The world is filled with many different types of dangerous and lethal animals, some of which can paralyze, harm and even kill humans and animals! While these deadly beasts vary depending on the region, it's important to understand which animals are friends and which are foes. This may include spiders, snakes, familiar land mammals and even sea creatures.
Some animals may seem harmless but are actually very deadly. Examples include the box jellyfish, poison dart frog and the slow loris, which has a cute face! Other animals that are harmful may seem familiar to you, like the African lion, leopard, wolf and the hyena. Some deadly creatures also move really slowly, like the giga monster, while other creatures patiently wait to attack their prey, like the stonefish.
Other types of deadly animals also like to slowly kill their prey, while some like to quickly dismember their victims for a quick snack.
Today, we'll take a look at 40 of the deadliest creatures on the planet. This quiz contains 40 images of the lethal animals, and it will be your job to match the photo with the correct name. Think you've got what it takes? Try our Deadly Beast Identification Quiz now to test your animal wits!
The deathstalker is a type of scorpion considered to be one of the most poisonous in the world. You can find these little creatures primarily in North Africa and in some parts of the Middle East.
This type of honey bee may seem somewhat harmless, but these insects are actually very aggressive. They tend to chase their prey down without giving up, no matter the distance.
The black rhino is considered to be very aggressive because of its poor eyesight. These large animals tend to attack almost anything, charging relentlessly toward their enemies.
The cone snail blends into its surroundings with its distinct white-and-brown markings. The venom of this small creature is also powerful enough to quickly make a human stop breathing.
The stonefish loves to hide in small caves and near rocks because of how effectively it can blend into its surroundings. This fish is also known as the "world's most poisonous fish."
The great white shark not only makes an appearance in many shark-related movies, but these deadly sea creatures love to snack on almost anything. This includes garbage, boats and humans.
The black mamba snake is one of the deadliest snakes in the world and has extremely aggressive traits. This type of snake is also known for attacking almost anything without being provoked at all.
The cape buffalo is actually responsible for killing more humans that any other creature in Africa! These animals are also not very predictable, making them hard to domesticate.
The poisonous traits of the poison dart frog are actually on the outside of its skin! Luckily, the colorful black-and-blue skin makes these frogs easy to spot in their surroundings.
You've probably seen a few polar bears at the zoo, but did you know that polar bears are known to eat almost anything? This is because they don't have any predators and are even known to kill other polar bears.
The venom of the box jellyfish is enough to kill more humans than sharks! Its venom is also known to be fatal to the human heart and nervous system.
Known for their long manes, the African lion is one of the largest cats in the world. Its scientific name is "Panthera leo."
The venom of the boomslang snake causes its victims to die a very slow and painful death. Their hemotoxin venom also has an anti-blood-clotting effect on humans.
The puffer fish is so venomous that it can actually "freeze" your diaphragm by paralyzing it. However, if prepared properly, the puffer fish can be enjoyed as a tasty meal in Japan!
Hyenas are fast creatures, traveling at speeds up to 37 mph! These mammals also love to hunt their prey, including humans, during the night hours.
Komodo dragons actually eat about once a month, but when they get hungry, they will eat just about anything. This includes almost all types of animals and humans.
Hundreds of thousands of people die every year due to African Sleeping Sickness, which is primarily transferred by the tsetse fly. These flies can also be found in Africa.
Leopards are fast, agile and relentless when catching and killing prey. They are also said to run at speeds of 36 mph.
This snake has very deadly venom that features hemotoxin. Hemotoxin is an anti-blood-clotting agent that allows its victims to slowly bleed to death.
This type of spider likes to wander around and ends up in cars and even houses! You'll find these spiders mainly in South America, while some reside in Central America.
The venom of a blue-ringed octopus is enough to paralyze a human being for several hours. There is currently no antidote for this type of venom.
Though hippos are in fact plant-eaters, these creatures are very aggressive and can attack humans at will. They can also run at speeds of up to 19 mph.
Saltwater crocodiles love to use their powerful jaws to relentlessly "roll" their victims in the water until they drown. This is known as the "death roll" and is considered very deadly.
The African elephant is large enough to trample their victims to death, even creatures like rhinos! Sometimes these elephants are calm, while other times, they display fits of anger.
Though mosquitoes are seemingly harmless insects, they are known for transferring many types of diseases. This results in millions of deaths every year.
Chagas disease is transferred by the assassin bug, which kills thousands of people every year. This bug also got its nickname because it attacks its victims directly in the face.
Believe it or not, the freshwater snail kills thousands of people every year via a disease called schistosomiasis. This disease is known to affect the abdomen.
Rabies can be transmitted from wolves to humans, making it a lethal creature. Wolves also communicate to each other via their howls.
Because they like to snack on nocturnal animals, tigers tend to hunt during the night hours. There have also been reports of tiger attacks at certain zoos.
Fire ants tend to travel in packs to take down their victims by sheer quantity. They are also red in color and carry lethal venom transferred by biting.
The black widow spider is all black in color but features a unique red hourglass on its body. These spiders can also live up to three years.
The saw-scaled viper has caused the most snake-related deaths in the world and can be found in Africa and Sri Lanka. Another name for this type of snake is "echis."
The gila monster can be found in dry areas of the United States, primarily in Southwestern regions. Its binomial name is "Heloderma suspectum."
The talons of the cassowary bird are strong enough to dismember humans and animals. These birds also have distinct blue necks and bright red eyes.
One of the deadliest snakes in the world, the inland taipan, resides in various regions of Australia. Its scientific name is "Oxyuranus microlepidotus."
The sensation of getting bitten by a bullet ant is said to be reminiscent of being shot. These ants are also black in color and feature sharp jaws.
The Ascaris roundworm likes to travel through humans, including the intestines and the lungs. Their eggs also hatch inside the human body as well.
Everyone's favorite companion, the dog, can actually be quite lethal due to potential rabies infection! Rabid dogs are said to primarily harm humans in India.
The bull shark is one of the most lethal sharks on the planet because of their highly aggressive traits. These sharks also like to eat their prey in packs.
The slow loris actually contains poison on its elbows, which is very deadly to animals and humans. These creatures also transfer the poison from their elbows to their mouths for a poisonous bite.