Top 10 Crucial Hunters in the Animal Kingdom

Top 10 crucial hunters in the animal kingdom

This list doesn’t focus on an animal’s ‘ugliness’, but on their strange and unusual characteristics. Some have been around for hundreds or even thousands of years, but they may be new to you.



Tarantulas are very large and often hairy belonging to the family of spiders of which approximately 900 species have been identified. The tarantula is an invertebrate that relies on an exoskeleton for muscular support. Tarantulas mainly eat insects and other arthropods, using ambush as their primary method of prey capture. The biggest tarantulas can hunt animals as large as lizards, mice, birds and small snakes. All tarantulas can produce silk. Female specimens have been known to reach 30 to 40 years of age.

 Black Mamba

black mamba

The black mamba is an extremely venomous snake endemic to sub-Saharan Africa. It is the longest species of venomous snake in the continent. It is among the fastest moving snakes in the world, capable of moving at 11 km/h over short has the lifespan of 11 years.



A piranha is an omnivorous freshwater fish that inhabits South American rivers. They are known for their sharp teeth, powerful jaws, and voracious appetite for meat.  Piranha attacks tend to peak in the dry season when food is relatively scarce and the water levels are mainly attacks the children.

 Gray wolf


The Gray wolf is also known as the timber wolf, or western wolf is a native to the wilderness and remote areas of North America, Eurasia, and northern, eastern and western Africa. The gray wolf generally specializes in vulnerable individuals of large prey.

Komodo dragon


The Komodo dragon is a large species of lizard found in the Indonesia. Komodo dragons hunt and ambush prey including invertebrates, birds, and mammal. Komodo dragons also occasionally attack humans in the area of West Manggarai Regency where they live in Indonesia.



Crocodiles are large aquatic reptiles that live throughout the tropics in Africa, Asia, the Americas and Australia. Crocodiles are ambush predators, waiting for fish or land animals to come close, then rushing out to attack. Crocodiles mostly eat fish, amphibians, crustaceans, molluscs, birds, reptiles, and mammal’ has a lifespan of 90-100 years.

 Grizzly bear


Grizzly- the golden and grey tips of the hair. Grizzlies are more aggressive than black bears when defending themselves and their offspring.  Grizzly normally avoid contact with people. In spite of their obvious physical advantages and many opportunities, they almost never view humans as prey; bears rarely actively hunt humans. It feed on fish such as salmon, trout, and bass, and those with access to a more protein-enriched diet in coastal areas.



Lions are the second largest cat prefer to scavenge when the opportunity presents itself with carrion providing more than 50% of their diet. They scavenge animals either dead from natural causes (disease) or killed by other predators, and keep a constant lookout for circling vultures, being keenly aware that they indicate an animal dead or in distress. The lionesses do most of the hunting for the pride.

Great Sharks


The great white shark has no natural predators other than the killer whale. Besides, the human capabilities on water are very limited compared with the abilities of sharks in their natural habitat. Sharks are aggressive and the smallest provocation will lead to an attack.

Killer whale


Fish-eating killer whales prey on around 30 species of fish. Killer whales are highly social. This feeds mammals, fishes and birds. Killer whales are very sophisticated and effective predators of marine mammals.

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