A predator is an animal that survives by killing others, and an Apex predator is a predator at the top of a food chain, with no natural predators. Based on those definitions, us humans are the world’s most dangerous and successful of all species, but we are not the only ones. We share the planet with other predators who have filled every ecological niche available. The following 10 being the deadliest of all. BE AMAZED!
Number ten, Kemodo Dragon, also called Komodo Monitor.
These magnificent creatures are found on several Indonesian islands. They are the biggest lizards in the world. They are able to grow up to 3 meters or 10 feet in length and weigh as much as 150 pounds or 70 kilograms. Despite being able to see as far as away as 980 feet, komodos rely mostly on their tongues to sense prey as far as 5.9 miles away. Their favorite food is carrion, but they will attack pigs, goats, and even people if they are hungry enough.
They can print up to 13 miles or 20 kilometers per hour to bite victims but they don’t feast on them straight away. Though it has been claimed that their saliva contains a variety of highly septic bacteria that helps bring down prey, a study in 2013 refuted this idea, stating they have relatively good mouth hygiene compared to other carnivores. The idea that prey die of sepsis may be because after water buffaloes are attacked, they run into warm feces-filled water which would then cause infections.
But what Komodo Dragons do have is a venomous gland in the back of their lower jaw with ducts leading to openings between their teech. The venom they inject upon biting will mainly lower their prey’s blood pressure and interfere with coagulation. So all they will do is let their prey go, tracking them till they die. But sometimes they don’t have to wait, because they are powerful beasts. They have been seen knocking down small deer and pigs with their strong tails before pinning them to the ground with their massive claws as they munch away.
Number nine, polar bears.
While grizzly bears are famous throughout North America, they pale in comparison to polar bears. Grizzlies have evolved into different species, the biggest standing as high as 6 and a half feet and weighing up to 79- pounds. Most are shiny, so your chances of surviving one are pretty high. Polar bears, on the other hand, evolved in harsher climates so they are more aggressive apex predators. They are the largest land carnivore of all, so you would be lucky to survive an attack from one.
Males have been known to grow up to 12 feet tall and weigh up to 2,200 pounds. Just look at how puny a human looks compared to one of this size! They will eat anything within reach including humans, but their favorite prey are seals which they can smell up to 20 miles away, even if that seal is swimming in a hole in the ice. They then walk up to it, stay perfectly still while covering their black noses to blend with the snow, and then pounce. With a bite force of 1,200pounds per square inch, nothing can survive their bit.
With so much muscle power behind them, they can kill most animals with a single swipe of their paw. You would be lucky to survive the blunt force trauma. But if that doesn’t work, they can always rip you apart with their three and a half inch claws.
Number eight, Gray Wolf.
Also called the Timber Wolf, these predators are found throughout Eurasia and North America. They are different from other wolf species because of their bigger size. Hated by farmers and ranchers for attacking livestock, what wolves lack in size and power, they more than make up for in cunning. These creatures are opportunists, testing prey for any weaknesses before attacking. Generally social animals, they work together to bring down prey far bigger than themselves.
And this is what makes them dangerous. Wolves have a hierarchy based on age, gender,size, and other factors that dictate what they do during a hunt allowing them to work as a single unit. In the wild, their favorite prey are rabbits and other small animals, but bigger packs will hunt deer. Elk, caribou, moose, and even bison. When those are scarce, farm animals are the next best thing.
Number seven, eagles.
There are 60 eagle species in the world, all of them dangerous. One of their most amazing tools is their eyesight, estimated to be four to eight times stronger than that of the average human, enabling them spot a rabbit that is more than 3.2 kilometers away. But each eagle is specially adapted to their environment. Sub-Saharan Africa and Southern Africa has the Crowned Eagle, considered the continent’s most dangerous because it can take down animals bigger than itself.
Their favorite prey is the bushbuck, a type of antelope, but they are not overly picky. These creatures kill by creatures skulls with their beaks or talons, or suffocating prey with their claws. With a dive speed of 100 miles per hour, few escape them. Then there is the Harpy Eagle, the lion of the eagle world for having the most powerful beak and claws. Found in Brazil, they have no natural enemies, feeding on sloths, monkeys, snakes, deer, lambs, and goats. Harpy Eagles can pick up animals as heavy as 15 pounds. What they can’t carry, they slash to bite-sized pieces with their rear talons which measure at about four inches long, about the same size as a grizzly bear’s.
Number six, Saltwater Crocodile.
There are many types of crocodiles, but the Saltwater Croc is the largest of all, with males growing up to 23 feet in length and weighing over 4,400 pounds. As their name suggests, they are amphibians, but prefer salt water in mangrove swamps, lagoons and rivers throughout Southeast Asia and Australia, with smaller cousins in Africa. They hunt by staying mostly underwater while keeping their eyes and nostrils on the surface to seek prey.
At best, they are completely invisible. At worst, they look like driftwood on water. Once they reach shore or their prey, they give a burst of speed and swallow small animals whole. Bigger prey including humans are clamped down on by their sharp teeth, before being rotated like a kebab on a skewer to tear chunks off with their deadly deathroll maneuver. With the strongest bite force in the world of 3,700 psi, nothing escapes those jaws, and bones are easily crushed. For comparison, it takes humans 150 psi to bite into steak.