Stay Away from These: The Most Poisonous Creatures on Earth

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African Tarantula

Yellow-Banded Poison Dart Frog

If you’ve ever been in the forests of Central and Southern America, you have probably seen small pretty frogs. In addition, you have probably been warned that they are extremely poisonous and better not be touched. The size of Dendrobates leucomelas is 0.4-0.6 inch, but it contains poison that can kill 10 people.

Stay Away from These: The Most Poisonous Creatures on Earth

Deathstalker

Its scientific name is Leiurus quinquestriatus, and it’s a scorpion species. The poison of a deathstalker contains a powerful neurotoxin cocktail that leaves no chance to anyone. It mostly inhabits the territories of Middle East and Northern Africa.

Stay Away from These: The Most Poisonous Creatures on Earth

Brazilian Wandering Spider

It’s also known as banana spider, because it never loses a chance to feast on this fruit. This spider doesn’t weave a web and never stays in one place, hence the “wandering.” Its poison is extremely strong and considered the most dangerous in the world.

Stay Away from These: The Most Poisonous Creatures on Earth

Giant Silkworm Moth Larva

The moth itself is a nothing-special creature, living in the rain forests of South America. It has quite a plain appearance and harmless behavior. Another thing is its larva – a perfect natural weapon. Its body is covered in spikes like miniature spruce branches, containing a poison, which prevents blood coagulation.

Stay Away from These: The Most Poisonous Creatures on Earth

Echis Carinatus

It’s a viper species, widely spread in the valleys of Central Asia and Africa, where people even have legends about them. It’s especially dangerous to people – if a person is bitten, survival isn’t guaranteed, and if the person survives, chances are he or she will remain disabled. Mostly the viper bites if provoked, but this particular species is known to be nervous and attack without reason.

Stay Away from These: The Most Poisonous Creatures on Earth

Taipan

Taipans are poisonous asps endemic to Australia. They are easily scared and try to avoid meeting humans. They use their poison mainly for hunting. The poison of a taipan is 300 times as strong as that of a cobra. In case a taipan bites a human, there is an antidote, which should be administered within an hour.

Stay Away from These: The Most Poisonous Creatures on Earth

Great Blue-Ringed Octopus

This small creature, which does not exceed a tennis ball in size, is very dangerous. Its poison can kill up to 26 grown-up people by causing gradual paralysis of every muscle in a body. It can be found in the waters of the seas around Australia and Japan.

Stay Away from These: The Most Poisonous Creatures on Earth

Fugu Fish

Takifugu rubripes is the most poisonous fish in the world. Despite its toxicity, it became a delicacy for many people of Japan and Korea. All these people know what they are dealing with, but can’t resist the temptation. The main trick is to cook it correctly and only licensed chefs are allowed to do so. The poison, provoking asphyxia, is only contained on the surface of the fish body and in some organs.

Stay Away from These: The Most Poisonous Creatures on Earth

Stone Fish

Synanceia verrucosa is a real “beauty,” which can also boast its poison. It lives in the waters of the Pacific and Indian Oceans. Poison is contained in the fish’s spine and causes severe pain to the person attacked. Some say it is so severe that people have tried to amputate affected limbs.

Stay Away from These: The Most Poisonous Creatures on Earth

Sea Wasp

This infamous Australian creature is responsible for many casualties. If a sea wasp is sighted anywhere near the shore all local beaches are immediately closed. In the past 60 years, this jellyfish took 6,000 human lives. Its poison attacks the nervous system and heart, causing severe pain. Timely saving actions are crucial in case of its bite.

Stay Away from These: The Most Poisonous Creatures on Earth

Geography Cone

This sea snail is a dangerous predator and quite a successful hunter. It’s so poisonous that its poison can kill up to 20 people at once! It’s extremely dangerous to people, since there is no antidote and it hasn’t been thoroughly studied yet.

Stay Away from These: The Most Poisonous Creatures on Earth

Golden Poison Frog

This poisonous amphibian creature has only 0.04 ounce of poison, but that would be enough for several thousand people. The frog is very small, only 0.8-1.6 inches, and has a bright coloring. It’s enough to just slightly brush the skin of this frog to get the lethal amount of toxin. It can be found in the coastal areas of Colombia.

Stay Away from These: The Most Poisonous Creatures on Earth

Black Widow Spider

It’s a steppe spider whose poison is 15 times stronger than that of a rattlesnake. Without medical help, a bitten person dies within several days. The most dangerous are the female fully-grown species. They mostly inhabit the steppes and deserts of Central Asia, but were sighted in Caucasus and Crimea as well.

Stay Away from These: The Most Poisonous Creatures on Earth

Tsetse Fly

This large bloodsucking fly is the main carrier of Congo trypanosomiasis, also known as African lethargy. It’s responsible for deaths of a quarter of million people every year south of the Sahara Desert. Scientists have been “battling” with this creature for over 150 years, but it has proven to be very adjustable and withstand even radiation attacks.

Stay Away from These: The Most Poisonous Creatures on Earth

African Tarantula

As most of the tarantulas, this species too is quite pretty, with furry black or brown body. They are mostly nocturnal creatures, but during their mating season the males tend to lose their head and search a female even during day. The poison is contained in every part of the spider’s body and even touching it can cause itching.

Stay Away from These: The Most Poisonous Creatures on Earth


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