Here are the Most Dangerous Animals on the Planet

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Are you the type who always keeps away from the glass enclosures while going to the zoo or aquarium? You know that while there are plenty of sweet, docile creatures out there that there are also some of the most dangerous animals in the world mixed in and ready to strike.

Here are the Most Dangerous Animals to Beware Of!

Those are the ones you want to stay away from, and rightfully so. Many of the most dangerous animals are killers, and we’re not just talking about other creatures. Whether through claws, barbs, or sharpened teeth, they can and will ruthlessly attack their prey, even if their prey is you.

Here are 30 of the deadliest animals in the world. We recommend you stay away from these creatures, because they’re all out for blood.

30. Africanized Bee

What’s so bad about a bee, right? The threat of being stung? It’s so much worse than that when it comes to the Africanized bee. This creature did not naturally exist and was created by man in the 1950s. Its intention to ward off other creatures means the Africanized bee does not give up when it finds its target, especially human targets. The only way to get away from this bee is to take shelter indoors!

29. Deathstalker

With a name like Deathstalker, you know it has to be scary. The Deathstalker is a type of scorpion that is yellowish-brown in color. Those that happen to cross this spooky animal and get stung end up with fluid-filled lungs (which can lead to drowning), paralysis, convulsions, coma, fever, and searing pain. To be on the safe side, steer clear of the Middle East and North Africa, the Deathstalker’s homes. And maybe run away from all scorpions. You can never be too careful!

28. Echis

Warning: there are going to be a lot of snakes on this list, and all of them are terrifying. So too is the echis, which often resides in Sri Lanka, India, Pakistan, the Middle East, Africa, or wherever else there’s dusty terrain. These animals are poisonous, so be sure to listen for a noise that sounds a lot like sizzling concrete. That’s how you know an echis is near. Then it’s time to run away and never look back.

27. Armed Spider

Also known as Phonetruia (which in Greek translates to “murderess”), whatever you want to name it, stay far, far away from the armed spider. Calling Central America and South America home, this furry spider with black and red markings is hard to miss. Seriously, this is one huge insect. These animals can prove fatal if one bites you.

26. Poison Dart Frog

Yes, the poison dart frog may look beautiful, but as you know, looks can be deceiving. This colorful critter is among the most dangerous species of frogs on Earthl. If you see one, don’t reach your fingers out, for their skin is toxic to humans and many animals. These frogs are tiny, too, hence the bright colors so predators know to look out for them. The poison dart frog can obliterate 20,000 mice with how deadly they are. Don’t be their next victim!

25. Cone Snail

The cone snail looks more like a seashell than a snail, but trust us when we say it’s not one you want to find on your front porch. First of all, a bite from these insects is incurable. Not only that, but those who have been bitten often die within minutes. So yes, if you see a white hard-shelled blob with brown spots all over, get out of there fast.

24. Boomslang

The boomslang may sound like a funny name, but this snake is no joke. It is, in fact, one of the most dangerous species of snakes there is. Often greenish with black scales, the boomslang’s bite is a nightmare. Each pore fills with blood since your blood can no longer clot. This is due to the hemotoxin properties of the poison. Luckily, boomslangs rarely bite people.

23. African Elephant

Not all elephants are sweet like Dumbo. The African elephant is one of the meanest around. They have surprisingly human-like personality traits and emotions, such as vindictiveness, anger, and a taste for revenge. Add that nasty side to the African elephant’s sheer, unimaginable size and weight and you have a true predator, albeit an unexpected one.

22. Hyena

If you’ve ever seen The Lion King, you know hyenas are not nice animals. A lot of the characteristics seen in the cartoon translate to real life, too. These creatures are scavengers, and they tend to take the leftovers no one else wants. For instance, they have an affinity for eating people. That said, they seem to prefer their humans nice and dead instead of alive, but hey, you never know.

21. Black Mamba

Here’s another snake to add to your list of horrifying creatures. Those who have seen it say it can sometimes strike for virtually no reason. The Black Mamba is also known for its scary speed and general vengefulness. Those in Africa refer to it as “death incarnate,” as does anyone who has ever had the misfortune of being near one in real life!

20. African Buffalo

Sometimes also called the caped buffalo, the African buffalo is named for its location, Africa. It also goes by the nicknames “black death” and “widowmaker,” so that’s fun. It will trample down people with no mercy, and it’s quite a tough animal to tame. If you’re ever on an African safari and you see one of these bad boys, you better turn around before you get gored.

19. Blue-Ringed Octopus

Although tinier than expected for an octopus, the blue-ringed octopus is not to be trifled with. You’ll know one if you see it due to its vivid electric blue rings throughout its body. When stung by one of these evil sea creatures, you’ll still be awake, but your body will start dying from the poisonous sting. During this time, you’ll have breathing issues and difficulty moving your body. In short, then, don’t get stung by the blue-ringed octopus.

18. Komodo Dragon

The Komodo dragon, although cool-looking, is not worth seeing in person, unless of course you’re behind several layers of glass at a zoo. These lizard-like animals don’t discriminate when it comes to their diet, so they’ll take down just about anything that gets in their way. In the past, Komodo dragons have been known to eat people, water buffalos, and big birds. This would not be the best way to die at all.

17. Mosquito

Yeah, sure, the mosquito is a common insect and an especial annoyance around the summertime. These animals won’t kill you with their bite, but rather with the myriad of diseases they can pass on to you as they drink your blood for dessert. Up to three million people will die because of diseases like Zika, West Nile Virus, and so many more. You better load up on those bug zappers and citronella candles all year long.

16. Pufferfish

Pufferfish may be cute, but they’re also deadly. You’ve probably heard of them being served as a Japanese meal. Most people who chow down on this fishy dish often have to sign a waiver. There’s a risk of breathing difficulties and diaphragm paralysis when eating, so maybe you just want to stick to sushi instead.

15. Leopard

In general, big cats are not too friendly. With the leopard, this is especially true. These animals love a good game of cat and mouse, with the “mouse” in this case often an antelope or other large prey. They have stunning speed and can likely outrun just about any human. They also possess great strength and will get angry if you somehow hurt them first. With their huge claws and dagger-like teeth, it’s best to give them a wide berth.

14. Box Jellyfish

Jellyfish are often an annoyance at the beach, floating dangerously close to the shoreline. You better hope you don’t end up swimming amongst box jellyfish next summer. These translucent sea creatures almost seem to glow, and you can see all their organs. That doesn’t make them weak, though. Quite the opposite: with strong and fatal venom, box jellyfish have a longer death toll than crocodiles and sharks put together.

13. Stonefish

You probably won’t see the stonefish before it sees you. That’s because the funny-looking sea creature is gifted at blending in to its surroundings. You better look out really hard if you plan on traversing the ocean floor though, because this is not a creature you accidentally want to come into contact with. You could end up dead if you do. If not, your foot or leg will likely have to be amputated. Bring one of those underwater flashlights for your deep-sea diving expeditions. You’ll be glad you did.

12. Tsetse Fly

If you’re ever in Sub-Saharan Africa, look out for its version of the mosquito, the Tsetse fly. Some say this insect is even deadlier, and here’s why. You can only get African Sleeping Sickness from the Tsetse fly, which releases trypanosomes, a type of parasite. If you have sleeping issues, a lack of coordination, and sudden behavioral problems, get medical attention, stat. You probably have African Sleeping Sickness and could die.

11. Portuguese Man O’ War

Here’s another jellyfish to beware of: the Portuguese Man O’ War. The top of this jellyfish looks like an inflated clear plastic bag. Its tentacles are as deadly as the rest of it, leading to shock, fever, swollen lymph nodes, welts, and intense discomfort when stung. You won’t necessarily die, but you could. These creatures swim the Pacific, Indian, and Atlantic Oceans, so almost nowhere is safe!

10. Siafu Ant

An ant may be just an ant until you tangle with the Siafu ant. Then it’s a whole other matter entirely. When these suckers bite, they hold on for dear life. Oh, and did we mention how much they love biting? They’ll tell their friends to attack, too, so before you know it, you could be covered in an angry group of Siafu ants. These insects’ bites are not necessarily fatal, but boy do they hurt…a lot.

9. Australian Funnel-Web Spider

Here’s another nightmare fuel insect for you to add to your keep-away list: the Australian funnel-web spider. Although you’ll have to go to Australia to find these bad boys (and why would you ever want to do that?!), it’s better you don’t go in the spring and summer. This is when these spiders are eager for a mate and tend to swarm swimming pools, homes, and other places where people are. Their toxic bite is not one you want to experience firsthand.

8. Giant Pacific Octopus

We already told you to avoid from the blue-ringed octopus. That goes for the giant Pacific octopus as well. These guys will eat sharks for breakfast, which they can do easily thanks to their huge size (which you may have gleamed from their name). With their eerie toothed-tongue and horrifying beak, you don’t want to get up close to one of these creatures to see either. The giant Pacific octopus packs enormous strength, and with its eight arms, is quite a threat.

7. Assassin Bug

If you don’t know what can be scary about bugs by now, here’s the assassin bug to remind you. This bug is mostly black with red stripes on its legs. Its venomous bite is incurable and often leads to death. Many who die from its bite have Chagas Disease, which leads to symptoms like fever, swelling at the site of the bite, and pain. Oh yeah, and congestive heart failure is a possibility as well. Better bring your bug repellant with you when you head outside, just to be safe.

6. Polar Bear

Sure, polar bears are a lot cuter than a Grizzly, but don’t be fooled by their cheery white coat. These bears are among the most dangerous animal on the planet and they won’t hesitate for a second to attack people and their own kind. No one hunts the polar bear because no animal can survive its vicious claws and strong bite. If you see one of these bears in person, play dead so you don’t get eaten.

5. Rhinoceros

Okay, okay, so admittedly, the fearsome rhinoceros is not the rampant killer we sometimes imagine it to be. That said, with its toughened armor-like skin and knife-sharp horn, you wouldn’t want to tangle with this beast. They tend to gore their prey, and, achieving speeds of 40+ miles per hour, hunting is no struggle for them. Most human deaths that occur at the hands of a rhino are due to that vengeful horn.

4. Lion

The lion is the king of the jungle for a reason! Most other animals steer clear of this big cat, especially the African lion species. Depending on the lion you cross, you could be in the clear or the animal could vengefully decide to kill you. It all depends. That said, don’t be fooled: lions do have a taste for human blood (and flesh, and bone, and everything else), so maybe it’s better that you just watch them at the zoo where there’s a fence or glass enclosure to prevent them from getting to you.

3. Hippopotamus

The tusk-like teeth of the hippopotamus feature flattened edges perfect for crushing watermelons, or…you know, human heads. Seriously, they will. These animals have a penchant for wreckage, chewing up cars and killing people just because they can. They may lack a horn or other scary external features, but again, it all comes down to that crooked mouth of murderous teeth. Hippos are often found in Africa, and while they do eat leafy greens, they like flesh, too.

2. Saltwater Crocodile

This one is pretty much a no-brainer, right? Crocodiles, alligators…it doesn’t matter the species, just run far away. The saltwater crocodile in particular is a predator you really don’t ever want to see swimming in the water. Their killing method is brutal, in that they like to drown their pretty by tossing it and ripping through its flesh as it goes. This is known as the death roll, and it ain’t pretty. Saltwater crocodiles will take down sharks and even water buffalo all to have a good, meaty lunch.

1. Great White Shark

So what’s the most dangerous animal on the planet? Many regard the Great White shark to be the most terrifying of predators in sea or on land. While sure, all sharks are scary, the Great White is especially awful. They don’t eat humans so much as take a chunk out and then enjoy the smell of blood that rapidly accumulates, spreading in the ocean. If it’s floating, then the Great White wants to eat it, even if it’s a non-meaty item like boats or buoys. So yes, stay in your boat if Great Whites are swarming around you and hope the shark doesn’t try to eat that, too.

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