Deadly animalsSome animals are deadlier than you might think. Although sharks have an intense reputation, it is generally rare to be caught in a shark attack. Read on to learn more about the animals that are deadlier than sharks. Here are more "facts" about wild animals that you've been doing all wrong.
Depending on where you live, this may or may not be surprising: deer are the deadliest animal in the United States, killing an average of 120 Americans each year. However, this is not because they are malignant; most of these deaths are caused by car accidents, especially as urban development continues to shrink the natural habitat of the animal. And compared to global data on animal deaths, deer deaths make little difference in the numbers. The deadliest animal in the world is the Asian cobra, which kills nearly 50.000 fatalities. They are followed by the puff adder, ocellated carpet adder, kissing bug, murder bug, freshwater snail and tsetse fly, all of which kill more than 10.Have 000 fatal encounters with humans per year.
Bees, wasps and hornets
After deer, the number of Americans killed by a single species drops significantly. According to CDC data, about 58 citizens are killed by a bee, wasp or hornet each year. Of course, bee stings are not fatal events for most people. But for the two million Americans who are allergic, a sting means it's time to get to the hospital ASAP. These are the 10 most dangerous mistakes to watch out for.
Turns out man's best friend has a dark side. An estimated 28 Americans are killed by dogs each year; that's compared to the 44 percent of us who own one. Unfortunately, many of these attacks are carried out by dogs that have a history of mistreatment by humans. Here are a few "pets" that have actually turned out to be wild animals.
While you might underestimate the violent tendencies of a cow – after all, these animals are seen in many children's zoos – cattle kill about 20 Americans a year. And while some of these deaths are accidents – cows standing in the road or falling off cliffs onto vehicles below (yes, really!), about 75 percent are intentional attacks. In 2015, animal behaviorists found that 10 of the year's cow-related deaths were caused by bulls, six by cows and five by group attacks. Yes, you read that right – cows sometimes band together to coordinate an attack. "When they feel defensive, cows gather in a circle, all facing outward, lowering their heads and stomping on the ground," writes Gizmodo. "When they feel attacked, certain cows lead the charge."
Horse-related deaths occur as frequently as cow-related deaths: about 20 times per year. Not surprisingly, most of these deaths are related to riding injuries. These 15 innocent-looking animals are surprisingly dangerous.
This is the spider every arachnophobe fears the most: the black widow. These spiders are most common in Western states, sometimes getting into produce bags and far-flung kitchens. They kill about seven Americans a year, but that doesn't mean you should live your life in fear. A study found that the spider is most likely to bite if it is trapped along the entire length of its body. Even the repeated stinging of the spider was not enough to get it to bite. It means you're probably safe if you see this arachnid on your wall. But if you sit on them, you'll want to get help immediately. And don't ame the worst. In 2013, 1.866 black widow bites reported. None led to death.
These seemingly harmless little flies can actually do a lot of damage. Mosquitoes carry many diseases, and when they transmit them to humans, it can lead to death. They kill about 725 every year.000 people. This is the fascinating reason you don't see mosquitoes at Disney World.
You may not have guessed it, but hippos are very aggressive. They are the deadliest large land mammals and have very sharp teeth. Hippos kill about 500 people in Africa each year. Not only can they kill by biting, they can kill by sitting on people – they weigh over 6.000 pounds. Oops!
Jellyfish are beautiful creatures, but they can also be deadly. In the Philippines alone, they kill about 20 to 40 people every year. Make sure you know what they look like and where they are before you get in the water.
Most people know to stay away from snakes, but who knew they kill more people than sharks do? About 50.000 people are killed by snakes each year. The deadliest snake species is the sawtooth viper. Its venom is not the most poisonous, but it lives in populated areas and bites often. It kills about 5 every year.000 humans.
Unfortunately, humans are one of the deadliest animals on Earth. They kill about 475 people every year.000 people. They are the second most deadly animal, right after mosquitoes. Find out more about these fascinating. Rearing) facts about sharks.
The small but deadly freshwater snail kills more than 200 every year.000 people. They may move slowly, but they carry a parasitic disease called schistosomiasis. The disease is especially deadly to children in developing countries who play or bathe in contaminated water. It infects nearly 250 million people, mainly in Africa, Asia and South America.
Tapeworms kill about 2 every year.000 people. They get into your system through inadequately cooked meat. T. solium, one of the deadliest tapeworms, causes seizures, dementia, blindness, convulsions and death.
The manner of a lion may resemble that of a domestic cat, but its bite is much stronger. Lions are responsible for 100 deaths per year. They actively hunt and eat humans, unlike most animals on this list.
Elephants are pretty gentle mammals that don't want to kill. However, when they are controlled by humans and squeezed into small spaces where they don't belong, they get scared and see humans as a threat. In their attempt to escape to safety, they are able to kill. These giants kill about 100 people a year. This man was bitten by a snake, a bear and a shark – here's how he survived.
Human deaths from wolves are fairly rare, but they have sharp teeth and can run fast if they feel threatened. They attack mainly because they feel they need to protect themselves or their pack. They cause about 10 deaths per year.
The assassin bug, better known as the kissing bug, causes about 12 deaths annually.000 deaths. It bites people in the face (hence the nickname) and gives them a parasitic infection known as Chagas disease. You will want to avoid the kisses of this little bug at all costs. These other animals aren't as dangerous as you think, either.
The tsetse fly looks very similar to a normal house fly; however, it causes many more deaths. It bites its prey (many of which are humans) and sucks their blood. It carries African trypanosomiasis, a parasitic disease that causes fever, headaches, vomiting, joint pain, brain swelling and sleep disturbances. Round 10.000 people die from this disease every year.
Bears, alligators, mountain lions
Bears, alligators and mountain lions are probably the animals many Americans fear the most. After all, the rare bear or mountain lion attack makes headlines for days, and the reports of survivors are often frightening. But the truth is, each of these species tends to fatally attack just one American every year. That's the same number of deaths suffered in a year at the hands of – you guessed it – sharks! Here's exactly how to survive a shark attack.
More on sharks..
There you have it: in a typical year, one American is fatally attacked by a shark. In addition, there are about 16 non-fatal attacks each year. Only three shark species are responsible for all these unprovoked attacks: the great white, the tiger shark, and the bull shark. Still, your chance of being killed by a shark in the United States is only 1 in 264.1 million. However, if you are traveling abroad, you might want to be more careful. Australia has the highest number of fatal shark attacks (72 were recorded between 1958 and 2014). Not to mention that Australian oceans are home to the infamous cube jellyfish, which is the country's deadliest animal. These are the 13 things you never knew about shark attacks.