What Are the Most Dangerous Animals in the Rainforest?

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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.

A view from inside the amazon rainforest.
A view from inside the amazon rainforest. (Image: Atelopus/iStock/Getty Images)

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.

A close-up of a gaboon viper
A close-up of a gaboon viper (Image: Milos Manojlovic/iStock/Getty Images)

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.

A red poison dart frog sits on a leaf in the Amazon rainforest.
A red poison dart frog sits on a leaf in the Amazon rainforest. (Image: dirk ercken/iStock/Getty Images)

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.

A bengal tiger.
A bengal tiger. (Image: Jo Ann Crebbin/iStock/Getty Images)

Jaguar

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.

A jaguar in the Equadorian rainforest.
A jaguar in the Equadorian rainforest. (Image: Ammit/iStock/Getty Images)

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 550 lbs. 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.

A green anaconda swims at night.
A green anaconda swims at night. (Image: Tom Brakefield/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

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