The world is an incredible place full of a countless number of animals. Some animals don’t exist anymore, and some species we still have to discover. Those that we do know about we don’t necessarily know everything about. One thing is for sure, and that’s that we know which ones are and aren’t dangerous. Some are obviously dangerous and we do all we can to avoid them. Others are seemingly harmless but can still cause us fatal harm. Out of all the animals in the world, these are the 18 most dangerous species based on how many lives they take a year. Some will absolutely shock you so click through what critters to avoid!
#18 Brazilian Water Spiders
As if regular house spiders aren’t terrifying enough, there’s the Brazilian Water Spider with the looks of a tarantula and lethal venom that has taken 7 recorded lives total. The water spiders aren’t commonly seen out in the open and normally snake into people’s houses and cars on accidents. Don’t fear too much, there is an anecdote!
#17 Polar Bear
Bears can be pretty cute and cuddly, but don’t let their furry appearance fool you! Bears are still dangerous. One of the types of bears is Polar Bears. Though these bears do have a low interaction rate with humans, they still take around 1 or 2 lives a year, but mostly when a human encroaches on a Polar Bear’s territory.
#16 Puffer Fish
Puffer fish are cute when you first see them, but knowing that their spines contain a poison 1200 times more lethal than cyanide makes them a bit more frightening. They are known to take around 5 lives a year, as they are lethal to ingest if they are not cooked properly. This next animal should not come as a surprise…
#15 Grizzly Bears
Just like Polar Bears, Grizzly Bears have a pretty cute and cuddly appearance. However, don’t let their similarity to a teddy bear fool you. Grizzly Bear attacks take around 10 lives annually. Despite their size, they’re known to be pretty speedy as well as being overprotective of their young. These aren’t the only cuties to make the list of dangerous animals! Find out who else on the list looks like a stuffed animal but could actually tear you to pieces!
#14 Poison Dart Frog
Poison Dart Frogs are pretty cute if you look at them from a distance, that is. But make sure to make it a pretty long distance as their skin is covered in deadly toxins. They carry enough poison to kill up to 10 people! For being as tiny as a leaf, that’s some pretty powerful poison!
Dogs may be man’s best friend, but cats are our second beloved pets! That’s not the case for large felines, though, and that holds especially true for Leopards. Leopards are strong, fast, and know how to kill if they need to. Although they look like gentle giants, they are far from it as they will not hesitate to attack you.
Cows are probably one of the last animals you’d expect to kill us! We eat and drink products from their bodies daily, and having a cow kill you is probably a fear you’ve never thought of. But cows are known to be very protective of their young and of their territory. Don’t believe us? Try approaching a calf when the mother is around.
Just like cows, you would probably never expect to die from a horse! Horses are massive animals full of pretty strong muscles and incredibly powerful legs. A swift kick can sometimes be enough to take the life of a human so make sure you never stand behind one too close. Around 20 annual deaths are reported annually to horse related deaths.
#10 Domestic Dogs
Perhaps dogs may not be best friends after all? That’s probably what the 20 or so people who die a year from dog related deaths probably think. Humans are around dogs much more commonly than other animals on the list, and abused or mistreated dogs can especially get territorial and violent if threatened. They still will remain top the list of man’s favorite companion, however.
#9 Siafu Ants
Siafu ants aren’t deadly if you just run into one, so don’t fear too much. However, these fierce animals will do whatever it takes to protect themselves and can quickly go from one to one million if threatened. They reportedly take up to an average of 30 lives a year. You won’t believe what other tiny animal coming up on the list cause more deaths!
Tigers are among most of the beautiful felines in the world but stay as far away as possible, as they are also the most deadly of all cats. Like most cats, they are very defensive and aren’t afraid to knock someone out if they feel threatened. Their massive paws and teeth don’t have much competition between predators!
#7 Box Jellyfish
Jellyfish are stunning creatures that float through the ocean like angels. However, they are extremely dangerous and can kill up to 170 people a year! Each jellyfish has an average of 60 tentacles equipped with over 5,000 stingers. These aren’t the only beautiful but deadly animals on the list. Check out these cuties on the next slide…
Hippos are pretty cute animals. They have big eyes and even bigger noses making them look like cuddly little swimmers! They’re even mostly vegetarian! However, if you threaten a male’s land or a female’s babies, you might find yourself one of the over 500 people that die from hippos annually.
Crocodiles differ in many animals on the list as they’re not really that cute. They have long snouts and teeth designed to kill. However, they are pretty common among populated areas, causing over 2,000 deaths annually. They have extremely strong jaws and are skilled in water making them incredibly dangerous to be around.
Scorpions are pretty scary, but not completely deadly. One type of scorpions, however, are known to kill around 5,000 people annually. Not only are they incredibly tiny for how poisonous they are, but their bright appearance also makes them interesting to look at. They are especially lethal to children, so stay clear kiddos!
Just like spiders, snakes are one of the most feared animals. However, snakes should be feared the most out of any common fears people have, as snakes are responsible for killing over 300,000 people a year! That’s an average of 800 a day! The most deadly types of snakes are the Black Mamba and King Cobra. Though many keep these animals as pets, number one is still more of a shocking list entry than this!
#2 Tsetse Fly
The tsetse fly is one of the smallest animals on the list but is also the second deadliest of them all. They are known as carriers for the African Sleeping Sickness. This disease affects around 500,000 people a year and takes the lives of about half of those affected.
Yep, that’s right, mosquitos are the most deadly insects to exist! It’s scary to think that those little annoying bugs that try to steal your blood could also kill you! They are infamous for carrying the spreading Zika virus, but they also carry the deadly Malaria virus, killing over 2 million people a year! Watch out for these long-nosed bugs!
While some of the animals on the list are expected to be deadly animals, some of these are absolutely shocking! As if we didn’t already have enough to fear in the everyday world! However, many of these deadly animals are only present in certain areas, and it’s not like you run into grizzly bears and hippos in your backyard (depending where you live)! One important thing to remember is that these animals aren’t out to kill us, they simply want to protect themselves and their babies. Though some of these have high kill rates, there are plenty of other things in the world that we run a greater risk of dying from.