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Most Dangerous Animals

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Published on Dec 7, 2016

The MAGNUM presents: Most Dangerous Animals

The Komodo Dragon
The Komodo dragons are the biggest lizards in the world. The largest specimens measure over 10 feet in length and weigh around 350lbs. They are resident to several islands of the Indonesian archipelago where they are a protected species. Their diet basically consists of anything on the island. Having no natural predators is probably what has allowed them to evolve into the giants they are. Armed with strong claws, powerful jaws, razor sharp serrated teeth and armoured scales these are formidable beasts.
Komodo dragons have a host of other unsavoury habits including digging up human graves to eat the corpses. Over the years there have been a number of attacks on people, often with deadly consequences.
Sharks
All of the “big three” deadly shark species can be found in the waters of Asia; the great white, tiger shark and bull shark can all be found here. Despite this the number of attacks is relatively low with the official shark attack figures recording only 51 deaths since records began over 400 years ago. It is likely that the actual number of deaths is massively under-reported as there are many populated coastal areas where sharks are common.
Crocodiles
Asia is home to a variety of crocodiles from the improbable looking gharial up to the deadliest of all, the saltwater or estuarine crocodile. Just looking at the fellow above should leave you with no doubt that these are not an animal you want to mess with. These are the biggest reptiles on earth and haven’t had to change much since prehistoric times. Armour plated, surprisingly fast both in and out of water, and equipped with the most powerful bite of any living creature. Crocodiles have a recorded bite force ten times that of the great white shark. Crocs aren’t fussy eaters either they are opportunistic feeders meaning they will eat almost anything that comes their way.
Snakes
Whilst Australia may be home to the most venomous snakes on earth there are only a handful of fatalities every year. The story is very different in Asia with estimates ranging between 15,000 and 60,000 deaths every year as a direct result of snakebites. Most of these deaths occur in India although Sri Lanka seems to be disproportionately effected by snake bite deaths.
The main culprits in India and South Asia are collectively known as the “Big Four”; Russell’s viper, saw-scaled viper, Indian cobra and the common krait. The cobras are the most common of these snakes and as a result responsible for the most deaths. The common cobra has a highly potent neurotoxin which can cause death by tissue damage. The much larger King cobra is widespread throughout South East Asia and is in fact the biggest venomous snake in the world. Despite reaching nearly 18 ft and having a bite capable of killing an elephant the King cobra is not aggressive and will avoid humans. Of all the cobras the Egyptian cobra is the most dangerous, being more aggressive and having a stronger venom.
The kraits are only found in Asia. They are nocturnal and not aggressive, however they have incredibly potent neurotoxic venom which can kill within 4 hours. Most encounters with humans are accidental with kraits seeking shelter in boots, tents or even getting into sleeping bags with people.

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