How would you feel if you knew a bite from a particular species of fish is 1,200 more poisonous than cyanide? Probably a little terrified, but maybe not as terrified as you’ll feel when you’re faced with hundreds of buffalos charging at you.
We know that lions, tigers, and dogs kill hundreds, if not thousands of people every year. However, we wanted to bring you something special and gathered ten of the most dangerous creatures in the world that you might not know about.
10. Saltwater Crocodile
Not only is the menacing saltwater crocodile one of the most dangerous animals in the world, but it’s also the largest living reptile. There is almost no surviving encounter with this beast.
Nicknamed “Saltie,” saltwater crocodiles well in saltwater habitats from across Southeast Asia to northern Australia and Micronesia.
can overpower sharks, wild boars, kangaroos, and of course, humans. They capture prey by striking them and dragging them into the water until the prey is crushed or drowns.
If it’s a particularly resistant prey, the saltie will perform what is known as “death rolling.” Sounds ominous, right? The crocodile spins and jerks its head to twist off chunks of meat.
They possess the strongest bite of any living animal and can swallow their prey whole. Faster than the fastest human swimmer, salties can swim 15 to 18 mph in short bursts.
They’re also intimidatingly massive and can reach 20 feet in length and 2,900 lb.
9. Saw-Scaled Viper
Sure, black mambas, carpet viper, Indian cobras, and yellow-bellied snakes are extremely venomous, but we’re here to talk about the most dangerous, and the saw-scaled viper is thought to be responsible for more deaths than all other snakes combined.
Their aggressive nature, quick temper, and deadly venom make a lethal threat.
The name saw-scaled viper stems from the rows of scales on their sides, which, unlike most snakes, face upward instead of backward.
If it feels threatened, a saw-scaled viper– usually 35 inches long, will tightly coil its body into an “S” shape, creating a chilling raspy sound akin to “sizzling.”
The more agitated it is, the louder it will be. When it attacks, it will strike sharply and quickly, releasing a lethal cocktail of neurotoxins, cardiotoxins, hemotoxins, and cytotoxins.
Saw-scaled vipers are held accountable for the most snakebite deaths in the world. They roam the dry regions of Africa.