Alligators, jaguars, piranhas, spiders … some of the most dangerous animals in the world live in Latin America. Know them so that you are very careful if you find them on your next trip.
Scientifically it is called “Lonomia obliqua”, but in Brazil, they call it nothing more and nothing less than “death worm”, and the reasons are justified. His hairs, which also serve to hide among plants, are poisonous. Rubbing it can cause irritation, pain or burning. Prolonged contact causes its toxins to invade your body and die. Their danger is greater because they often live on trees and when passing under one can fall on you.
They are colourful and bright and that showiness is precisely a warning. Don’t even think about kissing her to become a prince! The poison dart frog is found in the jungles and the Latin American tropics. Its toxin is so potent that it would kill 10 men in a few seconds.
The Green Anaconda
Several films have been filmed about her and her danger. And this boa is the largest in the world (although the reticulated python can be longer) and has the ability to ingest animals as large as a cow. Cases have been reported in which this typical Amazon animal has swallowed humans. The cases are rare because they do not attack unless it is to defend themselves, but seeing a species of this magnitude could make anyone tremble.
This feline that feeds on meat has a super strong jaw that can tear skin and crush bones. It belongs to the panther family and is found in several regions of America, from the southern part of the United States, through Central and South America to Argentina. There is no doubt about how deadly it can be to fall into the claws of this imposing species, which is located in size in the third port of the felids, behind the tiger and the lion.
Black Cayman of the Orinoco
It is found mainly in Venezuela, although it is also seen in the part of the Orinoco River that reaches Colombia and the Amazon. This black alligator is the only one of the “alligatorid sauropsid” of the type “melanosuco” that remains on the planet. His appetite is voracious and can engulf very large mammals such as deer, tapirs and capybaras. His attack on humans has also been documented, as it is possible to find them in shallow water. Its six meters long, combined with its numerous teeth, are lethal.
If you run into a piranha while you bathe in a river in South America you will not feel a prick, but a bite so painful that it could tear your skin. This small fish has a sharp denture that resembles multiple fangs. Their taste for meat is well known and for obtaining it they are very aggressive.
Tarantulas are spiders that have a large size. If you go to the jungle areas of Brazil or Uruguay you could find a huge black tarantula that, in addition to putting your hair on end, is poisonous. However, it is more likely to die of a fright to see it than to die because of its toxicity. Its scientific name is “Grammostola pulchra” and its bite is very painful.
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