The 10 Most Dangerous Animals in the World

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10. Cape Buffalo
9. Lion
8. kokoi of Colombia (Phyllobates terribilis)
7. jellyfish boxes (Cubozoa)
6. balloon fish (Tetraodontidae)
5. black Mamba (Dendroaspis polylepis)
4. marine crocodile (Crocodylus porosus)
3. tsetse fly
2. Mosquitoes
1. Humans
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We are used to seeing killer sharks in blockbusters in movies as well as bloody spiders who are desperate to slaughter their opponents. However, if we look at the facts more closely, the reality is quite different, there are in fact many other significantly more ferocious animals of smaller or larger size. In this article we will therefore discuss the 10 most dangerous animals in the world and where to find them.

10. Cape Buffalo
The Cape buffalo, which currently numbers about 900,000, is a rather peaceful species when no one comes to bother it. However, if an individual close to him faces an attack, he transforms himself and becomes "the black plague". According to various facts, it would be the creatures that killed the most hunters. To give an idea, a cape buffalo can measure up to nearly one meter ninety and weigh nearly a ton, when a buffalo loads a prey its speed can reach 55 km/h. Known to continue their attacks even when they are injured, they do not hesitate to attack a moving vehicle.

Where to find them: Sub-Saharan Africa, including Kruger National Park in South Africa

Cape Town Buffalo

9. Lion
The lion is a majestic emblem referring to the "king of the savannah", the lion's symbol is courage, strength and wisdom. Even if he is not a man-eater, it is strongly advised to avoid encroaching on his territory.

Estimates of lion-related deaths each year vary. A 2005 study reported that since 1990, lions have killed 563 people in Tanzania alone, an average of about 22 deaths per year.

Other deaths are likely to occur outside Tanzania, but it is difficult to find a concrete number of them worldwide.

Lion Group

8. kokoi of Colombia (Phyllobates terribilis)
Phyllobates terribilis is one of the amphibians in the Dendrobatidae family, its colour seems harmless among other species. However, this species is the most dangerous to humans, living in the small chain of tropical forests along the Pacific coast of Colombia, reaching about 5 cm in length.

The poison it infuses is called batrachotoxin, which is so powerful that a single frog could kill ten adult men, consisting of only two micrograms (an amount that fits on the head of a pin would kill a man). In addition, what makes this frog so dangerous are its poisonous glands under its skin, a slight contact with the skin can cause problems (painful burns). Some indigenous peoples placed this toxin at the tip of the arrows used for hunting. However, mass deforestation has put these frogs on different lists of endangered species, making encounters with these amphibians rare.

Where to find them: Northern South America

Kokoi from Colombia

7. jellyfish boxes (Cubozoa)
Box jellyfish are often moving at a speed of nearly 8 km/h in Indo-Pacific waters, these transparent invertebrates are considered to be the most poisonous marine animal in the world. It has up to 15 tentacles, each measuring up to 3 metres long, covered with pungent cells called nematocysts. These cells contain toxins that attack the heart, nervous system and skin cells. Antivenom drugs have been developed but hundreds of victims are unable to reach the shoreline due to heart failure or drowning due to shock. In addition, even when a victim manages to receive the antidote, many pains can persist for several weeks after the attack.

Where to find them: Off the north coast of Australia

Jellyfish boxes



6. balloon fish (Tetraodontidae)
Tetraodontidae, or balloon fish, are found in tropical seas around the globe. Even if they are "only" the second most toxic vertebrates on the planet (behind the Kokoi of Colombia), their neurotoxin (tetrodotoxin) is found in the skin, muscle tissue, liver, kidneys, making their consumption dangerous.

In Japan, it is consumed under the name of fugu, however it should only be prepared by qualified chefs. Some accidental deaths due to indigestion occur each year. Tetrodoxin has been recognized as up to 1200 times more toxic than cyanide, and can cause weakening of the tongue and lips, dizziness, vomiting, arrhythmias, breathing difficulties, paralysis of muscles and even death if no treatment is given.

Where to find them: Around Japan, China and the Philippines

Balloon Fish

5. black Mamba (Dendroaspis polylepis)
Although species such as the Tree Snake or the Royal Cobra are dangerous because of their respective poisons, the Black Mamba is particularly deadly because of its speed.

This is the species that can reach up to 4.25 meters long, and remains the fastest of all snakes, going up to 20 Km/h. Fortunately, they only attack generally when threatened, but when they attack, their bites are repeated, releasing enough venom to kill ten people. An antivenom exists, however, if it is not administered within 20 minutes, the bites are almost 100% fatal.

La la la lair du Lion invites you to discover this superb Black Mamba Snake Painting perfectly representing this reptile. On the jewellery side it is likely that this Mamba Snake Ring (Silver) will arouse your curiosity.

Where to find them: Savannah and rocky areas of southern and eastern Africa

Mamba black

4. marine crocodile (Crocodylus porosus)
The marine crocodile is more angry than its cousin the alligator, it is aggressive against anything that crosses its path. It is the largest and most dangerous species in the world. Measuring up to 7 metres long and weighing more than a ton, marine crocodiles kill hundreds of humans each year. Overall, they are responsible for more human deaths than sharks. Their main advantage is their exceptional swimming ability and their bites producing a pressure of 1650 kg/m² comparable to the T. Rex. To simplify things, it only takes five percent of that force to get rid of a human being.

Where to find them: The Indo-Pacific region that extends from parts of India and Vietnam to northern Australia.

Marine crocodile

3. tsetse fly
The tsetse fly is recognized as the most dangerous fly in the world, measuring between 8 and 17 mm, which is about the same size as an average housefly. It can be seen in sub-Saharan Africa, particularly in the central African countries. We know flies as nasty bloodsuckers who suck blood in hot weather, however the real terror of these flies lies in the protozoan parasites they disperse called Trypanosomes.

These pathogens are responsible for sleeping sickness in Africa, it is marked by neurological and meningo-encephalitis symptoms including behavioural changes, loss of coordination, and as its name suggests, disruptions in sleep cycles. If no treatment is offered, it can cause death. To date, there are no vaccines or drugs to prevent infection, but different techniques exist to avoid dealing with tsetse flies. Wearing neutral coloured clothing is recommended (the fly is attracted by bright and dark colours, especially blue), in addition bushes should be avoided during the day and it may be interesting to treat clothing with permethrin in more remote areas.

Where to find them: Sudanese, Democratic Republic of Congo and Angola

Tsetse fly

2. Mosquitoes

Despite its small size, the mosquito is in second place due to the number of deaths attributed to it each year due to the multiple pathogens carried by more than 3,000 species scattered around the world. The main diseases come from irritating insects (Aedes, Anopheles and Culex) such as malaria, chikungunya, encephalitis, elephantiasis, yellow fever, dengue fever, West Nile virus and Zika virus, affecting approximately 700 million people each year and killing approximately 725,000 people. According to the World Health Organization, more than half of the human population is exposed to mosquito-borne diseases. Knowing that they are attracted by human body temperature and the CO2 we exhale, the best tools we have at our disposal are insect repellents made up of active ingredients such as DEET and icaridine.

Where to find them: All regions of the world except Antarctica

Mosquitoes

1. Humans
And yes, after all, we are animals, and for thousands of years we have been killing each other. Overall, the number of war-related deaths is estimated at between 150 million and 1 billion (10 years ago). Today we consider ourselves to be in the most peaceful period in history, yet many attacks around the world occur every day. In addition, we are dangerous to other animals directly and indirectly, we think of global warming, the destruction of forests and coral reefs.

Human Crowd


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