Did you know that fresh water snails are extremely dangerous ?
From the tiny Tse Tse Fly, to giant sharks, these are 25 of the most DANGEROUS Creatures !
Crocodiles -- Not the biggest surprise here … these animals are responsible for 1000 human deaths each year. The fearsome Saltwater Crocodile, weighing over a ton, is the largest living reptile …and they’re often regarded as the most aggressive of the lot … that’s no croc!
Hippos -- Weighing over a ton, they’re often considered Africa’s most dangerous animal. With their unpredictable behavior and massive, sharp teeth, they have no fear of humans. It’s estimated hippos are responsible for killing anywhere from 500 to 2,900 people per year in Africa.
Scorpions -- It’s the smaller ones that are more dangerous. Larger scorpions use their claws to defend themselves … the venom of smaller scorpions is often most responsible for some 5000 deaths per year. Fun Fact: Out of approximately 1500 total species of scorpion, only 25 are lethal to humans.
Assassin Bug -- A good name for this insect ... its bite can transmit Chagas Disease, which kills approximately 10,000 people each year. An estimated 7 to 8 million people living in South and Central America have the disease. Assassin Bugs are also known as kissing bugs because they tend to bite humans around the lips and eyes as they sleep.
Tse Tse Fly (seat-see) -- What makes these insects so dangerous? They’re known to carry the parasitic disease that causes sleeping sickness … which is thought to be infect some 10,000 people each year.
Freshwater Snails -- yes, snails that are found in subtropical and tropical regions around the world, living in lakes and rivers, are a source of Schistosomiasis (schiss-toe-so-my-ass-is), a disease caused by parasitic flatworms that infect the intestines or urinary tract. The disease is estimated to claim 12,000 lives yearly.
Dogs -- Can you believe that our best friends are responsible for approximately 25,000 human deaths per year? Don’t worry, household pets don’t usually make this sort of list … it’s stray dogs infected with rabies that cause the majority of fatalities. Most rabies-related deaths occur outside of North America or Western Europe. But your furry friends are estimated to kill around 35 people a year in the US.
Tapeworms -- These creatures kill you from the inside ...The parasites can live for up to three decades by nestling inside their host body … and growing up to 50 feet long! These insidious creatures are estimated to kill up to 50,000 people each year.
Snakes -- here’s an animal you’d expect on the list … snakes are thought to be responsible for around 50,000 deaths annually. The Inland Taipan of Australia is known to have the most toxic venom of any snake, capable of killing more than 100 people.
Video of a lion attack on a toddler recently resurfaced online … The incident occurred in 2003 and gave everyone a scare. A Mexican TV show called Con Sello de Mujer featured two lion trainers who brought along a juvenile lion … which was allowed to sit in close proximity to the child and her mother. The lion cub seemed tranquil at first … but the child began to whine, and that upset the animal, sending it into a frenzy. The cub lunged toward the baby, grabbing her leg in its teeth. Mother and child both screamed in terror as the two trainers wrestled the animal away from the child. After some tense moment where the female trainer told everyone to relax and to stay still, the animal released the child, and the lion was led offstage. Thankfully, a potential tragedy was avoided. One might ask why the lion -- pretty big even though it was a juvenile -- was allowed to sit so close to an infant. For the record, lions are known to attack between 550 to 700 humans per year. Fewer than 100 people are killed by the animals per year.
Humans -- Of all the animals listed here, humans are arguably the deadliest because they kill with intent. The exact number of death caused by this species is difficult to calculate, given their involvement with all types of potentially lethal conflicts that occur on the local to international level. A rough estimate is 475,000 deaths caused by fellow humans in a given year. Suffice it to say, when you positively absolutely need something or someone dead or dying …
Mosquitoes -- Wouldn’t it figure that the smallest creature on the list would turn out to have a hand in causing such a massive amount of human deaths each year? Mosquitoes carry several deadly diseases, including malaria, yellow fever and encephalitis and can infect up to 700-million people yearly … of which more than a million people die from mosquito-borne illnesses. Malaria was known to cause over 400,000 deaths in 2015 alone.
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