We may have tamed this planet and became a superior being on this planet. But the fact is, danger awaits us in every corner, and they come in various forms, most especially animals. Today, we will look at some animals that you should avoid getting in contact with. Here is our list of 10 most dangerous animals you’d better off run away from.
10. Cone Snail
Found in the warm waters of the tropics, instantly recognizable for their highly prized, brown-and-white marbled shells, can be seen in shallow depths closer to shore. Their ‘teeth’ contain a complex venom called Conotoxin, making them one of the most poisonous species of snails. If you suffer the unlucky fate of being stung by it, head to the hospital immediately, as there is no anti-venom and late treatment is fatal to your body.
9. Golden Poison Dart Frog
A poison dart is a diverse group of brightly colored frogs that lives mostly in northern South America. Only a handful of them is dangerous to humans. The most deadly, the golden poison dart produces poison, called Batrachotoxin. It is so potent that one frog contains enough poison to kill 10 grown men. But what makes this amphibian dangerous is its poison glands are located beneath its skin, meaning a mere touch is deadly. Because of deforestation, they are on several endangered lists, but if you have a rare sighting, don’t go touching it.
8. Box Jellyfish
Also known as the sea wasp, this jellyfish is often found floating in the Indo-Pacific waters north of Australia. These transparent, nearly invisible invertebrates are the most venomous marine life. Their frames contain up to 60 tentacles lined with thousands of stinging cells – known as nematocysts, a toxin that simultaneously attacks the heart, nervous system, and skin cells. While antivenom does exist but the poison is so powerful it leads to various complications even after treatment.
Pufferfish, also known as blowfish, are found in tropical seas around the globe. They are the second most poisonous vertebrate after the golden arrow dart frog. But they’re arguably more dangerous because of their production of neurotoxin, called tetrodotoxin, which is found in the fish’s skin, kidneys, liver, and muscle tissue. Though dangerous it is considered a delicacy in Japan known as Fugu and can only be prepared by trained, licensed chefs. Their toxin is up to 1,200 times more poisonous than cyanide and can cause various complications in your body and if left untreated, death.
6. Tsetse Fly
The tsetse is a small speck of an insect that measures up to 0.7 inches found in the African continent. It is often regarded as the world’s most dangerous fly. Their true terror lies in the protozoan parasites they spread known as trypanosomes. If left untreated, it can be fatal and lead to death. While there are no vaccines or medications available to prevent infection, methods of protection are available. The tsetse fly transmits a parasitic infection that at first can lead to headaches, fever, itchiness, and joint pain, but later can lead to some serious neurological problems.
Parasitic worms live in and feed in living hosts for an extended period. While not all are harmful but some of them are capable of causing deaths. This nasty creature receives nourishment and protection while disrupting their hosts’ ability to absorb nutrients. This leads to a weakened immune response causing weakness and disease in the host. Parasite like brain-eating amoeba, tapeworm, roundworm causes thousands of death each year. The tapeworm is responsible for an infection called cysticercosis that kills an estimated 700 people per year, while Ascaris roundworm leads to an infection called ascariasis that kills an estimated 4,500 people per year. Cooking your food thoroughly may help destroy them in most cases.
Dogs, human’s best friend are another deadly animal. Because of their friendly nature, we often go play with them which could cost your life in some cases. Dogs infected with the rabies virus are one of the deadliest. Though the vaccine is available we often neglect those small scratches after it fades, only for it to lead us to hospitalization. According to WHO, about 35,000 deaths are attributed to rabies, and of those 99% are caused by dogs, . Domestic dogs are responsible for rabies virus transmission to humans in 99% of the cases. That’s why it is necessary to vaccinate your dog soon after their birth.
While not all snakes are dangerous but there are some that are highly venomous. There are no Anti-venom for some of the snakes Their species such as the Inland taipan, Viper, Krait, boomslang, or king cobra are dangerous because of their poisons, but the black mamba is especially deadly due to its speed. Snakebites kill more than 100,000 people a year. It is best to avoid this disgusting crawling creature.
Are Mosquitoes Animals or Insects? They are both. A mosquito is an insect, which is an invertebrate. It is considered to be the most dangerous creature in the world because of its ability to transfer diseases between people and wildlife easily. Mosquitoes were identified as carriers of malaria-causing parasites/infection, dengue fever, etc. As a result, these tiny pests lead to the deaths of more than two million people each year.
Surprised? Offended? We’re one of them too, after all. Not only we make food out of other species, but we’ve also been killing each other for over 10,000 years, in the name of war, religion, love, hate, greed, it’s a no-brainer that we make it to this list and in fact, top the list. Though we are said to be living in the most peaceful period now, there is still an uncountable number of gun violence, homicide, to terrorist attacks around the globe. We’re dangerous to our mother nature as well, think about global warming, pollution, ozone layer depletion, and the destruction of forests and coral reefs. Given the threat, we pose to countless other creatures and the capacity to annihilate our entire planet, we are easily number one on the list of the most dangerous animals in the world.
Well! That’s our pick for the 10 most dangerous animals in the world. What do you think about it?