Top Ten Deadliest Animals

#1 - Mosquito

MosquitoThe mosquito is officially the deadliest animal in the world. Many of us have been bitten by a mosquito at some point but not suffered more than an itch. However there are mosquitos in some countries that carry and transfer malaria causing parasites. This is the reason mosquitos account for the deaths of over 2 million people every year.

#2 - Asian Cobra

Asian CobraDespite not being the most venomous snake in the world, the Asian cobra actually accounts for the largest portion of the 50,000 snake-bite related deaths each year.

#3 - Australian Box Jellyfish

Australian Box JellyfishAlso known as the sea wasp, the Australian box jellyfish can have up to sixty tentacles, each 15-foot long and with enough venom to kill 60 people.

#4 - Great White Shark

Great White SharkSensing blood in the water from over a mile away, these predators of the ocean will go into a feeding frenzy. Possibly given a bit of a bad rep by the hugely popular Jaws movies.

#5 - African Lion

African LionHunting in packs, lions are quick, powerful and have razor-sharp teeth and claws. These big cats are near-perfect hunters.

#6 - Australian Saltwater Crocodile

Australian Saltwater CrocodileOne of the most ancient predators in the world, many consider the crocodile the perfect hunter. They will lie in wait underwater for hours, when prey enters its path it will lunge and pull the victim underwater with its hugely powerful jaws.

#7 - Elephant

ElephantA seemingly unexpected entry in a list of deadliest animals, the elephant is a surprisingly high entry. The reason for this is their sheer size and tusks, a combination of which kills over 500 people a year.

#8 - Polar Bear

Polar BearThey may look cute to some, but polar bears are incredibly big and powerful. They are also very territorial - wander into their path and one could rip off your head with a swipe of its huge paw.

#9 - Cape Buffalo

Cape BuffaloAnother animal you wouldn't expect to see in a list of the most dangerous animals in the world, the cape buffalo lands on the list due to their defense mechanism - they charge. 1,500lb of beast topped by two horns, and when there are thousands of them there isn't much chance of survival.

#10 - Poison Dart Frog

Poison Dart FrogEnding the list of the 10 most deadly animals in the world is the poison dart frog. They produce a neurotoxin to deter predators, enough to kill 10 humans.

Source - LiveScience, 2007

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