When it comes to the world’s deadliest animals, you might be surprised to learn that it’s not tigers or sharks. In fact, even the smallest creatures can be dangerous. Here is a list of animals that will shock you in terms of their deadliness.
Mosquitoes are responsible for the deaths of around 725,000 people annually, according to the World Health Organization. They carry diseases such as malaria, yellow fever, and encephalitis, causing the deaths of millions of people worldwide.
Snakes kill approximately 50,000 people each year. The Inland Taipan is the most venomous snake in the world, but it rarely bites humans. The saw-scaled viper, on the other hand, is responsible for the most snakebite deaths, around 5,000 people annually.
Dogs cause the deaths of roughly 25,000 people every year. Rabies, which dogs can carry, is a significant cause of infections in many countries, particularly in India where stray dogs are a serious problem.
The tsetse fly is similar in size and appearance to a regular housefly. It transmits a parasitic disease called African trypanosomiasis, also known as sleeping sickness, which infects 20,000 to 30,000 people annually and causes around 10,000 deaths.
Crocodiles are opportunistic killers and are responsible for hundreds of attacks on humans every year in Africa. They kill around 1,000 people annually worldwide, more than sharks.
Hippos are aggressive animals and have been known to kill over 500 people per year in Africa. Their sheer size and sharp teeth make them incredibly dangerous.
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