Whether you’re aware of it or not, this planet is full of deadly animals that are all trying to become alpha. They make it their mission to survive, and they aren’t afraid of who they have to hurt in the process…
When you think about it, the world is pretty strange. Planet Earth is essentially floating in the middle of nothingness, and filled with all kinds of weird and wonderful creatures. There are fish living in the oceans, there are monkeys swinging from trees in the rainforest, there are skunks making their way through trash cans, and there are even humans working on farms or living their best lives in the city. When you take a step back and realize what’s going on right now, and how many creatures are breathing the same air as you, things can get a little overwhelming.
Although it might be easy to assume that every living creature on this planet lives harmoniously with each other, that just isn’t the case. It seems as though we’re constantly in the middle of a game of cat-and-mouse, and keeping our eyes peeled for the next predator that tries to make us their prey. While you might not be consciously aware of the fact that this is going on around you, it’s definitely happening right under your nose. That’s because the world is full of dangerous and deadly animals that are all looking to be top dog… or top shark, top elephant, top ant, or top anything! As we all know, with great power comes great responsibility, and it seems as though every living creature is constantly working on their next power move. This might involve overthrowing the alpha within their species, harming others for their own gain, or just protecting their home. Either way, these deadly animals are certainly making their mark…
If you had the chance of encountering an alligator every single day for the rest of your life or avoiding them completely, which one would you go for? We have a feeling that we know the answer to that one. That’s because these giant reptiles are pretty scary looking.
As if that wasn’t enough, they’re also humongous! Adult males can grow to around 15-feet long, and they look incredibly strong and powerful. However, you’ll be happy to know that alligators aren’t quite as dangerous as many people think. You’re actually more likely to pass away after being struck by lightning than being attacked by an alligator…
They’re quick, they have sharp teeth, and they like to growl a lot. With that in mind, wolves must be pretty dangerous, right? While there’s no doubt about the fact that they can harm you if you get too close and aggravate them, the chances of you being attacked by a wolf is actually pretty slim.
What you might not realize is that the numbers of wolves in the wild are actually dwindling. Just a few years ago, they were on the brink of extinction because humans decided that they didn’t want wolves in the world. More on those dastardly humans later on.
When you think of sharks, there’s a high chance that you immediately think of movies such as Jaws, The Meg, Sharknado, and The Shallows. These movies always showcase the dark and destructive side of shark attacks, but you’ll be happy to know that it’s not quite as dramatic as Hollywood makes it out to be.
While being attacked by a shark wouldn’t be the greatest day of your life, there’s little chance of it actually happening in the first place. That’s because the numbers are pretty small when shark attacks are involved. Around 150 people get on the wrong side of sharks each year, and only ten of them actually pass away.
The most dangerous sharks
Although it’s good to know that we won’t get a chunk taken out of our leg next time we swim in the ocean, it’s also important to recognize that there are various different species of shark. Normally, shark attacks are only performed by a few different species, including great white sharks, tiger sharks, and bull sharks.
These sea creatures aren’t too fussy about what they eat, and will gladly eat a human if their blood appetizer tickles their fancy. The best way to avoid a shark attack? Make sure you don’t enter the water with an open wound!
Although it may seem as though bears are the cutest and cuddliest soft toys in the game, the reality of the situation is that real bears are pretty scary. They don’t exist to be cuddled by children and college students who are homesick but exist for their own survival.
There are various different types of bear across the globe, and a large portion of them eat plants or small insects. Despite this, they are incredibly protective animals that aren’t afraid to fight anyone who gets in their way. Sometimes this happens to be a human, and it’s been noted that around 12 people pass away each year after a bear attack.
There’s a high chance that this picture sends shivers down their spine because so many people are afraid of spiders. While most of us know that this doesn’t really make sense – considering they are pretty tiny – that hasn’t stopped us from freaking out every time we encounter these eight-legged foes.
You’ll be happy to know that although spiders are pretty scary, they aren’t too deadly. Many of them will spurt their venom if you cross them, but those who have been bitten by spiders rarely pass away from this. In fact, it’s believed that around seven people pass away in the US each year thanks to these critters.
The most venomous spider
Although we know that there are various venomous spiders in the world, have you ever wondered which one is the most venomous? Well, that crown goes to the Brazilian wandering spider. Of course, only those who live in Brazil need to worry about these guys.
These spiders can normally be found in the rainforest, but are rather different to the average spider, because they don’t spin their webs. Instead, they catch their food by ambushing their prey and then biting them with their poison. Although they have bitten humans in the past, most of these victims have survived the painful ordeal.
Ants are pretty harmless, right? It seems not, as they can actually be rather deadly. There are various different types of ant in this world, and a large portion of them wander around your yard going about their own business without causing a nuisance.
However, if you’ve ever found yourself in the midst of a fire ants nest, you’ll know that it can be pretty irritating. You are soon covered in bites, and these bites become incredibly itchy. Many people are allergic to fire ants, and this allergic reaction causes around 9 people in the US to pass away each year.
The most dangerous ant
Although most ants are harmless, we definitely can’t put the bulldog ant in that category. That’s because this ant is considered the most dangerous ant in the world and has been known to be extremely aggressive.
They are extremely venomous and cling onto its victim with its large pincers to administer their venomous bite, which means that they cannot run away. It sounds pretty gruesome, but they have been known to attack humans in the past. Only three people have ever passed away after being bitten by a bulldog ant since 1936, which is a little reassuring.
No matter whether you’re a vegetarian, vegan, or carnivore, it’s hard to ignore the fact that humans have an adverse effect on the cow species. It seems as though they aren’t too fond of the human race, which is probably why they cause numerous fatalities every single year.
Cows often attack humans during unprovoked altercations, but most of the time, these victims are accidentally crushed when in an enclosed space with a cow. Of course, the number of those who pass away at the hooves of cows is nothing compared to the cows that pass away at the hands of the human.
There’s a high chance that you have come close to a horse at least once in your life. You may have taken riding lessons when you were younger, or you may even have a couple of horses yourself. Although they are normally tame animals, horses are often the cause of fatalities.
Around 20 Americans pass away each year due to horses, but this normally occurs when the human is riding the horse and then falls off. Of course, that’s not always the case. While it is rare, horses have often been known to attack people when provoked.
Although the Wizard of Oz painted us a picture of a cowardly line, it’s safe to say that lions are the bravest of them all. Big cats are known for their predatorial ways, and there’s a reason why they are called the kings of the jungle.
Although most people don’t get the chance to look a lion in the eye, there are many people who have passed away due to a lion attack. It’s been noted that lions attack hundreds of people every single year, and around 70 – 100 of them pass away from their injuries. Sometimes, these lions even eat their human prey!
The most dangerous cat
When you think of the most dangerous cat, you automatically assume that it’s the lion or the tiger, right? Well, that’s not the case. The most dangerous cat in the world is the wild black-footed cat. This cat is probably smaller than the house cat you have at home, but it’s known for hunting and eating a huge number of animals every single night.
While they don’t have a taste for humans, these wild black-footed cats do have a big appetite. Every night they eat around 10 – 14 small animals, such as birds or rodents. Because of this, they maul more prey than any other cat on Earth.
As another member of the big cat family, it should come as no surprise to learn that tigers have had numerous run-ins with humans over the years. Although some countries and cultures tend to keep tigers as pets, most people see them as large predators that wouldn’t think twice about sinking their claws into their food.
Most people are right to be afraid, but tigers don’t harm as many people as you might think. It’s been reported that around 100 people pass away due to a tiger attack every single year, and most of the time this is an accident, rather than a calculated attack.
Jellyfish are rather strange animals, and it seems odd that something that looks like floating jelly can be so dangerous in terms of its sting. Common jellyfish species often sting humans in the ocean, but this is rarely a life-threatening medical concern that requires immediate attention.
However, there is one particular type of jellyfish that should leave you on edge. The box jellyfish can be found across the world and comes complete with 24 eyes and toxic tentacles. A sting from one of these jellyfish can prove fatal, and 60 people pass away every single year due to this animal.
Bees, wasps, and hornets
If you’ve ever seen My Girl, you’ll know that bee stings can get pretty emotional. It’s been noted that stings from bees, wasps, and hornets cause around 100 fatalities every single year, and this is normally because many human beings are allergic to them.
Because of this, it’s difficult to place the blame on the animals themselves. These fatalities are due to human existence rather than their devastating nature, and it’s a well-known fact that the world would not be the place it is today without these animals to pollinate our plants. So, we’re gonna let this one slide.
The most venomous hornet
Although most bees, wasps, and hornets are pretty harmless, there is one particular hornet that is more destructive than the rest. The Asian giant hornet takes the crown as the largest hornet in the world, and it’s fair to say that its sting packs a punch.
With its intense venom, this hornet has the ability to attack around 40 honey bees every single minute. They have also been known to attack and sting humans in the past, and many people have relayed the intense pain that occurs after this sting. Considering this venom destroys your red blood cells, we can’t imagine it’s too fun.
The cape buffalo is a herbivore, but that hasn’t stopped it from maiming around 200 humans every single year. However, it’s important to look at the circumstances behind these fatal attacks. These huge creatures have made a home for themselves in Africa, but it seems as though some hunters just can’t leave them be.
They are hunted for their horns and their meat, but Cape buffalo are extremely resilient creatures. When they are wounded by the hunter, these animals often wander off and then circle back to attack their attacker. You could argue that they are just protecting themselves.
As another member of the big cat family, leopards are also known for attacking humans and other animals on countless occasions. As carnivores, they spend their days hunting out their prey, and it seems as though they sometimes get a taste for the humans that try to hunt them.
Although the exact number is not known, it’s believed that hundreds of humans fall victim to leopards every single year, and a large number of these victims come from India. This could be because leopards are much closer to the human population in this country, and most of the time, they are simply in the wrong place at the wrong time.
There’s a high chance that you see deer on a regular basis because these animals seem to have learned how to live harmoniously with humans. However, that doesn’t mean that they don’t hurt and main humans when they get on the wrong side of them.
Around 240 people pass away after having an encounter with a deer, but this is largely due to car crashes. Deer have a habit of darting out in front of the road before a speeding car can stop, and the crash ultimately causes loss of life. Unfortunately, there are very few ways to combat this devastating problem.
With their large horns and their ability to jump extraordinary heights and lengths, kudu are very similar to deer. Sadly, this isn’t the only similarity between the two animals. This African animal thrives in areas that are populated by humans, as they often spend their days in fields and open pastures.
However, this means that they are constantly crossing paths with cars and other vehicles. Kudu have often jumped into the road and straight into the path of an oncoming vehicle, and this has proved to be disastrous for those in the vehicle and the kudu itself. Most of the time, neither survive the impact.
Although we have been given cute and adorable depictions of animals over the years, it’s fair to say that these giant creatures are also pretty dangerous. While they are not aggressive in terms of their temperament, it seems as though these elephants often forget how large and heavy they are.
Around 500 people pass away at the hooves of elephants every single year, but this number is rising as the years go by. That’s because humans are destroying their natural habitat, and elephants are being forced closer and closer to civilization. As the gap between humans and elephants closes, there’s bound to be repercussions.
If you didn’t already know, hippopotamuses are pretty huge. These water and land-dwelling creatures normally weigh around 600 pounds and have extremely strong jaws that can crush anything that gets in their way. It’s believed that 500 people fail to survive fatal hippo attacks, and this is normally because hippos become extremely territorial.
They don’t like it when people invade their homes, and they are extremely protective of their young. Their natural instinct is to attack anyone that seems to threaten their livelihood, and this has sometimes come at the expense of human life. Like elephants, hippopotamuses are also being forced closer to human civilization.
There’s a high chance that you’ve never seen a tapeworm before, but you’ve probably heard what they get up to on a daily basis. These parasitic worms find their way into the human body, where they pass on the cysticercosis disease.
They are normally found in developing countries where sanitation is poor, but they can also make their way into everyday life for those in countries such as the United States and the United Kingdom. If their everyday actions didn’t freak you out enough, it might surprise you to know how many people pass away from this parasite each year. How does 700 people sound to you?
If you’re like us and constantly struggle to define the difference between alligators and crocodiles, then this will probably help you. While alligators aren’t too threatening, it seems as though we have more to fear where crocodiles are concerned.
That’s because these big guys are extremely strong and have impressive jaws and teeth that can chomp down on anyone that comes close. Another weapon they have to their advantage is that they are super sleuths. They silently wade through the water before making their mark, and that’s exactly how around 1,000 people lose their lives each year.
We probably don’t need to tell you that Scorpions are pretty dangerous with a stinger like that. Yet, did you know that there are only a small number of scorpions that are lethal to the human race? Despite the fact that there are around 2,000 different species of this animal, only around 25 of them could prove fatal if a human were to be stung.
This is a pretty small number, but that doesn’t mean that they don’t try their luck. It’s believed that around 3,250 lose their lives to these stingers every single year, but most of these fatalities are caused by one particular scorpion from South America. Yes, keep your eyes peeled for the Brazilian yellow scorpion…
The most venomous scorpion
Although the Brazilian yellow scorpion is one of the most damaging scorpions to the human race, it seems as though the world also has to look out for the deathstalker scorpion. These scorpions can be found in the Middle East, and they spend most of their day finding their prey, paralyzing them with their venom, and then eating them up.
They only really survive on centipedes and worms, so we don’t need to worry about them getting in our way, but that’s still pretty scary stuff. Because scientists don’t want to measure the deathstalker scorpion’s venom on humans, we don’t quite know how a person would react if they were to be stung.
Worms are pretty gruesome little creatures, especially when these particular worms live inside human bodies and carry diseases. Ascaris roundworms are thin worms that can normally be found in developing countries where warm and humid temperatures allow them to breed.
As they make their way inside the human, they spread the ascariasis disease at the same time, and it all becomes pretty messy. As if that wasn’t enough, these worms then proceed to lay their eggs in feces and spread them across the surrounding area. Because of this, it’s believed that they cause 4,500 to lose their lives every single year.
You might not have heard of tsetse flies before, but you might have heard of sleeping sickness. Well, these flies can spread this sickness as they fly around the country of Africa, and it seems as though thousands of people are affected every single year.
In fact, it’s been noted that around 5,000 people pass away each year because of it. While sleeping sickness can be cured, many people in Africa do not have the money to pay for the cure and ultimately have to let the sickness take over their whole body. However, you might be happy to know that the number of tsetse fly fatalities has reduced over the years.
Whether you know it as the kissing bug or the assassin bug, there’s no doubt about the fact that this critter can prove fatal. Normally found in Latin America, we have this bug to blame for spreading the Chagas disease. The bug spreads the disease as it flies around and then excretes fecal matter on the humans it lands on.
It’s this fecal matter that is laden with the disease, which is then passed from person to person. As if that wasn’t enough, kissing bugs also like to bite humans on their faces when they are sleeping. While this is how they got their nickname, we can’t say we agree with their flirting techniques.
This one might surprise you. Dogs are often considered to be man’s best friend, which is why it’s surprising to hear that dogs cause around 25,000 to 35,000 fatalities every single year. Despite the fact that most dogs have extremely docile and friendly personalities, that doesn’t stop them from contracting rabies.
When an infected dog bites a human, this disease is then passed on, where it can spread and slowly but surely take over their body. Thankfully, more and more counties are opting to vaccinate their dogs against rabies, which will hopefully ensure that this number doesn’t raise.
Have you had enough of these parasitic worms? Well, we’re not done just yet. Blood flukes are yet another parasite to add to this list of dangerous animals, and these worms are actually live in freshwater snails for much of their lives.
However, they get pretty excited when they realize that a human is nearby, and then make their way from the snail to the human skin. These worms then bury themselves inside the skin where they live and lay their eggs in different parts of the body. While there is a treatment to protect people infected with blood flukes, the treatment is not readily available to everyone.
The most venomous snail
When you think of snails, there’s a high chance that you think of harmless and slimy creatures that just happen to have their home on their backs. But did you also know that there are various venomous snails? The marine cone snail actually uses its venom to its advantage and uses it to paralyze its prey.
This food normally comes in the form of a fish, but they have been known to bite through a wetsuit and bite divers. 36 people have passed away due to marine cone snail venom since 1670, which means that the chances of you becoming number 37 are pretty slim.
We probably don’t need to tell you that snakes are pretty dangerous. While they may not have any arms or legs, they seem to have a power over their prey that none of us can really understand. So, we don’t blame a huge percentage of the population that are afraid of them!
It’s believed that snakes cause between 50,000 – 200,000 fatalities every single year, and this is normally no thanks to their venomous fangs. As if this loss of life wasn’t enough, an even larger number of humans make their way to the hospital each year because of a non-life-threatening snake bite.
The most venomous snake
Although you probably want to move off the subject of snakes, we can’t talk about snakes without talking about the one with the most dangerous venom. While the inland taipan might not have a huge amount of venom to its name, its extremely potent. This means that it only needs a small amount of it to incapacitate its victims.
For the most part, the inland taipan uses its venom on small rodents and its food, but it’s also been known to bite humans on the odd occasion. This bite will cause internal bleeding, seizures, slurred speech, and even an inability to control your limbs. Let’s hope you don’t ever come into contact with one of these guys!
Mosquitoes are pretty tiny, but sometimes the smallest creatures pack the biggest punch. This is definitely the case for mosquitoes, as these flying animals cause around 725,000 to lose their lives every single year. One of the main reasons for this is because mosquitoes carry diseases such as encephalitis, malaria, dengue fever, and yellow fever.
As they bite humans and suck their blood, mosquitoes then pass these diseases from one person to the other. It’s hard to keep on top of these diseases and the mosquitoes that are carrying them, which is why they are proving to be such a problem.
Malaria has proven to be a huge threat to the human race over the years, which is why many people have relied on medication and tablets to keep the disease at bay. However, funding for the treatment has dried up, and it seems as though the disease is becoming more and more resistant to such precautions.
Because of this, scientists are making their mission to combat the disease once and for all, and are pushing to create a malaria vaccine that will help treat the symptoms of malaria and ultimately cure those who are bitten by mosquitoes.
Although scientists have struggled to get this malaria vaccine out in the real world, they are attempting to phase it out and help as many people as possible. In fact, they have started to treat people in Malawi and provide them with the vaccination to present any further fatalities.
They believe it to be the only method to help those suffering, but it’s not without its complications. Children need to be vaccinated four times before their second birthday for it to potentially work, and even then there is only a 40% success rate. However, it seems as though more and more research hopes to perfect these snags.
When you think of dangerous animals, there’s a high chance that you immediately think of animals in the wild that hunt on their prey. But what about humans? We are extremely destructive as a human race, and it seems as though you can’t turn on the news without hearing about those who have passed away at the hands of other people.
It’s said that a human passes away in cold blood every 60 seconds, which is an extremely worrying statistic. However, the loss doesn’t end there. Violence plagues our world, and it seems to be getting worse and worse as the years go by.
Although fleas no longer pose a threat to human life, they once proved to be one of the most devastating insects known to man. That’s because they once caused around 25 million fatalities when it carried and transported the Bubonic Plague during the Middle Ages.
Fleas were to blame for flying around and spreading the disease amongst unsuspecting victims, and it soon spread across Europe. While there have been a few cases of the Bubonic Plague since this epidemic, it’s never been on the same scale as this terrifying moment in history.
Golden poison dart frog
The golden poison dart frog sounds like a fairly scary addition to the world, but you’ll be happy to know that they pose a very tiny threat to the human race. That’s because they do not use their venom to stun their prey if they don’t need to.
They prefer to live their lives on their own and use their bright skin color to ward off any potential predators. In the past, tribespeople have used the poison from these frogs to cover their spears. This is perhaps the only way that the animals have ever proved to be fatal to the human population.
You’ve probably heard of this guy before. The stonefish is known for its impressive camouflage because it can sit itself on the bottom of the ocean and transform itself into a stone. This way, it can jump out at its unsuspecting victims and overpower them.
Despite this rather cool trick, stonefish are actually extremely venomous. They use this venom as a protection mechanism, but humans have often found themselves in the way of this venom sometimes. This toxic substance has the ability to prove fatal over the course of one hour, but this rarely happens.
Pufferfish are some of the most intriguing fish in the ocean, and that’s not just because of their protection techniques. These fish are incredibly poisonous, but that hasn’t stopped it from becoming a delicacy in Japan. Because one fish has the potential to cause the loss of 30 adults’ lives, trained chefs have to go through a scrupulous training regime to cook the fish perfectly.
If done correctly, the customer will be able to walk away with a full stomach of fugu. If not, they will not live to see their way out of the restaurant. It’s believed that this happens to a few people every single year.
Pigs are another farmyard animal that has a huge impact on the human world. That’s because a large number of people eat the meat from these pigs on a regular basis, or raise them on their farms. While they normally seem like calm and collected creatures, it seems as though pigs have sometimes fought back.
Although it’s not common, reports of pigs eating humans have often made their way out of the woodwork. On one particular occasion, a farmer made his way out into the pig stye to tend to his pigs and never made his way back to his home that evening. It was reported that the pigs had actually eaten him!
Cougars are often overlooked by their big cat brothers and sisters, but that doesn’t mean that they are any less dangerous. Cougars are often found in the United States, and although they don’t make a habit of attacking humans, this happened in the past.
This is normally because they have felt threatened, or because they have been extremely hungry. Because the number of cougars are dwindling in the wild, it seems as though these animals might be getting their own back on the hunters that take their fellow cougars away from them.