Ever since I started these Most Dangerous sort-of posts, I am head over heels with this concept. So I actually thought to expand this category. First Venomous Snakes, then Venomous Spiders and now here comes the Top 10 list of Most Dangerous Animals you Should Avoid.
It has an entry from our previous list about Most Venomous Snakes. In this list I haven’t included sea predators and insects, because these two are pretty broad categories which I’ll hopefully cover later. I also haven’t included spiders. So here you go:
Most dangerous Animals on earth to Avoid:
Platypus is one of the mammals that lay eggs, instead of giving birth. It is found in eastern Australia and Tasmania. When it was first discovered, it amused the Europeans due to duck-like mouth, egg-laying property and turtle-like back. Besides its absurd looks, it has quite other things to surprise you.
Platypus is one of few mammals to produce venom. Male Platypus have spurs in their hind limbs that produce venom. Although not much dangerous to humans, it is very lethal for other small animals. Despite this, it produces pain enough to incapacitate its victim. Swelling rapidly grows around wound, in outward direction.
9. Polar bear:
Polar bear is flesh-eating bear, who is largely found within Arctic Circle and its surrounding areas. An adult male polar bear can weigh up to 700 kg. Its cute looks doesn’t stop it from being dangerous. For centuries, it was quite a stranger for humans. But during past century, due to exploration of man, many encounters of polar bears have recorded by humans.
In 2013, a polar bear attacked two men in Canada. These attacks are increasing, because of climate change. Bears are starving because of climate change, they search for food and come in populated areas. Besides being stereotyped, polar bears are usually quite and prefer escaping over attack.
8. Cape Buffalo:
Cape buffalo is a large African Wild buffalo. One point to be noted is that it is not related to domestic Cattle – In fact, it’s never been domesticated. The thing which makes him very dangerous to humans, is its unpredictability and hostile nature.
Being a member of Big Five (which also included Lion, Elephant, Leopard and Rhinoceros – all Africans), it kills over 200 people every year. It is also one of the most sought-after animal among hunters.
I know that you often gets irritated by looking at it – most ugly animal in my opinion, but a fierce, aggressive hippo is enough to let you feel danger. Although not flesh-eating, this animal caused more deaths in Africa than any other animal – a Proof if you disagree with My above statement.
After Elephant and Rhinoceros, hippopotamus is the third largest mammal. It is found all over Africa. It can weigh up to 3 tons. Despite this, it is capable of running up to 30 km/h over short distance. Due to its short temper, aggressive nature and uncertainty, it is one of the Most Dangerous animals on earth.
6. Komodo dragon:
This scary animal is one of the largest living species, among lizards. Komodo dragon can grow up to 3 meters of length and weight as much as 70 kg. It was first discovered in 1910. It is usually found in Indonesia and its other neighboring islands.
Besides its looks and large size, it has the other thing to scare you off. Turns out that it is venomous. In 1970s and 80s, it was thought that Komodo infect its prey by bacteria that lives in its mouth. That perception completely changed in 2009 however, Bryan Fry, from University of Queensland stressed for an MRI of a dragon.
Results showed two venom glands in venom jaw. There are many toxic proteins in its venom, which can cause paralysis, rapid blood loss, inhibition of clotting and extreme pain.
Rhinoceros are fast, big and aggressive fighters. It is the second largest land mammal, after Elephant. Although being very powerful, rhinoceros usually keeps it to itself. But that doesn’t stop it to attack, if cornered or feeling danger.
Rhinoceros’ eyes aren’t strong enough to identify whether someone in his territory is a threat or not. That makes him even more unpredictable. Human interactions with Rhino are from very old times. Its horn is used in different medicines, sold in black market etc. But anyways, it is something you should better avoid.
4. Black Mamba:
This reptile needs no introduction. We all know about it. By many experts, it is considered as the Most Venomous snake on the planet. It is usually found in the sub-Saharan region. If cornered, black mamba mimics a cobra by raising its head, expanding its neck-flap and opening its mouth.
Its venom is dendrotoxin in nature, and is rapid action. Killing an adult male in just as little as 20 minutes shows its rapidness. It has a nearly 100% mortality rate.
3. Saltwater Crocodile:
Oh, another reptile, or should I say the largest of all the living reptiles? (well, both statements are correct.) Saltwater or Indo-Pacific Crocodile can reach up to 6.7 meters of length and have 2,000 kg of weight. They are literally found everywhere, from eastern coast of Africa to Indian eastern coast, and from northern Australia to coast of Japan.
They usually sit just beneath the water level and wait for their prey to come, and drink some water. Their victims include buffaloes, monkeys and even sharks. If you think you can escape its jaws, then please get your mind replaced. They have the strongest bite among all animals, and can easily crush an adult bovids’ skull between its jaws.
2. African Lion:
Now here is The Lion – The King of Jungle, it is close second on our list. Lions have been historically stereotyped as brave, strong and powerful. So much that a brave and courageous men are nicknamed by their friends as – Lion. Anyways, coming back to our topic, it is very dangerous animal, and the one you should better avoid.
African lions are the Most Dangerous lions, they usually are found all over sub-Saharan Africa. Sick lions are more dangerous, and prone to attack the pursuers. But the good news is that if you stay out of their territory, they wouldn’t attack you – well, in most cases. So, the choice is yours.
1. African Elephant:
African Elephant is the African breed of this Mammal. Its one particular species, Bush elephant is the largest animal in this world. Its average weight is 5,500 kg and length is 4 meters approx.
Although being stereotyped as very human friendly and pet-like animal, Elephant can be very aggressive if alarmed – or feeling itself threatened. Lion may be the so-called king of the jungle but when it comes to the deaths of human beings, African Elephant is second to none. So even if you accidentally got in the sight of this beast of 6-ton, things can “potentially” get bad – at best.
Now that I’ve presented a list of 10 Most Dangerous Animals to you. I’ll recommend you Not to go into a safari park or a jungle – all alone. At least go with a guide. In case of an injury, rush to hospital (if you’ve survived that attack).