TRENDING The Top 29 Most Deadly Animals

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There are only a few things more beautiful than an animal in its natural habitat (a pizza fresh out of the oven, a text message from Ryan Gosling...), but even those things may not top seeing a gazelle run across the plains of Africa. But you should also beware of the animals on this list: the most deadly animals. It's crazy how close we live to these dangerous animals, just waiting to present us with our doom. Most of the deadly animals on this list have gained their title because we humans can't seem to leave well enough alone, or because they are carrying all kinds of scary diseases.

This list of cute but deadly animals with high human body counts is sure to make your skin crawl, or at least make you watch your back the next time you take a late night walk. You may not find any sharks or Gila monsters in your neighborhood, but you never know when you'll happen upon a loose moose or a black widow spider, waiting to strike.

After you read this list, share it with your friends and compare horror stories of running into stray giant anteaters or tell them about that time you were stung by a bee at the pool and your face swelled up like a pufferfish. These animals are packing some serious heat, so get close at your own risk!
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Gerbils is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top 29 Most Deadly Animals
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Gerbils


How cute are these things? They're the cutest! As cute as they may be, gerbils are now believed to have been the culprit behind the black plague that lasted from the mid-14th century until the 1800s.
Mosquitos is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top 29 Most Deadly Animals
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Mosquitos


Mosquitoes may be one of the smallest animals on this list, but they are among the deadliest. These insects are carriers of fatal diseases such as malaria and dengue, which kill around 660,000 to 1,000,000 people every year.
Tsetse flies is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top 29 Most Deadly Animals
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Tsetse flies


If you're not freaked out by bugs yet wait until you hear about the Tsetse fly. The Tsetse fly is responsible for spreading the African sleeping sickness, which affects as many as 500,000 people, 80% of whom eventually die.
Snakes is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top 29 Most Deadly Animals
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Snakes


If you're afraid of snakes, you're probably smarter than the average bear. Snakes kill an average of 50,000 people around the world every year. Most deaths are said to come from snakes that are threatened by mere human presence and activity.
Crocodiles is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top 29 Most Deadly Animals
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Crocodiles


No duh crocodiles are on this list. Just look at these creeps! Between 1,500 and 2,500 people per year are violently killed by crocodiles, which sounds like a nightmare. At least Captain Hook escaped mostly intact. He's a real guy right?
Scorpions is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top 29 Most Deadly Animals
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Scorpions


Known as one of earth's oldest residents, scorpions evolved from sea-dwelling creatures to land menaces about 340 million years ago. Around 1,300 to 2,000 species of scorpions exist in the world but only 25 of them have poison that is dangerous enough to kill humans. Nevertheless, anywhere between 1,000 to 5,000 people are killed by scorpions annually.
Hippopotamus is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top 29 Most Deadly Animals
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As portly and cute as they are, the hippo is considered one of the most dangerous animals in Africa. They seem docile, but when provoked they will THROW DOWN. At least 300 people a year die from hippo attacks in Africa. 

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Moose is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top 29 Most Deadly Animals
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Don't let the dumb look on their face fool you; moose are among the most dangerous, regularly encountered animals in the world. They prefer to leave humans alone, but if disturbed or threatened they are known to respond by charging with aggression. They attack more people annually than bears do, and they've been known to solve crimes with the help of their small squirrel friends.
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