Most predatory animals do not seek human as prey unless regular food sources are scarce. That being said, crocodiles are particularly notorious for attacking humans unprovoked. Of the eight species of crocodile that attack humans, the Saltwater crocodile, Nile crocodile, and the America alligator are probably the best known. The precise number of annual global crocodile attacks is difficult to find because of attacks in remote areas that may go unreported.
The Nile crocodile causes the most wildlife-related fatalities in Africa after lions and hippos. Nile crocodiles are estimated to have attacked between 275 and 745 people per year from 2000-2007.
Although the topic is somewhat disputed…Crocs, and hopefully not the ones you’re wearing. Quick in the water and surprisingly mobile on land, these guys top the list of animal related fatalties per year. Espeically known to attack humans when their primary foods are not available, the crocodile’s temperment and jaw-snapping power is not to be trifled with. The most dangerous of the species, as noted by kendragon are the Saltwater and Nile crocodiles.
Next up, Hippos!
Fat, floppy, funny, and freaking terrifying! These giants can open their jaws up to 180 degrees and snap an unsuspecting swimmer in half in about three seconds. These guys can get up to 13 feet long, stand over 5 feet tall, weigh up to three and a half tons, and reach up to 50 human chomping years old. Two different species exist in Africa, the “large,” which lives in the sub-Saharan east, and the pygmy, who lives in the West.
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