We can all agree that Mother Nature can create some pretty spectacular things at times. She also has a tendency to pack a nasty surprise in the smallest packages. From creepy looking spiders to harmless looking fish so prepare to see some creatures that will make you want to stay safe inside for a long time.
10. Box Jellyfish
Officially known as the chrome fleckeri, this variety of box jellyfish is one you want to stay away from. Sure, most jellyfish can sting you and leave you in pain, but this particular variety can kill you in around 2 to 5 minutes. About the size of a basketball with 15.3 meter long tentacles, this particular underwater is known to have killed at least 63 people in the waters around Australia alone. In fact, the sting and resulting complications happen so quick that swimmers and divers often suffer cardiac arrest and drown before getting back to a boat or dry land.
9. King Cobra
We all know how potentially dangerous a cobra can be. Add a ‘king’ to the name, and it gets even deadlier. Growing up to 18 feet in length, the king cobra’s venom can take down an elephant if provoked. That’s not great news for humans and, as you’d expect, a bite from this guy will kill you in around 15 minutes.
8. Marbled Cone Snail
Bet you never thought a snail would be classified as one of the most dangerous creatures in the world. In this case; the marbled cone snail gets a mention because a drop of its venom can potentially kill upwards of 20 adult humans. Luckily they don’t go out of their way to attack humans, but they will sting if stepped on or grabbed. As the venom is the same type used by the blue-ringed octopus, death can come in just mere minutes.
7. Blue- ringed octopus
Living in the pacific and Indian oceans, the blue-ringed octopus is definitely something to behold. Just keep in mind that those fascinating blue and black rings all over its body are pretty much a warning to stay away. Usually only around 20 cm in size, this octopus is known to be one of the world’s most venomous underwater creatures. In fact, it is known to carry more than enough venom to kill dozens of adult humans in minutes. Worse yet, there is no known anti-venom and those who get a bit typically don’t know until they start having trouble breathing.
One of the stranger looking fish in the world, the stone fish is also one of, if not the, deadliest when it comes to its venom. These little guys love warm tropical water and can be found is shallow sandy areas or near rocks and coral the same place that people love to swim. On its back are 13 sharp spines which can inject anyone who accidentally steps on it with very potent venom. How potent? Well, a diving instructor in Okinawa received a sting, went unconscious within minutes and died before the ambulance even arrived at the beach.
5. The Brazilian Wandering Spider
When it comes to crossing paths with humans, the Brazilian wandering spider probably takes the cake. It doesn’t build a web but, as its name suggests, wanders around like a murderous little hobo, stalking its prey. This means it finds its way into houses, cars and other places humans just happen to be. You’d best leave it alone in this case because this arachnid has the most venomous which can cause paralysis and death if you do not get to a hospital immediately.
4. Inland Taipan
Anyone walking through east- central Australia knows to be the lookout for this extremely potent snake. That’s because the inland taipan is considered to have the deadliest venom of any snake. In fact, one good bite from this six foot- long snake can inject enough venom to kill around 100 adult humans. And leave you dead in about 45 minutes. Thankfully because it lives well out in the wilderness, there are few cases of humans dying this way.
3. Poison Dart Frog
Coming in a wide range of spectacular colors, these little frogs are probably one of the most eye-catching creatures in the rain forest. But keep your distance. How dangerous can the poison dart frog actually be? Well, the golden variety is known to have enough poison to kill 20,000 mice. Sure, just touching one won’t kill you-but if its toxins find a way into your body, it is lights out.
2. Death stalker Scorpion
Well, with a name like that how could this not be a deadly creature? Living in North Africa and the Middle East, this green-yellow scorpion is aggressive and has some of the most potent venom around. It isn’t known for killing full-grown adults outright, but for children, the elderly and the sick, it’s a different matter. A sting from this little guy is extremely painful and can lead to convulsions, increased blood pressure and coma. That’s probably why it isn’t called the happy fun-time scorpion.
1. Puffer Fish
It doesn’t look very scary and, in fact, it isn’t an aggressive predator of the deep. Yet, the puffer fish can drop you with the smallest bite. You see, the puffer fish is a delicacy in some parts of the world, but it’s also incredibly poisonous if prepared wrong. Every year in Japan dozens become violently ill and several die from eating tainted puffer fish. Nausea, trouble breathing and death? We’ll stick with the burger and fries.