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There are hundreds of animals that could kill you.

I don’t care if you’re a 98 pound weakling or a rippling wall of pure strength and power, you could still never take on a fairly significant percentage of the animal population without benefit of firearms. You could be mauled by a bear, eaten by a shark, or trampled by an elephant. I think the coolest deadly animals, however, are the venomous ones. Here’s our list of the top 5 most venomous creatures in the world.


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5. The Stonefish

The stonefish or dornorn is officially considered the most venomous fish in the world. It takes its name from the fact that, well, it looks like a stone. It can blend in well in the shallow tropical waters it inhabits, mostly in the Indian and Pacific oceans. The nasty part of the stonefish is on its dorsal fins. There is where you’ll find a row of spines filled with a toxic venom.

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If you have the bad luck to get stuck with one of the stonefish’s venomous fins, you’ll find yourself in a world of hurt. The venom hurts so much that some people who’ve been stung have wanted the limb amputated. It can cause shock, paralysis, tissue death, and even fatalities if not treated within a few hours. The stonefish has at least one beneficial use. It’s a very expensive sashimi called okoze in Japan.

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