The world is full of weird and wonderful creatures, not all of them are friendly. Here is a list of some of the world’s deadliest animals from the land, the water and the sky.
The black mamba is the commonly found in eastern Africa, where they reside in the Savannahs and rocky areas, giving them plenty places to hide. A black mamba can grow up to 14 feet long and travel at speeds of up to 12.5 miles per hour, making them the fastest snakes in the world and very difficult to get away from, especially if you are in a remote part of Eastern Africa.
Luckily for humans, they will generally only attack when they feel threatened but this doesn’t make them any less lethal. When a black mamba strikes, they will bite their victim over and over again, not that they need to as have the capacity to inject enough venom in a single bite to kill 10 people. Their venom contains a mix of neuro and cardiotoxins, which usually kills 100% of people within 20 minutes if they don’t receive treatment.
As many of us know already, crocodiles can be traced back to prehistoric ages, they have survived hundreds of millions of years, outlived the dinosaurs and no species alive today has ever been close to extinction (that we know of). They are commonly found in the Indo-Pacific region and can be spotted from parts of India and Vietnam all the way to Northern Australia.
The saltwater crocodile is among the largest and deadliest of all crocodiles and even their cousin, the alligator. They can grow up to 23 feet in length and are known to kill more people every year than sharks. They are notorious for being incredibly short-tempered, easily provoked and extremely aggressive. They can bite with tremendous force, delivering a bite of 3,700 pounds per square inch (similar to the bite velocity of a T-Rex) and will happily swim in both salt and fresh water, so it isn’t too surprising when you find out that they kill hundreds of people every year.
The Deadliest: Mosquito
Named the deadliest animal in the world (besides humans) the mosquito is responsible for countless deaths and disease across much of the world, especially in countries in Africa, Asia and South America. Their small size makes them the masters of stealth and it is possible for them to inject you with a deadly disease with you knowing very little about it.
There are 4 different species that are known to bite humans and all of them have the potential to carry one or multiple horrendous illnesses, including;
- Yellow fever
- Dengue fever
- West Nile virus
These diseases collectively affect around 700 million and kill around 725,000 people every year. Experts believe that mosquitoes put more than half the world’s population at risk every year. Easily making them the deadliest animal on the planet.