40 Deadly Animals

By Joe Burgett
40 Deadly Animals

There are a ton of amazing and beautiful animals all over the world today. However, just like humans, some are more dangerous than they would appear; some of the deadliest are the ones you’d least expect. As far as ranking the most dangerous animal, sometimes it is difficult to compare- much like apples and oranges.

However, the best rule to stick to around animals: be cautious and never put yourself in a dangerous situation with a wild animal. Even if it looks small or cute, it can still be dangerous. This is especially true in the wild. While being around a random house cat usually won’t be an issue, the opossum outside might be good to stay away from.

The question for most might be, well what are the most dangerous animals? Which should we stay away from the most? What animals kill more people than others each year? These are the questions we will try to answer in this list as we count down the deadliest animals on Planet Earth today.

Note: we did not include several animals, including humans, deer, tapeworms, and hyenas. While “animals” such as humans are clearly one of the most dangerous, we thought we would stick to some unknowns. It is important to note that deer are responsible for several deaths a year, 90% of those being car accidents.

 

Stonefish
[Image via Thailand Liveaboards]

40. Stonefish

Death Count: Rare

Why They Kill Humans: Territorial Reasons

Food Source: Fishes & Crustacea

Location: Most Commonly North Australia

The Stonefish is quite unlike other fish (even those it bears similarities to). It is the most venomous fish in the world, but it does not use its venom to hunt; they do well without it. However, they use their venom for something better: to protect themselves from predators. The Stonefish already has perfect camo to keep it out of the eyesight of most predators.

However, their venom gives them a much better chance of survival. Humans may come across them, but neither seek the other out. If they do sting a human, a full-grown adult can die in around 1 hour. If you get to a hospital quick enough, you’ll be okay. That’s why the death count is low. Yet their ability to kill is certainly worth mention.

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