The most dangerous animal on the planet is the mosquito. These blood-feeding insects carry deadly diseases such as malaria, which is estimated to cause a million deaths each year.
The most dangerous is the Tunisian Fat-tailed scorpion of North Africa. There are other dangerous species of Fat tails.
Others dangerous scorpions include:
The African Thick Tailed Scorpion (can spray venom!).
The Death Stalker of North Africa and the Middle East.
Some of the Bark Scorpions of North/Central/South America and the West Indies.
Devil Scorpions of Central/South America and the Middle East.
Of around 1500 species of scorpion worldwide, only about 25 are considered really dangerous.
The world’s most venomous spider is, probably, the Brazilian Wandering Spider (Phoneutria nigriventer).
The Sydney Funnel-Web spider (Atrax robustus) of Australia is also often quoted as being the spider with the most dangerous venom.
The Brown Recluse Spider, of which there are about 50 species found around the world, is another dangerous spider. It also known as the Violin or Fiddleback Spider as it has a dark violin-shaped mark on its back.
The Black Widow Spider (Lactrodectus mactans) of North America is the most well known of the so-called deadly spiders. Other members of this family are found throughout many temperate parts of the world, such as Australia where it is known as the Red Back spider and New Zealand where it is known as the Katipo spider.
There are about 40,000 species of spider and just 30 which are capable of killing you.
© Dan Ambrose & Martin Rapley 2005