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Top 10: World’s most dangerous animals

Which animal kills the most humans per year? Spoiler: it's not sharks.

Here’s a morbid question for you: which animals kill the most humans every year?

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Although Hollywood films suggest our greatest threats include sharks and rampaging apes, the deadliest creatures are often much smaller – and more likely to kill through disease rather than razor-sharp teeth.

But which creature is Earth’s number one killer? Find out the top 10 below.

10. Lions

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(Kills 200 humans per year)

9. Hippos

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(Kills 500 humans a year)

8. Elephants

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(Kills 600 humans per year)

7. Crocodiles

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(Kills 1,000 humans per year)

6. Scorpions

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(Kills 3,300 humans per year)

5. Assassin Bugs (Chagas disease)

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(Kills 10,000 per year)

4. Dogs (rabies)

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(Kills 59,000 per year)

3. Snakes

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(Kills 138,000 humans per year)

2. Humans (homicides only)

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(Kills 400,000 humans per year)

1. Mosquitoes

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(Kills 725,000 per year through spreading diseases such as malaria)

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