12 Deadliest Amazon Rainforest Animals

12 Deadliest Amazon Rainforest Animals

The Amazon Rainforest Animals, ever heard of them? If no, then you know nothing about Amazon rainforest facts.

The Amazon rainforest, or Jungles, is one of the most fascinating places in the world. Nowhere else in the world is there to be found any other forest so lush and rich with wildlife. Little wonder that for centuries, the Amazon has drawn adventurers from far and wide. In fact, its name, ‘Amazon’ is coined from the name of the mighty tribe of strange warrior women that stopped the first Portuguese explorers from venturing deep into the forest by one of its largest rivers.

For centuries, people seeking the deep healing effects of nature on the mind, have gone to the Amazon rainforest to find it. Full of natural ‘rainforest sounds’, the Amazon is associated with a deep sense of calmness and inner tranquility that is no longer overlooked by modern science as many psychological therapies now include listening to CDs of Amazon ‘rainforest sounds’

However, do not be fooled. The Amazon forest is actually the deadliest forests on planet Earth, deadlier even than forests in Africa. There are many creatures in the forest, great and small, that would kill you faster than you can blink. Here, we discuss just 12 of them. They are amazing, even beautiful and unusual, and their only home, covering large sections of South and Central America, from Brazil to Honduras, is the mighty Amazon rain-forest.

Amazon Rainforest Animals and Amazon rainforest facts

Counting least to most dangerous of the twelve most dangerous animals in the vast jungles and swamplands that is the Amazon Rainforest.


12. The Electric Eel

The Eel

This ‘fish’ is not really deadly to humans, however, it can deliver a shock that can knock a full-grown man out cold or even cause a heart attack. To get this 600V shock all one needs do is step into the muddy waters of the Amazon River where this eel, or rather knifefish, lives.

The electric eels cannot be safely kept in zoos or caught, because of all that built-in shock system. The only way humans may catch these tasty fish is through waiting until it tires itself out by discharges all its electricity. Then only is it safe to go into the water. Native Indian tribes accomplish this by driving their horses into the water and galloping furiously in it.

The electric eel breeds in a unique way. The males make a pool of saliva for the females lay their eggs in. This “nest” holds up to 5000 eggs and no less than 3000 young eels will hatch. Think of that before you set foot in any part of the river!

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11. The Fluke

The Fluke

This micro-monster of a parasite goes by many names. It is to be found in most freshwater bodies of the Amazon and it breeds in the thousands much like the electric eel.

What this micro-monster does is to wait for swimmers to get in the water and then it finds its way into the warm openings of their genitals. Men are particularly vulnerable to this parasite and once infected, their manhood begins to swell to abominable proportions as the parasite multiplies rapidly within, bringing on terrible pains. The only solution is amputation.


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10. The South American Rattlesnake

A Rattle Snake

The Amazon jungles are full of different kinds of snakes, but the rattlesnake stands out as one of the deadliest to human beings. They live mostly in the dry savannah regions of the Amazon and are responsible for a least 8% of all the snake bites in South America. People die a lot from the bite of rattlesnakes because there are many species of it and, where time is a factor, doctors need to know the particular species responsible for the bite in other to administer the right antidote. It is best to avoid these snakes and that is very possible with your ears tuned up for its warning rattle, which always comes before an attack.

Amazon Rainforest Animals and Amazon rainforest facts

9. The Brazilian Wandering Spider

Deadliest Spider in the world.

Found mostly in the Brazilian region of the Amazon rainforest, this is the most venomous spider in the world (The Guinness Book of Records). Little wonder scientists have wasted little time in finding an equally powerful anti-venom that effectively counters this very, very toxic venom.

The most publicized incident here occurred in 2008 when a British grocery store clerk found one of these spiders in a box of bananas imported from an Amazon country. The clerk died from just one bite and the store was closed until British animal officers arrived to capture and take the spider away. Until it was humanely put down (killed), it was classified ‘too dangerous” for photographers to even get close.

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8. The BushMaster

Most Dangerous Snake in the world

This huge snake is the Amazon Forest’s answer to the African python. It is quite rare to come across the snake as it is not very common in the Amazon, but when you do encounter this snake, it is curled ninety-nine times around a tree trunk and you are in trouble. It will hit you a powerful blow, faster than lightning, and then as you lie helpless, it will wrap itself around you and crush the life out of you…slowly. The swallowing is later.

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7. The Poison Dart Frog

Deadly Poison Frog

This group of frogs is one of the most beautiful creatures you can ever hope to see but it is one of the deadliest. They have a bright green color that is specifically designed by nature to make them look unappetizing and ward off predators. It is from these group of frogs that the early Indian tribes of the Amazon got their most valued weapons, the poison arrows, and darts, hence the frog’s name “poison dart frog”.

Though tiny, these frogs are too deadly. One particular type, which is just 2 inches long – the golden poison dart frog – contains more than enough poison to kill 12 men.

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6. The Jaguar

The Jaguar

This is the Amazon Forest’s answer to the African Lion and Leopard, the Indian tiger too. It’s just as big and dangerous a cat but far more likely to attack and eat humans due to its vast dietary habits and nature.

Talk about looks being deceptive. The Jaguar is so beautiful but so powerful, utterly merciless and purely carnivorous. If it picks up your scent, not even jumping on a boat and rowing away will save you, the is one big cat that enjoys swimming – it’ll just follow. The Jaguar is king of the Amazon jungles at night but sleeps during the day.

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5. The Black Panther

Black Panther

Normally, this utterly black big cat, which isn’t really as big and bad as the Jaguar, won’t get in here. But it is very dangerous to come across this cat in the dark jungles at night, particularly when it has acquired the taste for human flesh. It will track you down with great cunning. You never see it coming and it brings death too swiftly.

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4. Black Caiman

The Caiman *(amazon rainforest animals)

This cousin of the African crocodile is bigger and meaner. Its dark-colored skin is a perfect camouflage as it waits on the muddy bank of rivers and streams for potential prey to arrive and get a drink of water– it attacks and eats anything from deer to anacondas, and humans are right on its list.

This creature is so bad that an anaconda or even Jaguar will only attack and eat a young caiman, never a fully matured one, which is too powerful and has too tough a hide.

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3. The Anaconda

A huge snake

This incredibly huge snake makes the African Python a baby in computation. The anaconda really never stops growing and can reach 21 feet in length and 40 stone in mass. Like the python and Bushmaster, it is not venomous but kills its prey by crushing, or rather squeezing, it to death and then swallowing it up wholly, without chewing. The anaconda takes up to a week to digest its food and so doesn’t eat too often. It prefers to lie quietly at the bottom of rivers and streams but when this natural bastard is hungry, no-one is safe…not even humans!

Amazon Rainforest Animals and Amazon rainforest facts

2. Piranha

Dangerous Fishes

This fish is here mostly because of the negative press it has been getting. Piranhas are not as aggressive as they’re said to be, native tribes of the Amazon have been swimming safely in waters with piranhas for centuries. Piranhas are scavengers by nature, so the remains of already dead animals are their food. Rarely do they attack humans or other larger animals unless provoked or if you get into their well-defined territory when they are hungry. Bleeding out into the water is like sending a powerful ‘come on, I’m ready to be eaten’ signal to every piranha within a hundred yards. Never swim in any Amazon river with an open wound.

The Piranha is 2-foot-long, with strong jaws and razor-sharp teeth. It sometimes chooses to attack without provocation and will eat you up bit by bit.

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1. Mosquito

Mosquitos are Tiny killer

True the Amazon is full of big and dangerous animals but the deadliest creature award goes to the tiny mosquito, which is no bigger than a fly. The mosquito is the carrier of deadly diseases, the most popular of which is malaria. One bite single from this tiny insect injects the disease directly into your bloodstream and, if you haven’t already been vaccinated, it will kill you very quickly.

The mosquitos are smart and ever-evolving insects, which makes them very dangerous indeed. They find special ways to get at you and this includes developing resistance some drugs and repellents designed to ward them off. For example, Deet, a repellant once used widely by tourists to ward off mosquitos, is no longer as effective as it used to be.

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Conclusion (Amazon Rainforest Animals)

If you wish to commit suicide in style but do not know how just pay a visit to the Amazon rainforest and relax. You won’t last more than a day.

These interesting and fearsome animals are what you can expect to read about in my book ‘BIG CATS OF THE AMAZON’ breaking right here on my blog. Stay tuned.

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