The deadliest animal on the planet is... the mosquito!

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When you think of the most deadly animal on the planet, you probably think of snakes, lions, crocodiles or even bears. Well, as deadly as these animals seem, they do not kill as many humans as the tiny mosquitoes.

Mosquitoes don't kill humans directly but are vectors for deadly diseases. Some mosquito-borne diseases include malaria, yellow fever, Chikugunya fever and Zika virus.

The majority of mosquito-related deaths are due to malaria. According to the World Health Organisation, in 2015 alone, there were about 214 million new cases of malaria with more than 400,000 deaths worldwide.

In total, mosquitoes killed more than 700,000 people globally last year. Compare this to about 94,000 deaths from snakes, about 3,000 deaths from scorpions and about 1,000 deaths from crocodiles.

Statistic: Most deadly creatures worldwide by annual number of human deaths as of 2015 | Statista
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There are more than 2,500 species of mosquitoes and they can be found in all parts of the world except Antarctica.