Most DANGEROUS Animals In Africa!


What scavenger can actually chase you down
at speeds of more than 35 miles per hour? Which snakes are the most treacherous in all
of Africa? Find out as we look at the Most Dangerous
Animals In Africa. #13 Rock Python
Among the top six largest snakes in the world is the African rock python. Reaching lengths exceeding 20 feet, this great
serpent is capable of constricting and eating prey as large as antelopes and even crocodiles. Attacks on humans are rare, but they do occur. As potential pets, they run the risk of mistreatment
or malnourishment and will become a danger to humans if they escape captivity. But in the wild, they can be equally vicious
as mother rock pythons will behave with extreme aggression against those who wander too close
to their nests. #12 Emperor Scorpion
Averaging nearly 8 inches in length, the monstrous emperor scorpion is a titan among its kind. Its ominous onyx carapace grant it a natural
stealth, making it much harder to avoid the sting of this arachnid in the wild. Fortunately, this species doesn’t pack a
punch capable of ending human life in its venom, with emperor scorpion stings being
more akin to bee stings: painful, but only lethal to those who are allergic. That doesn’t mean it can’t hurt you though. Between its somewhat mildly venomous tail
strike and its huge front claws, the emperor scorpion can easily break skin and draw blood
if agitated enough. You’ll be safe, though, as long as you have
a black light. The ultraviolet light emitted from such a
source will cause emperor scorpions to grow blue or green, revealing their immediate location
should you approach them. #11 Baboon
Monkeys are typically thought of as fun-loving, curious creatures with an intelligence only
slightly exceeded by their athleticism and agility. But Africa’s various species of baboon are
much more ferocious than their depictions in media may let on. Sporting pointed canines that surpass a lions
fangs in size, these primates can shred prey with little difficulty. While they are omnivorous, baboons can subsist
on other animals ranging from insects and fish to antelopes and even other monkeys. Some baboons have even shown a versatility
in attacking goats and sheep amid farms in rural South Africa. Even more dangerous for any unsuspecting bystanders
is the baboon propensity to hunt in groups called troops. If running into just one of these merciless
monkeys seems like a nightmare, imagine encountering a dozen of these ravenous creatures on the
prowl. #10 Spotted Hyena
The largest of all the hyenas, the spotted species can reach almost six feet in length
and just over two and a half feet in height. Spotted hyenas feed primarily on hooved animals
like gazelle, wildebeest, and zebra, among others. In certain regions of the continent, these
carnivores feed primarily as scavengers, but in others they can be seen chasing down live
prey in packs, reaching speeds of up to 37 miles per hour. Despite their land speed, spotted hyenas are
most dangerous when they stalk their target, utilizing the night for a stealthy approach. Africa has a long history of spotted hyena
attacks, as they might hunt children, women or sick men under the cover of darkness. In modern times, hyena attacks are fairly
rare, but given the nature of scavengers to pick bones dry, it’s believed that many
attacks simply go unreported. #9 Cape Buffalo
Of all the hoof-cloven, cattle-like creatures that roam the wilds of Africa, the Cape Buffalo
reigns supreme. Similar to its Asian kin, the water buffalo,
in appearance, this animal is very much its own creature, as chiefly demonstrated by its
behavior and interaction with humans. Highly unpredictable in nature, people run
a real health risk when encountering the Cape buffalo and as such have never domesticated
the animal. Reaching weights between one and two thousand
pounds, and growing up to eleven feet in length, these creatures can be incredibly dangerous. Each year, 200 people are gored by the large
horns of the cape buffalo. This has unfortunately encouraged thrill-seeking
big game hunters to continue pursuing them in safari expeditions and hunts. #8 Black Rhino
Scattered across southwestern Africa are the remnants of one of the most iconic animals
of the region: the black rhinoceros. At one point in history, near the turn of
the 20th century, it is believed that hundreds of thousands of these beasts roamed the jungles
and plains of this land. But today, between five thousand and fifty
five hundred rhinos remain thanks to poaching and the black market ivory trade. These great, noble behemoths may have been
targeted to the point of critical endangerment, however, they’re still a force to be reckoned
with. Up to six feet in height and twelve feet in
length, these multi-thousand pound crushers are like a biological SUVs…but with a two
to four foot horn! Given their small number and daunting stature,
it’s probably best for all parties to simply avoid the black rhinoceros at all costs. #7 Great White Shark
The legendary great white shark is a fearsome hunter all around the world, but in South
Africa, these man-eaters thrive like nowhere else. Between the South African isles of Geyser
Rock and Dyer Island is a narrow channel with such a heavy great white population, it’s
earned the name Shark Alley. Here the shark species is so prolific that
the nearby fishing town of Gansbaai has converted their presence into their chief tourist attraction. Since 1995 visitors to the town have been
able to pay to actually cage dive with these fifteen to twenty foot long leviathans. Just because they’re a crowd-pleaser doesn’t
mean this one to two ton fish is to be taken lightly. Over the years, great white sharks have racked
up hundreds of reported bite incidents. And in South Africa alone, over the past 9
years, five separate shark-related fatalities can be blamed on the great white. #6 Elephant
Floppy eared and supposedly full of wisdom, elephants are one of society’s most beloved
animals. But it’s impossible to deny the overwhelming
destructive power of the titanic, trunked beast. African elephants in particular are the largest
elephant species on the planet, outgrowing their Asian brethren with heights averaging
more than 10 feet tall and weights eclipsing thirteen hundred pounds. Moving this much mass isn’t easy, but once
an elephant gets rolling, good luck stopping it. The large mammal can perform a combination
of running and walking, reaching a maximum speed of 16 miles per hour. That may not sound like much, but with that
much weight behind it, they might as well be living steamrollers. Add in a pair of tusks up to 10 feet long,
and the danger of elephants truly begins to sink in. Luckily, attacks are relatively rare, though
around 500 people per year are believed to suffer fatal results after wandering too close
to an elephant’s territory. #5 Lion
Feeding on everything but the largest of grazing animals, African lions earn their crown by
force, eliminating rivals like hyenas, cheetahs, and leopards while prowling the savanna. With males potentially growing upwards of
10 feet in length from nose tip to tail end, and capable of weighing beyond 550 pounds,
these are largest wild cats on the continent. Lions prefer to stalk and ambush their prey,
attacking in short bursts of fury with the ability to take down animals up to twice their
size. Because of their dominating presence, lions
are considered not only an apex predator but also a keystone species, meaning the entirety
of the ecosystem’s success rides on the shoulders of this creature. As such, think twice before stepping to an
African lion, both for your safety and the safety of the environment. #4 Nile Crocodile
Intimidating, immense, and ill-tempered, the crocodiles of the Nile are easily some of
the scariest creatures on this list. These gargantuan reptiles can reach more than
20 feet in length and weigh more than a ton! This size is even more dangerous when paired
with the crocodiles’ giant jaws, with 64 to 68 teeth able to deliver a crushing five
thousand pounds of bite force. Normally, Nile crocodiles are fairly docile,
opting to bask for long hours with their mouths agape for proper cooling. But as soon as they enter a hunt, they become
agile beast-slayers, weaving through the water with dangerous urgency. Attacks by Nile crocodiles on humans occur
in the hundreds yearly, with 63% of them proving fatal. Those that run the greatest risk are fisherman,
laundry workers, or regional guides who must spend extended periods of time working in
the river’s waters. #3 Hippopotamus
Like a tremendous, hairless cow of the Serengeti, the common hippopotamus has a calm, almost
lounging behavior when observed from a distance. But should you approach a hippo’s home,
you’ll see the dangerous transformation first hand as it becomes more resemblant of
an angry bull. The deeply territorial mammals won’t shy
away from unwanted guests, preferring to tackle their would-be threats head on. With a gigantic set of jaws, huge incisors,
and weighing somewhere between three and five thousand pounds, there are few beasts that
can stand toe to toe with a hippo. Factor in its semi-aquatic nature and the
size of this animal loses all of its typical disadvantages, becoming a stealthy, weightless
wrecking ball for unwary boaters. Hope that you are never unfortunate enough
to cross a hippopotamus, or its jaws might be the last thing you ever see. #2 Black Mamba
Regarded as one of the most venomous snakes in existence, the notorious black mamba is
an African native that lives up to its reputation. Wandering both the tree-tops and floors of
Sub-Saharan savannas and jungles, these snakes can reach up to 14 feet or more at maximum
length. Their striking distance is incredible with
the potential to deliver multiple bites in quick succession. It’s foreboding appearance reeks of gloom
and doom as its head shape is often compared to a coffin and the inside of its mouth looks
dreadfully black as it rears up to strike. Bites from the snake can cause a slight tingling
sensation at first, followed by symptoms such as drooping eyes, metallic taste and a variety
of involuntary movements and behaviors related to neurological malfunctions. These effects occur within just 10 minutes,
and can eventually develop into sickness and ultimately demise in just 7 to 15 hours. #1 Mosquito
Terrorizing the entire globe, mosquitoes are a pest that seem to pose problems everywhere
they go. But in Africa, where people are plagued by
a litany of rare diseases and little to no access to immunizations, these bugs become
a much more dangerous element. Spreading viruses and illnesses like dengue
fever, malaria, West Nile and Zika virus, the blood-sucking insects are responsible
for transmitting diseases to 700 million people a year worldwide. Which of these African animals frighten you
the most? Let us know which one and why in the comments
below.

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