Hello comrades, fans of facts! Today we will take a look at the top ten most dangerous animals and insects in the world.
From the humble mosquito to the massive hippo, you’ll be amazed which creatures are the deadliest killers of the animal kingdom.
1. Mosquitoes: 725,000 deaths a year
When it comes to killing people, no insect is as deadly as a tiny mosquito. This annoying insect is responsible for a huge number of deaths, more than 725,000 per year.
Mosquito-borne diseases such as malaria, dengue, yellow fever, and encephalitis have wreaked havoc on the human race throughout history. It takes about 1.2 million bites to drain all the blood from your body.
2. People: 475,000 deaths a year
Humans are the dubious number 2 on our list of the most dangerous “animals” in the world, committing more than 437,000 murders a year.
Although we may not be our worst enemies, we are very close to that. During 75 years of life, a person has a 1 in 200 chance of being killed in America.
3. Snakes: 50,000 deaths a year
Snakes kill about 50,000 people every year, making them one of the most dangerous animals in the world. The number of deaths may be even higher because snake bites are poorly recorded in many parts of the world.
In India alone, more than 46,000 people die from snakebites. The number of deaths from snakes may be higher because rural areas may not have adequate documentation.
4. Dogs: 25,000 deaths a year
Man’s best friend? Or maybe not.
Dogs kill over 25,000 people a year, making them the # 4 most dangerous animal in the world. However, most dog deaths do not come from pets, but from wild and stray dogs infected with rabies.
There are over 30 million stray dogs in India alone. Mad dogs are responsible for a huge number of these deaths.
5. Tsetse flies, killer beetles, Freshwater snails: 10,000 deaths each year
The next animals on our list are very small but very dangerous. Tsetse flies, killer beetles and freshwater snails kill at least 10,000 people a year each. These small but deadly parasites are increasingly spreading around the world due to climate change and unsanitary living conditions.
Tsetse means fly in Tswana (Burkina Faso / Creative Commons)
6. Roundworms: 2,500 deaths a year
In sixth place on our list is the roundworm.
Meet the terrifying creature that makes its home – sweet home – in the small intestine of an estimated 1.5 billion people and kills 2,500 worldwide. Just imagine a mass of leg-length earthworms crawling over your belly or coming out of your ass in what looks like a bunch of writhing pasta noodles. Roundworms can reach 20 inches (51 cm) in length.
7. Tapeworms: 2,000 deaths a year
Causing more than 2,000 deaths a year, the creepy tapeworm ranks 7th on our list of the world’s most dangerous animals.
With the ability to grow up to 30 feet, these disgusting parasites live, thrive and multiply in the human body and can even spread to your brain, where they can cause meningitis, seizures, and dementia.
The most common way to catch tapeworms is to eat undercooked meat.
8. Crocodiles: 1,000 deaths a year
A hundred times more deadly than sharks, crocodiles are the eighth most dangerous animal in the world. Although the numbers are difficult to quantify, it is believed that crocodiles kill about 1,000 people a year.
Extremely territorial, crocodiles attack to kill and eat almost anything – in or out of water.
Crocodiles are extremely territorial and will kill any intruder, including humans.
9. Hippopotamus: 500 deaths a year
The ninth most dangerous animal is an extremely aggressive and territorial hippo. Although these chubby animals are mostly vegetarians, they kill over 800 people a year.
With sharp teeth, a body weight of over 3000 pounds, and agility both in and out of the water, hippos are truly formidable animals.
The name “hippopotamus” in Greek means “river horse”.
10. Elephants: 100 deaths a year
At number 10 is the elephant, which kills about 100 people a year.
Although elephants are usually adorable, if provoked in the wild, they can become one of the deadliest animals in the world.
Elephant rage is becoming more common as humans and elephants increasingly come into contact with each other.
Elephants have the largest brains in the animal kingdom.
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