Deadliest Animals Around the World

Alex Marsh, Staff Writer

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The world is a scary place, full of scary things that are trying to kill you. These killer creatures are everywhere from the sea to the sky, just waiting for you. If you see these animals, steer clear.

Marine gastropod molluscs or cone snails. There are 800 species of cone snails and are typically found in tropical and subtropical climates, such as the Cape, the Mediterranean, and California. Cone snails are carniverious and feed on smaller prey, but because they are slow moving, they have a harpoon laced with venom to immobilize their pray. The larger species of cone snails contain enough venom to paralyze a full grown human. It is possible to survive a sting, but you have to have CPR performed for hours until your body neutralizes the venom.

The boomslang or tree snake, is an extremely venomous snake residing in sub-saharan Africa. Males are usually light green with blue or black edged scales, while the females are brown. On average they are 100-160 cm long. A bite from a boomslang is dangerous, causing your blood to have an inability to clot, making you bleed profusely until you eventually bleed out, causing a slow death.

The Brazilian wandering spider is a large brown and black spider with white dots all over the legs, mainly found in tropical South America. It has a leg span of 13-15 cm and a body span of 17-48 mm. The venom causes loss of muscle control and difficulty breathing, eventually ending up in paralysis and aphyxiation. There is no cure for this toxin.

The golden dart frog or phyllobates terribillis, is the most poisonous of the dart frogs, living in rainforest areas with high rain rates, altitudes between 100-200m, temperatures of 26 degrees celcius, and humidity of 80-90%. These frogs are very social and live in groups of up to six, though some have been found living in larger groups. The frog’s skin is coated in alkaloid toxin which enable nerves to send signals, leaving muscles in an inactive state of contraction which can lead to heart failure and fibrillation. This poison is called batratoxin and is very rare, only being carried by three poisonous frogs, and the average frog caries about one milligram which is enough to kill roughly 10-20 humans. It is very important to note that only wild dart frogs have their cocktail of toxins; ones in captivity are nontoxic and safe to be around.

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