The planet is full of terrifying, large, and often deadly animals that have plagued human beings since we first began walking upright. Whether it's bears, wolves, or alligators, one thing's for sure — do not mess with Mother Nature (unless you're properly armed).
But in these modern times, when we've tamed much of this vast and beautiful country, it may surprise you what kinds of animals do the most damage to humans. Not only that, but sometimes the smallest things are the most deadly.
The folks over at Man vs. Beast took a look at some Centers for Disease Control (CDC) statistics and put together some seriously impressive and spooky data about the animals or insects that are most likely to kill you, according to the state you live in.
But first, let's take a look at which states are the most dangerous when it comes to animal attacks:
In Montana, you have a 1-in-674,600 chance of being killed by an animal or insect. Between the bears, cougars, rattlesnakes, and everything else, Montana is a dangerous place, especially out in the wilderness.
Now that we have those statistics, it's time to see which animals kill the most per state:
For example, if you live in Tennessee, you are more likely to be killed by a spider than in any other state. According to U.S. Pest, the two deadliest spiders in Tennessee are the black widow and the brown recluse.
Although bites from these spiders won't kill you in minutes, the wound could be fatal if you don't seek treatment right away.
Not only did Man vs. Beast compile those unique state statistics, they came up with a list of the deadliest animals in America by the sheer number of annual deaths.
Sadly, the deadliest animal in America is not the bear or the snake, but the common deer. Those who live in rural areas, and even in the suburbs, know the kind of damage a full-grown deer can do to a car or truck.
The others on the list are surprising as well:
So hunters, keep doing what you're doing out there. Deer overpopulation is killing humans and harming the environment, particularly in the eastern United States.
While these lists include a lot of animals, the biggest killer of humans worldwide is the mosquito. In Africa alone, the mosquito, which carries malaria, was astonishingly responsible for approximately 438,000 deaths in 2015.
What to do with this knowledge? Be careful when hiking or working outside. An ounce of care could save your life or the life of another.
Oh, and watch out for those sewer alligators...