Nov 12 2015

25 Animals That Will Kill You!

Beware! Here are 25 vicious and sometimes SNEAKY animals that will kill you. These are the most dangerous animals on the planet.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         25 Deadly Animals

#25 BEAR

big kodiak bear

Although they generally avoid people, bears can be very dangerous, especially grizzly bears and polar bears.  It’s odd that there are so many childhood stories about lovable bears and that teddy bears are so popular, given the fact that they can easily kill an adult, let alone a child.  Most bear attacks happen when they are defending their cubs or their territory.  Bears also do not like to be cornered or surprised, especially while eating.




Forget Bullwinkle: moose can be dangerous.  In fact they can be far more dangerous than bears.  If they feel threatened they do one of two things: walk away or charge.  Like a bear, a moose usually leaves people alone.  But a moose can be a very aggressive animal when it feels threatened.  A moose gives some warning signs like tossing its head up like a horse.  If you think it’s going to charge, run!  Don’t fiddle with your smart phone!  Run!




The shark is sometimes called the perfect killing machine.  The sharks most likely to attack humans are the Great White Shark and the Bull Shark.  Sharks have quite a few things going for them as killers: they swim fast; they have absolutely no natural predators; they have a great sense of smell, especially for blood; they are always hungry; and, most helpful (to them), they have electroreception which enables them to sense things around them.  Including you.




When you think of dangerous animals in Africa, you think of things like big cats and hyenas and snakes.  What about ants?  The Siafu ants are dangerous to humans because they live in enormous colonies of 50,000,000 ants.  50,000,000 ants!  They have venom, but that’s not what makes them dangerous: it’s their bite.  They can bite through the skin of a rhinoceros.  Getting bitten by one is no big deal, but if you disturb a group, run for your life!




Africanized honey bees are also known as killer bees.  Can they really kill a human being!  Yes!  Like the Siafu Ants, the danger lies in numbers.  Africanized honey bees gather into groups of hundreds or even thousands and attack human beings.  They swoop down and sting you with their venom.  What are their favorite targets?  Your eyes, ears, nostrils, and mouth.  In a recent attack, 800,000 bees were involved.  Your best bet?  Run.  That is, if you can see.




When it is fully expanded you think, “What a cute fish!”  Wrong.  The pufferfish is one of the most poisonous animals on Earth.  When fishermen catch a pufferfish, they use thick gloves to remove the hook just so the “cute” fish doesn’t bite the fisherman.  The pufferfish’s poison causes suffocation because it paralyzes your diaphragm.  What makes it worse is that there is no antidote for the poison.  Makes you wonder why it it served as a delicacy in Japan.




“Monster” says it all: avoid the Gila monster if at all possible.  They are slow moving lizards, but they are still dangerous.  The venom comes out of their teeth when they bite their victim.  The venom is a neurotoxin (a substance that is poisonous to nerve tissue) that is as toxic as the venom of the coral snake, known for being one of the most venomous snakes in the world.  The Gila monster bites quickly, so get out of the way!




Primates pose more than one danger to human beings.  First, the larger ones, like gorillas, orangutans, and chimpanzees, are capable of mauling and killing us.  So unless you studied with Dian Fossey, be careful when you’re wondering around the jungles of Africa.  But the other threat is that primates can easily spread diseases to human beings.  Hepatitis C is a good example of one of these diseases: even a small bite from a small monkey can spread a disease.




What a colorful frog: isn’t it pretty?  The bright colors of the poison dart frog are there for a reason: they serve as a warning to stay away, and, for heaven’s sake, don’t pick it up!  This frog is one of the most poisonous creatures in the world and they secrete their powerful toxins through their skin.  It gets its name from the fact that the indigenous people apply the secretions to the tips of their blow darts.




Anteaters just meander around the floor of the jungle and lick ants, rights?  How can they possibly pose any danger to human beings?  They normally don’t attack humans and generally avoid them.  But they are large creatures with weapons: they have very strong arms and very sharp claws.  If an anteater feels it is being cornered or threatened, watch out.  Those powerful claws can disembowel a human being in one fell swoop, or swipe in this case.




There are five members of the “big cat” family and they are the jaguar, the leopard, the lion, the snow leopard, and the tiger.  Some lists include the cheetah and the cougar.  Although we human beings are not generally on their dietary list, big cats still pose a danger to us.  They are fast and powerful and masters of their domains.  Leopards are known to develop a taste for humans as they age: perhaps humans are easier to catch?




Some people consider the Cape Buffalo to be one of the most dangerous animals on Earth, partly because they are so unpredictable.  You’re not even safe in a safari jeep if one of these 1.5 ton tanks charges towards you.  They use their sharp horns to defend themselves when they feel that they are being threatened.  By ramming headfirst, they can overturn your jeep as well as trucks and vans.  But wait: there’s more!  They can run 40 miles an hour!




Just like the colorful poison dart frog, there’s a reason this cuttlefish is flamboyant.  WARNING!  WARNING!  DANGER!  Underwater photographers love to snap shots of this amazing fish, not just because it is colorful, but because it actually changes colors.  But beware: the flesh of this unusual cuttlefish contains a toxin that is almost as poisonous as that of the blue-ringed octopus.  They live in the warm tropical waters around Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, and northern Australia.




Elephants in captivity are generally docile, but out in the wild it’s another matter.  They can run 25 miles an hour so if you’re being chased, forget it.  Climb up a tree?  The elephant will just knock it down.  Elephants have been known to throw a rhinoceros over its head; to flip a safari jeep over and gore it with its trunks; and they can smell or hear you long before you know they are in the area.




There are 23 species of crocodiles: of these six are dangerous to human beings.  The two most well-known species that attack us are the Nile crocodile and the saltwater crocodile.  There are up to 2,500 people who die each year from crocodile attacks.  They are enormous reptiles that are fast and strong and easily blend into their environment.  The other dangerous kinds of crocodiles are the black caiman in the Amazon basin and the mugger crocodile.




The Sea Wasp Box Jellyfish is known for being one of the most venomous animals on Earth.  Their bell, or the top part, can be about the size of a basketball, and they have 15 tentacles hanging as long as ten feet below them.  It uses its venom to stun fish, but if you become trapped in one or more of its tentacles, first, your heart would stop in three minutes.  Then you would eventually dissolve.  Disappear.  Bye bye.




With nearly 3,000 human fatalities each year, many people consider the hippopotamus to be the most dangerous animal in Africa.  They can look so docile as they graze along lakes and rivers, but they can be very aggressive, unpredictable, and dangerous.  They can weigh up to 3,000 pounds and can run as fast as 20 miles per hour despite their short stocky legs.  It is very rare for other animals like lions or crocodiles to attack a hippopotamus.




Scorpions started out as sea creatures millions of years ago, and most people wish they’d stayed there.  Better check inside that hiking boot before you put your foot in it.  There are about 1,750 species of scorpions, but only about 25 of these are venomous enough to kill a human being.  The sting from a scorpion can be painful, but it can also be deadly.  About 5,000 people die each year from scorpion stings.




The blue-ringed octopus only grows to be between five and eight inches, but it is one of the most venomous creatures in the ocean.  It lives in the coral reefs in the Pacific and Indian Oceans, from Australia to Japan.  Their yellow skin is decorated with black and blue rings: pretty to look at but not to touch.  They are found in tidal pools so people step on them.  There is no anti-venom.  Death occurs within minutes.


#6 DOG


With so many people owning dogs as pets, it’s hard to believe that dogs are responsible for about 50,000 human deaths per year.  It’s usually humans behaving badly that is the cause for dogs to become aggressive and it can lead to mauling and sometimes death.  Some of the most dangerous dogs include the American Bulldog, Boxer, Doberman Pinscher, Great Dane, Pit Bull, Saint Bernard, and, not surprisingly, the Wolf Hybrid.  Be nice to your puppy dog!




Most people are afraid of snakes and they should be: snakes kill about 50,000 people every year.  Snakes often run away when they encounter human beings, but if they feel threatened, they will attack.  Not all snakes are venomous, but some are, like the rattlesnake, the death adder, the eastern brown snake, the black mamba, and the king cobra.  The Inland Taipan is considered the most venomous land snake.  Its venom causes death by suffocation.




The tsetse fly looks somewhat like a housefly.  It lives in African between the Sahara and Kalahari Desert.  It lives by feeding on the blood of animals, including human beings.  Tsetse flies bite as many as 500,000 people per year and cause African sleeping sickness: about 80 percent of these people will die.  But to be fair, it’s not the fly that causes the disease and possible death: the fly carries parasites called trypanosomes from one animal to the next.




The name of this animal is quite a mouthful, but just nine pounds of this dangerous bacterium could wipe out the entire human race.  It is a neurotoxin which poses a serious danger to nerve tissue: this causes the diaphragm to become paralyzed and suffocation results.  This bacterium is found in the soil everywhere on Earth, from the Antarctic to the Sahara to the bottom of the ocean.  But it requires the right conditions to become dangerous.




Mosquitoes are so tiny: it’s hard to believe that they can kill up to a million people a year.  Like the tsetse fly, it’s not the mosquitoes themselves that kill, it’s what they are carrying that kills: diseases, and often fatal diseases.  The most well-known diseases that are spread by mosquitoes are malaria and dengue: others include yellow fever and West Nile Virus.  You smash one on your leg: too late.  It’s already “sucked your blood.”




The number one killer on this list might surprise you.  But think about it: all animals fight, right?  It’s just that we’re better at it.  All through history humans have been killing humans: it’s one of the few things that has not changed throughout history.  We seem to come up with so many reasons to kill each other.  Look at the long history of weapons.  And we’re still inventing new ones!  But our best weapon might just be the brain.