Tuesday, December 11, 2007

World's Most Dangerous Animals

Deadliest animals in the world ranked by estimated number of human fatalities per year:

1. Mosquito over 2 million deaths per year resulting from malaria infection caused by mosquito bites.
The mosquito is a member of the family Culicidae; these insects have a pair of scaled wings, a pair of halteres, a slender body, and long legs. The females of most mosquito species suck blood from other animals.

2. Snake over 100,000 deaths per year.
Snakes , also known as ophidians, are cold-blooded legless reptiles closely related to lizards, which share the order Squamata. There are also several species of legless lizard which superficially resemble snakes, but are not otherwise related to them.

3. Scorpion up to 5,000 deaths per year.
A scorpion is an invertebrate animal with eight legs, belonging to the order Scorpiones in the class Arachnida.

4. Crocodile up to 2,000 deaths per year.
A crocodile is any species belonging to the family Crocodylidae . The term can also be used more loosely to include all members of the order Crocodilia: i.e. the true crocodiles, the alligators and caimans and the gharials . The crocodiles, colloquially called crocs, are large aquatic reptiles that live throughout the Tropics in Africa, Asia, the Americas and Australia.

5. Elephant over 600 deaths per year.
Elephantidae is a family of pachyderm, and the only remaining family in the order Proboscidea in the class Mammalia. Elephantidae has three living species: the African Bush Elephant and the African Forest Elephant and the Asian Elephant .

6. Bee over 400 deaths per year.
Bees are flying insects, closely related to wasps and ants. There are approximately 20,000 species of bees, and they may be found on every continent except Antarctica. Bees are adapted for feeding on nectar and pollen, the former primarily as an energy source, and the latter primarily for protein and other nutrients.

7. Lion over 250 deaths per year.
The lion is a mammal of the family Felidae and one of four "big cats" in the genus Panthera. The lion is the second largest cat, after the tiger. The male lion, easily recognized by his mane, weighs between 150-225 kg and females range 120-150 kg . In the wild, lions live for around 10–14 years, while in captivity they can live over 20 years.

8. Hippopotamus over 200 deaths per year.
The Hippopotamus , from the Greek ?pp?p?ta?? , is a large, plant-eating African mammal, one of only two extant, and three or four recently extinct, species in the family Hippopotamidae.

9. Jellyfish over 100 deaths per year.
Jellyfish are marine invertebrates belonging to the Scyphozoan class, and in turn the phylum Cnidaria. The body of an adult jellyfish is composed of a bell-shaped, jellylike substance enclosing its internal structure, from which the creature's tentacles suspend.

10. Shark 30 -100 deaths per year.
Sharks are fish with a full cartilaginous skeleton and a streamlined body. They respire with the use of five to seven gill slits. Sharks have a covering of dermal denticles to protect their skin from damage, parasites and to improve fluid dynamics.


Anonymous said...

Humans themselves must by far be the most dangerous animal of all. Not even mosquitos will ever match the number of humans kill by other humans.


Anonymous said...

Amen to that!

Anonymous said...

no they got us beat 2 MILLION a year

Anonymous said...

yeah dood , look up death statistics, human deaths per year from violence is a lower percentile than by nature.

now maybe if we took into acount accidental death, negligence things like that then we beat mosquitoes. but humanity isnt that bad at all.

kodeyiscool said...


Lance said...

2 million is nothing compared to the millions of deaths from the holocaust, world wars, vietnam war, hiroshima, nagasaki, rwanda genocide, darfur, the crusdaes etc. etc. etc. The list can go on forever. Humans are by far the deadliest animals.

Anonymous said...

Lance, it's 2 million deaths per year by mosquito, not 2 million total. That's 200 million per century, far outweighing human to human deaths.

Aranxa said...

Firstly, accidental deaths and deaths caused by human spread disease must be counted on a per annum basis for the comparisons to be the same as to animals. Animals do not kill with malice, nor spread disease by malice. Getting trampled by an elephant is just as much an accident as getting hit by a bus and dying from malaria is the same as dying from Hepatitis. Here humans would trump as the deadliest animals.
Secondly, if malice is taken into account, humans would still head the list. It is estimated that 72 million people died as a result of WW II. That is over 1/3 of 200 million killed in only 6 years. Taking WW I, Stalin's and Mao's masacres, the Armenian genocide, the civil wars in Africa, etc.. of the 20th century into account, by malice alone the other 2/3s needed to reach 200 million could easily have been reached in the 94 remaining years.

Anonymous said...

Aranxa, you moved the goalposts by saying humans kill by malice unlike other animals. There is a difference between being a dangerous animal(the topic here) and a malicious animal. I agree humans kill through malice but maintain (that's me at 6.40 pm on jul22) that mosquitos are responsible for more human deaths than humans. I don't accept that in the other 94 years of the 20th century outside WW2 that 128 million human to human deaths occured. WW1 was 20 million and there have been millions of others at the hands of brutal dictatorship regimes plus the other wars you mention, but not as many as 20 million.

Anonymous said...

Sorry, end of my comment there was a typo. Should read 200 million.

Anonymous said...

Where is deer on the list?

Anonymous said...

fuck all those animals

Anonymous said...

hey who cares

Anonymous said...

has anybody thought about the silent holocaust the murdering of unborn, humans?????? every year

Anonymous said...

Humans are not dangerous.. And we are not animals. I hate when people say that stuff. Humans are above all animals. We are far more significant. God didn't say animals are above humans did they? no. animals are wild and they don't care who they kill. humans have a choice.. so humans just don't kill cause they are hungry or wild. they kill for reasons therefore its not even comapable!

Anonymous said...

fuck u all. animals are cool and so are sandwiches