In the animal kingdom, looks often are deceiving. Many deadly animals can look harmless, but that doesn’t mean that you should walk up to them and try to make friends.

This tiny caterpillar looks pretty cute at first. But you should avoid it at any cost, because it packs a powerful, painful secret.

It’s called the puss moth caterpillar, and it’s found in trees and garden plants between North Carolina and Florida.

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It can also be found in parts of Mexico and Central America.