Creatures to avoid
I think that we can all agree that our planet holds many wonderful and sometimes cute-looking animals, but there are also numbers of animals that may cause death to humans. Here’s my countdown of six deadly creatures that are best avoided:
6. I have no hesitation in including the Poison Dart Frog. With their poisonous dart, this ‘cute’ little creature can in its lifetime kill up to ten humans! No bigger than your fingernail, they are spotted in all different colours and have unique patterns on them. They are found mainly in South and Central America.
5. Next it’s the Polar Bear. The world’s largest carnivore is definitely best avoided; these magnificent creatures will devour any animal they get their claws into. They’re not afraid to tackle any animal they come across – even if their prey is not that meaty. The only reason polar bears don’t target humans is simply because (wisely) we don’t share their habitat.
4. Now we have the Green Anacondas. Not only are these animals scary-looking, they swallow their unlucky prey whole. Surprisingly, they are not actually venomous. Located in the moist areas of the Amazon, these green coloured animals are not considered to be harmful to humans but best advice is not to irritate them otherwise they may strike, so be aware!
3. Spiders have to be on my list somewhere and in my top three we have one you don’t want to meet: the Mediterranean Black Widow (pictured above). They are seen with a black body and more than one red spot on their back. As their name suggests, they are found mainly in the Mediterranean area. They don’t usually bother humans although epidemics of bites have been reported – with farmworkers being particularly at risk.
2. Responsible for more deaths than crocodiles, stonefish and shark combined, occupying my runner-up position is a creature that has been nicknamed the ‘box of death’. Having a light blue colouring that acts as a camouflage, these toxic residents of the sea are almost invisible in water. The box jellyfish is mostly found in the northern coast of Australia and are most dangerous during their active time in November to April. Be careful, as you don’t want a painful bite from this transparent jellyfish!
1. At all costs, I recommend you to stay away from the Black Mamba. This snake, which fully justifies its top billing, is very aggressive – even if it isn’t provoked. Many myths and legends surround the Black Mamba, it is named the ‘death incarnate’ as it is one of the most feared creatures in the world.
Elvie, Year 6