Top 10 deadliest animals on the planet

African lion

1. Mosquito – Mosquitos carry the parasites that cause malaria which is responsible for the deaths of two million people every year.

Top deadliest animals on the planet
Top 10 deadliest animals on the planet

2. Asian Cobra – Responsible for the majority of the 50,000 deaths by snakebite per year in India although it is not the most venomous.

deadliest animals on the planet
Top 10 deadliest animals on the planet

3. Australian box jellyfish – The most venomous marine creature known to man, each tentacle has enough toxin to kill 60 people. Since 1884 at least 5,567 deaths have been attributed to these creatures.

Australian box jellyfish

4. Great white shark – Since 1876 this shark has been responsible for 65 deaths worldwide and will develop a taste for human flesh once it has fed on a person. Each year 30-100 people die of shark attacks.

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5. African lion – The only cats to live in a group, African lions work together to prey upon other animals and kill around 70 humans per year in Tanzania. In total, lions are responsible for over 250 deaths each year.

African lion

6. Australian saltwater crocodile – The largest living reptile on the planet mature males can reach 23ft in length and are opportunistic hunters using ‘death-roll’ to drown and suffocate their prey. Every year, over 2,000 deaths are caused by crocodiles.

Australian saltwater crocodile

7. The elephant – Elephants weight around 16 tonnes and are responsible for around 600 deaths every year through stamping and goring.

Mother and Babies Elephants

8. Polar bear – The largest meat eater living on land, polar bears are extremely protective of their cubs and attack viciously when there is a perceived threat. A polar bear can cut off a human head with a swipe of its paw.

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9. Cape buffalo – The African Cape Buffalo will actively stalk and attack the hunter who wounded it. Each year it kills more humans in Africa than any other creature.

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10. Poison dart frog – Native to the rainforests of South America their venom is enough to kill ten men and exudes from their skin. Natives run darts against their skin to use in hunting.

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