Can you believe that a snake has the potential to kill 100 human adults at once or that touching a small frog can take your life? Some of these creatures are beautiful as well as dangerous.
1. Belcher’s Sea Snake
One of the most poisonous snakes in the world, this marine reptile’s bite can kill a human being in under 30 minutes. Fortunately, it is relatively docile and doesn’t normally attack unless excessively provoked. It can be found near coral reefs in the Indian Ocean and off the coasts of Thailand and the Philippines.
2. Redback Spider
Generally found in Australia, these spiders carry lethal neurotoxins that cause serious harm and could be lethal if anti-venom isn’t administered. Most bites occur during the summer and are usually inflicted by female redbacks; they are more toxic, larger and live four times longer than a male.
3. Deathstalker Scorpion
Deathstalker scorpions are aggressive arachnids that are found in North Africa and the Middle East. They are believed to be responsible for over 75 percent of scorpion-related deaths every year. Adults usually feel a sharp pain from the sting, whereas children may become paralyzed. In both cases, eventually the lungs fill with fluid and the victim dies.
4. Brazilian Wandering Spider
The Brazilian Wandering Spider once held the Guinness World Record for being the most venomous animal in the world. An aggressive and dangerous creature, even a drop of its venom could prove fatal to a human being. When the spider isn’t hunting or on the move, it hides in dark corners – inside houses, clothes and shoes and under log piles – which increases the chances of accidental discovery by human beings.
5. Box Jellyfish
One of the world’s most venomous animals, the box jellyfish has killed over 5,500 people since 1954. Its venom attacks the heart, the nervous system and the skin cells. This kind of jellyfish is found in coastal waters off Northern Australia and across the Indo-Pacific region.
A relatively shy snake, the Boomslang doesn’t usually attack humans. However, when it does, the venom can be fatal. It contains an anti-coagulant – which prevents blood from clotting – that can lead to a slow and painful death. It is generally found in South Africa, Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia and Swaziland.
7. Poison Dart Frog
Poison dart frogs are among the most beautifully-colored animals in the world; they come in vibrant shades of yellow, blue, green and red. They are, however, extremely poisonous. A single Golden Poison Frog, which is among the more lethal kind of dart frog, for example, has enough venom to kill 10 grown men. Local tribes use the frog’s venom to lace their arrows. The poison is called batrachotoxin; it causes paralysis and death, even in small amounts.
8. Inland Taipan
The Inland Taipan’s venom (small-scaled snake) is regarded as one of the most toxic in the world. Its venom is neurotoxic (a single drop can kill 100 men) and causes gradual paralysis and internal bleeding. The snake is found in the central parts of Australia – where the borders of Queensland, South Australia and Northern Territory meet.