• Published on:  3/4/2020
  • Hi, it’s Katrina! From an ant sting that will make you feel like you’ve been shot, to enormous big cats that can shred you to pieces, here are 10 dangerous animals in the Amazon.

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    10. Bullet Ant
    The bullet ant is widely known as the insect with the most painful sting, which is often compared to being shot with a bullet, hence its name. It’s also commonly called the “24-hour ant” in Venezuela because the sting’s effects typically wear off after a day.

    9. Electric Eel
    The electric eel is not actually an eel -- it’s a member of the knife fish family that dwells in Amazonian freshwaters and is named after its frightening ability to generate an electrical charge. It grows from six to eight feet (1.8-2.4 meters) long and weighs as much as 44 pounds (20 kg).

    8. Red-Bellied Piranha
    Red-bellied piranhas are named after, as I’m sure you can guess, their red undersides. What their name fails to warn people of, is their jaw full of razor-sharp, triangular teeth, which enables them to bite down with great force and shearing ability.

    7. Brazilian Wandering Spider
    Also called armed spiders or banana spiders, Brazilian wandering spiders belong to the Phoneutria genus, which means `murderess” in Greek. There are eight species total, which are all found in Brazil and some of which occasionally dwell in other places, such as Argentina and Costa Rica.

    6. Amazonian Giant Centipede
    Also known as the Peruvian giant yellow-leg centipede, the Amazonian giant centipede lives in tropical and subtropical rainforest habitats throughout the Caribbean and South America. It’s one of the world’s largest centipedes, growing up to nearly a foot (30 cm) long.

    5. South American Rattlesnake
    The South American rattlesnake is a highly venomous pit viper subspecies native to Brazil, where it’s responsible for roughly a tenth of all snake envenomations. It’s found throughout most of South America and not limited to the Amazon.

    4. Jaguar
    As South America’s largest big cats, it’s no wonder jaguars are considered dangerous. They were once widespread throughout South America and as far north as the southern U.S., but are now endangered, and are only found in parts of Central and South America, particularly the Amazon river basin.

    3. Green Anaconda
    The green anaconda is the world’s largest snake by its sheer weight. It can exceed 29 feet (8.8 meters) in length and measures up to a foot (.3 meter) in diameter, while often weighing more than 550 pounds (250 kg). This species dwells in the freshwater streams, ponds, marshes, and swamps of the Amazon.

    2. Black Caiman
    Black caimans are semi-aquatic reptiles of the Alligatoridae family and are distributed throughout much of South America, especially the Amazon basin. They’re the largest of the six Amazon caiman species, with adult males reaching an average length of 13 feet (4 meters), although there are unconfirmed reports of specimens measuring up to 20 feet (6 meters).

    1. Poison Dart Frog
    The vibrantly-colored poison dart frog family is comprised of many species, which are native to Central and South America. Many spend most of their time on the Amazon floor near freshwater bodies, while others live in trees and practically never come down.