Read about 10 of Africa's most dangerous animals, ranging from snakes like the black mamba to safari icons like the lion, rhino and buffalo. Read about 10 of Africa's most dangerous animals, ranging from snakes like the black mamba to safari icons like the lion, rhino and buffalo.
The golden poison frog is not venomous, but poisonous: venomous animals have a delivery method for the toxin, such as fangs or spines, while poisonous animals and plants do not have a delivery method and rely on transference of the toxin, typically by, but not limited to, ingestion.
Box Jellyfish (Chironex fleckeri) It seems to go without saying that the most poisonous, deadliest and meanest of all the jellyfish inhabits Australia. The variety of box jellyfish known as the sea wasp or marine stinger is widely regarded as one of the most deadly creatures on earth.
The beauty of many fish species is highlighted in fish stores, aquariums, and in home collections. Some species, however, have darker, more terrifying aspects. A select few of these may attack human beings, while others might deliver a dose of poison when handled carelessly or not properly prepared for consumption.
The Saltwater crocodile is the largest living reptile, and a truly fearsome beast. Growing up to 21 feet long, they are the undisputed masters of the waterways of Australia and Southeast Asia. They are apex predators, feeding on almost any living thing that they encounter.
Tsetse Fly. Do not let its silly name fool you; this small fly carries the deadly sleeping sickness, which kills between 250,000 and 300,000 a year in Africa. The tsetse fly spreads the disease by biting people, animals and sucking their blood. Like the locust, the tsetse fly has changed the course of history.
Though the vast majority of insects do us no harm, and, in fact, make our lives better, a few insects exist that can kill us. Which is the deadliest insect on Earth? You may be thinking of killer bees or maybe African ants or Japanese hornets. While all of these are certainly dangerous insects, the deadliest is none other than the mosquito.