What are the most poisonous animals in Africa?

What are the most poisonous animals in Africa? How often do they kill people? How to avoid them? Are they really so dangerous? Read the article and get to know more info about poisonous African animals.

Poisonous Black Mamba in Africa

Every animal on the planet has something special to defend itself from predators. Poisonous animals in Africa are widespread. There are many kinds of poisonous creatures that always make use of their venom to catch their victim. The toxin is also used for protection – to stay alive when predators attack. These animals have different ways to poison its victims. Some of them use their glands to inject poison. The others do it through the skin.

Now we will present the most poisonous animals in Africa.

The Black Mamba   

While talking about the most poisonous African animals, everyone immediately thinks about Black Mamba. It is undoubtedly the biggest venomous snake on this continent. The adult snake usually reaches up to 8 feet – about 2.5 meters. When Black Mamba is attacking, its speed equals up to 12 mph. Thus, nobody in the world can escape. The snake usually strikes up ten times in a row. During this process it delivers enough cardio-toxic and neuro venom to kill about twenty people in less than an hour. Thus, only one bite can take a grown-up`s life in fifteen minutes. 

African Black Mamba

The Death Stalker Scorpion

The death stalker scorpion also is widespread in Africa. It has the deadliest neurotoxin venom among all other scorpions. It lives in deserts and scrublands in North Africa. Its bite is exceptionally aching, often leading to heart issues. If there is no proper and immediate medical assistance, a human being can die within an hour. Therefore, there should not be any holdup in treatment.

The Death Stalker Scorpion in Africa

Baboon Spider – Tarantulas of Africa

Amongst the most poisonous spiders in Africa we ought to mention Baboon Spider or Tarantulas of Africa. They are very large and heavy. The average size of a single spider reaches up to 4 inches. These crawlers are extremely aggressive. Their bites are very painful. When this spider bites his victim, it immediately starts feeling dizzy and weak. Please remember, if there is no urgent medical assistance, a person can pass away in a couple of hours. 

Poisonous Tarantulas of Africa

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The Cape Cobra   

The first place among the most poisonous animals in South Africa goes to the Cape Cobra. It is widespread namely in this region. The snake is disreputably bad-tempered and violent. When a person accidentally disturbs this creature, it immediately raises top part of its body off the ground, spreading a hood and hissing noisily. When the Cobra bites her attacker or victim, it will die in less than an hour.

Dangerous African Cape Cobra

The Nile pufferfish

This poisonous fish has a medium size. It belongs to the group native to Sub-Saharan Africa. This fish produces dangerous and poisonous tetrodotoxin. When a person eats a Nile puffer, the symptoms will be seen at once. These are fever, chills, perspiration, salivating, muscle pain, and even paralysis. Respiratory failure is the general reason of a human death in this case.

Poisonous Nile pufferfish

What to do if you are bitten?

  • First of all, do not panic! There are antidotes for all types of venoms!  
  • Try to stay still and do not move, as venom spreads rapidly in the blood;
  • Apply a pressure bandage above the place of a bite;
  • Call doctor by yourself or ask anybody to do it as quickly as possible instead of you;
  • Never attempt to suck the venom – it can only bring you more harm and pain.

Remember! There should not be any holdup in treatment!


In Africa, everyone should respect and admire not only the biggest creatures such as elephants, hippos, giraffes, or rhinoceroses. You should never forget about snakes and the smallest crawlers. And here we do not talk about our interest in investigation the attractive world of animals, insects, or spiders. The main thing here is our personal safety. When you suddenly meet one of the creatures, mentioned in the article, be very cautious. You would better never touch them, but just watch from the distance.

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