When taking a relaxing walk on the beach, the last thing you want to step on is an animal that will kill you within minutes. Unlucky for you, the most poisonous animals in the world might just do that. Whether the live in land or in sea, there are a handful of creatures around the world (mostly Australia), that can kill incredibly quickly. From fish to snakes, there's always something that will take you out just minutes after you realized there was something there at all. How fast can animal poison kill? How quickly they kill you depends on how poisonous they are, and whether you can survive a poisonous animal attacks depends on how quickly you get care.
You might be wondering what the common symptoms are when you get stung or bitten by one of these creatures. It usually starts with numbness, then muscle paralysis, then you'll probably die from either respiratory failure or cardiac arrest. How long that takes depends on the creature, but depending on your luck it could take as long as a few hours... or as little as five minutes. Curious what to expect from the most poisonous creatures in the world? Check out our list below so you can be prepared.
How Quickly You'll Die: Under 5 minutes
Believed to be the most poisonous animal in the sea, the box jellyfish is just about the worst animal you can come across on this list. While most species of box jellyfish aren't actually lethal to humans, the ones that are will kill you incredibly quickly. You'll become paralyzed and your heart will stop, and chances are that will all happen while you're underwater. Most of these creatures are found off the coast of Australia.see more on Box jellyfish
How Quickly You'll Die: 5 minutes
This small two inch-long frog from South America has enough poison in it to kill 10 people. It's poison is so potent, Colombian tribes have used it to tip their blowgun parts, which is where their name originated. The interesting thing about these guys is they're actually not naturally poisonous, since those raised away from the jungle never develop toxicity. It's been speculated that they pick up various poisonous from plants in their habitat.see more on Poison dart frog
Australian Funnel Spider
How Quickly You'll Die: 5-15 minutes.
Like most animals in the world, the nastiest spiders can be found in Australia. The Australian funnel web spider is responsible for more than a dozen reported deaths, all within fifteen minutes of the initial bite. It's widely considered that if the spider bites you in the torso, you're dead. In one reported case, a woman bitten in the neck died within 5 minutes.
How Quickly You'll Die: Under 10 minutes
When one of these creatures bites you, you probably won't notice it right away. Within minutes, though, your body will start to go numb as you have difficulty breathing. Before you know it, you'll be vomiting before you experience a full respiratory failure. Your hair will keep beating right up until the point it runs out of oxygen. Luckily, some people manage to survive longer than 10 minutes, but even then your only hope is to go on a ventilator before you're completely paralyzed. What makes this creature even more terrifying is it holds enough venom to not only kill one adult humans, it can kill up to 26 adults at once. So next time you're swimming in the Indian and Pacific oceans - specifically near Japan and Australia - look out for these little guys.see more on Blue-ringed octopus