Snakes are among the most poisonous animals in the world. But this doesn’t mean that there are not other poisonous animals on earth. Here are 50 most venomous animals on the planet.
Nature has its own way of balancing things. It made dangerous and powerful murder machines as Lions and tigers (and Dinosaurs in past) but it doesn’t mean that nature didn’t provided a shield to their prey. All animals have a distinct and unique quality. However the most dangerous quality that attracts us is the venom. Nature gave venomous skin and internal glands to many birds, fishes and insects so that they can save themselves from predators. But venom in some species was so high that they actually used it for preying other animals. Here we have listed 40 most poisonous animals in the world. Some of them are deadly to humans while other has enough venom in them to save themselves from predators. So here are the 40 most poisonous animals:
Most Poisonous Animals in the world
40. Milkweed butterfly
Milkweed butterfly have a very small amount of venom but it scares off predators.
39. Battus (butterfly)
Battus Butterfly are poisonous to birds.
38. Blister beetle
Even though they are toxic yet they are consumed by many bird species. This makes the bird species poisonous as well. Blister beetles are also used in medicines.
These colourful butterflies have venomous skin which is not lethal to human beings but is a threat to small size predators.
36. Yellow-banded poison dart frog
It is sub species of Poison dart frog and it is venomous.
Mantella frogs have very colourful skin but do not touch it as it contain poison.
34. Fowler’s toad
They are very common in North America and have a less lethal poisonous skin.
33. European green toad
Although they are poisonous yet they are very popular pet in European countries.
32. Corroboree frog
Corrobree frogs are the only known species that produce their own poison. It is deadly to mammals.
31. Common toad
Some species of Common toad have toxic salvia.
30. Colorado River toad
The bufotenin toxin in its gland is toxic to human as well as animals.
29. Cane toad
Cane toads are relatively large in size. They often result in death of animals that ate them.
28. Asiatic toad
They are commonly found in Asia and have venomous skin.
27. American toad
American Toad has a very poisonous skin.
26. Common quail
Common quail is eaten in America. The bird gets poisonous due to eating a certain kind of plant.
25. Spur-winged goose
Like all poisonous birds, Spur-Winged goose is poisonous due to its diet of beetles.
24. Little shrikethrush
Their skin and feathers have poison and among the most poisonous birds.
23. Blue-capped ifrita
These cute looking birds have poison in skin and feathers. Although it is not deadly but it is painful.
These brightly coloured birds are among the most venomous bird species on the planet. Their skin is poisonous and it makes them unsuitable prey for snakes, human and other birds.
Salamander’s skin has the infamous poison Tetrodotoxin which is found in venomous snakes and is capable of killing human.
Platypus is wonder of nature. Centuries have passed but people still are not over of making fun of Platypus. They are not only unique in looks but they have strange behaviour too. They are only mammals that lay eggs. Also they are very poisonous.
19. Portuguese man o’ war
It sure look like a jellyfish but Portugese Man O’ war is not a jelly fish. It is a siphonophore. It has venom in its tentacles which is deadly to humans.
18. Metasepia Pfefferi
Though this species of cuttlefish do not have venomous bite and never attacked human yet it has been responsible for few deaths. That was due to its consumption. This Cuttlefish has highly toxic flesh.
It is more popularly known as Australian Funnel-Wed spider. These spiders have a very scary look and can terrify little girls. But this is not the scariest part of these spiders. They are venomous species and have potential to kill a human.
Taricha newts have a poisonous body. People or animal that eats them either die or suffer an unbearable pain.
15. Southern Short-Tailed Shrew
These cute little creatures have poisonous saliva. Although it is not deadly to human but if given in large quantity it can actually kill a man. A Normal bite of Shrew will give severe pain to the victim. They are found in east America.
14. Komodo Dragon
You might be amazed to know that Komodo dragon is species of Lizard and they have unbelievably large size island gigantism mechanism. They live on the islands of Indonesia. They can grow up to 3 meter, run at the speed of 20 km per hour and weight around 70 KG. They have considerably deadly poison in them and they are dangerous due to the fact that they can eat anything.
13. Black Widow Spider
The Black Widow spider got its name because it kills the male spider after mating and eats them. Although both gender of black widow spider are venomous but only female black widow spider is fatal to human.
12. TseTse Fly
What a Fly could possibly do? They are so small and vulnerable. However the Tsetse fly of Sub-Saharan desert of Africa has killed thousands of animals and cattle in the past decades. In fact Tsetse fly is considered as the major reason of poverty in the country. This is because it kills so many farm animals that it becomes impossible to farm food at low prices. Tsetse fly is widely regarded as the most poisonous insect in the world.
11. Carpet Viper
WWE Superstar Randy Orton got his name viper due to his ability to hit RKO outta nowhere. If you have seen him hitting RKO on his opponents outta nowhere than you can imagine the speed and accuracy of the Carpet viper from which his nick name was derived. Carpet Viper aka Saw Scaled viper is notorious for killing thousands of people globally in past few decades.
10. King Cobra
Cobra is infamous in Sub Indian continent. It is responsible for most of the deaths caused by animals in sub India. Not only people are scared of it but in some parts it is even considered as Demigod and people worship it. King Cobra is among the most venomous snakes on the planet.
9. Brazilian Wandering Spider
In the past Brazilian wandering spider have attacked and bit many people. The strange thing about its venom is that it gives a 4 to 5 hours PAINFUL ere(ti0n to males before killing them off. The spider holds the record for being the most venomous spider in the world. Luckily there is an antivenin available.
8. Puffer Fish
Even though Puffer fish are among the most poisonous fish in the world yet they are eaten in many Asian countries namely China, Japan and Indonesia. Almost all organs of Puffer fish are venomous.
7. Poison Dart Frog
Poison Dart Frog is available in so many beautiful colours that you will actually doubt about god’s intentions in creating them. They are beautiful but with beauty come the danger. The skin of poison dart frog is venomous.
Stonefish are named so because the look likes stone and they lie on the sea floor with little to no activity. They do not go on hunt but instead wait for their prey to pass by. They have a very powerful sting and it is deadly to human beings too. Stonefish are among the most venomous animals in the world.
5. Death Stalker Scorpion
This scorpion species actually earned their name because of the high death rates caused by them. Death Stalker Scorpion is the deadliest and most poisonous scorpion in the world.
4. Marbled Cone Snail
These cone snails have a very beautiful shell which is so beautiful that you cannot resist touching it. But control your urge and do not touch it as you might provoke the snail and it might bite you.
3. Blue-Ringed Octopus
Don’t get fooled by the size of blue-ringed octopus. They are actually tiny balls of death. They have a huge amount of venom in their hands and it is deadly to human.
2. Inland Taipan
Inland Taipan is the most poisonous snake in the world. Found in the wilderness of Australia, this snake poses a lot more danger than leopards and tigers. They are very aggressive animals and can attack without any prior indication.
1. Box Jellyfish
Box Jellyfish is arguably the most poisonous animals in the world. Not only they are venomous but pose a real danger to as they are almost transparent and their poison does not have anti venin available. Due to the number of deaths caused by the killer jellyfishes they are considered a bigger threat than sharks. They are found near Australia Sea.
So which of these animal species have you encountered? Share your experience.