TOP 7 Most Dangerous Animals In The Amazon
The Amazon is the largest rainforest in the universe, it shares the area with other 9 countries. It has about 16,000 species of animals and scientists say that in every 3 days a new species of animal is discovered. It covers an area of 2.12 million square miles. It also has 3,000 species of fish and around 2.5 million kinds of insects.
1. Brazilian Wandering Spider
The Brazilian wandering spider is the deadliest spider on earth. These spiders are unique because they don’t build webs they just wander on the forest ground. They’re mainly found in Venezuela, Brazil, Peru and Ecuador. They’re also nocturnal which means they only hunt for food at night. Their venom is quite deadly as it causes intense pain and without proper treatment it can cause paralysis and breathing difficulties.
2. Amazonian Giant Centipede
This centipede is quite large and can grow up to 12 inches in length. It feeds on insects, small snakes, bats, lizards, frogs and mice. They wrap their bodies around their prey and feed on them. When human beings are bitten by these giant centipedes, it causes severe pain, weakness and also fever.
3. Bullet Ant
This is one of the most dangerous insects in the amazon rain forest. It’s only about 2.5cm long. The sting from this ant is very painful, it’s the same pain as being shot with a gun. That’s where its name is derived from, they live on tree bases. The venom from the sting causes a burning feeling, swelling and severe pain. The pain lasts for about 24 hours.
4. Green Anaconda
This snake weights about 227 kg and 9 meters long, making it the largest snake in the world and is mainly found in the Amazon River. It is mainly found in the water because of its size. It attacks faster on water than on land. It suffocates its prey by coiling around it and drowning it in the river and swallows its prey whole. They mainly feed on caiman, crocodiles and fish.
This is one of the deadliest animals in the amazon, there are the third largest of the big cats. Jaguars possess the most powerful bite of all the big cats and they can also crush the skull of their prey. They mostly hunt and feed on monkeys, sloths, pigs and deer.
6. Red-bellied Piranha
Piranhas are one of the most feared animals in the amazon due to their very sharp teeth. They mainly feed on mollusks, insects and plants. They’re also scavengers, which means they feed also on dead animals. Humans may also be attacked by them but it’s mostly not fatal, during the dry season.
7. Electric Eel
This eel is very dangerous. They can be located in the fresh waters of the Amazon rain forest. Their bodies are unique because they have electrolytes which can produce a maximum electric charge of up to 600 volts. They use this charges to defend themselves against predators such as birds, amphibians and fish. If humans get into contact with an electric eel, the result may not be fatal but heart failure is a possibility.