Deadly Animals

Guess these animals that have been known to cause human fatalities.
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Last updated: April 9, 2021
First submittedDecember 12, 2012
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Clue
Animal
This insect is probably the deadliest animal of all time, other than humans
Mosquito
Most venomous type of 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, or when drunk
Elephant
Most dangerous snake in Africa
Black Mamba
About 200 Americans die each year after striking one of these with their car
Deer
Type of shark from "Jaws"
Great White Shark
Animal that killed Steve Irwin
Stingray
Type of fly that spreads sleeping sickness
Tsetse Flies
Most famous of the "Big 4" snakes that kill 15,000–20,000 people a year in India
Cobra
Venomous South American frog used to poison arrows
Poison Dart Frog
Big game animal that gores 200 people per year in Africa
Cape Buffalo
Animal that hunts and kills up to 50 people per year in the Sundarbans
Tiger
One of these, named Gustave, is more than 5 meters long and has been rumored
to have killed as many as 300 people near Lake Tanganyika
Crocodile
Sharp-toothed, South American river fish
Piranha
Spider with an hourglass on its stomach
Black Widow
Also known as Fugu
Pufferfish
In 2014, one of these capsized a river boat in Niger, killing 13 people
Hippopotamus
Dog breed responsible for 66% of dog bite deaths in the U.S.
Pit Bull
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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 70
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 67
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 76
Apr 11, 2021
Bet that happens way less often than mosquitoes transmitting deadly diseases.
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Level 65
Jun 19, 2018
so true
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Level 83
Oct 19, 2019
Mosquitos don't kill people. Microorganisms kill people.
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Level 83
Oct 19, 2019
Malaria is not inherently deadly. It's your body's response to the parasite that can kill you.
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Level 76
Apr 8, 2020
So mosquitoes cause deaths, therefore mosquitoes are deadly.
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Level 73
Apr 10, 2021
It's only the human body's pathetic reaction to getting bit in half that makes great white sharks deadly too. Worms can handle it just fine.
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Level 70
Apr 12, 2021
Malaria can straight up cause organ failure and can most certainly be inherently deadly without an immune system overreaction.
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Level 83
Aug 11, 2022
Then it's your failed organs' fault.
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Level 57
Aug 9, 2021
But viruses and bacteria are not animals.
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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 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
accept donkey please!!!!!
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Level 50
Apr 12, 2021
For which answer? :D
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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 50
Apr 12, 2021
Bruh.
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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 47
Jun 7, 2022
It's "piranha."
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Level 47
Jun 7, 2022
Nvm I thought you said as instead of for...

I do too btw.

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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 85
Apr 9, 2021
Well, deer are not inherently deadly, either, and they're on here.
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Level 84
Apr 10, 2021
If you get hit by antlers, it won't be pretty.
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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 67
Jan 11, 2019
Not as deadly as a kraken!
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Level 67
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 30
Mar 3, 2015
I actually got fugu as being puffer fish!. *pats self on back*
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Level 77
Apr 25, 2015
Congratulations. You are smarter than I am (but that's not difficult.)
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Level 50
Apr 25, 2015
Just White shark would be good. I tried it. I was expecting scorpion also.
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Level 85
Apr 9, 2021
No, because there are white-tipped sharks that are not at all deadly. You can snorkel or dive with them.
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Level 58
Apr 12, 2021
And I was expecting the Spanish Inquisition, but I didn't get it, did I.
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Level 75
Apr 12, 2021
No one expects the Spanish Inquisition
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Level 33
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 63
Oct 18, 2015
Cape Buffalo sounds so much like a rhino.
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Level 61
Apr 10, 2021
I first read of it in the short story 𝑇ℎ𝑒 𝑀𝑜𝑠𝑡 𝐷𝑎𝑛𝑔𝑒𝑟𝑜𝑢𝑠 𝐺𝑎𝑚𝑒 by Richard Connell.
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Level 68
Jul 1, 2016
Could you accept Puffa fish as well, got me confused for a second
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Level 67
Jan 11, 2019
Lol sounds like a gangsterfish smoking weed haha
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Level 87
Apr 11, 2021
They just go by Diddy Fish now.
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Level 22
Jul 14, 2016
A mosquito is an insect not an animal...
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Level 71
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 67
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 61
Apr 10, 2021
Enjoy eternity with your cacodemon.
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Level 77
Apr 13, 2021
The user made a quiz about "Deadliest Animals" and included mosquitos just a few months before making this comment. Hm...
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Level 32
Jan 20, 2017
Why isn't just White Shark accepted :(
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Level 85
Apr 9, 2021
Because white-tipped sharks aren't deadly.
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Level 52
Apr 12, 2021
Well, Oceanic White-tips are one of the most deadly species on the planet. However, neither they, nor White-tip Reef sharks are ever called White Sharks.
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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 67
Jun 12, 2017
The most dangerous game is jumanji
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Level 83
Oct 31, 2017
You haven't played Skipbo with my grandmother, then.
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Level 76
Apr 8, 2020
Game here refers to the sense wild mammals or birds hunted for sport or food.
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Level 67
Apr 12, 2021
Thanks for clearing that up
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Level 37
Nov 16, 2017
the crocodile is very very very deadly
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Level 85
Apr 9, 2021
You don't want to mess with alligators either.
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Level 23
Nov 20, 2017
I wouldn’t believe that of the elephant 🤔
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Level 70
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 71
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 61
Apr 10, 2021
Zoos are terrific. There are species that have been saved by zoos.
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Level 81
Apr 21, 2021
I'm with cooldrive, while certain zoos around the world still have issues, thinking that zoos are wholly or even mostly bad for animal conservation and welfare is an extremely outdated view now.
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Level 45
Feb 12, 2018
As of this moment today, "hungry, hungry African river animal" is my favorite hint XD
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Level 55
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 83
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 72
Oct 30, 2018
Very true, but there ARE recorded fatalities due to piranhas, so they still fit the quiz.
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Level 45
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 70
Sep 2, 2019
Piranhas are not deadly. There are almost no evidence for them killing people.
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Level 85
Apr 9, 2021
Except in James Bond movies that don't have sharks with lasers.
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Level 63
Oct 20, 2019
So you're saying Indians have to deal with King Cobras and freaking tigers while the US suffers most from bees, dogs and horses.
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Level 77
Apr 9, 2021
"Mammal known to kill humans for revenge, or when drunk" - Humans fit that description, no?
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Level 83
Apr 9, 2021
Good catch. Though for humans, maybe: "Mammal known to kill humans for revenge, especially when drunk."
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Level 83
Apr 9, 2021
Could you accept Nile Crocodile, since that's the specific species of Gustav?
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Level 85
Apr 9, 2021
Cleanup: "Jaws" didn't have an exclamation mark in its name, and no one killed "the" Steve Irwin, unless you're differentiating him from all those other Steve Irwins.
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Level 82
Apr 9, 2021
Went on a "swimming with dolphins" trip in a tributary of the Amazon once, but never saw any. The next day though we went "fishing for piranhas" and caught a bunch of them very easily.

I was expecting it to be in a different river, but no... same river, same spot, same time of day. I asked the guide whether it might have been a bit dangerous swimming in a river full of piranhas. He said, "No, they only eat you if they are hungry."

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Level 73
Apr 9, 2021
they'll only eat you if you're already dead. there's no evidence of piranhas ever killing a live human
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Level 83
Apr 9, 2021
So if the guide knew the piranhas weren't hungry....that makes me wonder what the body count was for the group that went swimming just before yours.
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Level 75
Apr 9, 2021
Black widow spider picture, but no black widow spider answer!
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Level 67
Apr 9, 2021
"Spider with an hourglass on its stomach"
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Level 76
Apr 11, 2021
You probably missed the clue.
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Level 64
Apr 11, 2021
Dang it, I had always thought tsitsi was the spelling
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Level 86
Apr 11, 2021
"Mammal known to kill humans for revenge, or when drunk." Human is an animal that fits this clue.
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Level 62
Apr 11, 2021
Pitbull is typically spelled in 1 word. Please accept that!!
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Level 82
Apr 11, 2021
Shouldn't make any difference - spaces are ignored in the JetPunk universe.
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Level 67
Apr 14, 2021
Sad to say it did. Was caught by the same problem.
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Level 48
Apr 11, 2021
No Blue-ringed Octopus?
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Level 27
May 3, 2022
no i gues not. probabl as they dont kill many ppl, only the stupid ones who pick them up
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Level 62
Apr 11, 2021
Elephants do not get drunk and kill people:

"There are YouTube videos claiming to show drunk elephants destroying villages after eating fermented marula fruit.

But, here's the thing: According to the BBC, elephants are so huge that it would take massive amounts of marula fruit to get them drunk. In order to actually become inebriated, an elephant would have to eat 400% more fruit than it normally does, without drinking any water.

While they may be way too big to get wasted, a 1984 study in the Bulletin of the Psychonomic Society found that elephants could eat enough fruit to become slightly "buzzed." In that state they became lazier when eating and bathing – not exactly rampaging behavior."

https://www.buzzfeed.com/natashaumer/9-animals-that-could-teach-us-something-about-drugs-and-alco

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Level 49
Apr 12, 2021
Ohh!!! I totally misread the musquito answer...
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Level 84
Apr 13, 2021
get Pit Bulls off this list, it is irresponsible, disingenuous, and frankly pathetic to include them. The rest of these animals are inherently deadly, a pitbull is only violent when a dirtbag human trains them to be that way. Look at their history, they're some of the most gentle breeds out there - used to watch over children, protect families, etc. You're enforcing negative stereotypes, which leads to dogs being put to sleep because no one will adopt them. This is disgusting.
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Level ∞
Apr 13, 2021
66% of fatal dog bites in the U.S. are caused by pit bulls. This is not a "negative stereotype". It's a fact. And while I agree that it is the owners of pit bulls who are to blame, there is something else which you haven't considered. When pit bulls bite, they are more likely to kill their victim. This is a trait inherent to the breed, which is one reason that pit bulls are banned in England and Wales. I'm sorry this makes you uncomfortable. It's sad when unwanted pets are killed. It's much worse when a child is killed by a dog.
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Level 58
Oct 29, 2021
No kidding. Stay strong quizmaster. Pitbulls are much more deadly than most of the animals on the list so it makes no sense to take them off.
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Level 65
Mar 21, 2022
It isn't inherent in the breed, what's inherent in the breed is that they are more likely to be used in illegal dogfights and therefore more likely to be raised violently. That's not the fault of their genetics.
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Level 58
Sep 7, 2022
Is a childs life worth more than a dogs live? You are saying it is as a fact but it isnt a fact but your opinion
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Level 58
Apr 13, 2021
Could 'redback' or at least 'redback spider' be accepted for black widow (that's what we call them Down Under)?
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Level ∞
Apr 13, 2021
Okay.
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Level 41
Apr 13, 2021
It said Piranha and I'm brazillian. Should I be worried? lol
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Level 52
Apr 17, 2021
Suggested type ins- bull terrier for pit bull and white pointer for great white shark.
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Level 79
Jul 7, 2021
Could you please accept poison arrow frog for the curare one? Many thanks!
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Level 58
Feb 2, 2022
Please accept bill terriër for pitbull since that is the name of the breed also Brazilian wandering spider is much more dangerous than the Blackwidow and although the blackmamba is really venomous they rarely have contact with humans on the contrary the puff adder is less venomous but comes more in contact with humans and there is no cure for the venom
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Level 27
May 3, 2022
hmm i feel if it was that plasmodium - protisists, the thing that cause malria - was considered then ohter microrganisms can also be consideredd, liek viri and bactria. and they arnt realy animals. ther ar so many actual animals that ar dealy, such as monkys dolphins crocidilains panthers casuriforms even mustelidas (oters honey bagers), but they dont kil ppl. at least not enoug to make this list. however, almoost evrything has the capacity of murder, so that would end up making the list assez longe.

aslo it would be much funi if human ( liek mi ) w as on this list.

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Level 47
Jun 7, 2022
I've seen poison dart frogs referred to as poison arrow frogs, so maybe this answer should be allowed?
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Level 58
Sep 7, 2022
Poison dart frogs do not only live in south america but also in some north american countries like costa rica