Oct 11, 2021
By M. W. Byrne
THE FOOD CHAIN
Though chubby and adorable as a plush toy, hippos are aggressive and territorial creatures who are built like tanks and don’t take any nonsense.
Mosquitoes are hardy monsters that are difficult to see, capable of traveling long distances, able to lay their eggs just about anywhere, and deadly invasive.
Each golf-ball sized blue ringed carries enough venom to drop more than two dozen people by paralyzing them.
The Tsetse carries loads of Trypanosomes, which are parasites that cause brain inflammation, loss of motor skills, and eventually death.
Many different varieties of Box Jellyfish exist, all of which are nasty beasts that bear the distinction of being the single most venomous creature in the world.
Though snakes in general should be avoided, since many of them carry various levels of venom, the Mamba is a particularly nasty customer.
There’s a shocking number of dangerous snails in the world, with this being the king daddy murderer of them all.
Also known as the kissing bug because it bites on the face, Assassins carry Chagas disease, a parasitic infection that takes out thousands of people each year.
The glands that produce the poison rest under their skin, meaning an accidental touch on their back can cause sickness or death.
Surprisingly fast on land, intensely deadly, smart and wily, and even quicker in the water, these great white beauties are serious predators.
Called “Black Death” for a reason, these buffalo are sweet and docile so long as they are left to their own devices.
A slithering creature that causes death by infection of ascariasis, roundworms like to make their home in the small intestine through ingestion of their larva.
Siafu ants are known as “driver” ants because massive swarms of 50 million will act as a single mind, using the will of a single driver to guide their actions.
Subtle, lazy hunters that lounge around in the water, Crocs have the natural ability to blend into the environment and clamp down on unsuspecting prey with swift and deadly acuity
Cute and cuddly in appearance, a little puncture from their puffed-out spines is enough to paralyze you for the remainder of your very short life.
Small and vicious, they blend into their surroundings surprisingly well, and have a bite/sting first approach to life that usually means you’re dead before you know one’s around.
The Wandering Spider is a little more of a hassle, because it meanders around rather than knitting a web and then staying there.
Subtle as an average rock, yet able to move with lightning speed when annoyed.
Causing more deaths than every other animal combined, nothing is more hazardous to your well-being than these oddly-shaped bipeds.