What’s The Most Dangerous Animal in The World?

A bite-size answer to the question what’s the most dangerous animal in the world.

My little boys are always asking me questions such as “Dad, who would win a fight between a shark and a crocodile? What about between a lion and bear?” Today, it was “What’s the most dangerous animal in the world Dad?”

Well, amongst the most dangerous – in terms of causing human fatalities – are bears, sharks, jellyfish, hippos, elephants, crocodiles, big cats such as the lion, scorpions and venomous snakes. Indeed the latter alone are estimated to kill tens of thousands of people each year.

But all of these creatures pale in comparison to the most dangerous – the mosquito – which is believed to cause in excess of 2 million deaths every year (some estimates are as high as 3 million). These tiny insects spread deadly diseases including malaria, yellow fever and dengue fever. Elderly female mosquitoes are the worst culprits for carrying such diseases that infect literally hundreds of millions of people on a perennial basis throughout much of Asia, Africa, Mexico and Central and South America.

A few incidentals… apparently, mosquitoes tend to prefer biting children to adults and blondes to brunettes; they dislike citronella because it irritates their feet; and the dragonfly is one of the main predators of mosquitoes and can be quite effective in helping to control numbers.

So there you have it. The most dangerous animal in the world is the mosquito.

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41 Responses to “What’s The Most Dangerous Animal in The World?”
  1. lxdollarsxl Says...

    On January 28, 2011 at 10:20 am

    i guess your right but i think the most dangerous animal ever are humans, we kill everything


  2. Brewed Coffee Says...

    On January 28, 2011 at 10:26 am

    One of the smallest animals yet really dangerous. Goes to show that size is not always equated with might


  3. Wizard Brown Says...

    On January 28, 2011 at 10:32 am

    Very ture! And in most cases these deaths are avoidable, if only the people were given preventative measures or medicine as soon as they become sick


  4. mtrguanlao Says...

    On January 28, 2011 at 10:36 am

    I was expecting that shark is the most dangerous animal,lol! But of course,there’s no twist if that’s the answer,lol! Well,I believe that! Mosquitoes are really dangerous! In our country,many died of dengue fever,sad!


  5. Suni51 Says...

    On January 28, 2011 at 10:37 am

    Very useful info, I am more informed now. Thanks….!


  6. fagina Says...

    On January 28, 2011 at 10:41 am

    Yeah, so true…. And sometimes I feel they have become immune to all the mosquito repellants cos they will be flying above those!!


  7. Cinders Says...

    On January 28, 2011 at 10:49 am

    Ha ha, love the opening lines, my kids are always asking me that type of thing. Great answer, very well constructed as usual. Keep them coming please – I am learning lots!


  8. Ima Vee Says...

    On January 28, 2011 at 10:51 am

    Some studies say mosquitoes were one of the reasons why dinosaurs died… they’re small but terrible… :]


  9. xplorer Says...

    On January 28, 2011 at 11:00 am

    nice share, but i think that it better to rename article as “What is the most dangeous animal for the human”…


  10. pocketsofchange Says...

    On January 28, 2011 at 11:16 am

    That wasn’t the answer I was expecting, but in terms of danger to humans, you are absolutely right about the mosquito.

    Tell your son to never stop being curious about the world. He’ll go far!


  11. pguims Says...

    On January 28, 2011 at 11:16 am

    LOL at ima… but they are pretty scary anyway..


  12. Betty Carew Says...

    On January 28, 2011 at 11:30 am

    I would nevber have thought of the mosquito but you are so right. Great post Stable.


  13. etheral76 Says...

    On January 28, 2011 at 11:44 am

    Interesting post, Stable. I would have actually thought it was snakes (don’t know why….), but what you say about mosquitos is so true. They carry all sorts od diseases, and especially in undeveloped parts of the world they are the main cause of massive deaths.


  14. CHIPMUNK Says...

    On January 28, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    so true


  15. anndavey650 Says...

    On January 28, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    Funny how sometimes the most tiny of things can do the most damage. The little critters love me Grrrrr


  16. LJ Spain Says...

    On January 28, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    I hate those little dickenses!


  17. The Quail 1957 Says...

    On January 28, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    Great article.I think that humans are the most dangerous animals.


  18. sunnykumar786 Says...

    On January 28, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    nice share.

    .
    SK


  19. Mystical Whitewolf Says...

    On January 28, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    I must agree with everyone else the most dangerous is humans, we kill just for the sake of killing, not to survive the way other animals do.


  20. leo604 Says...

    On January 28, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    nice post i learned


  21. GameLive Says...

    On January 28, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    it is correct lxdollarxl, most dangerous animal ever are humans


  22. GameLive Says...

    On January 28, 2011 at 9:03 pm

    it is correct lxdollarxl, most dangerous animal ever are humans…………………………


  23. lapasan Says...

    On January 28, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    yes, I agree that mosquitoes are most dangerous creatures in the world. They bring and spread deadly diseases.


  24. nz2rdfox Says...

    On January 28, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    never underestimate what small critters can do…:)

    small but deadly indeed…educational share…are you sure you’re just a writer not a Scientist or a science teacher? :)

    I’m always learning new things from you when it comes to Science Matters:)


  25. LCM Linda Says...

    On January 28, 2011 at 11:09 pm

    Good answer. Mosquitoes are the ruthless and hardworking killers.


  26. tonywriter Says...

    On January 29, 2011 at 6:48 am

    yes true answer Mosquito but for me It’s human :)


  27. papaleng Says...

    On January 29, 2011 at 7:49 am

    I get it right!..nice post.


  28. janesteban Says...

    On January 29, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    So true… they’re the carriers of almost all deady virus and diseases. Thanks for sharing.


  29. Likha Says...

    On January 29, 2011 at 8:18 pm

    You can say that again. My brother was bitten by a dog but he was able to get up on his feet in no time. My daughter was bitten by a mosquito and she got into the intensive care unit.


  30. cyrenjan Says...

    On January 29, 2011 at 11:50 pm

    Hmmm..it made me think for a while. It’s true indeed. Never thought of this. Thanks for sharing!


  31. Steve Weitzner Says...

    On February 2, 2011 at 6:48 am

    Crazy how one of the smallest is the most dangerous animal.


  32. gvgatchalian Says...

    On February 2, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    Alarming.. to think that mosquitoes are everywhere. An informative and well-written article!


  33. SuccessToday Says...

    On February 3, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    WOW, I would have never thought that it was a mosquito, I learned something new, thanks.


  34. lillyrose Says...

    On February 4, 2011 at 10:08 am

    Hahahaha… I was reading down your list at the beginning shouting in my head “It’s a mosquito, it’s a mosquito” then you wrote it in! I watch all the worlds most deadliest with my kids on discovery.


  35. paavanj Says...

    On December 29, 2011 at 8:47 am

    Just Amazing Article…

    Thank You


  36. jheath03 Says...

    On January 10, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    Very enjoyable read, good info, if you enjoyed this article, take a look at this http://scienceray.com/biology/ocelot-2/


  37. shelpeare Says...

    On January 17, 2012 at 9:38 pm

    Good one, Stable.


  38. ashart Says...

    On January 21, 2012 at 7:11 am

    Very good info! Thanks for the share!


  39. Cody Says...

    On July 30, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    Humans are the most dangerous, far surpassing 2 million deaths per year.


  40. mike Says...

    On September 3, 2012 at 5:28 am

    mosquito is an insect its not an animal. The question was What’s The Most Dangerous Animal in The World? not The Most Dangerous insect in the world but anyway i love the info and i hate mosquito. i hate this little stupid creatures. its because of our sinful nature we are living with this thing. it is Adams fault. the first man. we supposed to live in heaven, not with this stupid insects.


  41. price Says...

    On January 10, 2013 at 12:59 am

    animal not insect… but true, the worst animal is a human there has been discovered a huge mesquito/bee type thing in indonesia… although my sister gets bit by a mesquito like alot but she is always ok and she isn’t getting the flu cuz shes always around my mother and she has the flu… sometimes i thinks shes immune…


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