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You might not think of these cuddly bears as being deadly, but wait until you read what they can do. Inside you'll find some other truly scary creatures, from things so small you'll barely see them to ones so big you can't miss them (but you'll wish you did). Most don't kill very many humans, but they can be incredibly ferocious predators in the wild, and each demands our respect.
Editor's Note: This list, originally published in 2005, was updated in March 2016 to reflect the latest information. The list of bugs, beasts and lethal animals of several kinds, however, hasn't changed one iota.
Asian CobraSlide 2 of 21
While the Asian cobra doesn't hold the title of most venomous snake, it does the most with what it has. And it's one creature that kills its fair share of people. Of the 50,000 human deaths by snakebite a year, Asian cobras are responsible for the largest chunk. Oh, and if you ever come face to face with one, keep in mind they can shoot venom up to 6 feet (2 meters) with tremendous accuracy. The cocktail of neurotoxins and poisons can blind you.
The next one will really bug you.Slide 3 of 21
MosquitoSlide 4 of 21
Most mosquito bites just make you itch. But some mosquitoes carry and transfer malaria causing parasites. As a result, these little pests are responsible for the deaths of more than two million people a year. Most recently, mosquitoes were identified as carriers of the scary zika virus, too.
Now for some perspective, as this next great killer rarely actually kills a human . . .Slide 5 of 21
Great White SharkSlide 6 of 21
Great White Shark
You knew this one would be on the list, right? Blood in the water can excite these sharks into a feeding frenzy, where they'll use all 3,000 of their teeth to bite anything that moves. We must say, though, that for all their ferociousness, human deaths from shark attacks are rare. In 2014, there were 72 unprovoked shark attacks on humans worldwide, and three deaths.
Next: You do not want to tangle with this gelatinous blob!Slide 7 of 21
Australian Box JellyfishSlide 8 of 21