Deadliest Animals To Humans: Top 10 In The World

Deadliest Animals To Humans

Want to know the Top 10 deadliest animals in the world? Discover the list of 10 deadliest, most aggressive animals to Humans.

Deadliest Animals To Humans:

From the hippo to the fly, we look at some of the animal kingdom’s deadliest killers. The list of some of the deadliest animals to humans responsible for the most human deaths in recorded history.

The scariest predators – Read our list to find out which animals are the Top 10 deadliest animals in the world.

10. African Lion

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The lion is one of the big cats in the genus Panthera and a member of the family Felidae. The commonly used term African lion collectively denotes the several subspecies in Africa.

One famous case was that of the Tsavo man-eaters were a pair of man-eating Tsavo lions responsible for the deaths of a number of construction workers on the Kenya-Uganda Railway from March through December 1898.

9. Tsetse Fly

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Tsetse, spelled “tzetze” and also known in Africa as Tik-Tik flies, are large biting flies that inhabit much of tropical Africa. Tsetse flies include all the species in the genus Glossina, which are placed in their own family, Glossinidae.

This large bloodsucking fly is the primary carrier of African Sleeping Sickness (an insect-borne parasitic disease of humans and other animals) and is therefore indirectly responsible for killing up to a quarter of a million people every year.

8. Leopard

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The leopard is one of the five “big cats” in the genus Panthera. It is a member of the family Felidae with a wide range in sub-Saharan Africa and parts of Asia.

The frequency of Leopard attacks on humans varies by geographical region and historical period. Despite the leopard’s  extensive range from sub-Saharan Africa to Southeast Asia, attacks are regularly reported only in India and Nepal.

The Gunsore (Leopard) was a man-eater after it was shot by British officer W. A. Conduitt on 21 April 1901. Credited with at least 20 human deaths, the leopard was killed on top of its last victim, a child from Somnapur village in the Seoni district, India.

7. Carpet Viper

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Echis is a genus of venomous vipers found in the dry regions of Africa, the Middle East, Pakistan, India, and Sri Lanka. They have a characteristic threat display, rubbing sections of their body together to produce a “sizzling” warning sound.

Responsible for the majority of snake-related deaths in the world, this viper uses a hemotoxin (that destroy red blood cells, disrupt blood clotting, and/or cause organ degeneration and generalized tissue damage) and is similar to that of the boomslang.

6. Brazilian Wandering Spider

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Brazilian Wandering Spiders are mainly found in tropical South America, with one species in Central America. The most venomous spider in the world, according to the Guinness Book of World Records.

They are often found hiding in houses and cars of densely populated areas, especially during daytime.

Although the Brazilian wandering spider venom is the most toxic – with death occurring within two hours of a bite – an effective anti-venom is available and few fatalities occur.

5. Blue-Ringed Octopus

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The blue-ringed octopodes are three octopus species that live in tide pools and coral reefs in the Pacific and Indian Oceans, from Japan to Australia.

This dangerous animal holds enough venom to kill 26 full grown adults in a single bite, and there is no antidote discovered for it so far. Blue-ringed octopuses are among the deadliest animals in the sea.

Throughout their range in Australia and the eastern Indo-Pacific, several humans suffer bites each year.

4. Hippopotamus

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The common hippopotamus, or hippo, is a large, mostly herbivorous mammal in sub-Saharan Africa, and one of only two extant species in the family Hippopotamidae, the other being the pygmy hippopotamus.

The hippopotamus is highly aggressive and is widely regarded as one of the most dangerous animals in Africa. They have been known to attack humans without provocation even to the point of destroying entire vehicles.

3. Saltwater Crocodile

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The saltwater crocodile, also known as the estuarine crocodile, Indo-Pacific crocodile, marine crocodile, sea crocodile or informally as saltie, is the largest of all living reptiles, as well as the largest riparian predator in the world.

Sitting at the top of its food chain the Saltwater Crocodile has been known to eat everything from water buffalo to sharks.

2. African Elephant

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African elephants are the world’s largest land animals. The biggest can be up to 7.5m long, 3.3m high at the shoulder, and 6 tons in weight.

Their main weapon is their power and forward facing trunk. They seemingly have the capacity to display bouts of rage and have even engaged in activities that have been interpreted as vindictive, razing entire villages in the process and were used historically in wars.

1. Mosquito

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Mosquitoes are small, midge-like flies that constitute the family Culicidae. Females of most species are ectoparasites, whose tube-like mouthparts pierce the hosts’ skin to consume blood.

The word “mosquito” is Spanish for “little fly”. As small as it is though, it is also the deadliest. It has been estimated that mosquitoes transmit diseases to almost 700 million people annually resulting in 2 to 3 million deaths every year.

Few animals on Earth evoke the antipathy that mosquitoes do. Their itchy, irritating bites and nearly ubiquitous presence can ruin a backyard barbecue or a hike in the woods or in worst cases transmit viral diseases such as Dengue Fever.

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