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10 Deadliest Animals You Wouldn’t Want to Meet

10 Deadliest Animals You Wouldn’t Want to Meet
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This post originally appeared on the BBCEarth blog.

1. Black Caiman

At six meters long, this scaly giant is the largest species in the caiman family and more impressively, the largest predator in the Amazon basin. It has self-replacing teeth along with the most acidic stomach bile in the animal kingdom. This allows them to digest every bit of their prey, including bones, shells and teeth.

 

Top photo from Joachim S. Muller via flickr

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11:50AM PDT on Aug 19, 2014

I agree with the others, humans are the deadliest predators including being deadly to each other. Did I see bears mentioned? They'll attack without cause. One dragged a young local doctor who worked in my hospital into the bushes by her head totally unprovoked. Her husband fought the bear to get her away from it and it severed all of his tendons on both hands with its machette-like claws. He managed to get her away from it, dragged her to their boat & escaped but she bled out right in front of him cuz he was unable to stop her bleeding without use of his hands. She died.

5:36PM PDT on Aug 12, 2014

I think I will stay far, far away from all of them.

8:59AM PDT on May 5, 2012

I agree--these animals are fierce, but humans have them beat!
What a shame--we're the dumbest and the deadliest--not a good combination!
Interesting animals--thanks for the article!

3:38PM PST on Jan 2, 2012

woow. cool staff

1:30AM PST on Dec 31, 2011

No malaria?

3:21PM PST on Nov 6, 2011

scary

1:51PM PDT on Oct 31, 2011

I agree, humans should be #1. While facing any of this top 10 is not dangerous and deadly, humans probably kill more of these animals and plants and more than these animals kill humans. I like your list, but humans should be listed as an apex predator. Maybe you can make another list with the top 10 depraved human killers. I'm sure the list wouldn't stop at 10.

6:42AM PDT on Oct 31, 2011

Thanks

5:13AM PDT on Oct 31, 2011

Human should be # 1

11:48PM PDT on Oct 30, 2011

~I wouldn't like to have a close encounter with any of these animals!!~

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