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6 Deadliest Animals in the amazon rain forest you did not know existed (PHOTOS)

The Amazon rainforest is naturally rich in its biodiversity. It is a habitat for many species of animals and plants. Many species of animals have their own natural characteristics. Down here are the 6 deadliest animals in the amazon rain forest.


Common vampire bat

Common vampire bat


Bats comprise more than 50% of all mammal species in the Amazon. Experts say that there are more than 950 species of the critters and that includes three that are known to drink blood to survive like vampires. These animals only come out at night but they don’t actually suck the blood of the prey instead they use the razor-sharp teeth to gouge a hole in the victim’s skin to lap up that fluid. The vampire bats are more likely to prey on horses and cattle and they have been known to take the blood of humans as well. There are no ill effects from blood loss or from the bite itself the wound can become infected and a small number of the flying mammals can carry rabies.


Assassin bugs


Assassin bugs


These insects might be small but they are among the deadliest of predatory insects identified by their proboscis. Certain species of this insect are known to camouflage themselves to better ambush the prey.

Now once cornered, the assassin bug lives up to its name by using its trunk like an organ to inject toxic saliva into the victims which dissolves the organs from the inside out. It is dangerous enough to pose a threat to large insects in the Amazon as well and they’re not so good for humans either. A subfamily of these insects can transmit Chagas disease, an infection that can potentially damage vital organs and results in around 12,000 deaths each year.

Amazonian giant centipede

Amazonian giant centipede


The mere sight of these venomous arthropods is enough to freeze one’s blood. At some 14 inches or 35 centimeters, adult specimens can grow to about the length of a human adult forearm.

These coniferous critters will scarf down smaller prey including mice, lizards, birds and they can move faster than they look too. They are able to scale walls as they search for prey. They are known to climb up the sides of cave walls to the ceiling dangling from that position. The centipedes have been documented to snatch bats right from out of the air as those mammals fly past.


Pit vipers

Pit vipers


Various species of these highly venomous snakes show up in many different parts of the world and that includes the Amazon basin.

Certain species can grow to around five feet long and are recognized by the color patterns that typically include a lot of green.

Other snakes roaming the region include the South American rattlesnake it is widely distributed and can grow more than six feet long within its range. It causes a lot of serious medical problems and its venom is known to cause permanent blindness. Various line said snakes can be found in the Amazon as well. Those creatures can grow more than six and a half feet long and in the Americas, experts say they are responsible for more human fatalities than any other group of venomous snakes.


Electric Eel

Electric Eel


These so-called eels are actually knife fish. They’re not really eels at all. But they are considered extremely dangerous due to their ability to generate powerful electrical charges of over 800 volts.

That’s usually more than enough to discourage predators and to stun prey like small mammals, amphibians and fish.

They aren’t known for producing fatal attacks on humans but it is thought their ability to discharge multiple shocks could
lead to heart failure. They are found in freshwaters of the Amazon and can grow up to eight feet long and weigh over 40 pounds.


Bullet ant

Bullet ant


Now it is ironic that one of the biggest dangers in the Amazon rainforest is posed by such a small creature, the bullet ant.

It is just over an inch long which actually ranks it among the world’s larger ant species and its name comes from the severity of its potent stink. Victims equate the agony to that of being shot.

The insect’s venom causes intense pain that leaves the victim worn-out weak and swollen and because that misery can last for a full day the critter is also known as the 24-hour ant. Many experts rank the ant’s sting as the most painful of any insect but unless you’re allergic to the venom that won’t kill.

Written by : 365Wildlife.com

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