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Animal Attack! The Ten Scariest Animals on Earth!

Updated on December 31, 2012

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Animal attacks happen every single day in all corners of the Earth. It is inevitable that where people and animals overlap, there will be animal attacks. Most of these animal attacks are due to people either toying with, or otherwise messing with dangerous wildlife. This hub is dedicated to the ten animals that scare me the most where animal attacks are concerned. For the sake of this hub, I refer to the term animal as any living thing. I hope you enjoy the hub as much as I enjoyed putting it together.

The Silent Predator - Saltwater Crocodile

The Saltwater Crocodile Will Hunt Humans Given the Opportunity.  Photo Courtesy of Wikipedia Commons Public Domain Submitted by Augustine Alligator Farm
The Saltwater Crocodile Will Hunt Humans Given the Opportunity. Photo Courtesy of Wikipedia Commons Public Domain Submitted by Augustine Alligator Farm

Animal Attack Contender - The Saltwater Crocodile

The saltwater crocodile of Australia is a legend in animal attack circles and with good reason. This giant reptile has a very dubious distinction in the animal attack world: It actually sees us as a food source. Come to think of it, a saltwater crocodile sees anything it can eat as a food source.

Armed with huge teeth and an incredible bite pressure, the saltwater crocodile ironically will drown you long before you even feel the pain of the bite. A saltwater crocodile grabs hold of you, and then goes into a "death roll" to drown you. The result is that you are eaten in large chunks after drowning.

This particular reptile holds a special place in my heart as I was a huge fan of the late Steve Irwin.

Awesome Crocodile Video

The Great White Death

The Great White Is a Known Man Eater.  Photo Courtesy of Wikipedia Commons Public Domain Submitted by Sharkdiver68
The Great White Is a Known Man Eater. Photo Courtesy of Wikipedia Commons Public Domain Submitted by Sharkdiver68

Animal Attack Contender - The Great White Shark

Legendary though it may be, the Great White Shark generally does not target humans as food. The great white loves to eat seals, and a human on a boogey board can appear similar from below the water. Still, the occasional animal attack happens and when it does, the great white shark is devastating. The rows and rows of sharp teeth rip and tear flesh like a hot knife through butter.

This is one of the few animals that is worse than your worst fears. Imagine sitting in the water and treading. Suddenly you see a fin pierce the water and rise up to three feet out of the water. The fear would be paralyzing to say the least.

Fortunately, you probably would not experience that as a great white is an ambush predator. They would come from below and you would never see them coming. Feel better?

The Regal Tiger

The Tiger is one of nature's perfect killing machines.  Photo courtesy of Wikipedia Commons Public Domain Submitted by Softeis
The Tiger is one of nature's perfect killing machines. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia Commons Public Domain Submitted by Softeis

Animal Attack Contender - The Tiger

The tiger is one of the most underrated animals on this list. The ferocity with which a tiger can attack is unparalelled in the animal kingdom. The tiger is actually one of the animals that have been known to stalk, kill, and consume human beings.

People do not realize that the tiger is the largest in the cat kingdom overall. They are capable of slicing us to bits in minutes, and they have been known to set up camp in places where they have found human prey. Much like the lion, the tiger will take an opportunity to feed, human or not.

Video of Lion Attacking a Hunter

Animal Attack Contender - The Lion

King of the jungle. Lord of the Plains. Call it whatever you wish, but recognize that the lion is the animal attack supreme. What makes the lion so bad is that they hunt in prides. There would not be just one lion to eat you, but a whole bunch of them. i guess that is better than just one snacking on you, but the thought is absolutely terrifying.

The lion is a supreme predator that demands respect. Given the chance, and the proper set of circumstances, the lion can kill us in the blink of an eye. The lion tops my personal list of the scariest animal on Earth.

The King - Lions Still Top the Food Chain

With a bite that is capable of shearing off flesh, the lion is truly dangerous.  Photo courtesy of Wikipedia Commons Public Domain Submitted by John Storr
With a bite that is capable of shearing off flesh, the lion is truly dangerous. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia Commons Public Domain Submitted by John Storr

Animal Attack Contender - The Grizzly Bear

This animal is one of the few animals in North America that can truly kill and eat a man. Generally omnivores, these animals are opportunity predators where humans are concerned. Still, humans are killed every year by this huge predator. Often, it is due to someone getting to close, or happening upon a grizzly that is with her cubs.

A grizzly bear utilizes huge claws, and an incredible size to attack, and has been known to decapitate a moose with one swipe of its massive paw. Imagine what that could do to you or I?

The Grizzly Bear Up Close

The Grizzly Bear is Deadly But Misunderstood.   Photo courtesy of Wikipedia Commons Public Domain Submitted by US Fish and Wildlife Services
The Grizzly Bear is Deadly But Misunderstood. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia Commons Public Domain Submitted by US Fish and Wildlife Services

Animal Attack Contender - The Black Mamba

This notorious reptile found in the African bush is known for many things that are not even true. The black mamba will not pursue you unless you corner it. However, if you are dumb enough to corner it, it will go on the offensive. The black mamba was once a snake that would kill you 100 percent of the time if you were bit and it released venom. Now, antivenon has helped to improve the fatality rate. If you do not get the antivenon, however, you are as good as dead.

The black mamba makes this list simply because of the power of it's venom, and its nasty disposition. It is one of the quickest, and most dangerous living creatures on the planet.

For more information about this great reptile, check out snakes and spiders!

Black Mamba - Slender Death

This Mamba is Much Calmer Than One In The Wild.  Photo Courtesy of Wikipedia Commons Public Domain Submitted by  Tim Vickers
This Mamba is Much Calmer Than One In The Wild. Photo Courtesy of Wikipedia Commons Public Domain Submitted by Tim Vickers

Animal Attack Contender - The Komodo Dragon

This throwback from the days of the dinosaurs kills in a very different manner. The Komodo dragon eats largely carrion. Dead things have bacteria, and the Komodo dragon does not have very good dental plans. As such, their saliva is a mixed soup of deadly bacteria and viral disaster. They will often bite larger prey, and then use their incredible sense of smell to follow the ailing animal until they die from the toxic bite. Kind of like a venomous snake, but with toxic spit.

The Komodo is also armed with incedibly large talons or claws which are capable of tearing us to shreds. Weighing up to 150 pounds, we would be in serious trouble if this lizard got us in its clutches.

The Komodo Dragon - The Living Dinosaur Reptile

Notice The Huge Claws on this Sleeping Komodo.  Photo Courtesy of Wikipedia Commons Public Domain Submitted by Ltshears
Notice The Huge Claws on this Sleeping Komodo. Photo Courtesy of Wikipedia Commons Public Domain Submitted by Ltshears

Animal Attack Contender - The King Cobra

The king cobra is the longest venomous snake on Earth and it knows how to use that size. The cobra is not as deadly as the mamba, but it is capable of injecting copious amounts of venom. This huge reptile can raise up to four feet off the ground while spreading its hood, and can move forward to strike from that same position. That makes for a very deadly, dangerous striking mechanism.

The incredible power of the king cobra as a snake is enough to warrant adding him to this list. Check out the video in below to see exactly what I mean.

Animal Attack Contender - The Tiger Shark

Needless to say, the tiger shark is a maneater. This shark has been known to eat car tires, garbage, car plates, whales, fish, and of course, humans. Anything that is possible to shove down its throat is open game for the tiger shark. This is why it is referred to as "the trashcan of the sea" and it is exactly why humans should be cautious.

The tiger shark is also quite large, and can grow to the size of a small car. A tiger shark will often investigate with its serrated teeth before attacking prey. The problem with this is an investigating nibble from a tiger shark might just take a limb from us fragile humans.

Animal Attack Contender - The Sydney Funnel Web Spider

This spider is on the list for pure creepiness. It is huge, hairy, deadly, and downright aggressive. This spider found in Australia is capable of killing us, and it is not shy at all about sinking those huge fangs in. One of the few spiders on Earth that will actually be proactive in biting, the funnel web also finds itself in the homes of those wonderful Aussies. What a wonderful neighbor to have.

These spiders are tough and rear up the front legs in a warning pose when you are in the danger zone. This visual has haunted many dreams, and especially the dreams of those that have been bitten and survived.


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      3 years ago

      Most of these aren't really scary.

      Saltwater crocodiles only attack people when threatened.

      Sharks cause the death of about 11 people each year, sometimes unintentionally.

      Tigers are extremely rare in the wild and are scared of people.

      Lions will try to scare people and only attack people if they're starving or threatened.

      Grizzlies only attack to protect their young.

      Mambas are a bit frightening, I guess...

      Komodos only live on a single island and will only attack if you enter their territory.

      Cobras attack when they're scared. They are easily scared, by the way.

      Funnel Web Spiders only attack if you screw with their nests like an idiot.

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      patrick kauma 

      4 years ago

      As a land surveyor,i mostly work in the bush.Mamba encounters are my biggest worry.In all my 3 encounters,they gracefully slid away.They will avoid fights as long as you leave them alone

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      4 years ago

      i rather die by a tiger

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      5 years ago

      It looks like you have a lot of information on scary animals, do you work at the zoo?

      I use animals to scare pests away, seems to work for me.

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      6 years ago

      We accustomed to acquire high on lifestyle yet as of late I've truly established a level of resistance.

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      Cecelia Kramer 

      6 years ago from Everywhere but mostly Cali

      Good to know now I am afraid to go anywhere as you can encounter dangerous animals anywhere really. All of these animals would not be fun to encounter because the death would be slow and painful so I hope I never get attacked.

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      6 years ago

      there scary dude

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      6 years ago

      me and my friend are very interested in sharks and snakes. I love looking at sharks but not quit any more because i saw that vidio. Snakes are still one of my most fave interests and in a museum they had an arm squeazer that shows how hard the snake squeases and i have a suggestion for you for another another animal that is scary would be a rattle snake.

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      7 years ago

      Well I would be inclined to disagree about the king cobra being deadlier than the Black Mamba. Black Mambas are known to bite numerous times and their venom is a lot deadlier than that of a king cobra next King Cobras do rear up high but so do Balck Mambas but the king cobras strike is a dropping downward hit where as even though a Mamba has a small hood it strikes outward and very fast and over and over again. In most cases both snakes would eventually die though I would be more inclined to say the King would die first. As far as length Mambas can reach 14+ feet. You see many people who can grab a cobra but how many would dare try to grab a Black Mamba? I have only seen 2 and one got biten. The Black Mamba can deliver large amounts of venom also but the venom is also more potent. But for arguments sake lets say who strikes first wins The Mamba is way quicker and very possible to bite and move away than the King Cobra is to take a bite and hit back.I would much rather face a King Cobra than a Black Mamba.

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      Brandi Swieter 

      7 years ago from Holland, MI

      Interesting hub. And in response to the poll... I would really rather not be attacked by any of them. Ha-ha. Can't really choose which animal I would like to be attacked by more as I'm sure it would all hurt equally.

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      bob the builder 

      7 years ago

      this is so SCARY!

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      7 years ago

      a grizzly bear decapitating a moose with one swipe.... really? It is people like you who are contributing to the dumbing down of the world posting that kind of shit as fact.

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      7 years ago

      people saying there worst fear is humans.....really??...............we walk past people every day and get a certain amount of fear at most...depending on teh person, situation etc, susceptibly to anxiety etc....but it's not like wakling past a snake or a wolf...!!!

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      7 years ago

      Omg that bloo my mynd

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      kigo99tr-0epxd;;b l 

      7 years ago

      those animals arent even that scary enls your teasing them or hurting their babys.And any ways there are 10 times scarer animals we haven't discovered yet

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      7 years ago

      are you a crocodile hunter

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      7 years ago

      nice photos

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      7 years ago

      OMG very scary videos dude!!!

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      7 years ago

      The first time i saw 'JAWS' i swear to god i didn't go in the bath.

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      7 years ago

      I gotta agree with a lot of these comments. Most of the time, animal attacks are provoked by humans entering an animal's habitat and disturbing its natural way of life or threatening its well-being in some way. We shouldn't judge animals on their instincts to protect themselves.

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      7 years ago

      Although they are scary but they are magnificent creatures. Nice hub, Rodney.

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      7 years ago

      wow those animals areit scary at all

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      7 years ago

      Scary!!! Dangerous stuff, guys!

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      7 years ago

      i get chills just thinking about getting bitten by a shark or crocodile

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      7 years ago

      i get chills just thinking about getting bitten by a shark or crocodile

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      8 years ago

      nice hub..well I think being attacked by any of them can be fatal. as human beings we're too wask to stand such ferocious predators but being attacked by a bear is really scary in that a bear never kills before eating but guts you out 'till you're breathless

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      8 years ago

      WOW Those animals are Crazy!

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      8 years ago

      hate snakes!!

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      natalie mccrary 

      8 years ago

      i was once attact by a great white shark

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      8 years ago

      this veido is scrary man lol

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      8 years ago

      king cobras r wores then any shark sharks rip u from limb to limb witch cobras one bit ur praticlly gone

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      9 years ago

      lexi-That was soooo cool how did you do that wernt u scared i mean you could die from that animal!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!!?

      Katie-you people are stupid/ idiouts i mean you could die i mean i hate you for touchering those animals p.s i love animals

      lexi / katie p.s we hate you

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      9 years ago from Australia

      Those are some scary animal attacks. Once been on a ride in South Africa when a black mumba crossed the road, scary stuff!

      Thanks for the great hub!

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      9 years ago

      Giant Squid.

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      9 years ago

      i would not want 2 b eaten by neither or nothing.....i rather die from being old or sick not from an animal.when i was a little girl i got a mechanical spider and i would not touch that thing i would be so scared of that spider,that i gave it 2 my cousin.

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      9 years ago

      Wow. This is an awesomely put together hub! Just reading about the saltwater crocodiles gave me the willies, nevermind tigers and komodo dragons! Good work!

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      9 years ago

      Thanks for give the bears some credit. One of the most dangerous animals in the states for the fact that they like human food and where is human food we are normally not to far away. They are also very curious animals and tend to check out humans because of ours smell. Checking out meaning dragging a person into the bush and crushing them under their paws. Again the statistic are just an estimate. If you don't live to tell about it chances are no one will ever know about it.

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      rodney southern 

      9 years ago from Greensboro, NC

      Hey Brucifer... I agree with that, and I actually considered posting statistics but they do not exist in legitimate form. That is, the stats that are out there are not likely to be accurate for a large number of these animals. For example, if a crocodile eats a man in the jungle, and the man is by himself, it will not get reported. This happens much more often than one might think in Africa and other countries. Because the statistics that I found were so wide ranging in estimates, I decided to leave them out. Thanks for the comment!

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      9 years ago from chicago, il

      i think it would be insightful to state how often attacks by this animal happen. When they do happen, they are likely to be fatal. However, most of these animals don't attack unless provoked, whether intentionally or accidentally. I would never deny the severity of an attack by one of these animals though.

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      9 years ago

      My worst fear would be humans. The only creature that kills for all reasons. For example, a woman in our town killed a mother and three children while texting on her cell phone while driving. Every night on the local news someone has been shot or killed by drunk drivers. I love and respect all off nature.

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      10 years ago

      hmmm...what can i say then? Ok, they are the most dangerous animals....and its not good to attack people...really!!! but actuallt i am a lion in horoscop (is the spelling good?) And in chinese horoscop i am tiger...soooo I AM DANGEROUS!!! BE CAREFUL, BEFORE I COME TO YOU!!

      just kidding..

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      10 years ago

      I was looking at that... and the only reason I picked Black Mamba was because... Well, Caverns of Kroz.

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      10 years ago from Chicago

      if you're gonna make a shark a fatal shark can you at least make it a shark that doesn't stop attacking once it starts... the bull shark. bull sharks have also been recently adapting to freshwater conditions and one was found about halfway up this Mississippi river around the southern most tip of Illinois. WATCH SHARK WEEK BEFORE YOU PREECH ABOUT SHARKS BEING SCARY! Jaws is a great movie, but don't the horrible special effects tell you anything? When I watch that movie, I enjoy it but I'm also thinking, this is not how a shark behaves... ever. So don't base your research off of Jaws. That set a panic that was unnecessary.

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      10 years ago from Chicago

      the great white death? that's not fair... most great white shark attacks are unintentional. almost nobody dies from great white attacks because great whites don't like the taste of human flesh. they just use taste as a sense of what things are. Besides, humans don't have gills for a reason, we weren't meant to be in the ocean. If we go in the ocean, that means we accept all the responsibilities that come with entering another habitat with an entirely different hierarchy in which we are not at the top.

      Last year's shark week proved tiger sharks prefer their natural prey to humans as well. While tiger shark attacks are more lethal, they are either provoked or mistaken. But once again, a human is entering an environment for which he was not made.

      As for bears, I've been about 10 ft away from a brown bear, her two cubs, and a black bear during the salmon season in Alaska. Bears don't attack unless provoked either.

      I think all the animals on this list with the exception of the spiders and kimono dragon (because I don't know about them so I can't make an informed judgement) only attack when provoked or confused. It's a human's job to be aware of the dangers around him when entering new environments that have animals that might be dangerous and know the survival techniques.

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      10 years ago from united kingdom

      they are really scared me polling for this...because once you cought in their hands will never gonna come out alive and know who was worse.....

      nice hub...liked it

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      10 years ago from Cincinnati, Ohio

      I can see why this is one of your best on here. Thanks for the invite, this place is cool.

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      10 years ago from North Carolina

      I also hate snakes, but attacked by any animal is scary. Animals have to be respected, we can't predict their behavior, too bad many end up in close encounters with it and try to treat it like human beings.

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      10 years ago from ma

      Being attacked by an animal definitely doesn't sound like much fun. I never heard of the funnel web spider before. My wife and kids freak out over common little spiders never mind ones that actually could hurt them. Nice hub.

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      10 years ago from Australia

      Man I hate snakes. Good read. Thanks Rodney.


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      10 years ago from India

      Great Hub.

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      Constant Walker 

      10 years ago from Springfield, Oregon

      Great hub, Rodney. I was also a big Steve Irwin fan.

      The biggest attack problems we have here in Oregon is on the outskirts of towns, where Mountain Lions are stalking. I have actually seen a couple... TOO up close and personal!


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