The Most Dangerous Animals in the World

Apart from the lion, great white shark, hippopotamus and black mamba snake, which animal is considered to be the most dangerous in the world? Below here, we have selected some of the deadliest animals that include deathstalker, Africanized honey bee, cone snail, stonefish, and saltwater crocodile and many more. Let’s check out now!  (h/t: list25)

 23. Africanized Honey Bee

Africanized honey bee is a hybrid of the Western honey bee with different European honey bees. It also has another name “killer bee”. In the 1950s, this creature was introduced to Brazil in order to increase honey production, but some of them accidentally escaped and spread throughout Americas. Killer bees can react faster and chase their victims for miles.

Daniel Plumer

22. Deathstalker


This venomous scorpion can be found in North Africa and the Middle East. This deadly animal can cause both adults and children to suffer fever, convulsions, coma and paralysis.

21. Cone Snail


This creature can kill 20 human lives with just one drop of its venom. There is also another name for this dangerous living thing “cigarette snail”. Because once you are stung, you’ll only have enough time to finish a cigarette before you die.

20. Stonefish


Stonefish is one of the deadliest and venomous creatures. This fish can be found in the coastal regions of the Indo-Pacific.

19. Great White Shark

David Fleetham

The great white sharks live in most parts of the major oceans. Their favorite prey includes marine animals such as fish and seabirds. However, humans are not their preferred prey. Once they bite a human, they will spit out immediately because humans are too bony.

18. Black Mamba

Tim Vickers

Black mamba is a tree-dwelling snake and can be found in several parts of sub-Saharan Africa. This creature is one of the most venomous snakes in the world.

17. Cape Buffalo/African buffalo


Cape buffalo or African buffalo lives mainly in South and East Africa. This buffalo is considered as the deadliest animal because it gores and kills over 200 people every year.

16. Poison Dart Frog


Poison dart frogs normally live in tropical rainforests. The brightly colored dart frogs are the deadliest ones because this color is connected with their toxicity and levels of alkaloids.

15. Polar Bear

Alan Wilson

Polar bears are usually found at the Arctic Ocean. These carnivorous animals will eat anything that is even slightly meaty.

14. Box Jellyfish

David Doubilet

With many species listed above, this type of creature has killed more people than crocodiles, stonefish and sharks. It’s been labeled “The world’s most venomous animal.”

13. African Lion

National Geographic

Lions normally live in grasslands so that they can find and catch their prey easily. They usually hunt in groups. African lions like prey weighing 190-550kg. In fact, humans are generally not their favorite ones, but in 1898, there was a case of the Tsavo man-eaters which mauled and killed 28 railway workers in Kenya.

12. Boomslang

William Warby

Boomslang is a large and venomous snake. Its venom is a hemotoxin that disables blood clotting, and the victims may die as a result of bleeding out from every pore in their body.

11. Puffer Fish

Mila Zinkova

Puffer fish are amongst one of the most poisonous vertebrates in the world. No matter how poisonous they are, these fish are considered one of the Japanese delicacies. To be able to eat with no harm, these fish need to be done with great care by a highly trained cook because their poison can paralyze consumers’ diaphragm.

10. Hyena

National Geographic

Hyenas are closer to felines and similar to canines in several elements of convergent evolution. These animals catch prey with their teeth rather than claws. Hyenas were spotted to kill as many as 95% of other animals they eat.

9. Komodo Dragon

Kenneth Garrett

Komodo dragon is a type of lizard which lives in the Indonesian islands of Komodo, Rinca, Flores, Gili Motang and Padar. It has the maximum length to 3 meters and weigh up to about 70 kilograms. Komodo eats everything from birds to mammals. Its bite also contains venom which is very dangerous.

8. Leopard

Tom Weilenman

Leopard is often confused with the cheetah, though. Leopards usually hunt their prey at night time in most places, but they are also seen hunting by day in western African forests. In fact, most healthy leopards prefer wild animals to human beings, but once in a while people may be targeted as prey. The most interesting is that the wounded leopards will become even more dangerous than other wild animals.

7. Carpet Viper (Echis)

Tim Vickers

Carpet viper lives in the dry areas of Africa, the Middle East, Pakistan, India and Sri Lanka. This dangerous snake displays threat to other animals or humans by rubbing parts of its body together to make a sizzling warning sound. It is also responsible for a great deal of snake related deaths in the world.

6. Brazilian Wandering Spider (Phoneutria)


Brazilian wandering spiders are the most venomous species in the world. They mainly live in tropical South America. Because of their wandering nature, these spiders are considered to be the most dangerous creatures. They are usually found hiding in houses, clothes, boxes and cars in daytime, especially in the densely populated places.

5. Blue-Ringed Octopus

Tom Weilenman

Blue-ringed octopuses are highly venomous species that live in the Pacific and Indian Oceans from Japan to Australia. Even though small in size, these very dangerous marine animals can kill 26 full grown adults with their venom which contains the powerful neurotoxin.

4. Saltwater Crocodile

National Geographic

Saltwater crocodile is the largest of all living reptiles, and eats everything from water buffalo, sharks and even human beings.

3. Hippopotamus

Hippos are large herbivorous mammals. They inhabit rivers, lakes and swamps. However, they are amongst the most dangerous animals in the world. They attack people aggressively and provocatively.

2. African Elephant

Beverly Joubert

African elephants are amongst the most intelligent species in the world, and they are also the world’s largest land animals. They can be very aggressive and have been known to trample even a rhinoceros.

1. Mosquito


The word mosquito means “little fly” in Spanish. Even small in size, this blood-sucker species has the ability to transmit diseases to almost 700 million people yearly causing 2 to 3 million deaths each year.