Depending on where you live, this may or may not come as a surprise: Deer are the deadliest animal in the United States, killing an average of 120 Americans annually. It’s not because they’re vicious, though; most of these deaths are caused by car accidents, especially as urban development continues to shrink the animal’s natural habitat. And compared to global data on deadly animals, death-by-deer hardly makes a blip in the numbers. The deadliest animal in the world is the Asian cobra, causing nearly 50,000 fatalities a year. That’s followed by the puff adder snake, the ocellated carpet viper, the kissing bug, the assassin bug, the freshwater snail and the tsetse fly, all of which have more than 10,000 fatal encounters with humans a year.
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After deer, the number of Americans killed by an individual type of animal drops significantly. Each year, around 58 citizens are killed by a bee, wasp, or hornet, according to CDC data. Of course, bee stings aren’t lethal events for most people. But for the two million Americans who are allergic, a sting means it’s time to get to the hospital ASAP. These are the 10 most dangerous bugs you need to watch out for.