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Top 10 most deadliest animals alive

By Edited Mar 27, 2015 12 38

Animals that could kill

Which animals kill the most?

Humans may be large predators, we are certainly the top of the food chain. That makes us the most deadly is our minds, as we are the ones that invent the tools that kill all other animals.

With out those weapons, we are as useless as the weakest animal against most deadly animals. Our offspring are born one of the most helpless out of any in the animal kingdom.

The Mosquito

Mosquito is number 1 killer

Yes, not what you were expecting I bet. Admittedly they don't rip your throat out with a fierce set of teeth, they never the less are the world's top spot deadly killers for killing the most people. Some but not all mosquitos are blood suckers, those blood sucking mosquitos are the killers for over two million people a year, they act as vectors for diseases such as Dengue fever,Malaria,West Nile virus. Many tests have been taken to make sure mosquitos don't transmit the deadly HIV, but so far the risk seems extremely unlikely.

Asian Cobra

Asian Cobra is a deadly snake

The Asian cobra( also known as the Spectacle cobra because of markings on its hood) is responsible for over more than 50,000 deaths every single year in India,China,Malaysia,Vietnam and Thailand. Before you wish to correct me thinking I am saying this is the most poisonous snake, it is not, but it is the biggest killer because it is attracted to areas populated by humans. The Asian Cobra has a diet of rats, mice, toads etc, so because they are found where humans leave debris of food, so the Asian Cobra can be found. Its daily contact with the human world gives it more chance to bite than other snakes, although it does not bite with out provocation.

Australian Box Jellyfish

Australian Box Jellyfish

The most deadly out of the marine animals, the third on the top 10 most deadly animals list, the Australian Box Jellyfish is almost transparent and physically chases its prey, as it is not actually a true Jellyfish. It stings with its nematocysts which contain venom. The Australian Box Jellyfish is responsible for over 5,567 deaths since 1884. Vinegar is a known immediate first aid until medical help can be sought.

Great White Shark

Great White Shark(96649)

We all know Jaws would be in here somewhere, well here is the Great White Shark, at number four. The Great White Shark has been responsible for 64 confirmed deaths since 1876. Once a Great White has eaten a human they will develop the taste for humans, so we may see the death toll increase by this predator if we are not more careful. 30-100 people  die from shark attacks every year. Maybe sharks are learning we are a possible food source?

African Lion

African Lion is one of the top 10 deadliest animals

Number 5 on this list we come out of the sea and to the planes of Africa. The only cat that lives and hunts in a pack. Lions kill around 70 people a year around the area of Tanzania. It has been documented that there has been an increase in deaths from Lion attacks between 1990 and 2004. It has been put forward that Lions that attack and eat humans tend to be maimed or poorly and incapable of chasing down their usual prey, so maybe only attack humans through hunger.

Australian Salt Water Crocodile

Australian Salt Water Crocodile

The Australian Salt Water Crocodile is the largest of crocodiles, its shape and size meaning it has been confused as an Alligator. Many attacks fail to be reported with in the Aboriginal community of Australia, the rest of Australia report 1-2 deaths a year from Salt Water Crocodiles. These Salt Water Crocodiles are in the Guinness Book of Records for "The Greatest Disaster Suffered from Animals" after killing more than 400 Japanese soldiers during The Battle of Ramree Island.

These reptiles will take any opportunity to feed when it shows itself, so fisherman or others edging close yo the water are likely to meet their death during a death roll. You can only avoid these attacks by keeping out of the Salt Water Crocodile's territory.


Indian Elephant top 10 deadliest animal

Elephants regularly stampede villages in India, as they are extremely strong being the largest land animal alive today. Between 2000 and 2006 over 600 deaths have been recorded of death by Elephant attacks. Unfortunately this meant that a large amount of Elephants were culled because of the danger threat to humans living in Indian Villages. An Elephant that is in "Musth" is very aggressive and unpredictable. Elephants are different to other deadly killers on this top 10 deadliest animal list in that Elephants do not eat humans.

Polar Bear

Polar Bear in the Arctic

The Polar bear is the largest on land carnivore alive. Polar bears being based in the Arctic Circle don't really get too many opportunities to kill human beings, although it does happen. A Polar bear will kill you with one swipe of its paw, taking your head clean off. Polar bears are however being threatened by poaching and hunting by humans, so which is the deadliest killer?

Cape Buffalo

Cape Buffalo is top 10 deadliest animal

Another animal that would not spring to mind if asked which animals are killers, yet the Cape Buffalo is regarded as one of the most dangerous animals in Africa. A Cape Buffalo will hunt down a human if attacked and is extremely aggressive, which makes sense if someone just inflicted pain, think I would be too. The Cape Buffalo kills over 200 people a year, mainly by goring the person to death. Although people still do hunt Cape Buffalo for meat, there are hunters who pay $10,000 approx to hunt Cape Buffalo for game.

Poison Dart Frog

Poison Dart Frog(96635)

Incredibly much smaller than others on this list of top 10 deadliest animals alive, this little frog can kill 10 men at once with the venom excreted through its skin. Not an animal I would be petting any time soon! Indigenous people of the Rainforests use the poison from these frogs to coat their arrows and darts with for hunting, hence the name " Poison Dart Frog".

None of these 10 deadliest animals are human's natural predator, if left alone they would be no harm. Humans live and set up home in areas native to these animals and then kill them when they behave in their natural way. So really who is a threat to who?



Apr 29, 2012 5:19pm
Interesting list. I think that the hippopotamus is right up there too. But you are right about humans - we are the deadliest creature on the planet.
Apr 29, 2012 5:27pm
Hi Davwrite. Yes I almost placed the Hippopotamus among these top 10 and research wavered between including it and others not. After the research I felt more empathy for these animals than fear, as it always seems it is just us humans placing ourselves in their habitat.
May 1, 2012 5:20am
OMG OMG I got a feature...................Thank you admin.
May 1, 2012 7:59am
Good list. definitely wasn't thinking mosquito when I opened it up! I also had hippo in my mind as a contender... maybe an honorable mention! Nice work and congrats on the feature!
May 1, 2012 8:05am
Thanks Aberdelle. Really surprised about the feature, has spurred me on to try again.
Your compliment is much appreciated and I look forward to you getting your first feature.
May 1, 2012 8:08am
Also, just realized you have not accepted my friend request, would like to give you a tip. It use to be under the tab " My feeds" but think you just need to go to your own profile and you will see the request. You can't message people you are not friends with.
May 1, 2012 10:34am
Note to self: 1. Never traverse the Asian or African wilderness. 2. Use Citronella candles. Congrats on being featured!
May 1, 2012 12:36pm
Thank you kindly TimJohnJr. I got sick to death of the smell of citronella last summer but would suffer it to reduce the risk of malaria.
May 1, 2012 1:12pm
Great article! Loved the read. I have been researching bull sharks for our animal website and it is believed that many attacks blamed on the Great White were actually the bull shark. I would say, I wouldn't really want to mess with either one! So hard to believe the cute little frog on the list though. My son and I talked about it for some time! :-D Thanks.
May 1, 2012 1:27pm
It is one of those articles that can kick off a debate as it is all about perspective and whether people class direct or indirect deaths.
Yeah the cute frogs, this article has saved my life when I earn my millions and go trudging through the Amazon rain forest ha.
Glad your little one found a good subject in this topic about deadly animals.
May 2, 2012 4:59pm
Congratz on the feature! Well deserved. Rated thumbs up. I recently wrote about the Australian salties in my crockodile science and myth article. They are such alien critters. Then again, us humans could use some work on our killer instincts too!
May 2, 2012 5:57pm
Thank you Footloose, I had to double check when I saw the article name on the front page. My first instinct was " No way has someone written a similar article to me and been featured". Guess I should have more faith in my abilities.
Cheers for the thumbs up and I agree with that sentiment, us humans are one of very few creatures who are so destructive in the path of life.
May 2, 2012 10:08pm
A well deserved feature.
May 3, 2012 4:29am
Thank you Jade Dragon, I am so excited about it. I love animals anyway so it was interesting researching this.
May 3, 2012 12:30am
I love you when you're all "front page-y"!!! Good piece, Double D, and congrats.
May 3, 2012 4:31am
Thank you Vic, I am so pumped about this. I love the " front page-y" me too, much better than not being found on page 3 * innocently looks around*, hehe.
May 3, 2012 6:38am
Great article. I really enjoyed reading it. Very interesting information, really nice article. Keep up the good work!
May 3, 2012 7:00am
Thank you for reading my deadliest animals alive article and for commenting, glad you enjoyed it.
May 4, 2012 9:35am
An excellent article - well done!
You forgot #11 though..... the Wife
May 4, 2012 9:37am
No 11? You do us wives an injustice Darren, we would be Numero Uno! See that Polar bear up there ^ he can take your head off with one swipe of its paw, us wives can cut a man's manhood off with a simple sentence.....
May 4, 2012 11:45am
Ddraig - Really good article. I definitely didn't think about a mosquito, when I read the title of this article. LOL! Great job.
May 4, 2012 12:20pm
Thank you Bamalife, glad you enjoyed my article on deadliest animals.
May 31, 2012 7:32pm
Thanks Ddraig! I enjoyed reading this interesting thought provoking writeup!
Jun 3, 2012 8:54am
Vinodpillai, I am glad you enjoyed my article about the deadliest animals, thank you for reading and commenting.
Jun 13, 2012 6:40pm
Hi: Just read your article and asan old animal man I especially enjoyed reading you. I was fortunate to do a study of Great Whites in the blue ocean a few years back and they do not really like the taste of us. Mostly they attack people thinking they are seals or something else. However,if you are swimming in the area with an open cut--watch out--they smell one part blodd in a million parts of water. Anyway--thunbs up on your article and I'll be back for more.
Aug 1, 2012 7:52am
I apologize on the delay of my reply to you Marlando. I have only just found your post from checking down old articles.
I love sharks and know we are no a targeted food source and usually sharks will nip us to see how we react rather than to eat us, if I remember correctly.
Recent studies have seen an increase in man eaters but probably because we are consuming too much of their natural food sources.
Sep 16, 2012 4:45pm
Excellent article Ddraig, I enjoyed the read!
Sep 17, 2012 3:50am
Thank you very much Pindar. I am so happy with this article with it getting featured.
Oct 21, 2012 1:43am
Congrats on the feature, and very interesting article. The poison dart frog is rather cute for a frog, guess it's the bright yellow color.
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May 9, 2013 3:37am
great article. i thought i was gonna see "the black mamba", nothwithstanding it all good. i just started article writing. good luck anyways!
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Aug 27, 2013 7:14pm
I think I remember the hippo being a really dangerous beast too!
Sep 26, 2013 12:36am
Some decades ago I lived in Africa. The professional 'White Hunters' would say that the most dangerous animals in Africa are: The bees and the buffaloes!
Mar 28, 2015 8:32am
Fascinating, I didn't know about the box jellyfish or cape buffalo. A friend of mine who visited Africa said hippos will even chase boats.

And why didn't Moses swat those two mosquitoes.
Mar 28, 2015 8:32am
Ooops, I meant Noah (as in Noah's ark) not Moses.
Mar 28, 2015 12:53pm
He should've killed German cockroaches too, dang it.
Mar 28, 2015 12:52pm
This is a great list. A few species I'd recommend if the list was able to be expanded - death stalker scorpion, Russell's viper, hippopotamus, and leopards.
Mar 28, 2015 1:18pm
Loved the article. The elephants were a surprise for me!
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