Check out the deadliest animals in africa! From crocodile, lion, snake or elephant attacks to other wild animals fighting to survive, these predators hunt for food every day and they are relentless!
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Number 10: African Buffalo.
Also known as the Cape buffalo, the African buffalo is one of the big five game in Africa – meaning it is one of the five most difficult African animals to hunt on foot. It believed that this buffalo hurts or kills up to 200 people a year. As a result, they have a fearsome reputation – especially amongst hunters – so much so, that it has also been dubbed the ‘Black Death’ or ‘widow-maker’. Although it’s hard to pity poachers, they aren’t the only ones threatened by this beast. The African Buffalo has also been known to attack the jeeps of safari park visitors! Seriously! But it’s not just human hunters or safari goers who need to be cautious around this deadly beast! Their lethal horns have been known to seriously injure or kill large predators, so hunting them is no easy task for hungry lionesses! What makes it worse for the lions and human hunters is that the Cape Buffalo are social animals, and if you annoy one, you might just find yourself in a sticky situation with multiple angry beasts charging towards you.
Number 9: Hippopotamus.
Hippopotamuses are large, heavy mammals that love spending most of their time submerged in river and lakes. Although they are good swimmers and can hold their breath underwater for up to five minutes, they are normally large enough to just stand there, enjoying the water. Their love for water is the reason the Greeks named them river horses.
However, these river horses are seriously dangerous to humans and other animals, and are considered one of Africa’s most dangerous animals. Weighing up to 4 tons, they can, and will, easily crush a human to death.
When you combine that with their sharp teeth and mobility both in and out of water, they are clearly fearsome beasts you wouldn’t want to approach. Ironically, they are often depicted in children’s stories as harmless creatures, but this is far from the truth. If you see a hippo yawning or hear them making a laughing noise, don’t be fooled, these are signs of threat! Also, contrary to popular belief, there is a growing body of evidence that suggests some hippos sometimes eat other animals, but since their gastric systems aren’t designed to consume meat, scientists’ think that it’s very uncommon and likely only occurs when a hippo is deficient in a nutrient. Luckily, they don’t set out to hunt humans, but that doesn’t stop them from being dangerous. Whether it’s in a direct attack, stampede or by flipping boats in the water, it’s estimated that they kill up to 500 people each year.
Number 8: Puff Adder.
Also known as Bitis arietans, the African Puff adder is considered one of the most common and widespread snakes found in Africa, however you won’t find it in the Sahara or in the rainforest regions. Nevertheless, due to its wide distribution across the African continent, its aggressive and venomous nature, and because it frequents highly populated areas, it is responsible for causing the most snakebite fatalities in Africa – making it one of the deadliest animals on this list. Its average size is about 1 meter (3.2 feet), but it has been known to grow as large as 1.9 meters (6.2 feet). It can swim and climb low vegetation’s, and, thanks to its camouflaged colorings, it’s incredibly hard to spot on the ground.
As a result, it’s very easy for people to step on changing it from being a relatively docile snake to one of the most dangerous animals in Africa. So, as long as you watch where you’re standing and don’t aggravate it, the Puff Adder will continue to go about it’s primarily nocturnal existence, praying on small mammals, birds, frogs and other small amphibians.
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