When you think about pain, we think about hurting ourselves. Whether it’s by falling or doing something crazy, even bumping our leg into the side of a table or stepping on LEGOs. However, you do not know true pain until you’ve been bitten or stung by an animal. The most painful animal bites and stings are considered so horrible to deal with, the initial bite or sting has killed people.
That’s right, the pain was so severe for some that it led to those people dying from shock. Keep in mind that most of these animals that sting or bite humans rarely do so. Some, such as the Honey Bee, die off as a result of it. Therefore, the last thing these animals rarely want to bite or sting a human. The only reason they do so is out of survival. However, the severity they hurt humans will differ somewhat depending on the person or animal discussed.
Of course, a lot of these bites and stings hurt so bad due to the toxins within them. The toxins in many animals will not kill humans with one bite while some could. It truly all depends on the animal we’re discussing. What makes them so painful though? For many, it’s due to the protein peptides. For bees and wasps, their stinger has to pierce our skin which can already hurt. Yet it leaves behind a venom with an acidic compound known as melittin, which affects pain receptors. Many wasps leave behind acetylcholine, another chemical that affects our pain receptors. In our article, we will be discussing the Pain Index score, which goes from 0 to 4, based on the Schmitt Pain Index. Now, we’ll go over what animals have the most painful bites and stings in the world today. Let’s get started!
25. Fire Ant
- Pain Index: 1.5
Fire Ants can actually kill people but it is rare. The reasoning has to do with the amount that attacks a person at one time. This tends to be due to an allergic reaction, causing anaphylactic shock. However, it can do damage to anyone as the sting from a Fire Ant is notably painful. They currently found mainly in subtropical southeastern USA states including Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and parts of North Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee, Arkansas, Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and California.
They rank as a 1.2 on the Schmidt Sting Pain Index, but if you are stung by numerous at the same time or one after the other…this number could feel much worse. We just advise you never intentionally get stung by one, then you won’t have to ever concern yourself with one of the most painful stings on the planet today.