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What are the most dangerous animals in the rainforest?

Updated April 17, 2017

Rainforests can be found in Central and South America, Africa, India, Southeast Asia, Indonesia and Australia. It is estimated that about half of all animal species live in rainforests, and there are plenty of dangerous animals to be found in rainforests.

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Gaboon Viper

Found in the East and West Central African rainforests, its diet consists of small mammals, birds and amphibians. It has venomous fangs that grow to over two inches long. Its bite is can be fatal to humans.

Poison Arrow Frog

Found in the Central and South American rainforests, the Poison Arrow Frog family includes some of the most toxic animals in the world. At two inches long, the golden poison arrow frog is venomous enough to kill 10 grown men.

Bengal Tiger

Found in the Southeast Asian rainforests, the Bengal tiger is the most common type of tiger found in the wild, and the species numbers about half of all living tigers. It has been known to attack humans in extreme conditions.


Found in the Central and South American rainforests, a Jaguar will usually kill its prey with a crushing bite to the skull. Its diet consists of deer, peccary, crocodiles, snakes, monkeys, deer, sloths, tapirs, turtles, eggs, frogs, fish and anything else it can catch.

Green Anaconda

Found in the South American rainforests, it is considered to have the largest overall size of all the snakes in the world. It can grow to two feet and weigh over 249kg. Its diet consists of wild pigs, deer, birds, turtles, capybara, caimans and on occasion jaguars. It kills its prey by coiling around it and asphyxiating it.

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About the Author

Eileen Rivera

Eileen Rivera holds an Associate of Arts and is working on her bachelor's degree studies with the ultimate goal of becoming a physician assistant. Her previous work experience includes project management for a major health-care insurer. She has been published in the Beckett Guide of Phone Apps and is a current contributor for various websites.

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