Have you ever wondered what the most poisonous animal in the world is? What produces the most toxins? What kills the largest number of people per year? You have probably heard about some gruesome attacks by these deadly animals, some fatal and some leaving their victims seriously injured.
It is important to look at the photos carefully, although we may not find any of these animals where we live, you might just come across some of them whilst on vacation. All the animals that we write about here can kill or seriously injure you. Avoid close contact at all costs. Enjoy reading about the Top 10 Most Poisonous Animals On Earth.
10. Puffer Fish
In Japan and Korea it is considered an exquisite dish but this Puffer Fish is extremely poisonous to the human being, it can cause a quick and violent death, almost all PufferFish contain tetrodotoxin, a substance that makes them taste awful and often lethal to fish. To humans, tetrodotoxin is deadly, roughly 1,200 times more poisonous than cyanide.
The Puffer Fish has an incredible ability to expand its body very quickly when faced with danger, unavailing it’s long poisonous spikes that cover its entire body. If a fisherman catches a Puffer Fish, they can’t touch the spikes as they are highly toxic to humans and animals.
Dizziness, vomiting, fast heart rate, shortness of breath, and muscle paralysis are some of the effects of coming in contact with this fish. Most victims die from suffocation due to paralysis of the diaphragm muscles, within 4 to 24 hours. There is no antidote and most people die because they do not have training to prepare it, only chefs with the proper licenses can do it.
9. Poison Dart Frog
If you happen to be strolling through the rainforest in Central or South America, stay clear of this beautiful frog with bright colors, it may be the most poisonous frog in the world! At only 5cm it has enough venom to kill 10 adults or 20,000 rats. It’s called Dardo because the Indians of that part of the world used their venom at the tips of their spears and arrows. Many animals will become very sick from just licking a poison dart frog, so they stay clear of them. The poison from these type of frogs is capable of causing convulsions, paralysis, and death.
Contrary to popular belief, most scorpions pose no danger to humans because most bites are minor and only cause local numbness, swelling and pain. However some larger Scorpions produce a more powerful blend of neurotoxins that cause severe pain, fever and coma, seizures, paralysis, and death. All 1750+ species of scorpion possess a venomous sting on the tip of their tail, however it is only around 20 of these with venom powerful enough to kill a human. All but one of these species are members of the Buthidae family.
7. Marble Cone Snail
The Marble Stone Snail may look harmless but it’s as lethal as any other animal on this list. A single drop of poison from this little guy can kill more than 20 people, so stay well clear of them. They can be found in warm waters and they use their poison to catch prey. If someone is unlucky enough to get bitten the symptoms will manifest days later. Severe pain, swelling and numbness. It can cause muscle paralysis, difficulty breathing and poor vision. Although there is no antidote, only 30 deaths have ever been recorded. These creatures can be found the Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean.
6. Stone Fish
The Stone Fish would never win a beauty pageant but he certainly wins the most poisonous fish. Its venom causes so much pain that victims would prefer amputation. In addition to the pain, the victims go into shock, causes paralysis and death of the tissues, and can even be fatal if left untreated within two hours. They store the poison in the thorns that serve to defend themselves against predators. Live in the Pacific and Indian waters from the Red Sea to the Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, Australia.