Animals are generally quite captivating. If you have a pet at home then you definitely comprehend what I’m trying to put across. They can be dangerous too especially the wild ones. We only see them in national game parks, zoos or oceans but we seldom get near them. I wonder who will get near an angry and hungry lion or crocodile to be feasted on. Some like rhinoceros are huge and will charge at anybody they come across. In addition, others are known to harbor lethal venoms that will kill you in seconds. In this section, we are going to highlight the top 10 most dangerous animals on the planet.
1. Black Mamba
Black mamba is one of the most venomous snakes on the planet. The ghastly creature is endemic to sub-Saharan Africa. The name actually comes from its interior mouth which is inky-black. A mature black mamba measures 2 to 3 meters long. It is also among the fastest snakes on the planet at a speed of 11km/h. The snake is always included in many African myths and legends due to its ability to attack without provocation.
2. Cape Buffalo
Look at those aggressive eyes; this animal is beastly and can break someone into pieces. The animal is mainly found in the east and southern Africa. The horns are very scary even the predators have to be smart when attacking. The Cape buffalo is also a member of ‘the big five’ in the game family. They are known to kill more than 200 people on an annual basis.
3. African Lion
Did you know the African lion is the second largest cat after tiger? A mature male is known to weigh more than 250kgs. Lions have a lifespan of 10-14 years in the wild; others can live up to 20 years in captivity. The male can’t live more than 10 years due to constant fights over females. Lions don’t necessarily hunt humans; the Tsavo man-eaters in 1898 in Kenya are the most renowned case
Rhinoceros have caused a number of deaths in different parts of the planet. The creature per se has a grotesque outlook and is always ready for war. They are known to be some of the largest remaining megafauna. These herbivores animals can weigh up to one tone with 1.5 to 5 cm thick skin. They normally use their lips to pluck food since they lack the front teeth. With a maximum speed of up to 40 mph, sharp eyesight and crazy horns; it is prudent to steer clear of these animals.
5. Great White Shark
The great white shark occurs in the coastal surfaces of mega oceans. It can grow up to 21 ft in length with a maximum weight of 3,224 kg. The creature reaches its maturity at 15 years of age with a lifespan of 30 years to 70 years. The great white sharks can accelerate at a distinct speed of 56 km/h. What makes them dangerous is their inability to differentiate between edible and non-edible stuff. They sample everything from humans to boats. They won’t eat you though; one massive bite will make you bleed profusely.
Boomslang is another dangerous snake that can kill its victim. It seldom attacks humans but when they do, the result is very lurid. Their venom is hemotoxin and will make their victims to bleed from every opening in their body. It totally averts blood clotting. A mature boomslang measures 100-160cm while others are known to surpass 183 cm. Their heads resembles an egg and includes large eyes.
7. Komodo Dragon
I personally get jitters whenever I see Komodo dragon on the discovery channel. This grotesque and ghastly creature resembles a polar bear. They can devour anything that is edible from human to birds to snakes. Komodo dragons are stealthy hunters who patiently wait for their prey, charge at forward and tear its throat apart before taking it away.
8. Carpet Viper
The carpet viper is very common in the dry regions of Africa and Middle East. They have a scary characteristic of rubbing their body together to produce a sizzling sound. If you can’t heed the call then be ready to be bitten. The carpet viper is known to cause more snake bites and deaths in the world. Its venom is also hemotoxin and the victims can bleed to death if not attended to in time.
Hippopotamus is a gallant herbivorous mammal that inhabits the Sub-Saharan Africa. It is the third largest of all the known herbivorous mammals after elephant and rhinoceros. A mature hippo weighs about 1,500kgs for males and 1,300kgs for females. Despite the massive weights, they can accelerate at a speed of 30 km/h. Hippos are dangerous and can attack without provocation.
10. Salt Water Crocodile
Salt water crocodiles are the largest of all living reptiles with adults measuring 6.3 m long and weigh up to 1,360kgs for females. The males usually measures 5.2m and weigh up to 1000kgs. The salt water crocodile devours anything from sharks to buffalos. They usually flip their prey mercilessly in water until it becomes lifeless. These creatures usually occupy lagoons, swamps, estuaries and deltas.