7 animals that look cute but turn out to be dangerous to humans

In the wild, there are lots of animals that may appear innocent and friendly, but actually extremely dangerous to humans.

The pygmy slow loris (Nycticebus pygmaeus) is a species of slow loris, and usually found at the East of the Mekong River in Vietnam, Laos, eastern Cambodia, and China. With big round eyes, fluffy fur, they will slowly melt your heart. But this is one of the most deadly mammals in the world. They have poisonous parts under their elbow. When being threatened, they quickly lick that part of body and mix it with their saliva. One single bite of this animal can kill you within 30 minutes.

Photo by Jared Belson

The wolverine, also referred to as the glutton, carcajou, skunk bear, or quickhatch is the largest  species of the family Mustelidae. They are found with a large number of individuals in the west of Canada and Alaska. But they are not as cute as they look. This predator has a muscular body with pretty fur, which is extremely ferocious. They can attack species that are several times bigger and mankind is not an exception. 

Conus geographus: This kind of snail has a very eye-catching pattern shell, lives on the coral reefs of India area. They may look harmless but contain more than 100 types of poison in this small shell. Some of them are fatal, and some of them can reduce the pain which let the person being bitten can not feel anything. This particularly dangerous effect is considered a big threat to divers. In 2004, there were about 30 people reported to be killed by this species.

The beaver (genus Castor) is a large, primarily nocturnal, semiaquatic rodent. This mammal is usually found in north america, and asia. Some people raise this animal as a kind of pet. But due to the change in living environment, this species can be highly dangerous to humans. These front teeth of them can go deeply into the victim’s blood vessel which causes bleeding leading to death. It does not even mention some cases that the animal can be rabid.

The fire salamander (Salamandra salamandra) is possibly the most well-known salamander species in Europe. Being famous for this gorgeous black and yellow skin, they are treated as pets in some families. But do not judge a book by its cover, this little amphibian is poisonous and cause severe harm. When getting under threatened, this species spits out a ray of poison attacking enemies’ nerve systems.

Australia box jellyfish: Australia box jellyfish commonly known as the sea wasp, is a species of extremely venomous box jellyfish found in coastal waters from northern Australia and New Guinea to Malaysia, the Philippines and Vietnam. This species has millions of cnidocytes which are covering up to 4m long tentacles. These units on contact release microscopic darts delivering an extremely deadly venom. Getting stung by these animals can result in excruciating pain, and more dangerously, the victim may die within 2 to 5 minutes if the sting area is significant.

Blue-ringed octopuses: This species are among the 4 most venomous species which are found in tide pools and coral reefs in the Pacific and Indian oceans, from Japan to Australia. Appearing like a pearl in the ocean, you may be curious and eventually touch them, and trust me, you will wish that you do not do that. They will bite and eject venom into the victim. Tetrodotoxin inside the poison is considered so much stronger than xyanua, which can kill 26 people in few minutes.

So be aware of your surroundings, and don’t forget these cautions above, especially when you are traveling alone.

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