Top 10 most dangerous animals in the world

Lions and Tigers and Bears Oh My!


C. Jemming

Here is a list of the top ten most dangerous animals.

When asked to associate items with the word dangerous, massive animals tend to top the list. Spiders tend to monopolize the fear department, and sharks are connected with the “killer” stereotype. Realistically, neither of these animals can come close to comparing with the vicious beasts that storm the earth. Both large and small, animals can be downright deadly. Here is a list of the top ten most dangerous animals in the world today.

1. Human

This should not be surprising because, after all, humans are animals too. The total death rate from war alone is estimated to be from 150 million to 1 billion people. Humans still assault each other at high rates from gun violence in cities to terrorist attacks around the globe. Humans have the capacity to annihilate the entire plants with genetically-modified superbugs and nuclear devices. Humans are not only the first dangerous animal in the world but also pose threats to other creatures. Extinction data reveals that a rate of 100 to 1,000 species become extinct per million per year mostly due to human-caused habitat. Sad to say, but people are largely at the top of the list as the most dangerous animal in the world.

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2.) Mosquito

These little buggers are considered the second most dangerous on our list because of all of the deaths associated with carrying deadly pathogens. Found in every region on the planet except in Antarctica, these pests are primary provoker of diseases such as Yellow fever, West Nile virus, the Zika virus, and the Dengue fever. They kill around roughly 725,000 people annually.

3.) Tsetse Fly

These flies inhabit most of Africa and much like the mosquito, they transmit different diseases. Trypanosomiasis or “sleeping sickness” is caused by microscopic parasites. This disease is fatal if left untreated. It has a fatality rate of 100%. However, it is curable in its early stages of development. Each year around 50,000 to 500,000 people die from this disease transmitted from this fly.

4.) Saltwater Crocodile

This croc is the largest animal of all living reptiles. Male crocodiles can reach up to 7 meters long when fully grown. Other types of crocodiles will attack humans as well, but due to the close proximity of saltwater crocodiles to humans, they pose a much greater risk of attack. Annually, there are about 275 to 745 attacks, and 63% of these attacks are fatal.

5.) Black Mamba

This dangerous animal is an extremely venomous snake that is native to parts of Africa. There are snakes whose poison is more lethal, however, this fast-acting snake’s poison shuts down the nervous system and has paralyzing effects. Without anti-venom, the fatality rate from this snake bite is 100%. There is documentation that fatalities occur as little as 20 minutes after injection. This deadly snake kills around 20,000 people annually.

6.) Pufferfish

Tetrodotoxin is up to 1,200 times more poisonous than cyanide, and this toxin is released if the pufferfish is ingested. Their spikes lay alongside their body. It expands its body when faced with danger and unveils its long spikes. If a person were to touch a spike without respiratory treatment, they will survive for about 60 minutes. About six people die from pufferfish each year, but this does not mean they are any less dangerous.

7.) Box Jellyfish

Found in warm coastal waters around the world, this type of jellyfish is typically found in Australia. A tiny amount of jellyfish venom can cause a human heart to seize and stop. Stings from these creatures are said to be severely painful and fatal to humans. Hundreds of people are hospitalized each year due to stings, and 20 to 40 people die each year in the Philippines alone.

8.) Gold Poison Dart Frog

One of these frogs contains enough venom to kill 10 full grown humans or 20,000 mice. Growing to two inches long, their bright yellow color warns predators of their deadly toxicity. Gold poison dart frogs keep their poison right underneath their skin. If they become distressed, they will start sweating this toxin, making the frogs toxic to the touch.

9.) Cone Snail

Cone snails are slow-moving, so they use a harpoon to catch faster-moving prey. Their venom is powerful enough to kill a human. After the venom is injected, their prey becomes immobilized. Besides being venomous, parasitic flatworms can be transmitted to humans through these creatures. Around 30 humans have died from a cone snail.

10.) Cape Buffalo

Nicknamed “the Black Death”, these impressive animals are said to have killed more big game hunters than any other animal in Africa. They can reach heights of 6 feet and can weigh around 2,000 pounds. The cape buffalo tends to gore its prey or trample it to death. Approximately 200 people die each year from a buffalo attack.