The animal kingdom is extremely diverse and each species has its own traits and characteristics. While some animals make the perfect domestic pets for humans, others are better known for the danger they pose. Here are ten of the most dangerous animals in the world.
In spite of often being portrayed as a cute and loveable creature, the hippopotamus is, in fact, one of the most dangerous species of animal on the planet. After the elephant and the rhinoceros, it is the third largest land mammal. They are responsible for more human deaths on the African continent than any other large mammal.
9) Great White Shark
With 300 razor sharp teeth, the great white shark is considered to be the silent killer of marine life. The electric field created by the movement of living animals and the scent of blood are the two things most likely to provoke an attack. If you are attacked by one of these creatures, you are unlikely to survive with your limbs intact.
8) Saltwater Crocodile
Crocodiles have the speed and the ability to catch almost any prey they choose. They will attack their prey if they enter their territory or if they are hungry. Once the saltwater crocodile begins its attack, the prey has little chance of escape. The pressure applied by their jaws is the usual method of killing. They are the cause of more than two thousand deaths each year.
7) African Lion
Known as the king of the jungle, the size and speed of African lions contribute to the level of threat these creatures pose. Their sharp teeth and claws are used to maul and then kill their prey. They will attack both when they are hungry and when they feel under threat and are defending their pride.
6) Puffer Fish
It is not just land animals that are potentially dangerous as marine life can be just as deadly. The puffer fish is probably the most lethal creature in the ocean. In spite of its cute appearance, the puffer fish has a lethal defence mechanism. If it feels threatened, it puffs outs its spines, hence its name. These spines contain a venom that causes paralysis that will result in anyone who is stung stopping breathing.
5) Deathstalker Scorpion
Some species of scorpion are more dangerous than others and the deathstalker scorpion is probably the most lethal of them all. Three out of four deaths caused by the venomous sting of a scorpion can be attributed to the deathstalker scorpion. Survivors of the sting can expect an extremely painful and unpleasant experience.
4) Siafu Ants
These insects are dangerous, especially considering their size. They travel together in swarms of over 50 million. If even one ant in the colony feels under threat, they will act as one entity and attack together. They can bring down much larger animals due to the scale of their attack. Once they have clamped onto your skin, they do not let go. Even if you tear their bodies away, the jaws remain attached.
3) Black Mamba
Though there are many species of snake that pose a risk, the black mamba is one of the most dangerous. Not only is it highly venomous, it also attacks with little or no provocation at all. It is particularly risky due to the speed at which it chases its prey.
2) Cone Snail
This innocuous looking mollusc is significantly more dangerous than you would expect from its appearance. It is possible for as many as twenty human adults to die from just one drop of; the venom produced by this sea dwelling snail.
1) Sea Wasp Box Jellyfish
There are several species of the box jellyfish and all of them are quite dangerous. However, the sea wasp box jellyfish is the most deadly of them all as it is the most venomous animal on the planet. If you are lucky, you will simply suffer from tremendous pain, but death is the most likely outcome if you are stung by this variety of jellyfish.
Although there are many other dangerous animals across the globe, these are some of the most dangerous and are the ones you should certainly look out for and avoid. Speed, size, strength, skill and venom are just some of the factors that contribute to the risk posed by each of these animals.