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8 of the Deadliest Animals Around the World

Maps + Infographics
by Henry Miller Nov 3, 2017

The world is full of big predators, but it is often the smallest creatures that are the most deadly. For those looking to travel the world (or even explore their own backyard), it might be a good idea to know what you are up against.

City Base Apartments has put together a series of infographics featuring some of the biggest killers of humans worldwide. If you were expecting sharks and lions, you will be disappointed: sharks would need to be responsible for six times the number of deaths in order to top the list in the US, while lions might not be territorial enough to catch up with the number one killer large land animal.

All this being said, in most cases you are more likely to drown in your own bathtub (4,866 in the US in 2014) than at the paws, bites or hooves of anything on this list, so maybe animals aren’t the villains here. I’m looking at you, you claw-footed, hair-clogged, soap-stained monster!

Here are the deadliest animals within 7 regions around the world:

1. Wasps and bees kill 3-5 people a year in the UK.

2. Australia is rife with killer jellyfish of all kinds, which have killed one person a year since 1883.

3. Driving in the US? Look out for deer.

4. In Africa, almost 3,000 people from Hippos attacks every year.

5. The Common Krait is the leader of the “Big Four” deadly snakes of India.

6. While there are usually only a handful of fatal Grizzly attacks a year, a changing climate is forcing more to search human settlements for food.

7. There are frogs in the Amazon so deadly that they were once used to poison the tips of blow darts.

8. The number one killer has 3,000 different species and can be found all over the world.

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