The world’s deadliest animals in North America. This top 10 list of the North America’s most deadly animals may surprise you!
Here are the top ten deadliest animals in North America. Number two may surprise you.
North America is home to many different species of spiders. The two most common are the black widow & the brown recluse. The black widow is found in the southern & southwestern regions of the U.S. & is notorious for its neurotoxic bite, which can cause death if you sustain several bites in a short period of time. The brown recluse—also known as the “fiddleback spider” due to the violin-shaped markings on its back—is one of the most venomous spiders in the world. They’re not aggressive but their bite can cause gangrene & necrotic tissue damage.
There are about 60 species of scorpions in North America, most of which can be found in California & Arizona. One common species is the bark scorpion, whose sting transmits a neurotoxic venom designed to kill or paralyze their victims. Another common species is the Arizona hairy scorpion. The hairy scorpion delivers a painful burning sensation at the site of its sting that also causes severe bodily reactions to occur.
8: The Grey Wolf
They grey wolf can be found in the northern regions of the U.S. & in Canada. They’re the largest species of the wolf family & have caused several deaths in North America. Armed with powerful jaws, teeth, & bodies, they hunt in packs of up to 40 members deep. When a wolf attacks, it bites its victims repeatedly on the head, neck, & face, causing immediate death through the wounds they inflict. If you encounter one of these beautiful beasts, be sure to walk away slowly, never turn your back on it, & avoid eye contact at all costs.
Coyotes can be found from California all the way up to Canada. Coyote attacks on humans are rare, but most commonly to children who can barely defend themselves or to those who try feeding them by hand. Although they travel in packs, they mainly hunt in pairs. Coyotes that have bitten humans are oftentimes hunted & killed as they’re seen as a threat to the surrounding community & a risk for spreading rabies.
6: Mountain Lions
The mountain lion can be found along the mountainous regions of North America’s western coast. They weigh over 300 pounds & are excellent climbers. When they hunt, they work together in coordinated groups & target your neck, causing death through asphyxiation & strangulation. Although they don’t see humans as prey, there have been several fatal attacks by mountain lions throughout North America’s history.
Measuring in at over 15 feet long, alligators are found widespread throughout the southeastern region of the United States, with the largest alligator population being in Louisiana. Just like crocodiles, alligators perform the lethal “death roll,” in which they bite & latch onto prey with their unforgiving jaws then proceed to spin until bite-sized chunks of flesh are torn off. If that doesn’t kill you, they can simply use their overwhelming strength to drag you underwater until you drown to death.
American & Canadian waters are infested with all kinds of deadly sharks. This is where 42% of worldwide shark attacks occurred in 2010 alone, most of which were unprovoked attacks on surfers, swimmers, & divers. Some species are capable of swimming at speeds of up to 25 miles per hour & can even jump out of water. There are an average of about 19 shark attacks in North America every year. Two infamous species that are most responsible for these attacks are the great white shark & the bull shark.
Snakes bite between 5,000 to 8,000 people every year in America & are a continuous risk to humans. The first venomous snake worth mentioning is the copperhead, which is a type of pit viper characterized by the hourglass markings along its body & copper-colored triangular head. They’re found from Massachusetts all the way down to Texas. Another venomous North American snake is the coral snake. You can easily spot them by their red, yellow, & black bands on their bodies. But be wary around them, for one bite will cause your nervous system to shut down & your heart to stop beating. Lastly, we have the cottonmouth, or water moccasin. When it feels annoyed or threatened, the cottonmouth stands its ground & gapes repeatedly at its intruder, thus exposing the light, cotton-colored lining of its mouth.
These peaceful mammals are some of the most dangerous animals in the U.S. & Canada because of the threat to drivers when crossing roads. They’re responsible for over 200 human deaths every year due to car accidents as drivers try avoiding them & end up causing fatal collisions. The most effective way of preventing an accident when facing a deer in the middle of the road is to brake firmly & avoid swerving. The majority of deer-related accidents occur when drivers attempt to steer out of the deer’s way then end up colliding with other cars or trucks in the opposing lane.
Weighing almost two tons, bears are very dangerous to humans with their large claws & jaws strong enough to break a bowling ball. The most common bears found in North America are the brown bear, the grizzly bear, & the black bear. Attacks from any of these bear species are savage & precautions must always be taken when hiking or camping in North America’s forests. Although they don’t see humans as prey, they’re very sensitive about their cubs & will charge you at the drop of a hat if they see you as a potential threat. If you come across one, avoid eye contact as much as possible & slowly back away in a submissive manner until you’re completely out of its territory.