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#4 Estuarine Crocodiles
According to wildlife experts, these are the crocs that are most likely to feed on humans. They’re found throughout most of Southeast Asia, and they would be difficult to miss. These monsters can grow more than 20 feet long (6 m) and weigh over 2,500 pounds (1,134 kg). With their scary size and strength, they can feast on just about any creature that is foolhardy enough to invade their space. If this beast sounds similar to the Saltwater crocodile, that’s because it’s the same animal. These critters are the world’s largest extant reptiles and can show up in areas ranging from the east coast of India, to Australia and Micronesia. Along the way, they’ve picked up some additional names including the Indo-Pacific Crocodile. Of course, many of us know them simply as ‘salties’.
#3 King Cobra
You already know this fearsome reptile. The King Cobra is one of the animal kingdom’s more sobering icons, and is found across India and Southeast Asia. With lengths exceeding 19 feet (6 m), these are the world’s longest venomous snakes. They’re also formidable predators who use their length to execute fatal strikes from greater distances. With its flexible jaws, this elapid can swallow their prey whole after subduing it. They carry some of the most potent venom of any snake, which can result in paralysis, coma, and death … sometimes within 30 minutes. They can become highly aggressive if provoked, and will emit a growling, hissing noise. That’s a cue to back down because bites from these beasts have taken down elephants!
#2 Asian Giant Hornet
At about 2 inches (45 mm), this insect has a body that is roughly the length of an adult human thumb. It’s the world’s largest hornet that is found in tropical Eastern Asia and carries a fearsome reputation that complements its appearance. Along with a wingspan of 3 inches (75 mm), it has a stinger that measures about one-quarter inch long (6 mm). That structure injects a venom that is potent enough to trigger multiple organ failure, severe pain, and skin hemorrhaging. If you’re allergic to the potent chemical cocktail, that greatly increases the chance of a fatality. In Japan, it’s estimated that up to 40 people are killed by this animal’s sting. In 2013 more than 1,600 people were injured with 41 fatalities recorded when the giant hornets attacked in Shaanxi (SHON-shee) China.