The Animals Most Dangerous to Humans

Forget sharks. The animals most likely to harm you are much smaller — and much closer to you
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Venomous snakes and lizards

Most snake bites occur in Africa and Southeast Asia, with about 5 million bites and 94,000 to 125,000 deaths each year, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Health experts attribute the deaths in lower-income countries to limited health care access and anti-venom scarcity. In the United States, between 1999 and 2013, venomous snakes and lizards caused 96 deaths, according to the CDC.

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