Most dangerous animals in nature? Between surprises and confirmations

The most dangerous animals in the world are varied and dangerous for the most diverse reasons.

by Lorenzo Ciotti
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Most dangerous animals in nature? Between surprises and confirmations

The most dangerous animals in the world are varied and dangerous for the most diverse reasons. Hippopotamus is the third largest mammal in the world, after the elephant and the rhino. They are widespread in Africa and are responsible for causing more human deaths on the continent than other more feared animals.

The Komodo Dragon manages to claim victims with a single bite: its serrated teeth tear the flesh so as to send the venom into circulation. The Taipan's is the most venomous bite in the world: it is capable of injecting around 110mg of venom, enough to kill a hundred humans and over 200,000 mice.

It is native to Australia and belongs to the Elapidae family. Crocodiles are responsible for over 2,000 deaths a year. The blue ringed octopus is very poisonous, among the most dangerous marine species in the world. The small animal is widespread off the coasts of Africa and Japan.

Its poison is lethal even for humans and the worst thing is that there is no antidote. The black buffalo has been renamed the black death in local languages. It is an extremely unpredictable animal and kills more than 200 people a year.

The African buffalo is distributed in most of sub-Saharan Africa, from the countries bordering the Gulf of Guinea to Mozambique and South Africa. The various subspecies also cover the states of Sudan, Congo, Rwanda and Uganda.

The habitat of the Cape buffalo, like that of other African bovids, is the savannah, while the subspecies S. c. nanus and S. c. mathewsi prefer rainforests, with dense vegetation. The Cape buffalo is considered one of the most dangerous animals in Africa, due to its aggressive character and its immense strength.

Thanks to its powerful horns, a black buffalo can defend itself even from a lion. Very often these felines are put to flight by solitary males or in some cases, if they try to attack the protected children within the pack, by hundreds of adult individuals who charge them.

The African buffalo loves bathing in water and mud. These baths are very useful for getting rid of parasites and for thermoregulation. However, buffaloes also have another way to keep parasites at bay: they let various birds, such as bufagas and cattle egrets, rest on their bodies, which clean them of unwanted animals.