It may be difficult to distinguish between harmless animals and lethal ones. Many of the deadliest animals are actually some of the cutest. I mean, don’t you agree the pufferfish is endearing? They just look so cute. But the truth is that they are extremely dangerous sea creatures – there is enough toxin in one pufferfish to kill 30 adult humans.
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Depending on where you live – Central America, Mexico, the United States, just to name a few, these dangerous predators may have a home close to you.
In no particular order, this list contains 18 of the most dangerous predators in the world.
Also known as the “killer” bee, the Africanized Honey Bee is extremely temperamental. They have spread over South and Central America through Mexico and into the United States, according to columbia.edu. They will attack you even if you don’t provoke them and will only sting you once. They die shortly after stinging their victim.
Due to their large size and aggression, they are well-known predators to large wild cats and they are known to attack humans – probably because they are frequently hunted. They have very few predators that they have to be worried about.
The great white shark is also known as… white death. Great white sharks are responsible for the greatest number of recorded shark attacks on humans. They have attacked boats, sinking them, and then attacking the people falling overboard. Fun fact: You can go cage diving in South Africa and see great white sharks up close.
As the temperature gets warmer, jellyfish are found closer to the shore. Therefore, the warmer the ocean, the higher the possibility of encountering a jellyfish. A jellyfish sting can cause headaches, vomiting, muscle spasms, an allergic reaction, chills, fever and difficulty breathing. Box Jellyfish are among the most dangerous because they have extremely powerful venom. Stings from them have killed people.
Hippos are known for their aggressive and hostile personalities. They are widely considered as one of the most dangerous animals in Africa. It has been reported that they kill about 500 humans a year worldwide.
Hyenas are known as scavengers; they are extremely dangerous to humans and have a bite capable of literally crushing bones. They like to steal fresh kills from lions, cheetahs and leopards. “Their intelligence and ability to coordinate hunts enable them to kill prey much more often than people realize,” according to quora.com.
These are the world’s largest cats. According to National Geographic, there are an estimated 400 to 500 living in the wild. They live alone and scent-mark large territories to keep their rivals away. “They lie in wait and creep close enough to attack their victims with a quick spring and a fatal pounce. A hungry tiger can eat as much as 60 pounds (27 kilograms) in one night, though they usually eat less,” National Geographic also explains.
Also known as Black Death, the Cape Buffalo can be deadly. Some people have said that Cape Buffalos have killed more big game hunters than any other animal in Africa. According to huntercourse.com, “an angry buffalo will circle and stalk its prey, waiting for the perfect moment to tear apart its opponent with its massive, thick horns.”
Stone fish are members of the scorpion fish family. They tend to live in tropical waters and in worldwide aquariums. According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, they carry extremely poisonous venom, which can cause pain, swelling, difficulty breathing, irregular heartbeat, low blood pressure, bleeding, abdominal pain, seizures, paralysis and nausea.
This is the longest venomous snake in the world – reaching up to 18 feet in length. When they are confronted, they can literally raise one-third of their body straight off the ground and still move forward to attack, according to National Geographic. The good news is that they tend to be shy and avoid humans when possible, but if they feel cornered they become extremely aggressive.
These frogs wear some of the most beautiful colors, but don’t let that fool you. They are one of the most dangerous predators in the world. They release toxins from their skin that are lethal to their predators. According to National Geographic, the golden poison dart frog has enough venom to kill 10 grown men.
This is the most dangerous of the scorpion species. They are usually found in the Middle East and North Africa. Females are about 4 inches in size and males are about 3 inches. They are very aggressive and their venom contains neurotoxins; one sting is extremely painful, but usually not deadly to healthy adult humans.
This spider is usually found in central Midwestern states, especially Oklahoma and Arkansas. The symptoms caused by the bite of this spider vary depending on the age of the victim, according to brownreclusespider.org. “The bites are usually more dangerous in kids, young adults and third age people.” You may experience symptoms such as nausea, fever, shivering and in some cases surgery may be required to extract the necrotic tissue.