Murder Hornet – Are they as deadly as they sound?

Asian giant hornet (Vespa mandarinia)

If I was going to imagine the insect of nightmares it is definitely going to have the word “giant” in its name. And what could be worse than a giant hornet? The fact that it comes from Asia is neither here nor there, this is the biggest hornet in the world, a veritable wasp on … Read more

Most Dangerous Animals in India

Tiger (Panthera tigris)

Over the years I’ve written quite a lot about dangerous animals in various parts of the world. Much of the time I’ll start off with a region or group of animals and try to establish which are the deadliest. And often as not it is something of a struggle to actually find enough animals that … Read more

Most Dangerous Octopus & Squid

Giant squid vs Sperm whale

Tales of fearsome tentacled sea beasts have abounded for centuries. With their almost alien-like appearance and sometimes enormous size they are the ideal candidates for sailors stories and maritime myths. But are squids and octopus actually dangerous? Well, after some research I can safely say, yes, and no… Cephalopod Weapons In terms of natural weapons … Read more

10 Most Dangerous Birds in the World

Deadliest birds

For most people birds would rank pretty low on a list of most terrifying animals – and rightfully so. The vast majority of birds are too small and lacking in natural weapons to inflict all but the most insignificant of injuries. However, birds are also the most diverse group in the animal kingdom meaning they … Read more

Ten Weirdest Sharks That Really Exist

Goblin Shark

Sharks come from a family of fish containing between 400 and 500 species (depending on who you ask!). Dating back over 400 million years, long before the dinosaurs, the sharks have had plenty of time to diversify into a wide variety of forms, some of which are frankly a little on the weird and wonderful … Read more

10 Most Dangerous Fish in the World

Goliath tigerfish

Before we get going on this list of the most dangerous fish in the world I’m going to tell you what I’m not putting on the list. Firstly, sharks – technically they should be occupying most of the top spots but as I’ve already done a rather excellent article on the most dangerous sharks I’ve … Read more

10 of the Most Dangerous Insects

Army Ants

I have seen quite a few lists of the most terrifying insects on the planet. Unfortunately it seems a lot of people are unaware that spiders, scorpions and even centipedes are NOT insects. They all belong to phylum Arthropoda, but they should not appear on these articles. I can understand why this happens as it … Read more

The World’s Most Dangerous Scorpions

Arabian fattail scorpion (Androctonus crassicauda)

Along with spiders there are few creatures that of such small size can illicit such a degree of fear. It is probably no coincidence that they are both members of the arachnid class although the scorpions are a far older branch, going back over 400 million years. Indeed some of these prehistoric scorpions were huge … Read more

South America’s Most Dangerous Animals

Golden dart frog

When you think about South America you tend to assume there are plenty of deadly critters out there. A lot of this stems from the fact that the northeastern corner of the continent is dominated by the immense and impenetrable Amazon Jungle. To be honest, it would have been a bit of a challenge to … Read more

How Dangerous are American Alligators? And Other Alligator Facts

American Alligator

To a large extent man is master of his environment and the likelihood of being attacked, let alone eaten, by a wild animal is pretty slim. This is certainly true of the developed world, and no more so than the U.S. Yet there are still a few creatures that rule their domain, even in America, … Read more