The animal kingdom is full of many wondrous creatures. All of them beautiful in their own way and contribute to the ever-evolving circle of life. Some are gorgeous to look at, and some make people laugh. Most animals exist in harmony with the world around them and can be approached with ease. They enjoy the attention and making new friends. But not every one of these entities is all nice and loving. Some of them are among the most dangerous things to encounter in the entire world.
Not all these beasts look like the stuff of horror films. Some are even cute and cuddly. Not every vicious creature looks like a monster; some look like something out of a cartoon. While sharks and lions may be the stereotypical predator, jellyfish and frogs are also some of the most formidable creatures someone could ever encounter. But the thing to remember is that these animals are not to be trifled with or underestimated. They are incredibly deadly and could be the last thing a person sees. Of all the beautiful animals that make up the vast animal kingdom, here is a list of the ten most dangerous that should not be your next pet.
1. Black Mamba
Snakes are always considered to be creepy and reviled amongst society. While some people have them as pets, not every species of snake is housebroken. Some of these slithering serpents are actually very dangerous. The King Cobra and boomslang are a threat because of the poisons they contain. They can kill a person if not quickly or properly treated. But the snake that everyone should truly avoid is the Black Mamba. It also has poison like the King Cobra, but what sets this guy apart from the rest of the pack is its speed.
Located in the Savannas and Africa, these bad boys can grow up to 14 feet long and move at incredibly fast speeds. The Black Mamba clocks in at 12.5 miles per hour which makes outrunning one very difficult. They usually only attack when they feel threatened so avoiding them at all costs is probably the safest way to continue one’s lifespan. And when they hit, they hit hard biting their prey or attacker several times. A single bite has enough poison to kill up to ten people. Once bitten a person has a 20-minute window to receive the antivenin or it is lights out.
2. Blue-ringed Octopus
An Octopus doesn’t necessarily look like the friendliest creature on Earth but one still should probably avoid them as one of the species of this sea dweller is considered to be the most venomous animal on Earth. The Blue Ringed Octopus isn’t just a poison powerhouse; it is also a master of disguise. They use iridescent blue rungs and brown patches that adapt to there surrounding. And they aren’t that big, with most just being the size of a golf ball. But this camouflaged little guy packs a serious punch.
They contain a toxin that is 1200 times more deadly than cyanide. This toxin has tetrodotoxin in it which is a neurotoxin that is definitely capable of killing human beings. If breathing is assisted after the venom from the octopus has been introduced into the system a person can wait out the venom to metabolize in the body, but some severe side effects will occur including blindness and paralysis. But nothing else can really be done as no antidote exists to help anyone hit with the poison.
3. Tsetse Fly
Flies are a nuisance, and most of us wish they would just leave us alone. While a fly is not necessarily harmful to an individual, they can spread disease and indicate that things are rotten. Some of these flying inconveniences can be fatal if one tries to swat them and misses. The fly in question that could be the scariest thing to find out about for some people is the Tsetse fly. Experts often regard it at the world’s most dangerous fly. This 8-17 mm size insect is usually found in the Sudan, Congo, and Angola. These little guys don’t just bite people during feeding time leaving a red bump to scratch away at. They are leaving something much deadlier behind.
They spread protozoan parasites known as Trypanosomes. They are microscopic pathogens that can cause African sleeping sickness. If untreated it can cause death. And there are no antidotes or vaccines for these little monsters. Avoiding the Tsetse fly altogether is the best way to survive. They are so small and hard to avoid in in the areas they happen to be during feeding times. If they can be avoided, they should be.
4. Saltwater Crocodile
Alligators and crocodiles are definitely some of the most dangerous creatures in the animal kingdom. Wherever they live, they are more than likely to stir up trouble and sink their massive teeth into someone that got too curious for their own good. But one member of the extended croc family makes the list as one of the most dangerous animals would be the Saltwater Crocodile. It is the largest and most dangerous of the species. And it is short-tempered and easily provoked. It has no problem giving anyone passing by a shot at the title.
They can grow up to be 23 feet long and can literally weigh more than a ton. These killer creatures are known to take out hundreds of people every year. Their numbers help crocodiles garner more kills than sharks overall annually. Their bite delivers a whopping 3700 pounds per square inch which rivals that of a dinosaur people may have heard of called the T-Rex. People bite into a steak at 200 pounds per square inch. So putting it in perspective, the Saltwater Crocodile’s bite is absolutely much worse than his bark.
5. Clostridium Botulinum
Clostridium Botulinum is considered to be the most toxic animal on the entire planet. This one is definitely one of the worst things to make this list. One study even indicated that just a year teaspoon of this deadly bacterium is so powerful that it can kill everyone in the United States. And if someone wanted to wipe out every single person on the planet, they would only need 9 pounds to do so. This bad boy targets the brain and the nervous system. It is found all over the planet on soils that came from the ocean floor. It mostly lies dormant, but when it kicks in, there is no stopping it. There has been no case of any animal serving it. Processed goods, home canned goods, and honey are some of the culprits that could contain this beast. Children are most at risk so stay alert people.
6. Box Jellyfish
Anyone that has ever been stung by a jellyfish knows that it is something they would rather not experience twice. The one things people are on the lookout for when walking along the sandy beaches are those alien-like creatures that go out of their way to shock you every time they come in contact with you. While the common jellyfish is a frightening beast, there is another species of these mystical looking creatures that is one of the most dangerous on the planet. The box jellyfish is considered by some of the most venomous marine animals in the entire world.
This almost invisible floating monster can move at up to five miles per hour. It is mostly found occupying the waters in the Indo-pacific north of Australia. Their box shape frame has up to fifteen tentacles that are called nematocysts. They have toxins in them that attack the heart, skin cells, and the nervous system all at the same time. If stung there are antivenins for the sting, but most people drown from the initial side effects before being able to reach the shore. And if one is lucky to get the antidote it has been reported that severe pain continues for the victim weeks after the initial sting.
7. Great White Shark
The Great White shark is a no brainer for this list. Any Shark is dangerous, and most of them would make this list if it were any longer. But the Great White is one of the most lethal creatures this world has ever seen. This sharp-toothed beast has been around longer than most predators spanning back to the early Eocene eras and has had a very long time to acquire enough natural killer instincts to be considered a real-life monster. They have been known to attack anything that threatens them or looks like a snack. They are attracted by blood and really anything that floats around them. These legendary predators will take a bite out of anything and can grow up to 14 feet. But one silver lining in all this is they don’t like bones in their meals. So with humans, they’ll take a deadly bite and usually swim away, so there’s that.
8. Cone Snail
The Cone Snail is probably the most beautiful creatures on this list of deadly animals. They contain a very recognizable brown and white marble shell. This snail can be up to 4 to 6 inches long. They can be found in the warm tropical waters like the Carribean, Indonesia, and Hawaii. But while this seems like the kind of thing a person would want to take a selfie while on vacation, they should be avoided at all costs. Cone Snails have harpoon-like teeth that contain a venom called conotoxin. This makes them the deadliest snail in the animal kingdom. Only a handful have survived its sting as there is no antivenin in existence as of right now. Its nickname is the “cigarette snail” because one has enough time to smoke a cigarette before they expire.
9. Cape Buffalo
There are about 900,000 Cape Buffalo in sub-Saharan Africa. These animals are usually very mild if left alone. If one is threatened they become the living embodiment of their fatal nickname which is Balck Death. While some would expect a buffalo to be one of the easier animals to hunt, this is not the case. They are apparently responsible for killing more hunters than any other animal on the continent. These almost six feet tall beasts circle their prey before charging at them at speeds around 35-miles per hour. They have even been known to go toe-2-toe with vehicles. If you mess with the Cape Buffalo, you will get the horns.
10. Golden Poison Dart Frog
Frogs are the lasts species anyone probably expected to make this list. They seem like lazy, carefree creatures that are only dangerous to flies. But not all tadpole dwellers are just hopping along without presenting any real threat to those around them. Some have the power to incapacitate humans with just a touch and indigenous tribes coat their poison on blow darts for hunting purposes. The frog that put its species on the map, well at least this list, is the Golden Poison Dart Frog.
These cute little guys make up a rather large diverse group of brightly colored frogs. They exist mostly in South America where only a few of the species are actually dangerous. The most deadly of these bad boys is the Golden Poison Dart Frog. These guys are located in the rain forest along Columbia’s Pacific coast. Each of these frogs has a poison that is so potent it could kill ten men. These guys are roughly the size of a paper clip but pack a serious punch in the poison department. If one sees this endangered species, it would be best to look and not touch.