Top 10 Most Dangerous Animals on Land

Top 10 Most Dangerous Animals on Land
Top 10 Most Dangerous Animals on Land

Top 10 Most Dangerous Animals on Land

When many people think about the most dangerous animals in the world, they think about those animals that live in exotic locations. They think of tigers in Siberia, wolves in Canada and lions in the African grasslands.

These animals are all very dangerous, and their size, strength and teeth would all do real damage to any human. However, humans rarely interact with these animals, and although they are considered to be the most dangerous creatures on land, they kill very few humans every year. Most of the humans that suffer at the hands of these animals were often trying to kill them first.

The truly dangerous animals on early includes some surprising characters. Humans see some of these animals every day, many do not even count them as dangerous.

Some of the most dangerous animals on land live far away from your present location, but you may also find some in your living room right now. Read on to learn the top 10 most dangerous animals on land.

  1. Mosquito

Mosquitos. Annoying. Gross. Dangerous.
Mosquitos. Annoying. Gross. Dangerous.

Almost everyone has experienced a mosquito bite at some point in their lives. Mosquito repellent is a staple of life outside in the summer time in almost every climate. Depending on where you live, you might even ask, “Is that a mosquito or a moose?”

Americas and Europeans have the luxury of treating mosquitos as nothing more than a common pest. They buzz in your ear and leave welts that itch where they bite you. But, for most of the world’s population, the mosquito is the most dangerous animal to inhabit the earth.

Why are these fragile, tiny creatures so dangerous? That is because they kill the most people out of all dangerous animals every year. According to Bill Gates, who works hard to prevent mosquito transmitted disease, mosquitos kill as many as 725,000 people every year. In comparison, humans murder around half a million other humans; snakes kill 50,000, and big animals like sharks and wolves kill fewer than ten people annually.

Mosquitos transmit diseases like malaria, and this alone kills over half a million people every year. Half of the world’s population lives in threat of catching malaria from a single mosquito bite. In addition to malaria, mosquitos also transmit yellow fever, dengue fever and encephalitis.

The sad thing about the number of people who are killed by mosquitos every year is that malaria is not impossible to cure. It does not take complicated efforts, surgeries or expensive medication to prevent and cure this disease. It requires mosquito nets, health awareness and antimalarial drugs that are given out by basically every doctor in America to people who travel to Asia and Africa.

To raise more awareness about the world’s most dangerous animal, Bill Gates has proposed a ‘Mosquito Week.’ This is similar to the formidable Shark Week that so many people gravitate to; however, it educates people about the dangers of mosquitos, how to protect themselves from mosquitos and what you can do to help stop malaria.

  1. Deathstalker Scorpion

The Gold Scorpion.  Don't mess with dangerous insect.
The Gold Scorpion. Don’t mess with dangerous insect.

The deathstalker scorpion goes by many names, and it is also known as the gold scorpion and the Israeli yellow scorpion. What separates this scorpion from all the others is that it is extremely venomous. For most of us, fortunately, there is no reason to fear as this scorpion is primarily found in North Africa and the Middle East because it enjoys a desert habitat. They can also be found in dry forests, as long as they are warm.

The deathstalker scorpion is usually around three inches in size if it’s male or four inches in size if it’s female. They are a shade of yellow that some people mistake for a plastic substance. They are also thinner than other scorpions, and their physical traits are designed to protect them in their desert surroundings.

What makes this scorpion so dangerous is not only its venom but its defensiveness. While other scorpions might hide under a rock, you are more likely to be attacked and bitten by a deathstalker scorpion.

If you are attacked, you might suffer from a fever, high blood pressure, seizures, a high heart rate or a coma. Other dangers include increased fluid in the lungs.

If you are not normally healthy, you suffer an increased risk of death from the venom. Usually, the venom attacks your respiratory and/or cardiovascular system. Death usually comes from the failure one of these two essential systems.

  1. Cape Buffalo

Cape Buffalos are tough customers.
Cape Buffalos are tough customers.

The cape buffalo is rarely immortalized among the big game conquests of Africa but it is one of the most dangerous animals on land. It is not lions, tigers or bears that kill more hunters in Africa every year; it is the cape buffalo.

Some say that an elephant never forgets. This may be true, but if the elephant never forgets then the cape buffalo never forgives. Many of the deaths that occur each year due to animal attacks in Africa are the result of a cape buffalo attacking a hunter who once injured or wounded them. Some buffalos have even been known to harm people years after they were initially wounded.

The cape buffalo is more than just a large, lumbering beast. It swims incredibly well for its size and it will cross deep stretches of water to for greener grass. They are also incredibly strong. They are around four times stronger than the average ox and very capable of tipping over a car.

The cape buffalo knows that the best defense is a good offense. They will even kill lions and lion cubs to ensure that they are not hurt by this other dangerous predator. Their hide, which is two inches thick in some places, protects them from battles with other buffalo as well as some predators.

Although the cape buffalo is a strong and defensive creature, they also put their memories to positive use. Some researchers that study these buffalo develop relationships with them. One researcher has reported that they were approached by cape buffalo that they had not engaged with for several years, yet the buffalo came up not to defend themselves but to ask for affection.

  1. African Bush Elephant

The African Elephant. Huge and lethal.
The African Elephant. Huge and lethal.

The African bush elephant makes the list of dangerous animals because of its size. It is the largest animal to walk the land, and some elephants can be 24 feet long and 13 feet tall. These huge animals can weigh as much as 11 tons, and despite their size, African elephants can actually live to celebrate 70 birthdays, on average. They have the second longest lifespan out of any mammal, too, though humans still live longer.

An African elephant is a demanding creature. They only eat vegetation, but to keep themselves satisfied, they need to consume around 350 pounds of vegetation every day.

It takes a lot of calories to be as strong as the African elephant. This is because their trunks alone can lift up objects that weigh 400 pounds. This is enabled by the 40,000 different tendons and muscles in the trunk alone. But besides being very strong, these elephants can also use their tusks to pick up smaller objects.

The African bush elephant has the potential to be a dangerous animal. However, this mammal is under constant threat from another of the most dangerous animals on land: humans. These animals have been hunted to the point of near extinction on several occasions.

  1. Hippopotamus

Hippopotamus breath.  It's also lethal.
Hippopotamus breath. It’s also lethal.

The hippopotamus is one of the most dangerous land animals, although it spends much of its time in lakes and rivers. The life of a hippo actually sounds serene. It spends most of its day, up to 16 hours, swimming gracefully through the water to protect itself from the heat of the African plains. The other part of the day is often spent sunbathing on the shoreline enjoying the sunshine.

The reason that hippos are so dangerous is two-fold. The first reason is their sheer size. They can weigh between 5,000 and 8,000 pounds on average and are between 9.5 and 15 feet long. The second reason that hippos are so dangerous is that their size works to their advantage when they attack humans.

The hippo is a very unpredictable animal, too. You can never tell if a hippo will attack you or not, though they often attack anyone who gets to close. Whether you are on land or on a boat, you need to watch out for hippos, which are often mostly submerged under the water.

The male hippos will attack to defend their territory. You do not need to fear them if you are not near a river or lake. Although they will travel several miles to graze in the evening, their territory usually corresponds to a body of water.

Female hippos will also attack if they fear that anyone or anything is too close to baby hippos. Baby hippos are often attacked by other predators like lions. As a result, the mothers have to remain vigilant at all times. Baby hippos do not often join the mother on shore to feed out of fear of predators.

Despite their size and weight, a hippo can run as fast as 20 miles every hour. They also have huge teeth that require special cavities in their heads to hold them. Their jaws can hold 20 inch canine teeth. If a hippo does manage to catch a human, if the sheer power of their bite doesn’t hurt them then their teeth will. A hippo even has enough power and strength to kill a crocodile, one of most dangerous animals in the water.