Our planet earth has no lack of deadly creatures that are really beautiful as well. We have made constant efforts to make our lives safer and better. But the world has always been a deadly place. When it comes to wild animals, the danger level can never be judged with their size. What we can determine with our mind power? Some of these animals might seem harmless or friendly. Sometimes, even animals which seem friendly become deadly.
Take a look at the top 10 harmful creatures which can make any human, whether dumb or smart, their prey. A lot of criteria are still there. Be sure to suggest other creatures if you have in your mind.
10. The Shark
The most invincible yet incredible ability “electroreception” is found in shark. They have organs “Ampullae of Lorenzini” in their heads. Sharks can sense the electricity and generates a slight electrical field whenever an animal moves. When a person treads water, it appears like lightning to the shark. A great white shark is capable to detect around half a billionth of a volt.
In 100 meters, this creature can detect the voltage of heartbeat. On average, it is 15 feet long and has up to 300 sharp teeth in a row within powerful 4 ft. wide jaws. The great white is definitely the master of food chain. It can eat huge range of species but avoid humans, as they are bonier and leaner than its desired prey – the sea lions and fattier seals.
Also known as “Sea Wasp”, the Jellyfish kills up to 100 humans per year. These free-floating, graceful marine creatures are some of the deadliest living animals alive. They are spotted vastly across the Australian coastline and seen commonly in summer months. Like any other animal, they do everything to protect themselves when they feel threatened. Box jellyfish can swim actively and drift to take their prey down. They even cause serious collateral damage to human arms or legs.
After rhinoceros and elephant, hippotamus is another largest land mammal and heaviest of all. They are native to Africa and are behind the most human fatalities in the world as compared to other large animals. Female and male hippos are likely to have various reasons to attack. To defend the territory, a male hippo can run along the bank of lake and river, and female goes aggressive when it comes to defend her child. They are responsible to kill up to 200 humans every year.
7. Cape Buffalo
Truly known as “Black Death”, Cape Buffalo is known to kill up to 500 humans per year. Native to Africa, it is one of the deadliest beasts on land as it is very unpredictable and aggressive. Weigh around 900 to 1800 pounds; this bovine species is truly gregarious, except some lone bulls. Herd members quickly defend one another from crocodiles, lions and hunters. They use their shark horns to scare away the predators. A wounded bull often circles around to ambush the hunter.
A well-grown adult male lion weigh around 150 to 250 kg (330 to 550 lbs) and around 6” taller than tiger. One of the most excellent predators and the kings of the jungle, lions are cunning, fast and very powerful creatures. They follow their instinct to hunt down the prey and they are not too judgmental to enjoy red meat. They are native to the plains of Africa but also held in custody in reserves and zoos around the world. Humans are free, slower and soft targets for them, much like zebras and gazelles. They are responsible for up to 250 deaths in a year.
The largest mammal on land, elephant is native to Africa and some regions of Asia. They are considered usually as friendly but most dangerous as it caused around 600 deaths every year. These sociable, lovable animals can be found in South Asia and Africa. They are also found in urban areas in most cases, where they are used for services like trade, tourism and transportation. Like a frustrated private company employee, these quiet yet hard working animals never forget being threatened and poor treatment. This is why they often lash out. Their trunk, legs and weight can crush almost anything. Once angry, they become lethal.
These predatory arthropod are responsible for up to 5000 death every year. They are native widely in all continents, excluding Antarctica. They are found in huge range of terrestrial habitats, except high latitude tundra. They are non-parasitic, resilient killer being able to distribute doses of venom according to the type of prey. Buthids are the deadliest scorpions in Africa as they can thrive and survive also in chilling environments, such as the Himalayas and the Andes.
They are found on around every continent. A lot of species are threatening to humans. Up to 250 snake species are found venomous and 250 of them can kill a person. A lot of venomous snakes are found in Asia, Africa and North America. These cold-blooded killer reptiles become even deadlier if you are far away from your home. In some snakes, toxicity level is very severe. These features can kill humans when they feel provoked. They attack with their razor-sharp teeth and sink venom in the skin. They are responsible for around 100,000 deaths per year.
Responsible for over 2000 deaths per year, these prehistoric beasts are some of the deadliest creatures in the world. They are native to the Tropics, Southern US, Asia, Africa and Australia. They never give a second thought when it comes to hunt humans. Like any other unsuspecting animal, they love having human flesh. The Nile and saltwater crocodiles are very dangerous. It can eat different types of animals, whether dead or alive. Its ears, eyes and nostrils are always on high of the head. This way, they can hear and see its prey, ranging from 5 to 20 ft. long.
1. Mosquitoes – Smallest yet Deadliest
Don’t go with their size. Mosquitoes make No. 1 position in this list of deadliest animal on planet for a reason. This blood-sucking, little insect is responsible to kill up to 2 to 3 million people per year across the world. They are the team of midge-like, tiny flies. Though a few species are useful to humans and harmless, most of the species consume blood from humans and other living vertebrates. In most species, females are blood eating pests and spread diseases like malaria, Dengue, West Nile virus, yellow fever, and elephantiasis. They are found widely in tropical areas and also survive in winter.