They might look cute and innocent, but even some of the world’s most adorable animals can be still dangerous or even deadly to us. However, it shouldn’t be that surprising as almost every wild creature has developed some defense mechanisms to protect themselves from predators. As a reminder of that important principle, we compiled this list with 25 Cute But Deadly Animals.
Poison Dart Frog
Native to tropical rainforests of Central and South America, these tiny, strikingly colored frogs look very interesting and beautiful. However, some poison dart frogs actually contain enough poison to kill as many as ten adult men.
Also known as carcajou, skunk bear, or quick-hatch, the wolverine is a close relative to weasels, badgers, otters, or martens, but he basically looks like a small cute bear. Despite its relatively small size though, this carnivore can cause a lot of damage. Their front teeth are long and sharp, and their back teeth are rotated at a 90 degree angle, making tearing flesh easy for them.
Native to tropical forests of New Guinea, nearby islands, and northeastern Australia, the cassowary is a rare, beautifully colored bird. It is, however, also considered the world’s most dangerous bird. Cassowaries are very unpredictable, aggressive creatures capable of delivering bone-breaking kicks and deep cuts with their sharp claws.
Cone snails are a group of marine snails found in tropical oceans and seas around the world. Their ornate, geometric shells are an attractive souvenir, but these innocently looking mollusks contain deadly conotoxin venom that can easily kill an unsuspecting diver.
The Africanized Honey Bee is a hybrid of a common honey bee with the African bee. The sting of this insect is not different from a sting of any ordinary honey bee, but what makes this species so dangerous is the unusual aggression and ferocity which it protects its hives with. No wonder it’s sometimes referred to as the killer bee.
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