List of deadliest animals to humans

This is a list of the deadliest animals to humans worldwide, measured by the number of humans killed per year. Different lists have varying criteria and definitions, so lists from different sources disagree and can be contentious.[clarification needed] This article contains a compilation of lists from several reliable sources.

List

Source: CNET[1] Source: Business Insider[2] Source: BBC News[3]
Animal Humans killed

per year

Animal Humans killed

per year

Animal Humans killed

per year

1 Mosquitoes 1,000,000[A] Mosquitoes 750,000 Mosquitoes 725,000
2 Humans (homicides only) 475,000 Humans (homicides only) 437,000 Snakes 50,000
3 Snakes 50,000 Snakes 100,000 Dogs 25,000
4 Dogs 25,000 Dogs 35,000 Tsetse flies 10,000
5 Tsetse flies 10,000[B] Freshwater snails >20,000 Crocodiles 1,000
6 Assassin bugs 10,000[C] Assassin bugs 12,000 Hippopotamuses 500
7 Freshwater snails 10,000[D] Tsetse flies 10,000
8 Scorpions 3,250 Scorpions 3,250
9 Ascaris roundworms 2,500 Ascaris roundworms 2,500
10 Tapeworms 2,000 Tapeworms 2,000

Notes

  1. ^ Mosquitoes do not kill humans directly. Rather, they are a vector that transmits mosquito-borne diseases.
  2. ^ Tsetse flies do not kill humans directly. Rather, they are a vector that transmits sleeping sickness.
  3. ^ Assassin bugs do not kill humans directly. Rather, they are a vector that transmits Chagas disease.
  4. ^ Freshwater snails do not kill humans directly. Rather, they are a vector that transmits a variety of tropical diseases.

References

  1. ^ Learish, Jessica (October 15, 2016). "The 24 deadliest animals on Earth, ranked". CNET. Archived from the original on March 24, 2019. Retrieved March 24, 2019.
  2. ^ Ramsey, Lydia (September 4, 2016). "These are the world's deadliest animals". Business Insider. Archived from the original on June 3, 2021. Retrieved June 3, 2021.
  3. ^ "What are the world's deadliest animals?". BBC News. June 15, 2016. Archived from the original on July 31, 2019. Retrieved March 24, 2019.

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