Deadliest Animals in the United States [infographic]

Have you ever wondered what the most deadly animal is in the United States? Is it a predator like a mountain lion, bear or shark? Is it a poisonous snake or insect? The answer might surprise you.

We’ve pulled together data from several injury and fatality databases to pull together a list of the deadliest animals in the United States.

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The majority of the fatality figures in this infographic can be found in the Underlying Cause of Death, 1999-2009 report from the National Center for Health Statistics database. We ran a search on causes of death and found the codes linked to animal-related fatalities. Specifically:

Code* Cause of Death Deaths
V80 Rider or occupant injured by fall from or being thrown from animal or animal-drawn vehicle in noncollision accident 867
W55 Bitten or struck by other mammals 798
X23 Contact with hornets, wasps and bees 613
W54 Bitten or struck by dog 309
W57 Bitten or stung by nonvenomous insect and other nonvenomous arthropods 107
X25 Contact with other specified venomous arthropods 83
X21 Contact with venomous spiders 81
W59 Bitten or crushed by other reptiles 77
X20 Contact with venomous snakes and lizards 68
W56 Contact with marine animal 11
W58 Bitten or struck by crocodile or alligator 9
X29 Contact with unspecified venomous animal or plant 8
X22 Contact with scorpions 6
X24 Contact with centipedes and venomous millipedes (tropical) 4
W53 Bitten by rat 3
X26 Contact with venomous marine animals and plants 1
X28 Contact with other specified venomous plants 1

* We’ve included the code so you can see exactly what data we pulled

The National Center for Health Statistics database is full of helpful tables like the one above. For example if you wanted to know how Cattle & Bull ranked so highly on the list above, you could check out this report from just 4 states over 5 years.

Wikipedia also maintains fairly detailed list of animal-related deaths worldwide as well as those that occur in the United States.