10 Devil Animals

Do you know what's a Devil's Coach Horse? How about a Devil Rider? Discover ten animals with the word "devil" attached to their names.

Devil's Coach Horse

The Devil’s coach horse is a black, long-bodied beetle commonly found throughout Europe. It feeds on insects, spiders, wood lice and worms using its pincer-like jaws which can crush and kill its victim. In Irish mythology, the Devil is believed to take the insect’s form to eat sinners, thus the insects's name. It is also called Devil’s footman, Devil’s coachman, and Devil’s steed. When it feels threatened, it raises its tail like a scorpion. It cannot sting like the scorpion but it releases a fetid odor from the tip of its abdomen. It can also spew a foul-smelling brown fluid from its mouth and anus.

Devil Crab

With its huge, powerful carapace that reaches up to 100 millimeters (3.9 in) wide, the velvet crab (Necora puber) is the largest swimming crab in British waters. These crustaceans attack and eat anything, including smaller crabs. Their flattened paddle-like back legs help them swim away fast from enemies. Their brilliant red eyes earned them the name Devil crab.

Hickory Horned Devil

The caterpillar of the regal or royal walnut moth (Citheronia regalis) is one of the largest and fiercest-looking. During the hickory horned devil's final stage of development as a larva, it becomes bright green in color with big black-tipped orange horns. Despite its intimidating appearance, this big hot-dog sized caterpillar is harmless.

Giant Devil's Flower Mantis

Idolomantis diabolica is one of the world’s largest, rarest and most sought-after mantids. It is sometimes called the “King of all mantids” due to its size and magnificent beauty. The threat display of this flower mimic has made collectors go gaga over it.

Giant Devil Ray

This gregarious fish is classified as endangered, facing a very high risk of extinction in the wild. It lives in the deep waters of the Mediterranean feeding on plankton and small schooling fishes. The Giant devil ray (Mobula mobular) is an eagle ray with a spiny tail. Their gestation period lasts about 25 months and gives birth to one or two pups.

Sand Devil


The sand devil (Squatina dumeril) is a flat-bodied shark which looks like a ray. It has long, wide fins that look like wings, giving it another of its common name, angelshark. Sand devils are bottom dwellers that feed on mollusks, crustaceans, flounders, rays and bottom-dwelling fishes.

Thorny Devil

The thorny devil is an Australian lizard covered in spikes. It is a small, slow-moving creature that has the ability to change color or puff itself like a ball as its way of deceiving predators. Despite its don't-touch-me-or-else look, this dessert reptile is harmless.

Devil Rider

Anisomorpha buprestoides, more commonly known as the Devil rider, is a stick insect with a white substance defense spray. The very potent chemical can temporarily blind people and pets and is very excruciatingly painful.  It is also called musk mare and southern two-striped walkingstick.

Tasmanian Devil

When threatened by a predator, fighting for a mate or defending a meal, the Tasmanian devil will bare its teeth, lunge and give off extremely loud and disturbing guttural growls. These characteristics were how this feisty mammal acquired its name. The size of a small dog, devils are the world’s largest carnivorous marsupial. They are stocky and muscular, with black fur that makes them look like a small bear. They are also known for their offensive odor.

Devil Bird

For years, the identity of the bird remained a mystery in the jungles of Ceylon. All the locals could hear are the eerie, bloodcurdling, human-sounding shrieks which are believed to bring death. It was only in 2001 that the calls were confirmed to come from the Spot-bellied Eagle-Owl, locally known as Ulama.