Top 15 Dangerous Animals of The Amazon Rainforest

Amazon Rainforest is a moist forest located into nine nations of South America along the Amazon River. The river basin of Amazon is largest and most biodiverse region in the world and home to over half of the planet’s remaining rainforest along with largest collection of living plants and animal species. Image source: ipfactly

Green Anaconda


Green Anaconda is also called as water boa is the largest snake in the world and one of the heaviest snake on planet earth. This non-venomous boa species found in South America, live in swamps and marshes of Venezuela,Brazil, Ecuador and Peru.

Black Caiman


The large carnivorous reptile is one of the biggest extant members of the Alligatoridae and Crocodilia family along with the American alligator. Black caiman is the largest predator of the Amazon ecosystem and the most dangerous species to humans in Amazon rainforest.

Electric Eel


Electric Eel is the only species in Amazon ecosystem that can blast prey with 500 volts of electricity. This electric fish inhabit fresh waters of the Amazon basin and Orinoco river in South America.

Red Bellied Piranha

Red-Bellied Piranha

Red-Bellied Piranha is one of the most dangerous species of piranha native to South America and mostly found in the Amazon river basin. Because of the aggressive behavior piranha has developed a reputation as a ferocious predator and considered to be highly carnivorous.

Poison Dart Frog


Poison dart frog generally found in rainforests of Costa Rica, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela. These brightly colored species of frogs are diurnal and have great toxicity and levels of alkaloids.

Lancehead Pit Viper


Lancehead Pit Viper is one of the venomous pit viper species endemic to a small island of Brazil. Amazon rainforest is home to a large number of pitviper such as two-striped forest pitviper,Amazonian palm viper and lance head pit viper.



Jaguar is spotted big cat and is the third-largest feline and the largest in the Americas. The jaguar range across a variety of forested and open terrains and dense Amazon rainforest is its preferred habitat.

Bull Shark


Bull Sharks are one of the most dangerous sharks in the world and famous for one of the most frequent attackers of people,found as far down the Amazon as Iquitos in Peru. Bull sharks can live in both saltwater and freshwater of rivers.

Assassin Bug


Assassin Bug is also called as kissing bug, potentially known for very dangerous and painful bite. Kissing bugs are famous for their habit of biting humans on the face near the lip.

Harpy Eagle


Harpy Eagles are among the world’s largest and most powerful raptor found in the Americas. American harpy eagle usually inhabits lowland rainforest of Brazil,Argentina in South America.

Brazilian Wandering Spider


Brazilian wandering spider is aggressive and venomous spider mainly found in tropical South America forest. This armed spider is regarded as the world’s most venomous spider and potential enough to harm humans.

Amazonian Giant Centipede


Giant yellow-leg centipede is also known as Amazonian giant centipede found in various places in South America. The Amazonian centipede is one of the largest species of centipedes in the world and known to be very aggressive.

Bullet Ant


Paraponera clavata is a powerful species of ant inhabits in the lowland rainforests from Nicaragua to Paraguay. These ants are also renowned for their powerful sting and tribes of Brazil use bullet ant stings as part of their rites.

Tree Boa


Amazon tree boa is a non-venomous species of boa found in South America and found in variety of colors and patterns from black,yellow,gray,brown to any shade of orange and red. These animals are notorious and very aggressive,found in Amazonian Brazil, Costa Rica Ecuador and Peru.

Vampire Bat

Vampire Bat

Common vampire bat is one of the three bat species that actually feed on blood, found Amazon region of Brazil. Common vampire bat attacks on humans in a village of the Amazonian communities and transmit rabies to humans.

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