The World’s Most Dangerous Animals

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It doesn’t matter the size of these animals, they are ferocious and can kill you in seconds. Large or small, cute or terrifying, these are the most dangerous animals on the planet.

Poison Dart Frog

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They’re small, but they are deadly. Indigenous people used the frog’s secretion and apply it to the end of their arrows so their enemies would also be poisoned along with getting shot. Don’t underestimate these frogs; just one of them can kill up to ten people. They can be found in Central and South America.

Polar Bear

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Don’t expect to see a polar bear to be sipping on a Coca-Cola. They are one of the biggest carnivores in the world and aren’t afraid to attack. In fact, they have no natural predators.

Green Anaconda

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These snakes are some of the biggest and scariest around. Even though they aren’t venomous, their strength and size should make humans wary of approaching them.

Mediterranean Black Widow

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The red on this spider’s back should be warning sign enough not to go near it. The Mediterranean black widow has extra large glands, making their bite that much more poisonous.

Millipede

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This little bug emits cyanide gas and poison from pores that cover its body. This poison can cause burns to the skin and eyes of its predators. However, people don’t have to worry about it harming them.

Bullet Ant

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The bullet ant grows to about an inch long and can clime almost anything thanks to their sticky feet. Why are they called bullet ants? Because their bite hurts as much as being shot by a bullet.

Blue Ringed Octopus

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This golf ball-sized animal can kill up to 26 people in just a few minutes. Its poison will paralyze you so you aren’t able to breathe. Unfortunately, there is not antidote.

Tarantula Hawk

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This nasty wasp hunts tarantulas for food. Their sting is so venomous that it will paralyze their prey making it easier for them to move it and eat. Sometimes they sting humans and ultimately kills about a dozen people a year.

Africanized Honey Bee

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Also known as the Killer Bee, this bee was created by a bee keeper in Brazil back in 1957. He interbred African and European honey bees. Some escaped and have spread throughout the Americas. They are known for chasing their victims and swarming.

Indian Red Scorpion

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The most deadly scorpion lives in Pakistan, India, and Sri Lanka. Their main prey is people. These sneaky creatures will hide in people’s shoes and sting them.

Ascaris (lumbricoides) Roundworms

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This roundworm can be found in water that has been contaminated by human feces. They will invade your body and use you as a host. The worms can be found in tropical climates and sub-Saharan African.

Duck-Billed Platypus

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These funny looking and confused animals are actually pretty dangerous. They produce a lethal venom that comes from their back legs. It’s strong enough to kill household pets, so it’s better to leave these animals in the world.

Red Bellied Piranha

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They may be small, but this piranha is vicious. With extremely sharp teeth and strong jaws, they can rip any animal apart in minutes. However, they typically feast on insects, fish, and other sea creatures.

Gila Monster

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These lizards are native to the Southwester US and parts of Mexico. They secrete their venom through grooves in their teeth.

Irukandji Jellyfish

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It’s the smallest jellyfish on the planet. It’s also the deadliest. Their sting is over a 100 times worse than a cobra bite and will cause severe pain, feelings of doom, and nausea.

Putter Fish

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This fish, though very poisonous, is actually a delicacy meal in Japan. If poisoned by a puffer fish, you’ll be paralyzed and eventually stop breathing.

African Leopard

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Leopards are so dangerous that when they are injured, they become angrier and more aggressive rather than running away. They’re also pretty fast at catching their prey.

Termites

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While termites will not kill you directly, their eating of wood in your house and trees may eventually lead to your death if one of them collapses on you.

Great White Shark

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Great white sharks enjoy sampling since they can’t tell what is edible and what isn’t. They typically bite down on anything that floats, including people. While humans are considered too bony for sharks, they won’t you whole but rather leave you bleeding to death.

Eurasian Wolf

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This is not your domesticated dog. These wolves have killed upwards of 7,600 people reportedly.

Botfly

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The botfly has no boundaries. It will lay its larvae inside of human’s bodies and leave them there to live and grow. They feed off you as a host and may cause infections. Nasty, right?

Cape Buffalo

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These animals have never successfully been domesticated. They cause many fatalities to humans. In Africa, they are known as the “widow maker.”

Bengal Tiger

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The Bengal tiger is the largest type of tiger out there. They are the true kings of the jungle and kill many people each year.

Sydney Funnel Web Spider

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This spider’s venom is very painful and will make you tingle, sweat, and experience muscle spasms. You’re fate is certain death if you don’t see a doctor.

Southern Flannel Moth

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This interesting insect’s sting will cause its victim to fall severely ill. Though there haven’t been any deaths recorded, it’s still extremely painful.

Castor Bean Tick

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So tiny, yet so deadly. This tick loves to hitch on to people and feed off of them while transmitting viruses and bacteria to make them ill.

Eastern Brown Snake

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Found in Australia, the brown snake is responsible for most of the country’s snakebites each year. They are very quick and can grow almost a meter long.

Stonefish

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This ugly fish lies in wait on the ocean’s floor waiting for its prey to swim by. It can kill an animal in 0.15 seconds! It’s considered the “world’s most venomous fish.”

Jaguar

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Jaguars are native to the Amazon Rainforest. They also have the strongest bite in all of the cat family.

Portuguese Man O’ War

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You should stay away from this giant clear blob if you see it on the beach. It’s a Physalia, which is very close to the jellyfish species.

Yellow Jacket

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Yellow jackets kill people with their sting that sends them into anaphylactic shock. The older a yellow jacket gets, the stronger their sting is.

Blue Poison Arrow Frog

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This two-inch little frog is so dangerous that it can kill 20,000 mice. It secretes the poison from its skin, so don’t touch it.

Asian Lion

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The kings of the jungle are very deadly. They are very fast and have a tremendous bite. Around 100 people are killed by lions every year.

Box Jellyfish

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This little jellyfish kills more people than sharks and crocodiles. It’s considered the “world’s most venomous animal.”

Australian Funnel Web Spider

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The most venomous spider on the planet likes to hide in houses and cars in largely populated cities.

Centipede

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While the centipede can’t hurt an adult human, it can be dangerous to children. It secretes a fatal venom that can harm other insects and children.

Fire Ant

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This little creature kills around 50 people every year. Their bite will send people into anaphylactic shock, which can lead to death.

Assassin Bug

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This bug likes to bite humans right near their lips. They carry the Changas Disease and are found in Mexico.

Hippopotamus

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While hippos are mostly herbivores, they are the most dangerous animals found in Africa. Their jaws are so strong they can destroy a car without a problem.

Yellow Bellied Sea Snake

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This snake’s venom is very similar to the King Cobra’s venom. Just one drop is able to kill three adult men. It will paralyze your body and affect your lungs.

Pitohui

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The pitohui is the only bird in the world that is venomous. The skin and feathers are covered with the poison and is easily transferrable between people and animals.

Komodo Dragon

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Komodo dragons aren’t particular about their food. They’ll eat anything they can get their hands on. They have even dug up shallow graves to eat what’s buried underneath. Their preferred method of killing is by biting into their prey’s throat.

Assassin Caterpillar

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This caterpillar blends in to its environment extremely well. Its venom is located its spikes and has killed hundreds of people in the last two decades.

Hyena

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Hyenas are more likely to attack humans at night when it’s dark. In fact, they tend to attack humans more when disease and war break out.

Sri Lankan Leopard

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The leopard has one of the strongest jaws in the wild. They are found hiding and hunting in trees throughout Asia and Africa. They also let out a tremendous roar, so if you hear one while in the jungle, run as fast as you can.

Brown Recluse

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The Brown Recluse is even deadlier than the Black Widow. While they typically only kill elder people and children, they like to crawl into shoes and mittens before they bite.

African Elephant

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These large animals are known for being aggressive and trampling people and animals to death.

Wild Boar

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Boars can weigh up to 660 pounds and are actually pretty intelligent, which makes hunting them extremely dangerous. They aren’t afraid to charge at people.

African Tsetse Fly

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This Sub-Sarahan fly latches onto larger animals and people and feeds off of their blood. This is how they spread deadly diseases.

Electric Eel

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Electric eels are actually part of the “knife-fish” family, not the eel family. They are found in the Amazon Rainforest living in bodies of freshwater. They send out a 600 volt electric shock, so be careful.

Tropical Tse Tse Fly

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This fly is here to suck your blood. It also carries a disease known as the Sleeping Sickness and kills up to 250,000 people per year.

Death Adder

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Most snakes will slither away when they’re afraid. This snake will freeze and bite you without hesitating.

Bull Shark

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The Bull Shark lives mostly in shallow waters and is more dangerous than the Great White Shark. They are extremely aggressive and aren’t afraid to bite.

Mosquito

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One of the smallest animals in the world can also be quite deadly. They carry diseases that kill two to three million people each year.

Southern Cassowary

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In the same family as the emu and ostrich, the Cassowary are known to chase, claw, and kick as a method of attack.

Giant Asian Hornet

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This hornet is one of the deadliest to be found in Japan. Even the size of it is enough to put you into shock.

Wolverine

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Wolverines are fearless when it comes to killing its prey. They are the type of fight to the death.

Slow Loris

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This cute mammal is one of the few that are venomous. The poison is produced in its elbows, strangely enough.

Rhinoceros

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Rhinos actually have very poor eyesight, so they can’t be completely sure what they are charging at all the time. They can reach 40 mph when running. That’s pretty fast, especially with a horn like that at the end.

Tapeworm

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These flat little worms are parasites that live off of its host’s body. They are found in undercooked meat and can infect your intestines, liver, and lungs.

Anopheles Mosquito

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While mosquitos are known for carrying and transmitting deadly diseases, this mosquito is known for carrying malaria.

Carpet Viper

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This snake is responsible for most of the snake-related deaths. This is mostly because the area they frequent lack medical facilities.

Saltwater Crocodile

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This crocodile eats everything from sharks to cows to humans. Its technique is grabbing its prey and flinging them back and forth until they drown and detach.

African Lion

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Lions typically aren’t on the hunt for humans. However, in 1898, lions killed a total of 28 people in just 9 months.

Black Mamba

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This snake is the center of many tales and myths in Africa. It’s extremely fast, aggressive, and dangerous.

Humans

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Humans are by far the deadliest creatures on the planet. Not only do we kill animals and each other, but also our planet with pollution and trash.

Death Stalker

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This scorpion can be found in the Middle East and Northern Africa. Its venom isn’t strong enough to kill adult humans, but it is strong enough to kill children.

Black Spitting Thick Tail Scorpion

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Another scorpion makes the list. This one attacks its victims with venom by spraying or stinging. The good news is that they are pretty fearful of humans.

Brazilian Wandering Spider

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You will die in just hours if bitten by this spider. They like to lay their eggs in bunches of bananas and lurk around your home.

Fleas

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Though people rarely die from fleas, they can feed off of a host for long time periods and spread disease.

Australian Drop Bear

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Cousins of the koala bear; the drop bear eats meat and is extremely aggressive.

Deep Blue Irukandji Jellyfish

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Though it’s one of the smallest jellyfish in the ocean, it’s one of the most poisonous.

Cone Snail

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This little bug can kill 20 people with just one little drop of its venom. Its known as the “cigarette snail” because after it bites you, you have about as much time as it would take to smoke a cigarette before you die.

Deer Tick

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These tiny bugs spread diseases like Lyme disease to their hosts. They are found in the woods in North America and are very tiny.

Army Ants

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These ants will eat anything they can get their hands on. Their bites are so powerful that it will affect you circulation. You don’t want to encounter these ants in the wild.