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10 creatures that deliver the most painful stings and bites

By: Bryan Nelson on July 25, 2011, 10:40 a.m.
Stingray

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Stingray

The creature that killed Steve Irwin isn't usually a threat to humans, but it won't hesitate to strike with a painful, serrated barb if threatened. Aside from being laced with venom, the barbs are also known to break off in the wound, occasionally requiring surgery to remove. It doesn’t help that the barbs are most often delivered to the sensitive underside of a person's foot while wading along the beach. This is one sting you won't soon forget.