India has been known around the world as the land where different animals, ranging from the cow to the snake, are worshipped and revered. While some animals are useful for humans, others can be quite a threat to their lives as they can attack or even kill, on provocation or otherwise.
Here are 10 most dangerous animals in India:
Though many of us consider monkeys as harmless and prankster animals, but several cases of attacks and bites by monkeys have been reported all over the country. These animals can become quite dangerous when provoked and usually enter human territories due to loss of their natural habitat.
9. Stray Dog
Stray dogs are considered quite dangerous in India because many of them become rabid and bite innocent preys, causing many deaths in the country due to rabies caused by stray dog bite.
Another animal known to be deadly for human race is the wild wolf. Numerous wolf attacks were reported in South India, in which wolves attacked and killed a large number of victims in villages near forests. They also pose danger to livestock.
The Himalayan forests are home to Black Bears and Brown Bears, who have been reported to attack human population in the forests and villages nearby. These dangerous and heavy weighted animals have sharp claws and teeth, and can kill the victim in a single blow.
An extremely dangerous animal is the scorpion, which can kill humans in an instant with their deadly poison, out of more than 85 species of theses creepy crawlies found in India, nearly more than half of them are considered deadly due to their venom. Many death through the bites of red Indian scorpion have been reported every year.
Featuring next on the list of 10 most dangerous animals in India is the fearful looking crocodile, which frequents many rivers, lakes and marshy regions of the country. On several occasions, these deadly reptiles have attacked and killed human beings.
Another Indian animal which is considered dangerous is the otherwise gentle looking elephant, but thousands of killings by wild elephants have been reported in India. They simply crush anything and anyone who comes in their path, once they are provoked or hungry.
Numerous leopard attacks have been reported in various parts of India over a period of time. Leopards are called “Big Cats” as they are smaller than tigers and lions, but are strong enough to prey and kill humans. They usually become man eaters when they get the taste of human flesh.
Featuring next on the list of most dangerous animals In India is the tiger, particularly the Royal Bengal Tiger, which stalk the swamps Sundarbans in Bengal. In addition to these man eating tigers, some other man eaters are found in Garhwal region, which resort to attacking and eating humans when they become too old or injured.
India is home to a large number of species of snakes, which particularly inhabit wild and rural areas, hidden in dark and lonely places. The largest number of snakebite victims are reported in this country, with many people just falling prey as they simply have unexpected encounters with poisonous snakes. King Cobra and the krait are considered to be two of the most venomous snakes found in India.
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In addition to these animals, the tiny harmless looking insect mosquito is also considered a danger to Indian population, as it spreads deadly diseases like dengue and malaria.