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Deadliest Animals


  1. What is the single deadliest animal in the world?
  2. Which animal kills most people each year in the United States: alligators, bears, cows, or snakes?
  3. What is the world's deadliest large land mammal?
  4. Which fish delicacy in Japan contains tetrodotoxin, a substance up to 1,200 times more poisonous than cyanide?
  5. True of false. The Portuguese man o'war is a jellyfish?

  6. What animal has the strongest jaw strength?
  7. The Inland Taipan, the most venomous snake in the world, is native to which country?
  8. Which shark is often considered more dangerous than the great white because unlike most sharks it can survive in freshwater for long periods of time?
  9. Which African animals are often referred to as Black Death because of their danger to humans and other animals?
  10. Which fly carries sleeping sickness?
  11. What animal famously attacked magician Roy Horn, of Siegfried & Roy, during a performance in 2003, leaving him partially paralyzed?
  12. What disease is transmitted to humans by the bites of infected ticks of the genus Ixodes?


  1. Mosquito
  2. Cows (on average, cows kill 20 people each year, snakes and lizards 6 people, alligators 1, and bears 1)
  3. Hippopotamus
  4. Puffer fish (and there is no known antidote.)
  5. False. (It is a species of siphonophore, a group closely related to jellyfish but not jellyfish.)
  6. Crocodile (Saltwater Crocodile)
  7. Australia
  8. Bull sharks
  9. Cape buffalo, or African buffalo
  10. Tsetse fly
  11. A tiger
  12. Lyme disease

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