When you're out hiking or swimming in nature, what creatures do you dread encountering?We humans are constantly putting in efforts to make a better and safer life for ourselves, but the world remains a dangerous place. As for wild animals, what determines their danger level might not necessarily be size. Many of us automatically think of creatures with gnashing teeth or razor sharp claws.We may think of some of these animals as friendly or harmless, but sometimes even “friendly” or docile-seeming species can become dangerous if provoked.There are many dangerous animals in the world but only the deadliest ones make this top ten list. Ordered by the estimated number of humans they kill each year, snakes and scorpions top the list, mainly due to their aggressive behaviour and lethal poisons. They are also fairly small animals so many people fail to see them before tragedy strikes (literally). Learn to recognize these ferocious animals and know how to avoid contact with them so you don't end up like one of the thousands of people killed each year by these wild animals. If you live in an area that does not contain any of these predators, consider yourself lucky. If you are a frequent traveller and visit regions where these animals may reside, try to stay in populated cities, or at least travel with an experienced guide. After all, it's better to be safe than sorry!