So people seem to think certain animals are particularly deadly. Like sharks. They can kill, it's true, but your concerns are all out of whack.
Here's some fun facts, last updated in April 2022:
Deaths by Animals - World Wide
|1||Mosquitoes||1,000,000||via disease, mostly Malaria in developing countries like Africa|
|2||Humans||475,000||counting homocides only|
|3||Snakes||50,000||the most snakebite deaths are reported in India, but it's also high in sub-Saharan Africa plus South & Southeast Asia.|
|4||Dogs||25,000||pet dogs turned aggressive|
|5||Tsetse flies||10,000||via sleeping sickness|
|6||Assassin bugs||10,000||via Chagas disease in South America|
|7||Freshwater snails||10,000||via tropical diseases|
|8||Scorpions||3,250||with the highest reported mortality rates from Mexico|
|9||Ascaris roundworms||2,500||most common in underdeveloped areas and highest in children|
|10||Tapeworms||2,000||prevalent in under-developed communities with poor sanitation|
|Crocodiles||1,000||nostly the nile crocodile in Sub-Saharan Africa, plus saltwater crocodiles in Southeast Asia and Australasia.|
|Hippopotamuses||500||one of the deadliest animals in Africa.|
|Elephants||500||may attack if startled, threatened, or injured, or when protecting their calves.|
|Lions||22||many in Tanzania, since lions get slaughtered outside nature reserves in most other African countries. Another (source) claims 200, which is a big discrepency.|
|Wolves||10||the whole 20th century no bad wolf attacks in the US, but Europe and Russia have had some.|
|Sharks||6||each year there might be ~90 reported bites, mostly nearshore and near sandbar areas, but very few deaths.|
... so turns out sharks get a really bad rap, you are ~100x more likely to be taken out by a hippo, 1,600x by a snail and 160,000 x more likely to be taken out by a mosquito. Also the people who do die from sharks are usually swimming in shark heavy water, which you probably don't do.
Deaths by Animals in Australian
Australia has a population of only ~26 million (as of 2022) - thirteen times less than the United States - but all my friends in the US seem to think that everything in Australia is trying to kill you. I'm not going to deny there aren't a bunch of injuries each year. I've been bitten by 3 snakes, but they were (non venomous) pythons that I was trying to catch. Mostly snakes steer away from you, and yes, occassionally a "death adder" will bite someone, but you probalby won't die if you go straigh to the nearest hospital. Spiders? We get huge spiders, but they don't really kill people... hardly ever. The top animal killers in Australia are the ones you try to pet and wouldn't suspect would ever kill you.
|#||Animal||Deaths/Year||... Comment & Source|
|1||Horses & friends||~14||includes horses, ponies and donkeys and mostly from falls. (source)|
|2||Cows||~3.3||mostly vehicle accidents. (source)|
|3||Dogs||~2.7||mostly by attacks on children (source)|
|4||Kangaroo||~1.8||car accidents (source)|
|5||Bees||~1.6||allergic reactions (source)|
|6||Sharks||~1.6||fatal attacks (source)|
|7||Snakes||~1.4||fatal bites without treatment (source)|
|8||Crocodiles||0.9||yup, although another (source) says 1 or 2 deaths per year.|
|?||Spiders||0||that's right, you might have 10,000 people hospitalized, but most years 0 reported deaths (source).|
Now compare that to:
- ~1,200 death per year on Australia roads. (source)
Deaths by Animals in North America
As of 2022 United States has a population of ~330 million, but it was surprisingly hard to find good data on animal attacks. Mostly becaure there are not that many deaths at all - the national parks are so small america has lost its "wild" and has far fewer animal deaths per population than Austalia in all categories. The main source I found quoted deaths over the last 50 years, so I had to divide the numbers by 50. Take these numbers with a grain of salt, but they are ballpark, and it's not clear or not if they included Canada to try to showcase larger numbers.
Now compare that to deaths from the animals you wouldn't expect
|Hornets, bees and wasps||56||stings|
|Dogs||30-50||attacks from people's pets|
|Livestock||40||about half from cows, half from horses (mostly falls from horses)|
|Dangerous spiders||7||worry about the brown recluse and the black widow|
|Venomous snakes||5||rattlesnake might bite 7000-8000 per year, but most are treated or not a leathal dose|
.. and then bears, cougars, alligators and sharks are all pretty low.
- Gun deaths: 33,000 per year (source)
- Ball point pens: ~100 per year (source) .... meaning you're about 10x more likely to be killed by a biro lid than any "scary" wild animal you can imagine in the states.