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In Germany there are not only poisonous animals that can be dangerous. (Iconic image) © Frank Rumpenhorst / dpa

It’s no secret that there are venomous animals like the viper in Germany – but others that are underestimated for their harmless appearance are even more dangerous.

In Germany there are not only many poisonous animals that are dangerous to humans, but also other creatures that are harmless because of their size, aggressiveness, strength or because of infectious diseases. In the worst case, it can kill people. * He explains what are the twelve most dangerous animals in Germany and why these creatures pose a danger to humans.

12 most dangerous animals in Germany: this animal is the most dangerous

Perhaps the most dangerous animal in Germany is scattered throughout the Federal Republic and is often noticed too late due to its size: the tick. Although spiders are not poisonous, they can transmit a variety of infectious diseases to humans, such as Lyme disease, a bacterial infection primarily caused by Borrelia burgdorferi.

According to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), about three percent of three- to six-year-olds and seven percent of 14- to 17-year-olds in Germany are bitten at least once by a tick infected with Borrelia. According to the RKI, Lyme disease can cause “many forms of disease in different organs.” In the worst cases, the trunk, arms, and legs can become paralyzed, or the heart can become inflamed, which can manifest itself in an arrhythmia. In addition, ticks can lead to tick-borne encephalitis (TBE), which is caused by TBE viruses and occurs mainly in southern Germany. Experts warn: 2021 should be a tough year for TBE*.

The most common type of tick in Germany is “Gemeiner Holzbock”. The alluvial forest tick is especially dangerous to dogs. It can transmit so-called “canine malaria”, and if the disease is not treated quickly, it is usually fatal to its four-legged friends. TBE can also be transmitted by baby ticks. * Provides information on how best to protect yourself from tick bites and TBE*.

The 12 most dangerous animals in Germany: danger from the air

In second place is an animal that Bill Gates has already described as “the most dangerous animal in the world”, but it has not yet spread in Germany, and therefore has not reached the first place. However, the insect that is dangerous to humans is also common in Germany: the tiger mosquito. The state health office (LGA) in Baden-Württemberg warns of serious infectious diseases that can be transmitted by the tiger mosquito*, such as dengue fever, Zika virus or chikungunya virus.

In general, insects should not be underestimated because of their size. Wasps and bees ranked third and fourth among the most dangerous animals in Germany. Although they are generally harmless and only bite when they feel threatened, they can quickly become dangerous, especially for people with allergies. In an emergency situation, a sting can also be fatal. By the way, hornets – giant hornets – are less aggressive than their smaller relatives. They flee when threatened rather than attack unless their nest is in close proximity.

The 12 most dangerous animals in Germany: the danger lies in German forests

Fifth place goes to an animal that is not an insect, does not bite or sting, but it can be very dangerous to humans. The animal lives in the forest, according to the German Nature Conservation Union (NABU), adult males can weigh up to 250 kilograms and their lower teeth sometimes protrude more than ten centimeters from the jaw – we are talking about wild boars.

Usually, wild boars are not aggressive, but females – “Bache” – can be especially dangerous. When people meet a mother animal including her small animals – pigs – the most important thing is to keep calm. Pigs only attack when they feel ambushed, threatened, or cornered, such as mentioned. It is best to keep walking and ignore the wild boars as much as possible. Pigs must be avoided at all costs, otherwise the mother animal will attack.

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Wild boars can become dangerous if they feel threatened. (Iconic image) © Lino Mirgeler / dpa / Iconic image

If the worst came to the worst and the wild boar stood there snoring with its head down and indicating its readiness to attack, then frantic movements should be avoided. It’s not worth escaping far, pigs are faster runners than humans and are also excellent swimmers. She advises: “Walk slowly back and talk calmly with the animal. It is important to get a sufficient distance from the wild boar – that way you feel safe.”

Germany’s 12 most dangerous animals: underwater dangers

The dangers of animals also lie in the water: jellyfish. The yellow-haired jellyfish ranked sixth among the most dangerous animals in Germany. The art population is also known as “fire jellyfish” and is found primarily in the North Sea and western Baltic Sea. Contact with the tiny tentacles of the yellow-haired jellyfish stimulates stinging cells that penetrate the skin with the stinging tube and inject the victim with venom. People experience allergic skin reactions, it becomes red, swollen and burns. Human injuries are treated like burns and are very painful.

12 most dangerous animals in Germany: poisonous animals in Germany

The country’s poisonous animals are, of course, among the most dangerous in Germany. The most dangerous poisonous animal is the nurse thorn toe, a type of spider that grows up to 1.5 cm. Their bite is especially dangerous for humans because it can completely penetrate human skin – the poisonous tentacles of almost all native spider species are too short for this. Once bitten by a thorn toe*, its venom causes swelling and pain that can lead to circulatory collapse and chills.

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The viper is one of two venomous snakes in the state of Baden-Württemberg. © Günter Hansbauer / dpa

The only poisonous snake in Germany occupies the ninth and tenth places: the viper and the viper. The current case shows how dangerous the snake is: a twelve-year-old German girl was bitten by a snake* while on vacation in Austria and had to be taken to hospital by helicopter. * Explains what to do if you are bitten by a snake*.

The 12 most dangerous animals in Germany: unclear but harmless

The oak procession moth is widespread in Germany – whole regions are repeatedly banned for small animals, as was the case recently in Heilbronn*. Touching the stinging bristles of dental spinning can cause severe itching, skin redness, swelling, and pus blisters. It becomes dangerous when the hair reaches the mucous membranes. Irritation of the mucous membranes in the mouth and nose from inhaling hair can lead to bronchitis, painful cough and asthma. Associated general symptoms such as dizziness, fever, fatigue, and conjunctivitis may occur. In extremely rare cases, anaphylactic shock reactions are also possible.

Last but not least, there is another animal in Germany that is not only dangerous for cars: the fish itself is not a dangerous animal, but dog-like predators still pose a danger to humans. Diseases such as rabies can be transmitted through animal feces, which is why the caterpillar ranks 12th among the most dangerous animals in Germany. * is an offering from IPPEN.MEDIA.

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