Scared Of Snakes? Wasps, Dogs Deadlier

Beware the snake, the spider and the scorpion, though you are much more likely to be killed by a bee or a dog, according to report in the N.Y. Times.

Of the 1,610 people killed in encounters with animals be­tween 2008 and 2015, 478 were killed by hornets, wasps and bees, and 272 by dogs, according to a study published in Wilderness & Environmental Medicine. Snakes, spiders and scorpions were responsible for 99 deaths over the eight years.

Using a database published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, researchers found that 72 people an­nu­ally were killed by “other mammals,” which includes horses, cattle and pigs.

Only six people a year died from snakebite, and six after being bitten by a venomous spider. Two people were killed by marine animals, and no one was killed by a rat.