The world is full of dangerous animals, and some places are more well-known for dangerous killers than others. The question is: which animals are the most dangerous? This article will list some of the animals you will not want to meet if you are out on a hike in the wilderness.
The world’s most dangerous animal may be a surprise to you. The mosquito is the most dangerous creature in the world, and is responsible for killing between two to three million people a year. Not only do these pests carry malaria, they can also spread West Nile virus, yellow fever, elephantiasis, and dengue fever. Although mosquitoes are most dangerous in Africa, North America, and Asia, you can find them all over the world. The female mosquito injects its saliva into a person’s skin, and this is how diseases spread from the insect to a person. Most people do not even realize that they were bitten until their immune system causes this area to form an itchy, red bump on the skin. The best way to avoid mosquito bites is to use combative spray or lotion on your skin. At night, mosquito nets and light-colored clothing will also help to protect you against the world’s most lethal animal.
The second deadliest animal in the world is the venomous snake. Out of 450 types of venomous snakes, 250 types can kill a person, and this animal is responsible for killing between 50,000 to 125,000 people every year. Venomous snakes are found most often in Africa, North America, and Asia. The venom in these snakes can travel into a victim’s bloodstream in minutes, which can quickly paralyze the person. Snakes can bite their victims, or spit venom into their prey’s eyes. Naturally the best recommendation to avoid getting bitten is to avoid these types of snakes, so if you see a snake, you should avoid going near it. Wearing boots will also help prevent against snake bites.
The third deadliest animal in the world is the scorpion. Out of all of the different types of scorpions, 25 species are considered dangerous. The scorpion is responsible for between 800 and 2000 annual fatalities throughout the world. Scorpions can be found most often in Africa, Central Asia, and the Americas. These critters have a stinger at the end of their tails where deadly venom is released into their victims. This venom will paralyze a scorpion’s prey. Scorpions are most active at night, so if you are out camping in an area known for scorpions you should shake out your shoes, clothing, and bedding before using them.
The fourth deadliest animal in the world is the big cat. Mountain lions, African lions, cougars, and tigers are responsible for killing as many as 800 people each year. The destruction of many of these animals’ natural habitat has resulted in many of these creatures attacking humans. Big cats normally attack by biting their victim’s jugular. If you are face to face with one of these cats, do not run! This is a sure way to get killed. You are better off trying to make yourself appear bigger and staring them in the eye without breaking eye contact to show that you are the dominant animal.
All four of these animals are responsible for countless deaths throughout the world. Some other animals that make the top ten of most dangerous animals are the crocodile, elephant, hippopotamus, jellyfish, shark, and the bear. The best thing that you can do to protect yourself is to avoid areas where these animals live.