Anopheles spp.

Human deaths/year: 2 million

These innocent creatures turn out to be extremely dangerous. Bites from these insects transmit the plasmodium blood parasites that cause malaria.



9Asian cobra

Naja naja

Human deaths/year: <50,000

Though not the world’s most venomous snakes, this cobra is responsible for the majority of snakebite deaths. And these deaths can be as much as 50,000 per year.




Hippopotamus amphibius

Human deaths/year: <3,000

Accurate figures are hard to obtain, but hippos are certainly responsible for many deaths every year in Africa.



7Nile crocodile

Crocodylus niloticus

Human deaths/year: >300

Attacks by this large reptile on people on the water or on riverbanks are relatively frequent in Africa. These attacks can be are generally 300 annually.



6African elephant

Loxodonta africana

Human deaths/year: <300

Elephants probably kill a few hundred people annually – though more than 20,000 elephants are killed by poachers each year.




Panthera leo

Human deaths/year: <100

Lion, the king of the forest, attacks on humans often occur during harvests, but rare outbreaks of mass ‘mandating’ also occur.



4Great white shark

Carcharodon carcharias

Human deaths/year: <30

Unprovoked shark attacks on humans are extremely rare – and fatalities even rarer. Great white, tiger and bull sharks are responsible for most.



3Sloth bear

Melursus ursinus

Human deaths/year: <2

Like other bear species, sloth bears don’t predate humans, but chance encounters can result in deaths. And these deaths can be almost 2 per year.



2Box jellyfish

Chironex fleckeri

Human deaths: At least 60 since 1883

Each of the sea wasp’s tentacles is armed with about 5000 stinging cells. 



1Poison dart frog

Phyllobates terribilis

Human deaths/year: Unknown

Considered one of the most dangerous animals out there, living in the rainforest of Colombia, this frog’s is coated with enough batrachotoxins to kill at ten men. However, the number of deaths by this animals is still unknown.


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