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Deadly Animals

Guess these animals that have been known to cause human fatalities.
In this quiz, "deadliest" means the one that kills the most people
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First submittedDecember 12, 2012
Last updatedFebruary 8, 2015
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Clue
Animal
By most accounts,
the deadliest animal of all time
Mosquito
Most venomous jellyfish
Box Jellyfish
A pair of these hunted
and killed 28 people near Tsavo
Lion
Arctic animal that, if hungry,
will hunt humans
Polar Bear
Mammal known to
kill humans for revenge
Elephant
African snake featured in "Kill Bill"
Black Mamba
Deadliest in the United States
Bee
Second deadliest in the US
Dog
Third deadliest in the US
Horse
Fugu
Pufferfish
Clue
Animal
The most dangerous game
Human
Animal that killed the Crocodile Hunter
Stingray
Type of shark from "Jaws!"
Great White Shark
Most famous of the "Big 4" snakes that kill
15,000-20,000 people a year in India
Cobra
Animal that kills 50-250 people
per year in the Sundarbans
Tiger
Big game animal that
gores 200 people per year in Africa
Cape Buffalo
Hungry, hungry African river animal
Hippopotamus
Venomous South American frog
used to poison arrows
Poison Dart Frog
Sharp-toothed, South American river fish
Piranha
Spider with an hourglass on its back
Black Widow
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level 34
Dec 12, 2012
The mosquito is not inherently deadly. It is the microorganisms that it may transmit which can be fatal.
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level 57
Aug 5, 2016
Without the mosquitos, millions probably don't die of Malaria. So directly or indirectly, they are the primary cause of Malaria related deaths and as such are the deadliest.
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level 61
Jan 11, 2019
The causeonly yes, but they themselves arent deadly.

that way you could say something like a butterfly is deadly cause it made me look up and walk into a car.

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level 65
Jun 19, 2018
so true
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level 58
Dec 12, 2012
Can you except blow fish as well?
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level ∞
Dec 12, 2012
Okay. That will work now.
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level 58
Jan 18, 2019
Misquitoes have Zika? Interesting. Well, mosquitoes have malaria.
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level 66
Jul 7, 2014
*accept.
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level 83
Dec 12, 2012
LOL @ the deadliest animals in the US compared to the rest of the list. Yeah, we're pretty spoiled here, I guess.
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level 24
Dec 12, 2012
Yeah we had to read The Most Dangerous Game as well but it had a cool ending. plus i didnt suspect horses were deadly! I love horses they are my favorite animals but i need to remind myself they are still animals
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level 34
Dec 13, 2012
IKR? Bee, Dog, and horse compared to lions, hippos, elephants, and cobras.
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level 35
Aug 26, 2013
To be fair, those first three are all common in the States. Dogs even live in houses with us and we treat horses as if they were our best buds. People see the personalities in their pets and stop thinking of them as animals that could be potentially dangerous. None of the other scarier animals roam the States freely, so how could they be dangerous to Americans? Besides, if an animal can kill you, it doesn't matter if it's a bee or a lion. You still end up dead.
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level 58
Apr 25, 2015
I would think things like black & grizzly bears, crocodiles, and the number of large cats would top those 3. Even though they're common, I can't see how they kill that many people. Like, how do people die from a bee? If they're allergic I wouldn't consider that being killed by the bee. People can die from peanut allergies but peanuts aren't deadly.
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level 76
Oct 11, 2015
How many people are killed by the animals you suggest? Not many, because few venture to where they live. Far more people are killed by those creatures that live near to us in large numbers. Think being thrown off or trampled by a horse, think being bitten by a dog with some kind of disease, think dogs eating toddlers, actually don't think all these things, it's horrible. Anyway, yes, sorry.
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level 36
Feb 11, 2015
Just wait. If you watch the shows about southern Florida, morons or psychopaths are releasing all sorts of crap into the wild down there (and elsewhere...further north something awful was in one of the lakes), where they are finding the climate and plethora of prey deloicious. And growing crazily, like the nutria did in Louisiana. Pythons, even anaconda, other African snakes that are deadly, esp to small children...lizards..I forget whatall they were buying on the black market & ordering by mail. Something is predicted to kill all the deer in a swath across to Texas ("predicted" so we'll see). The show that follows the government guys who try to capture things spotted near neighborhoods is so frightening! People think they are so cool to illegally own some snake that could kill them, then it grows up and they get scared. But instead of dropping it off with an expert, they drop it off on the edge of the Everglades or a lake. They breed. And other animals start disappearing...
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level 67
Jul 26, 2015
I think guns are the most deadly creatures in the US compared to deaths caused by animals (not counting humans as animals)
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level 70
Jan 8, 2017
Guns are not creatures. It is the HUMANS (which you discounted) carrying the guns that are deadly. Guns are inanimate objects and are completely harmless when not in the hands of a HUMAN. Humans are on the list of deadliest.
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level 56
Jun 11, 2017
^what Kalulani3 said.
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level 67
Oct 31, 2017
Bees killed less than 100 people in USA last year compared to 33,636 deaths due to "injury by firearms" https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gun_violence_in_the_United_States
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level 49
Mar 12, 2018
the guns I dont have have murdered no one, the US is messed up, and the second amendment has nothing to do with , overthrowing the government, protection, or any other myth you can come up with. Tho the most dangerous game mentions a man who murders people with a rifle.. which is a rare way to be killed by a gun, its more often some idiot blows you away with a handgun.
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level 31
Dec 12, 2012
The Most Dangerous Game was a really disturbing book..we had to read it in high school English class.
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level 51
Oct 31, 2017
I read it in school as well, and I agree. It gave me nightmares at the time.
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level 49
Mar 12, 2018
the worst part is it was based off of a true story.
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level 61
Jan 11, 2019
It was a book? Now the answer makes sense, but not really fair since it apparently is a local thing. Either way, would humans fall under the normal definition of game? (which ever since I was young have allways found an odd term)
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level 48
Dec 12, 2012
The black widow has the hourglass on her lower abdomen
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level 67
Oct 31, 2017
I agree, the Australian Redback Spider has the red mark on it's back naturally enough, the USA Black Widow has the red mark underneath.
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level 49
Mar 12, 2018
yeah they are weird, but related spiders. Ive never seen a redback but I have seen western blackwidows here in Arizona. If I looked hard enough I could probably find one haha
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level 20
Dec 12, 2012
Oh I never knew Polar Bears were deadly, Let's kill them with Global Warming! :)
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level 21
Dec 12, 2012
Hmm.. Mosquito is misleading because it's an insect.
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level 49
Dec 12, 2012
Insects are animals.
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level 57
Feb 12, 2018
It's misleading because actually mosquitoes are the vectors that carry the plasmodium which is what is harmful.
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level 61
Jan 11, 2019
Man really what do they teach you people, this isnt the first on here that I ve seen people saying insects, arent animals, same goes for birds and fish. Haven seen it several times (and ofcourse that a dragon isn't a creature/animal, just because something is fictional you still describe it as an animal, none of those people would complain calling yogi bear a bear..)
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level 61
Jan 11, 2019
And let's not get into the subject wether humans are animals (thankfully have not seen that here yet, or anywhere for a while come to think of it, I remember a time people would always be discussing it...ugh)
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level 21
Dec 12, 2012
accept donkey please!!!!!
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level 40
Dec 25, 2012
Can you please accept white pointer. Great whites are commonly called this.
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level 77
Jan 16, 2013
I'm American and I got all of these except the "three deadliest in the USA"... horses really kill more people than.. brown recluses, deer ticks, crocodiles/alligators, jaguars, mountain lions, grizzly bears? Maybe in riding accidents... I'm not sure that really counts. Dogs only make the list because there are so many of them.
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level 44
Apr 16, 2013
Look at the massive legs on a horse, then the rock-hard hooves or even horseshoes at the end of their legs. They can do serious damage in a split second, and people dont tend to be very cautious around horses. I've heard of people getting kicked in the chest so hard that their heart stopped. Or in the head, certain death.
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level 55
Apr 25, 2015
Then there's the fact that there are a lot more horses in the US than there are grizzlies, jaguars, and mountain lions. I was surprised that they weren't on the list, too, but now that I think about it, it makes sense. People are much more likely to be killed by the animals they come in contact with every day than they are to be killed by animals that usually stay away from humans.
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level 67
Sep 5, 2015
I should imagine most horse deaths are from falling off more than being kicked.
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level 76
Nov 29, 2015
Our neighbor's young son would have died after being kicked by a horse if his father hadn't been there to do CPR and get him to the hospital. I knew of a boy who died of injuries he received at an amateur rodeo. As killer bees make their way north in the US I suspect there will be even more deaths from bee stings.
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level 69
Oct 9, 2018
Mal, I ride and believe me I would much rather fall off a hundred times than be kicked by a horse (as long as I wasn't riding along a cliff edge at the time).
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level 41
Aug 29, 2014
mountain lions and grizzlies kill very few people. This website reports 20 mountain lion deaths in north america since 1890- http://www.azgfd.gov/w_c/mtn_lion_attacks.shtml
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level 77
Apr 26, 2015
I don't doubt that it's a small number. I just didn't know so many were killed by horses. I guess it makes sense if you figure, as others have pointed out, that people spend a lot more time around horses. Once in a while tempers flare. I heard Mr. Ed was an angry drunk.
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level 56
Apr 16, 2017
Alligators are notoriously shy unless you are prey or are threatening their young.
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level 49
Mar 12, 2018
Ive been bitten by a relative of the brown recluse, they rarely if ever kill people, much like the much feared but equally undeadly Black Widow..
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level 67
Oct 30, 2018
Yeah, bites from both brown recluses and black widows CAN be deadly, but hardly ever to healthy adults.
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level 40
Feb 27, 2013
surely man is the most dangerous animal, not only for the amount of people we have killed but also the range of species killed
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level 15
Mar 26, 2013
And as usual, I spelled 'Pirahna' for Piranha. Why do I always make these silly spelling mistakes. lol......
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level 22
Jan 30, 2014
Human should be on here
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level 76
Aug 29, 2014
It is.
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level 64
Mar 3, 2014
Mosquitoes don't kill humans, they are just vectors. And the potentially fatal organisms they host aren't even animals (protists and viruses). Using that same logic, humans are by far the most "deadly" because we, as vectors ourselves, spread deadly diseases to one another.
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level 71
May 3, 2014
I read it wrong. The three following "snakes on a plane" say deadliest in the us, all I was thinking of is snakes..
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level 78
Dec 4, 2015
I did the same thing. Tried every snake I could think of.
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level 72
Apr 23, 2019
It should definitely be reworded. If you ask for a specific animal and then follow with an adjective and no animal, it obviously refers back to the last specific noun you mentioned. That's how English works.
It does this for 3 answers in a row.
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level 77
May 12, 2014
I'll bet I'm not the only one that got the most dangerous game clue because of the sleeper hit, Surviving the Game with none other than Mr. Ice T. Cinematic genius.
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level 63
May 21, 2014
I didn't get bee or horse, but when I saw them I realised they made perfect sense.
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level 66
Jul 7, 2014
I think cow should be added. They kill more people annually than sharks. :P
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level 20
Oct 10, 2014
I didn't know humans counted... I would've put it... I just didn't know we counted...
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level 21
Jun 28, 2016
We are a part of the animal kingdom.
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level 57
Dec 6, 2014
I'm surprised piranhas are on this list and not crocodiles, especially given the variety of species spread around the world.......
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level 32
Dec 8, 2014
Blue ringed octopus should be counted, their poison is rather deadly.
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level 61
Jan 11, 2019
Not as deadly as a kraken!
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level 53
Feb 5, 2015
Please accept mamba for black mamba
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level ∞
Feb 8, 2015
Mamba will work now
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level 32
Mar 3, 2015
I actually got fugu as being puffer fish!. *pats self on back*
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level 76
Apr 25, 2015
Congratulations. You are smarter than I am (but that's not difficult.)
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level 54
Apr 25, 2015
A human is game?
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level 46
Apr 25, 2015
Just White shark would be good. I tried it. I was expecting scorpion also.
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level 17
Apr 27, 2015
wow never would have thought of mosquito bee dog or horse
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level 27
Apr 28, 2015
Dogs are on there but cats are not. Your move, dog people.
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level 66
Apr 29, 2015
Dogs are better in all aspects. Even killing. :D
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level 77
May 10, 2015
I just looked up deadliest dog breeds.. almost ALL of the dog fatalities over the past 30 years have been by Pitbulls and Rotweilers. Other breeds have killed a few people here and there but it's a really insignificant amount by comparison.
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level 62
Sep 15, 2016
My two cats are killers, they hunt birds, mice, rats, lizards, crickets and butterflies and bring them inside as presents for me. And apart from their fleas, cat sick, moulting fur, dirty paw prints, ripping up the carpet and sofa, they are lovely :-)
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level 71
Jan 17, 2018
What are lions and tigers?
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level 61
Jan 11, 2019
Animals
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level 28
Oct 8, 2015
Sad to see one of my most favorite animals the poison dart frog so low. They look so cool (and are deadly).
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level 54
Oct 18, 2015
Cape Buffalo sounds so much like a rhino.
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level 50
Jul 1, 2016
Could you accept Puffa fish as well, got me confused for a second
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level 61
Jan 11, 2019
Lol sounds like a gangsterfish smoking weed haha
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level 22
Jul 14, 2016
A mosquito is an insect not an animal...
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level 67
Oct 7, 2016
1.ANIMAL: a living organism which feeds on organic matter, typically having specialized sense organs and nervous system and able to respond rapidly to stimuli. By your thinking a Cod is not an animal it's a fish etc.
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level 61
Jan 11, 2019
Wow... and a snake isnt an animal because it is a reptile, a buffalo isnt because it is bovinae, ow and ofcourse a monkey isnt because thet are, primates...

where does this thinking come from, ive seen it too many times to be a fluke. Is it at the same places creationism is taught? (Not trying to be funny or rude, I just really wonder what the source of this is)

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level 70
Sep 23, 2016
It wouldn't accept Golden Poison Dart Frog??
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level 34
Jan 20, 2017
Why isn't just White Shark accepted :(
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level 61
May 14, 2017
NOT THE BEES!
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level 14
May 14, 2017
The clue about the black widow is wrong. The hourglass is on its stomach
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level 14
May 14, 2017
Also, the deadliest black widow has a gun and a teammate called Hawkeye
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level 46
Jun 12, 2017
The most dangerous game is jumanji
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level 77
Oct 31, 2017
You haven't played Skipbo with my grandmother, then.
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level 32
Nov 2, 2017
nice, didn't know about the deadliest in usa. know i'm being pedantic, but venom and poison aren't technically interchangable. venom is injected eg through teeth, poison is deployed via touch. the overall term would be toxic.
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level 61
Jan 11, 2019
Nah I think it is good to point out that difference in this case, otherwise people will continue to learn them wrong, thing. It is only pedantic imo if you correct something of which it is clear what is meant, and noone would even think of the error being true.
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level 23
Nov 16, 2017
the crocodile is very very very deadly
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level 23
Nov 20, 2017
I wouldn’t believe that of the elephant 🤔
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level 48
Feb 2, 2018
Can you please remove the sting ray question because the whole point of Steve Irwin's show when he died was to prove they're not a threat. They have killed almost noone ever. He accidentally stepped on the stingray I think provoking the sting to happen. He died from a freak and incredibly unlikely accident and it kind of insults his memory to put stingrays on a list of deadly animals. This is coming from a true blue Australian who has swum with stingrays.
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level 60
Feb 12, 2018
He was only the third person in all of recorded history to meet that end!
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level 67
Feb 12, 2018
I am against people who, to make a television program or to promote themselves, handle and intervene with animals. To handle wild creatures and to have them in zoos and then handle them for the amusement of audiences is to my mind the very opposite of what we as a human race should do. The less interaction that wild animals have with humans the better for them.
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level 47
Feb 12, 2018
As of this moment today, "hungry, hungry African river animal" is my favorite hint XD
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level 46
Mar 21, 2018
Ok, couple things: first off, I was confused about whether you meant the deadliest, 2nd-deadliest, and 3rd-deadliest snake in the US, or the deadliest animals overall. I kept trying to type coral snake, diamondback rattler, etc. Second, "the most dangerous game" is a misleading clue. I thought you were asking us to name the most dangerous game animal, so I kept trying moose, elk, bison, etc.
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level 23
Jun 26, 2018
Really surprised that the most dangerous animal ever is the mosquito! It makes me think a bit!
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level 76
Jul 22, 2018
Wikipedia: "Although often described as extremely dangerous in the media, piranhas typically do not represent a serious risk to humans."
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level 67
Oct 30, 2018
Very true, but there ARE recorded fatalities due to piranhas, so they still fit the quiz.
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level 46
Feb 17, 2019
Poison dart frogs are not venomous. Venom requires a delivery system such as fangs. They secret toxins in their skin. So that makes them poisonous. If you want to avoid the word "poisonous" you could use "toxic" as a replacement.
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level 51
Sep 2, 2019
Piranhas are not deadly. There are almost no evidence for them killing people.