Animals Wildlife 11 Animals More Likely to Kill You Than Sharks By Jaymi Heimbuch Writer California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo Jaymi Heimbuch is a writer and photographer specializing in wildlife conservation. She is the author of The Ethiopian Wolf: Hope at the Edge of Extinction. our editorial process Twitter Twitter Jaymi Heimbuch Updated July 26, 2019 Don't be so scared of this guy; it's the other animals in this roundup you should be worried about. bryan scott photography/Flickr Share Twitter Pinterest Email Animals Wildlife Pets Animal Rights Endangered Species Sharks are kinda scary. In the water they're faster than us, can appear from what seems like out of nowhere in an instant, and pack a solid bite. It's easy to get nervous when you're in the dark ocean and unsure what's swimming by with a toothy grin. But sharks aren't the animals you should be most afraid of — in fact, when you compare the number of deaths from sharks to an array of other animals, it's clear there are many other animals more likely to cause your demise. Mosquitoes Mosquitoes' saliva makes it easier for them to get to our blood and it makes us itch. mycteria/Shutterstock 655,000 people killed each year, primarily in Africa, through the little buggers spreading malaria left and right. Hippos The hippo has an impressive set of teeth. Karel Bartik/Shutterstock 2,900 people are killed by these moody mammals annually in Africa. That roly-poly exterior is just to lure you in. Deer Deer can dart across the road quickly. Tom Reichner/Shutterstock 130 people killed across the U.S. by deer, almost exclusively because drivers hit the deers with their cars. That saying "a deer in the headlights" came about for a reason. Bees Bees have far more important work to do than to sting you. Tambako the Jaguar/flickr 478 people between 2008 and 2015 in the U.S. because of an allergic reaction from being stung by either bees, wasps or hornets. Dogs You might not want to pet every dog you meet. Verkhovynets Taras/Shutterstock 272 people were killed between 2008 and 2015 in the U.S. (Fido isn't always your best friend.) Ants Small but mighty, ants can pack a dangerous bite. skynetphoto/Shutterstock 20-50 people are killed each year in Africa from ants. They may be small but dozens, hundreds, even thousands of stinging ants can add up. Jellyfish Not all jellyfish are dangerous to humans, but some have incredibly potent venom. Baishev/Shutterstock 20-40 people per year die in the Philippines alone from anaphylaxis caused by the stings. Cows You may just want to admire cows from the other side of the fence. thka/Shutterstock 22 people are killed in the U.S. every year from these seemingly docile creatures. They're fun to pet, but getting kicked in the head by one ... not as fun. Horses Hanging out with a horse? Stay away from those back legs...and those teeth. Rita Kochmarjova/Shutterstock 20 people die each year thanks to our equine friends. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said 72 people die every year from "other manmals" — that includes horses, cattle and pigs. Spiders Spiders can be deadly, particularly the black widow spider. Sari ONeal/Shutterstock 6 people die in the U.S. every year from spider bites. Snakes If you see a rattlesnake when hiking or camping, obviously leave it alone. Brent Myers/flickr 6 people die from venomous snake bites each year in the U.S., which isn't a whole lot considering what a common sight they are in popular hiking and camping areas. Sharks Sharks have a lethal reputation, but are responsible for fewer deaths than you think. Allan Lee/flickr <1 person is killed each year in the U.S. and fewer than six worldwide are killed by sharks. From 2006 to 2010, there were just three fatalities from shark attacks in the U.S. Granted if you're swimming with bull sharks, you're more likely to die by shark attack at that moment than a cow. But most of us aren't in the water with sharks as often as we find ourselves next to a cow on a visit to a farm or at a petting zoo. And we certainly are around bees and ants a whole lot more often than sharks. But if you find yourself swimming in the ocean — or even some rivers — you're probably nearer to sharks than you realize. With millions upon millions of beach-goers and surfers taking to the water every day, only a small handful are ever bitten or killed by sharks. So if you find yourself harboring feelings of fear or even hatred of sharks, you might want to take a step back and gain a little perspective. They aren't nearly as deadly as you might think.