33 Dangerous Animals of the World

Our planet is filled with all sorts of wonderful animals, bugs and beautiful undersea creatures. They can be found in every continent and in every climate. Some are fuzzy and cute, while others are creepy and crawly. But whether they are slimy or furry, some critters can still be downright dangerous.

In this post, we will explore the darker side of nature with the deadliest animals, insects and sea life. Some you may already know and some are sure to surprise you.

01. Fat Tail Scorpion: Fat and Fatal

Dangerous Animals of the World

The Fat Tail Scorpion is the most dangerous of all the scorpion subspecies in the world. In fact, in many cultures it is called the Man Killer. It is in the genus of Androctonus and is considered an Arachnid.

This dangerous animal is found mostly in Africa, but can also live in India, Algeria, Turkey and Egypt. It prefers to live in a warm dry area, like under a rock. It is also sensitive to light and humidity.

The fat tail scorpion measures 4 inches in length (10 centimeters) and is reddish, brown or black in color. Its lethal weapon, the stinger, is located on the very end of its tail.

What is the Danger?

The toxin from this creature is deadly. It uses it in nature to kill or paralyze its prey. If a person is stung the venom will attack their nervous system. Unless the antidote is given quickly the victim will die.

02. Wolf: The Pack Hunter

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The most common wolf is the Gray Wolf. Although it does not generally hunt humans, the wolf can be dangerous to its natural prey.

Wolves are found all over Canada, Asia, Europe, Alaska and throughout the United States. They measure up to 63 inches tall (160 centimeters) and can weigh up to 175 pounds (79 kilograms).

This animal is very social and will live and hunt in a pack of 6 to 10 individuals. They roam large distances to find their prey. They prefer deer, elk, and moose but have been known to eat fish, snakes, lizards and fruit.

What is the Danger?

Wolves are strong and powerful hunters. The pack will track their prey for up to 100 miles a day (160 kilometers). They can also bring down prey that is 10 times larger than each wolf. Once the prey is close enough the wolves will surround it and eventually take it down.

03. Africanized Honey Bee: The Horrible Hybrid

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The Africanized Honey Bee is a cross between the African Honey Bee and the European Honey Bee. It is also called the Killer Bee. It is slightly smaller than a normal honey bee.

These bees were once only found in Africa, but have now moved into other areas. South America, Mexico, Florida, Texas, Arizona and California are all home to these vicious insects. They prefer to build nests in hollow trees, walls, porches, sheds and attics.

What is the Danger?

This bee is very aggressive and will take over the hives of other bees. They are quick to swarm and will even attack if the threat to them is not serious. They have been known to chase their victims for over a mile (1.6 kilometers).

Even though a single sting from one bee is not deadly, a swarm of bees all stinging can pose a painful, dangerous threat.

04. Wolverine: The Fearless Fighter

Dangerous Animals of the World

The Wolverine is stocky and muscular. It looks like a small bear but is actually the largest member of the Weasel family.

It has short legs, a broad and rounded head, small eyes and short rounded ears. It can grow up to 46 inches long (116 centimeters) and weigh up to 70 pounds (31 kilograms). Its thick, dark, oily fur is hydrophobic, meaning it is resistant to frost.

The wolverine prefers to live alone and can be found in the northern climates of Canada, Europe, Alaska, Siberia and Russia.

What is the Danger?

This deadly animal is fearless and ferocious. It can and will take down animals many times its own size. It has powerful jaws and very sharp claws with a thick hide which makes it extremely hard to handle. It will also fight other animals, even bears, over a dead carcass. The wolverine will hunt almost any prey from porcupines to moles to caribou and deer and moose.

05. Black Mamba Snake: A Shy Serpent?

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Even though the Black Mamba Snake is considered one of the world’s deadliest snakes, it is actually quite shy by nature. It is found in the southern and eastern savannas and rocky hills of Africa.

The color of this amazing snake is olive green to gray. Its name comes from the black coloring inside its mouth.

This poisonous snake can reach lengths of 14 feet (4.5 meters) and is one of the fastest serpents in the world. It can slither at a speed of 12.5 miles per hour (20 kilometers per hour).

What is the Danger?

This dangerous animal would rather flee than fight, but if cornered it will strike fast and with force. It raises its head high off the ground, spreads its cobra-like neck flap, open its mouth and hisses. If the predator does not retreat it will strike several times injecting its powerful venom. Once bitten the victim usually dies within 20 minutes. It is one of the top predators of the world.

06. Hippopotamus: The River Horse

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Hippopotamus means River Horse in Greek. This herbivore is the third largest land animal on earth and is found in Africa. Although it may look like a giant pig, the hippo is more closely related to the whale and porpoise.

This large, lumbering animal can weigh up to 4000 pounds (1814 kilograms), with some older males weighing a whopping 7100 pounds (3220 kilograms)! The hippo is very buoyant in the water. On land it can run up to 30 miles per hour (48 kilometers per hour) for short distances.

What is the Danger?

It has been said that the hippo kills more people in Africa than any other animal. It is quite fast and when angered can trample anything in their path. Never get between a hippo and the water! This animal has been known to overturn boats and smash them with its huge head and jaws.

Hippos also have powerful jaws and enormous teeth. In fact, their lower canine teeth measure about 20 inches long (50 centimeters). Hippos are very territorial and do not want to share space with any other species.

07. Box Jellyfish: Stinging Tentacles

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The Box Jellyfish is also called the Sea Wasp. It can be found in the coastal waters off Northern Australia and throughout the Indo- Pacific. It has a pale blue color and is transparent, with a box-like bell or body. Each side of the bell contains a cluster of 6 eyes each.

It has 15 tentacles growing from each corner of the bell. Each tentacle is 10 feet long (3 meters) and has around 5000 stinging cells. The box jellyfish hunts shrimp and fish.

What is the Danger?

The venom from the box jellyfish is considered to be one of the most deadly in the world. This dangerous ocean creature contains toxins that will attack the heart, nervous system and skin. Victims will experience great pain and may go into shock or even die.

08. Cape Buffalo: Horned and Dangerous

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Cape Buffalo can be found in Africa and is part of the Bovine family. They are a large beast standing 4 to 6 feet tall (1.2 to 1.8 meters) at the shoulder. They can weigh up to 1500 pounds (700 kilograms). They are black or dark brown in color with huge curved horns.

This animal forms herds on the open grasslands. The number of individual animals can range from 400 to 1000 in number. The Cape Buffalo is very placid if left alone, however, if it feels threatened, due to injury or while protecting its young, it is highly dangerous.

What is the Danger?

The Cape Buffalo will lower its head and charge at an oncoming predator. The horns on this animal are extremely tough and can gore a human or another animal with great force. It will also circle back on its own path to pursue a predator.

The Cape Buffalo is still being hunted today. It is nicknamed the “Widow Maker” and “Black Death.” It is considered one of the top five most dangerous animals in Africa.

09. Poison Dart Frog: The Tiny Blue Threat

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Poison Dart Frogs are native to the tropical forests of Costa Rica to Brazil. These frogs can be yellow, gold, copper, red, green, blue, or black in color. Each species also has fancy designs and hues on their backs. Their bright colors actually warn predators saying; “I am poisonous. Do not eat me.”

The blue dart frog is tiny in size. It measures 1-inch-long (2.5 centimeters), which is about the size of a normal paperclip. It can live from 3 to 15 years-old in the wild. It slurps up its prey with its long sticky tongue. This frog will eat insects like fruit flies, small crickets and ants.

What is the Danger?

The poison dart frog is one of the most dangerous animals in the world, it is highly lethal to all animals and people, except one; the Liophis snake is immune to its toxin. Some species of the dart frog actually have enough poison to kill 20,000 mice or 10 grown men! But don’t worry; you would have to eat this frog before the poison can work.

10. Cassowary: The Dagger Claw

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The Cassowary is a large flightless bird. It can be found in the rainforest of New Guinea and northeastern Australia. It gets its name from “kasu” meaning horned and “weri” meaning head.

It has coarse black hair-like feathers on its body and a bony protrusion on its head. The featherless skin around its neck is bright blue in color. It also has two red wattles hanging from the front of the neck. The back nape of its neck is bright red.

The cassowary has short, yet powerful legs. Each foot has three forward-pointing toes measuring 4.7 inches long (11.2 centimeters). The middle toe has a long sharp, dagger-like claw which measure 3 inches long (7.8 centimeters).

What is the Danger?

The Cassowary is normally a shy bird, but when it is threatened it can be very dangerous. This bird packs a powerful kick that can take a human down. It also uses its sharp middle claw to tear into its predator.

11. Baboon: My What Big Teeth You Have

Dangerous Animals of the World

There are 5 different species of the Baboon. They can be found in Africa and Arabia. They are some of the world’s biggest monkeys. They prefer to live in dry savanna regions. They do not have a prehensile tail, but still enjoy climbing trees to rest, eat and watch for predators.

Baboons measure from 20 to 40 inches long (60 to 102 centimeters) and can weigh from 33 to 82 pounds (15 to 37 kilograms). They will dine on fruits, grasses, seeds, bark and also meat. Birds, rodents, and even the young of larger mammals, such as antelopes and sheep can all be part of the baboon’s diet.

What is the Danger?

Baboons have long razor sharp teeth and claws. They are also tough, cunning and strong. Although they prefer to avoid human contact, baboons will defend themselves against predators.

Some cases have been reported of baboons breaking into village homes looking for food.

12. Gavial Crocodile: A Long, Deadly Snout

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The Gavail Crocodile is one of the largest of its species. It is found in Nepal and India. It does not move well on land so it prefers the deep parts of fast moving rivers.

This crocodile is a dark olive color. It has an elongated, narrow snout with about no razor sharp teeth. It can reach lengths of 16 feet (5 meters) and weigh up to 2200 pounds (1000 kilograms). The Gavail snaps up its favorite food of fish and small crustaceans.

What is the Danger?

Even though the Gavail Crocodile does not hunt humans, the sheer size of it makes this animal dangerous. The many sharp, pointy teeth of this crocodile could also produce a nasty bite.

13. African Elephant: The Largest Land Mammal

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The African Elephant is found throughout Africa. It is the largest land mammal on earth. Its humongous ears resemble the continent of Africa and are used to cool itself down.

Elephants will also suck up water through their long trunks and shower it down over themselves. It is also used for smelling, breathing, trumpeting, drinking and grabbing things.

This elephant stands 8.2 to 13 feet at the shoulder (2.5 to 4 meters) and can weigh up to 14,000 pounds (6,350 kilograms). Its main diet consists of roots, grasses, fruit and bark. They can eat up to 300 pounds (136 kilograms) of food in one day.

What is the Danger?

Elephants can be dangerous. If travelling where these great beasts roam, visitors are cautioned to stay away from them. Even though elephant attacks are rare, they have been known to trample vehicles and even small aircrafts. Male elephants also use their long tusks when defending against predators.

14. Geographic Cone Snail: A Toxic Avenger

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The Geographic Cone Snail is found in the waters and reefs of the Indo-Pacific. This cone snail is one of 500 species and is the most toxic. Its shell is highly prized among seashell collectors.

It measures 6 inches long (15 centimeters) and has a patterned, brown-and-white shell.

This cone snail also has a harpoon-like tooth which is propelled from an extendable proboscis. It is this mouth-like organ that injects the snails poison into a predator or prey’s body.

What is the Danger?

Their venom is made up of hundreds of different toxins, to which there is no cure. Once stung the venom acts quickly to kill the cone shell’s food source. If a human is stung, he or she can also die from this venom.

15. Komodo Dragon: Super Spit

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The Komodo Dragon is found on the Lesser Sunda Islands of Indonesia. It was only discovered about 100 years ago.

This reptile is the heaviest lizard in the world. It measures 10 feet long (3 meters) and can weigh up to 300 pounds (136 kilograms). It also has bowed legs, scaly skin and a muscular tail. The komodo hunts deer, pigs, smaller dragons, large water buffalo and even humans.

What is the Danger?

The Komodo Dragon hunts by lying in wait. Once its prey comes close enough it springs at it using its sharp claws and shark-like teeth to tear it apart. This lizard can also run at speeds of 11 miles per hour (18 kilometers per hour) in short bursts.

Another lethal aspect of the komodo is its saliva. This super-spit is teeming with over 50 different strains of bacteria. Once bitten, a creature usually dies within 24 hours due to blood poisoning.

16. Brazilian Wandering Spider: The Scarlet Murderess

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There are 8 species of the Brazilian Wandering Spider. It belongs to the genus Phoneutria, which is Greek for “murderess.” This spider lives in Brazil and unlike other spiders that spin webs; this one wanders around looking for its prey.

This dangerous spider measures 2 inches around its middle (5 centimeters) and 5 inches in diameter (12.7 centimeters) including its legs. It has a brown body and scarlet red hairs on its large fangs. When it is hunting it will stand on its back legs and sway back and forth.

What is the Danger?

This spider is extremely aggressive and is not afraid of humans. It will attack without being provoked. Bites are very painful and it only takes a very small amount of poison to kill a human.

17. Carpet Viper: Vicious and Venomous

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The Carpet Viper is sometimes called the Saw-Scaled Viper and is found in Africa and India. This dangerous snake likes to hide in the crevices of rocks or in trees. It can also bury itself in the sand with just its head sitting out.

This deadly snake can grow to be 14.9 to 23.6 inches long (38 to 60 centimeters). Its head is flat on top with a rounded snout and is slighter bigger than its body. The body is covered with scales and is gray or black in color with diamond markings.

The Carpet Viper eats frogs, large insects and lizards.

What is the Danger?

This snake is aggressive and will strike often and without warning. Its venom is highly toxic and it is one of the most poisonous animals. Once bitten, the victim must seek the antidote or death will occur.

18. Rhinoceros: Ancient Giants

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There are five species of Rhinos. They can be found in the grasslands and open plains of Africa to the swamps and rainforests of northern India and southern Nepal.

The rugged rhino has thick skin, a large head, stubby legs and a broad chest. It is gray in color with a thick horn on the top of its snout. It measures up to 9.8 feet long (3 meters) and weighs a whopping 7,936 pounds (3600 kilograms).

The rhino grazes on grass, similar to modern cows.

What is the Danger?

Although mostly shy, the rhino has poor eyesight and may charge when frightened. Its sheer size and bony horn can make it dangerous for humans or other animals to tangle with.

19. Piranha: The Scary School

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Piranhas are a fish that live in the rivers of South America and the Amazon Basin. They prefer fast moving water instead of calm pools. These flesh- eaters are also part of many home aquariums where they are kept as pets.

This fish can grow from 5 to 10 inches long (12.7 to 25.4 centimeters) and is gray in color. Some species have a red underbelly. It has a large head, a powerful tail and many sharp, tightly packed, interlocking teeth.

What is the Danger?

Even though this fish looks harmless, when it is in a large group it becomes vicious. A school of piranha can easily strip a large animal down to the bones in a matter of minutes.

20. Mosquito: Blood Thirsty Nuisance

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Mosquitoes are uninvited guests to most outdoor events. They are found all over the world and love still, standing water, such as ponds and marsh areas.

This insect is the vampire of the bug world. It drinks blood from its victim through the skin.

Only female mosquitoes bite. They need the protein found in blood to feed their eggs. Males of this species eat nectar from flowers. They beat their wings 300 to 600 times a minute.

What is the Danger?

Even though the bite of a mosquito is relatively painless, it is the disease they often carry that poses a problem. This insect has been known to carry malaria, dengue fever, yellow fever, and encephalitis. They may also transmit heartworm to your dog.

21. Tasmanian Devil: Cranky Critter

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The Tasmanian Devil is found in Tasmania, Australia. It likes to spend its days alone in hollow logs, caves, or burrows and will come out night to feed.

This animal is the largest carnivore in the marsupial family. It can measure up to 30 inches long (76 centimeters) and weigh up to 26 pounds (12 kilograms). It has a course black or brown hair, long front legs with shorter back legs. It has razor sharp teeth and powerful jaws.

What is the Danger?

The Tasmanian Devil is cranky and will attack most anything when it feels threatened. It will growl, lunge and bear its teeth when fighting. It has one of the most powerful bites of any animal its size.

22. Stonefish: Spiked for Danger

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The Stonefish is found in the Indo-Pacific oceans. It is mostly a marine fish, but it can also be found in some rivers. It prefers to lie among the coral reefs and rocks using this cover for camouflage. You can see the stonefish in marine exhibits and aquariums.

This fish does not have any scales, but rather an encrusted skin that looks like stones and rocks. It measures 11.8 to 15.7 inches in length (30 to 40 centimeters) and can live out of water for 24 hours.

What is the Danger?

When the Stonefish feels threatened it will raise the 13 large spikes on its back. Each of these spikes has a pair of poisonous sacs attached to it. When a person steps on it, the venom is released. It can be very painful and the wound does not heal for months.

The stonefish is a fast hunter and will strike at smaller fish in a split second.

23. Hyena: The Laughing Carnivore

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The Hyena can be found in Africa and through Arabia to India. It will wander the grasslands, savanna, woodlands, mountains and forest edges looking for food.

It can grow up to 35 inches tall (88.9 centimeters) and can weigh from 90 to 190 pounds (40 to 86 kilograms). Even though it looks like a dog, the hyena is more closely related to a cat.

It is a pack hunter and preys on all animals, carrion, birds, insects and snakes. The hyena will consume all of an animal, including its bones. This animal will make a “laughing” sound when it has found a good food source.

What is the Danger?

Hyenas are skilled hunters and have no problem taking down prey many times larger than themselves. They have a strong jaw and powerful teeth which can tear through flesh and bones. Hyenas are also fearless and will chase lions away from their kill.

24. Great White Shark: Jaws Attacks?

Most Dangerous Creatures in the Ocean

The Great White Shark is found in the cool coastal waters throughout the world. It is the largest predatory fish on earth.

This shark is torpedo-shaped, steel gray in color on top and white on its belly. The Great White can grow up to 20 feet long (6 meters) and weighs 5,000 pounds (2268 kilograms).

They are fast swimmers with a powerful tail, reaching speeds of 15 miles (24 kilometers). When attacking prey, they can leap from the water.

What is the Danger?

The Great White’s mouth holds up to 300 serrated, triangular teeth. They are arranged in several rows. This shark also has a great sense of smell. It can detect the smallest drop of blood in a vast amount of water.

Even though Great White Shark has attacked humans, this is a rare occurrence. Scientists say this shark is a sampler eater, meaning it takes bites from its victims, rather than devouring them.

25. Silverback Gorilla: A Giant Primate

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The Silverback Gorilla is found in Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. It lives in the forests and green mountainous slopes of these areas. There are only about 700 of these gorillas left in the wild.

This Mountain Gorilla is black in color. Males will develop a silver back and hind end as they mature. This gorilla can stand 4 to 6 feet tall (1.2 to 1.8 meters) and can weigh up to 485 pounds (220 kilograms). It is a vegetarian and the diet consists mainly of roots, shoots, fruit, wild celery, pulp and tree bark.

What is the Danger?

When a male is defending his troop or territory, he can become quite aggressive. He may stand upright, roar, pound his chest and throw things. If he decides to charge his sheer size and impact will cause fatal injury.

26. Saltwater Crocodile: Potential Man-Eaters

Dangerous Animals of the World

The Saltwater Crocodile or “Saltie” is found in brackish (partly salted) and freshwater regions of eastern India, Southeast Asia, and northern Australia. It is a powerful swimmer and has been spotted far out in the sea. When not swimming it will bask on land or float in the water.

This reptile is enormous measuring up to 17 feet long (5 meters) and can weigh 1,000 pounds (550 kilograms). They are carnivorous and will any kind of meat including water buffalo, monkeys, wild boar and even sharks.

What is the Danger?

This crocodile is very aggressive. Out of all the crocodile species, the Saltie is the one most likely to be a man-eater. It hunts by exploding from the water and grabbing its victim with its powerful jaws. The croc will then drag its prey back in the water and hold it there until the animal drowns.

 27. Badger: Dangerous Diggers

Dangerous Animals of the World

There are 11 different species of the Badger. They are found in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa. They are considered the world’s fastest diggers. They look for soft, sandy, porous soil to dig large tunnels and burrows in.

Badgers vary in size. On average they measure up to around 35 inches (90 centimeters) in length including the tail. The average weight is 20 pounds (9 kilograms). They are members of the skunk family.

The badger is nocturnal and feeds on earthworms, insects, grubs, small birds, lizards as well as roots and fruit. Badgers can run at speeds of up to 19 miles per hour (30 kilometers per hour) for short periods of time.

What is the Danger?

The badger is a fierce fighter and will protect its young at all costs. Its long sharp claws are adapted for digging, but can also tear into predators. The badger has been known to take on wolves and bears.

28. Blue Ringed Octopus: Armed and Dangerous

Dangerous Animals of the World

The Blue Ringed Octopus lives in the waters around Australia. It prefers to hide among the crevices and cracks of rocks or between the rubble, reefs and the bottom of sandy areas.

This octopus is only 5 to 8 inches long (12.7 to 20 centimeters) and weighs 0.92 ounces. It has 8 arms, 3 hearts, and a large head with two big eyes. Each arm has two rows of suction cups. If this mollusk loses an arm it can grow it back.

The blue ringed octopus is brown to gold in color. When it feels threatened it will flash its bright blue rings as a warning to the predator.

What is the Danger?

Blue Ringed Octopus is a beautiful deep sea creature but deadly because it has a toxin called, Tetrodotoxin. This is found in the saliva of the blue ringed octopus. Just l milligram of this poison can kill a person. There is no antidote at this time.

29. Siafu Ants: The World’s Largest Army?

Dangerous Animals of the World

Siafu Ants form the largest colonies of all the ant species. They are found in West Africa and the Congo. They live in the rainforest and on the savannah. They build temporary homes underground as they are constantly on the move.

The worker ants of this species measure 0.19 inches long (0.5cm). The soldier ants are three times this size and the queen is a large ant with an enormous belly. She can measure up to 1.9 inches long (5 centimeters). Males also have wings.

What is the Danger?

These ants invade in numbers of up to 22 million individual ants. When this mass moves they can devour 100,000 prey animals in a single raid. They move at a pace of 65 feet per hour (20 meters per hour). When an army of Siafu Ants move it is said that even elephants will flee.

30. Walrus: The Tooth-Walker

Dangerous Animals of the World

The Walrus is native to the Arctic Circle. Its scientific name, Odobenus rosmarus, is Latin for “tooth-walking seahorse.” The walrus is normally social, lying around with hundreds of others on the ice and snow.

This marine mammal can measure up to 11.5 feet long (3.5 meters) and weighs up to 1.5 tons (1.4 metric tons). It has thick dark colored skin, whiskers on its face, flat flippers and a body full of blubber. The tusks on the walrus are very long. They can measure up to 3 feet long (1 meter) and will continue to grow throughout its life.

The walrus is called a “Tooth-walker” because it uses its tusk to pull itself along the ice.

What is the Danger?

Even though the walrus is normally passive, during mating season or when a bull is defending its harem, it will become dangerous. It will roar and use its tusks to jab at it predators.

31. Pufferfish: A Spiky, Poisonous Ball

Dangerous Animals of the World

The Pufferfish is found in the tropical waters of the world. They are also called Blowfish because of their ability to take in water and expand themselves into a big ball.

This species of fish ranges in size from l inch long (2.5 centimeters) up to more than 2 feet long (61 centimeters). Pufferfish do not have scales, but rather a rough spiky skin. They only have four teeth that are fused together to form a beak.

It eats invertebrates and algae. Larger Pufferfish will crack open mussels, clams and shellfish.

What is the Danger?

Most Pufferfish have a toxin that makes them foul tasting to predators. However, this same toxin is deadly to humans. It is 1200 times more poisonous than cyanide. There is enough poison in one Pufferfish to kill 30 adults. Even though, Pufferfish is considered as one of the cutest animals in the world.

32. King Cobra: The Deadliest Serpent?

Most Poisonous Snakes of the World

The King Cobra is found mainly in the rain forests and plains of India, southern China, and Southeast Asia. They are the only snake in the world to build nests for their eggs.

This amazing snake is king because it can grow up to 13 feet long (4 meters) and weigh around 20 pounds (9 kilograms). When it feels threatened it can raise itself up from the ground, high enough to look a full grown person in the eye.

It feeds on other snakes, small mammals, eggs and lizards.

What is the Danger?

When this snake is angry, it will rise up and make a hissing sound, like a dog growling. This world’s deadliest snake has some of the most deadly venom of all the snakes. Just one bite delivers enough toxins to kill 20 men or even an elephant.

33. Tsetse Fly: The Tik-Tik Bug

Dangerous Animals of the World

The Tsetse Fly is also known as the Tik-Tik Fly. It is found in Africa. There are 23 species of this insect and it has been around for 34 million years.

They look like a normal house fly, except their wings fold neatly over their backs when resting. This fly also has a long proboscis that attaches to a bulb under its head. The middle of the wing has a hatchet-shaped cell.

This fly uses its blade-like mandibles to puncture the skin of mammals.

What is the Danger?

Even though the Tsetse Fly is one of the smallest predators it can be one of the most lethal to humans. It carries the “Sleeping Disease.” Once bitten a person will get a high fever and become very sleepy. Sometimes this will lead to death.

Be Careful Out There…

We have explored 33 of the world’s most dangerous animals, insects, reptiles and aquatic beings, but this is by no means a full list. The world is home to many dangerous, yet fascinating creatures.

Continue to look for more interesting animals that use their natural defenses to hunt and protect themselves. It can be frightening, but also a lot of fun.

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