A colony of 35,000 ants required removal from the property, but the most bizarre part of this unexpected discovery was that the creatures were found inside the fuse box.
Yes! All those minuscule brown dots are ants. The ants officially named “Lasius Neglectus” by experts have a mysterious attraction to electricity, which could be fatal for us humans.
As the colony gathers inside plug sockets and power sources, and houses and buildings disinfestation if left undiscovered could pose a huge fire risk.
These fires starting ants have already caused major blackouts across the UK and are estimated to cost around 1.7 billion pounds every year in damage and management alone.
If you come across one of these little guys at home, you’d better have the fire brigade on standby.
8. Man-eating Super-snake’s
Florida is already home to some pretty whacky stuff, but man-eating super-snakes really shouldn’t be one of them.
The Burmese python was a native snake in Southeast Asia. Which mainly preyed on birds and mammals, until it started turning up in the Floridian Everglades during the 1980s and spread quickly.
Failed attempts to combat the alien, Python invasion have even included sending two renowned snake charmers from an Indian mountain tribe to chant their way through the Everglades in 2017.
Begging just 31 snakes in two months, it’s generally believed that the snakes were originally released as unwanted pets, and they have been terrorizing local wildlife ever since.
But the terror is far from over another deadly snake – the African Rock Python which is bigger, hungrier and far more aggressive than its Burmese, a relation has also recently been spotted in an area of West Miami
Authorities are now fearing that if the rock python is able to spread into the Everglades and breed with the Burmese python. Humanity could be about to witness the birth of a hybrid behemoth man-eating snake-like no other
A snake of this size strength and ferocity could be totally unmanaged, decimating local wildlife and toppling the entire food chain to assert its dominance in the Florida area. And who knows where it might venture after that!
7. Formosan Super-termites
Sometimes the smallest creatures can pose the biggest threats. And the Formosan super-termite is no exception.
This winged foreign termite species has been invading homes across several US states and swarms of millions, and their small size and a relatively low risk to humans should not be underestimated.
While the Floridian Man-eating Python is thankfully still only a dangerous possibility, the super-termite is living proof that the accidental interbreeding of two species can be truly disastrous.
The typical mating seasons of the East Asian and former sand termites, which had coexisted for thousands of years, began to overlap as climate change, made winter months warmer and the hybrid superior super-termites strain was born.
With a voracious appetite, the colony can spread out over an acre of soil at any one time in search of food and can consume up to 13 ounces of wood per day. Taking down entire wooden structures in a matter of months.
Pest specialists are unequipped to deal with such alarming rates of destruction and the widespread invasion of these alien insectoids is estimated to be a high risk for the next 20 years.
The super-termite has already been discovered in California, Hawaii, Alabama Mississippi and you guessed it Florida.
And your hometown could be next.
6. Cane Toads
Human intervention in nature rarely ends well in the case of the Australian cane toad invasion, should act as a prime example of exactly what not to do in the future.
During the early 20th century crops were suffering so badly at the hands of the destructive sugar cane beetle.
And in 1935, Australian authorities decided to introduce the South American cane toad to control the ravaging insect problem.
Unfortunately, these toxic toads weighing over 4 pounds and measuring up to 23 centimeters in length. It started multiplying rapidly spreading through local habitats and forcing native wildlife and a significant decline.
The high toxicity levels in their skin made them virtually invincible to large predators who may have otherwise controlled their spread.
The temptation to consume these slimy invaders proves fatal to many species of mammals, marsupials, birds and even saltwater crocodiles who might still risk a bite.
Various measures proposed to code this unstoppable takeover, such as releasing a controlled virus to kill the toads have often hit a roadblock when conservationists realized they also pose a threat to other wildlife.
And the worst part there’s no real evidence to support the fact that the toads have contributed to a decline in the sugar cane beetle population at all.
5. The EMU War
The cane toad invasion is not to be taken lightly, but Australia’s EMU problem became so bad in 1932, the government actually declared war on the massive flightless birds.
After World War I, a number of Australian and British Army veterans took to farming in Western Australia.
But their wheat fields came under siege one around 20 thousand demons migrated to the farmlands to breed.
The birds destroyed fences to gain access to the land which only added insult to injury is rabbits then began to wreak havoc on the crops.
Eventually, these ex-military farmers approached the Ministry of Defence to provide a definite solution, and miraculously a military troop equipped with machine guns was deployed to deal with the situation.
Sounds simple enough, but on their first attempt on November 2nd the birds outsmarted the men by scattering, and only around 50 were killed despite 2,500 rounds of ammo being fired.
A tactical change was ordered on November 4th to ambush and kill the birds at close range.
But after a handful of successful shots, the machine gun jammed calling a halt to the approach, even mounting the weapon on a military truck proved unsuccessful as emus can run it over 30 miles per hour.
And their zigzagging movements were far superior to the vehicle on rough terrain.
After a momentary regroup, a second phase was able to kill a few hundred Birds until on November 10th. The army admitted defeat and withdrew out of pressure from conservationists and well shame embarrassment.
4. Crown-of-thorns Starfish
This marine invader truly looks like something sent from another planet with 21 arms covered in razor-sharp, venomous spines, the crown of thorns starfish poses of very serious threat to underwater ecosystems.
Unlike the introduction of cane toads or Floridian pythons, baffled researchers believe that nutrients from farming fertilizer making their way into the ocean are to blame for an increased survival rate of starfish larvae, allowing numbers to boom.
This predatory starfish has an unusually voracious appetite for coral flesh and each adult in a herd can chomp through 10 square meters of precious reef tissue per year.
Leaving the only destruction in its wake such alarming figures have led scientists to propose that the crown-of-thorns starfish could be a greater threat to the Great Barrier Reef than global warming.
As the invaders tear through the landscape leaving it barren
This ecological Armageddon will only worsen as each female starfish lays between 5 and 20 million eggs.
And while various methods like injecting these reef killers with lethal toxins are being considered a permanent solution is needed fast.
3. European Pigeon-eating Catfish
Yeah, You heard that correctly! This is an aquatic invader so adapted to its alien aquatic invaders, so we catch and eat airborne prey.
This unusual hunter otherwise known as the wels catfish was first released in the river Tarn in France in 1983.
Where it is flourished asserting a strong dominance as one of the rivers fiercest predators. Growing up to ten feet in length, these River Monsters have learned to mimic the hunting behavior of killer whales.
As they launch themselves ashore and snack any naive pigeons that reach.
Don’t believe me? Take a look for yourself in the picture below.
Although attempts aren’t always successful, these freshwater invaders are persistent with one fisherman claiming to have filmed 54 separate attacks from one bridge during the summer of 2011.
This astounding behavioral strategy is pretty concerning as reports of the creatures in Germany and Beyond suggest that this killer catfish could soon replace native fish species around the world.
They could be a solution to annoying pigeon infestations though
2. Killer Bees
Attack of the killer bees might sound like a low-rent horror movie, but it now seems that this nightmare has come to life.
it turns out the form as a super-termite, isn’t the only monster insect accidentally created by us meddling humans.
And this time we may have produced something far worse, a highly aggressive strain of bee which can be called a killer.
The story goes that in the 1950s African honeybees were imported to Brazil.
Where they could be safely bred with European honeybees to create a species maximized for honey production, only it all went wrong.
In 1957 26 of these new Africanized hybrid Queens and their colonies escaped from the experimental apiary, 100 miles from South Paulo and have since been spreading at a rate of 100 at 200 miles per year.
Fling the nest in huge swarms, these bees will chase a human for a quarter of a mile and have already killed around a thousand people.
Stinging their victims ten times more than regular European honeybees.
So if you have a stand upon a nest of this killer bees? Thinks again.
1. Jellyfish Invasion
Jellyfish are some of the oldest and strangest creatures on the planet, with no brain, eyes, bones or blood.
These bizarre animals have survived for five hundred million years, and now they’re said to take over the world.
Their numbers are exploding due to global warming as waters which were once cold become warm enough to support them.
And as pollution rises and many other sea creatures die out, jellyfish continue to thrive with their unique ability to survive with reduced oxygen levels.
In January 2019 a huge invasion of bluebottle jellyfish washed up on shore in Queensland Australia.
Causing the closure of several popular beaches after a record 13,000 stings were reported.
These dangerous invaders can be even more detrimental than one mase thing enough.
As huge jellyfish swarms, caused coastal nuclear reactors at Torn’s and Scotland to shut down in 2011, and again at Akshay nuclear plant in Sweden in 2013.
Japan has also been hit by an uncontrollable jellyfish problem over the past decade as the ginormous, Nomura species wreaks havoc on fishing communities unequipped to deal with such vast numbers.
In autumn 2009, the giant creatures even overturned a 10-ton fishing boat as its crew desperately tried to haul a net full of them aboard.
It seems the most dangerous invader of them all comes from the most unexpected of places.
Alien invaders can exist all around us, but which of these creatures poses the biggest threat? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.