The animal kingdom is full of all kinds of beautiful and unique animals. There’s so much wonder and beauty in the world, and we as humans have a natural desire to get up close and personal with the animals we share this earthly home with.
However, there are some animals that are better off left alone. These dangerous animals range from large to small, from venomous to poisonous. Here are some of the most dangerous animals in the world.
This creature’s name truly lives up to it’s danger. The Deathstalker is a venomous scorpion that lives in North Africa and the Middle East. Much like their name suggests, the Deathstalker is responsible for 75% of scorpion-related deaths each year.
Adults who come in contact with the Deathstalker usually only feel intense pain, while children usually experience convulsions, coma and death.
2. Africanized Honey Bee
This particular creature got it’s own harrowing movie. The Africanized Honey Bee, also known as the Killer Bee, is an experience gone wrong from 1957.
A Brazilian bee keeper tried to breed European and African honey bees, and accidentally allowed some of them to get free. The bees are much more aggressive than honey bees, and tend to swamp aggressively and chase their victims for miles.
The Rhino is extremely large, and they have a large and dangerous horn. Death by Rhino is not entirely uncommon in some parts of the world.
This is because the Rhino has incredibly bad eyesight along with being large and easy to scare.
If someone gets in the way of a frightened or threatened Rhino, they can charge up to 40 miles and hour - which makes it almost impossible to escape.
4. Cone Snail
One might not think that a snail is particular dangerous, but the Cone Snail is actually venomous. One drop of the Cone Snail venom is enough to kill 20 adult humans.
There’s no anti-venom for the Cone Snail - and it’s otherwise known as the “Cigarette Snail”, because they say that once you get stung by the Cone Snail you have enough time to smoke one cigarette before the venom gets to you.
5. Stone Fish
The Stone Fish is considered the world’s most venomous fish. They hide themselves on the ocean floor, camouflaged and waiting for it’s prey. It can open it’s mouth and eat other fish that swim by in less than .015 of a second. However, if a human were to step on this fish, the venomous spines could very well ruin your leg, or take your whole life.
6. Great White Shark
Though most of the Great White Shark’s danger has come from inflated fear caused by Jaws and Shark Week, the Great White Shark does have notoriously bad eyesight.
People who are swimming or on a surfboard can often look like seals, which are the natural prey of the Great White. While a Great White might take a bite, humans are usually too bony for their tastes - the danger comes in when they let go and leave you to bleed out in the ocean.
7. Black Mamba
The Black Mamba is a snake that is definitely one of the most feared creatures in the entire world. This particular snake mostly resides in Africa, and it’s the source of many local legends and myths.
The Black Mamba is so dangerous because of it’s venom, as well as being known for being extremely aggressive and attacking without provocation. The Black Mamba is incredibly fast, so if you disturb it, you may not even know that it’s bitten you until it’s too late.
8. Poison Dart Frog
The name says it all. This poisonous little frog is 2 inches long, brightly colored, and has enough poison in its body to kill 20,000 mice. With only a pin-head of poison, this Dart Frog could very easily stop the heart of a large animal - like a human being.
All of the poison in the Dart Frog is located in the surface of the skin, which means that you can’t even touch this frog without risking death. It’s bright colors warns other animals to stay away.
9. Box Jellyfish
This little boneless creature kills more people every year than sharks, crocodiles and stonefish combined. The Box Jellyfish has been called the world’s most venomous creature, with venom so potent that most people only receive some last minute CPR in an attempt to keep them alive. It’s best to stay out of the Box Jellyfish’s way instead of trying to see how close you can get. It’s not worth it.
10. African Lion
African Lions are not, as a rule, particularly dangerous to human beings. This is because they don’t always cross paths with humans, and don’t really enjoy hunting them because they’re just not meaty enough.
However, some lions have been known to seek out humans who have encroached too much on their territory. In 1898, a pride of lions managed to hunt down and kill 28 railway workers in Kenya over the course of 9 months.
This particular snake is bright, small and usually rather shy, which means that they don’t tend to cross path with humans. They don’t make a habit of attacking humans unless they’re threatened or cornered.
Unfortunately, Boomslang venom is a hemotoxin that makes it impossible for blood to clot. When someone is bitten by a Boomslang, they’re likely to start to slowly bleed out of the pores in their body, since they’re not able to clot their blood.
12. Puffer Fish
The Puffer Fish is cute, fat and innocent looking… but don’t let these looks deceive. The Puffer Fish is actually one of the most poisonous vertebrates in the entire world. It’s also a delicacy in Japan, for whatever reason.
Why would someone want to eat something so poisonous? Especially since if a Puffer Fish isn’t prepared properly the poison in the fish will cause your diaphragm to become paralyzed and stop your breathing.
13. Komodo Dragon
Anything with “dragon” in the name should probably not be messed with. They’re not picky eaters, which means that they’ll eat just about anything they can get their mouths on - Komodo Dragons have also been known to dig up shallow graves and feast on the corpses inside.
A Komodo Dragon hunts by waiting for their prey to walk by, then jumps on them and rips out their throat before retreating and waiting for their prey to bleed out and die. While the Komodo Dragon is dangerous if provoked, they don’t tend to cross paths with humans.
14. Carpet Viper
Snakes tend to be some of the most dangerous creatures in the entire world, and the Carpet Viper is no different. This particular viper is responsible for the majority of all snake-related deaths in the world.
The Carpet Viper’s venom is also a hemotoxin that causes the body to stop clotting the blood, which is extremely dangerous. Unfortunately, the Carpet Viper tends to strike in places where the victims don’t have access to modern medicine and anti venom, which causes them to bleed out slowly. .
15. Brazilian Wandering Spider
According to the Guinness Book of World Records, this is the most venomous spider in the entire world. That’s quite a title to live up to, and the Brazilian Wandering Spider does it well. They got their name because of their tendency to do just that: wander.
The Brazilian Wandering Spider has a habit of crawling into cars, houses, and other densely populated areas, especially during the day time. With human beings crossing paths with the Brazilian Wandering Spider so often, it’s not wonder that it’s one of the most dangerous animals in the world.