Fill out your data to get our latest news and publications








    Colombia’s Famously Fearsome Animals

    Colombia is one of the world’s most diverse countries and some of our animals are famous across the globe for […]

    Colombia is one of the world’s most diverse countries and some of our animals are famous across the globe for the impressive power of their venom. Even though Colombia’s most poisonous and predatory creatures tend to dwell deep in the jungle, far from humans, it’s still worth doing everything you can to avoid these critters:

    Snakes

    Colombia is world famous for its snakes. It has six different species of snake and hundreds of sub-species, with 34 snakes that are only found in Colombia. It was once home to the titanboa, a giant 40ft snake that roamed the country shortly after the age of the dinosaurs. Nowadays Colombia has everything from harmless ground snakes to highly venomous coral snakes and pit vipers, as well as boas, such as the anaconda, which kill their prey by constriction. Luckily, our eight different boa species tend to feast on bats, birds and small mammals, rather than us.

    Snakes, colombian animals, Colombia's poisonous animals

    Photo: Wikipedia

    Spiders

    Spiders are everyone’s favorite horror creature, ever since the movie Arachnophobia showed them at their worst. Most Colombian spiders are harmless, but there are one or two it is best to avoid.  Brown recluse spiders, black widow spiders and banana spiders can all give you a nasty, toxic bite. Banana spiders tend to go for a walk at night and find their way into clothes, shoes, bedding, tents and equipment so if you are camping, it’s best to take precautions. Soldiers in Colombia’s Army stretch their socks over the tops of their boots while they sleep to avoid any unwanted stowaways.

    Colombian spiders

    Photo: Wikipedia

    Scorpions

    They may look terrifying, with their curly tails and ominous pincers, but most South American scorpions can inflict no more of an injury than your average wasp or bee sting. Except that is for one or two, which can cause severe reactions, including high fever. Colombia has two potentially deadly scorpions – Centruroides noxius and c.suffusus­. Scorpions are usually only active at night, so if you are sleeping in the wilderness, it’s worth giving your clothes a good shake in the morning.

    Colombian scorpions, Colombia's poisonous animals, Alacrán, Black scorpion

    Foto: Wikipedia

    Frogs

    Who would have thought the humble frog could do you any damage? Colombia is home to almost 800 amphibian species and most of them are beautiful, colorful and utterly harmless. But the golden poison dart frog, from Colombia’s Pacific coast, is a different story. This tiny frog is the world’s most poisonous animal, carrying enough poison in its skin to kill up to 20 humans just by touch. This creature, which comes in every color under the sun, is naturally best avoided, although scientists are testing its poison to see if it can help in the fight against Alzheimer’s, cancer and HIV. Poison dart frogs are protected and have their own dedicated reserve in Choco, Colombia.

    Colombia's poisonous animals, poisonous frogs

    Photo: Wikipedia

    If you are fascinated by the world’s most fearsome animals, the answer is Colombia. If you liked this article, please share it on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+ or any of your social networks.

     

    You may also enjoy:

    Fabulous Colombian Birds

    7 Curious Colombian Animals

    Colombian insects you can eat

    4.4/5 - (137 votes)
    Artículos recomendados
    Valledupar Colombia

    Vallenato, the history of an entire region

    Valledupar is the hottest place in Colombia, a city built on scorching plains that stretch between the region’s huge snow-capped...
    postres colombianos, queso con bocadillo, colombia, guayaba, dulce

    Five weird food combinations you will only find in Colombia

    Colombian cuisine is a huge part of the country’s identity and has been influenced by its history and traditions. But...
    Teatro Jorge Eliécer Gaitán, Jorge Eliecer Gaitan, classical music, Bogotá, Colombia

    Where to see classical music in Colombia

    Colombia is a famously musical country, but with all that cumbia, vallenato, ranchera, salsa, merengue and pop, you might be...
    Fotos de tenistas

    Cabal and Farah, Colombian double pride at Wimbledon

    Cabal and Farah, Colombian tennis players, are now the world's number one in doubles mode after winning at Wimbledon 2019.
    Poisonous Colombian frog, poisonous frog in Colombia, poisonous animals Colombia

    Colombia’s Famously Fearsome Animals

    Colombia is one of the world’s most diverse countries and some of our animals are famous across the globe for...
    Colombian religious museums, Museums, Tourism, Religion

    Six museums filled to the brim with Colombia’s religious treasures

    Colombia has a vivid religious history and houses some of the most beautiful religious art, artifacts, furniture and jewelry in...

    The pre-Columbian era

    The Chibchas are the first population that inhabited what we know today as Colombia in the fifth century BC.
    Colombian destinations, Colombia off-the-beaten-track, Colombian secret destinations, Colombia tourism

    Five distant Colombian destinations you must visit

    Colombia is irresistible for tourists and with its beaches, jungles, deserts, mountains and cities, there is something for everyone. But...
    parque del café, coffee zone, coffee triangle, cultural landscape, tren, paisaje cafetero, coffee, coffee cultural landscape

    Six parks you have to visit in Colombia’s world famous Coffee Cultural Landscape

    Colombian coffee is the world’s favorite, beloved for its flavor, scent and strength. Every coffee lover should take a trip...

    Anyone for caving? Five caves you have to explore in Colombia

    Colombia is a country of natural marvels, from snow-capped mountains and plunging waterfalls to thick jungles and fearsome rivers.