Lions, tigers and bears, oh my! These species come to mind when thinking of the top predators in the animal kingdom. Deadly animals are all around us, but some of the most threatening creatures in the world aren’t as scary and ferocious as you might think.
Some animals, like the saltwater crocodile and black mamba, are extremely aggressive. Others, like the cone snail, seem a lot less threatening, but don’t underestimate their powerful venom. Here’s a list of some of the most dangerous animals in existence. If you encounter any of these in the wild, watch your back.
Chamberlain Smith is a science intern and a freelance writer based in Athens, Georgia.