The animal kingdom is home to literally thousands of species of animals, fish and insects. Many of these species survive by depending on evolutionary traits that help them hunt. But there are some species of animals that have developed their hunting skill to such an extreme they are known for it. The animals on this list are considered to be one of the best predators in their respective habitats.
There are hundreds of types of tarantulas in the wild and they are most commonly found in the tropics. Tarantulas typically have a 5-inch body with an inch long leg span earning its title for one of the best insect hunters in the world. It is almost certain that any insect unfortunate enough to cross paths with the tarantula will meet its end. They have large fangs that deliver a paralyzing venom that cripples their prey. Tarantulas are nocturnal hunters that can even hunt bigger prey like frogs, mice and even small birds.
- Black Mamba
Black Mamba is one of the deadliest snakes in the world, holding the title for the longest venomous snake in Africa. It reaches lengths of up to 14 feet and hunts prey bigger than it usually mammals and birds. They are very aggressive and will repeatedly bite the prey injecting its venom. It then follows the prey until it collapses in a few minutes. The toxin the black mamba releases is a neuro-toxin and death is imminent within a few minutes.
Crocodiles are one of the best predators in their habitats. They are ambush predators which means they lie in wait until a prey gets close. When they do, it bites down on the prey with enough force to break bones. Once a crocodile has a prey within their jaws, there is little left for the prey to do to escape. But most often, the crocodile will drag their prey underwater cutting off any hope of survival. As a bonus, crocodiles’’ stomachs have the ability to digest any kind of bone or horn they might ingest. They usually hunt buffaloes, zebras, and boars in their African habitat.
- Black Bears
Black bears are of the longest surviving species of the bear family. Their omnivorous diet and extremely high intelligence have let them become a dominant force in their habitat. They have huge paws and powerful jaws that can tear flesh and break bones easily. Bears have also developed special claws to help hunt fish, specifically salmon along with the ability to swim really well. Even on land, they have speeds reaching 60 km/h letting them chase prey like moose and deer as well. Truly an all-around offensive predator that adapt to even human settling into their habitats.
The Great White Shark is the largest predatory fish in the world and its spot as the best in the ocean goes uncontested mostly. Since these sharks have no natural predators except maybe killer whales, they are free to do whatever they want to. They usually feed on sea lions, turtles, and seals but are capable of taking almost anything they can find. Their skill set includes a re-growable set of 300 serrated sharp teeth arranged in rows, a keen sense of smell and powerful jaws and teeth. They can also swim at 40 km/h to catch on the very rare chance that a prey escapes from its jaws. The great white shark can be considered as an over-powered predator.