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The top deadliest animals that live in Australia

Everybody knows that Australia is home to more than its fair share of venomous critters. Beasts with sharp teeth and a penchant for delicious human meat also roam freely until they meet Crocodile Dundee and end up as leather bags. But it’s such a beautiful country that this shouldn’t stop you from visiting, so we wanted to let you know which are the usual suspects so that you can easily avoid them.  

Blue-Ringed Octopus

This spectacular octopus despite being the size of an Apple, packs a surprising punch and holds enough venom to kill a human twenty six times over, (or twenty six different humans in a row). Even though the animal is rather shy, our advice is not to get too close to a cephalopod for which there is no effective anti-venom. The only available treatment is performing CPR until the victim is connected to an artificial ventilator up to when the victim can breathe on his own again.

Australian Stonefish

Stonefish

This sneaky fish pictured above lives near the warm coasts of Australia and may be camouflaged as a rock on which you may step on.  Treading on it would clearly not be a great idea, as its venomous stings cause can excruciating pain if the skin is punctured, and can kill a fully grown human in only two hours.

Spiders

Yes, everybody’s least favorite insect is well represented Down Under. You should be careful in your travels especially with two types of local spiders: The Redback and the Sydney Funnel-Web. While the former is shy and avoids intentional contact with humans or pretends to be dead if challenged, the latter is foul-natured and aggressive.

The good news? Antidotes exist for both types of bites, but the bad news is that they are usually administered at hospitals so you would have to make it there in one piece, and considering the huge distances between places in Australia, this is not always a given. Just avoid any red or hairy spider you may encounter and you’ll be fine. We’re sure you do so already.

Platypus

Are we crazy? Is this adorable but weird-looking cross between a duck and a beaver dangerous? Well, sorry to burst your bubble, but yes. Males possess a  spur on their heel that can send you to the hospital in pain, although fortunately it’s not lethal.

Box Jellyfish in Australia

Box Jellyfish

Seemingly floating peacefully in Australian waters between the months of October and May, the box jellyfish is one of the most menacing creatures of the sea. If stung, your first symptom that something is amiss would be insufferable pain, followed almost inevitably by falling into unconsciousness and very probably cardiac arrest. This invertebrate can also move using speeds of up to 3.5 knots, which is not shabby at all, but on the plus side they are beautiful to look at from afar.  

Crocodiles

Australia is proud home to one of the most aggressive animals alive, the crocodile. Two separate species inhabit the area; freshwater and saltwater crocodiles. While the freshwater crocs only attack if they feel themselves cornered or threatened, but the saltwater ones (or “salties”) are very territorial and presumably just love the taste of your meat.

Measuring up to 20 feet and weighing up to a whopping 2200 pounds, if one of these beasts attacks you, you’d better pray to Steve Irwin’s soul and run away as fast as you can.

Koala

Just kidding. Koalas are delightfully cute animals, but their adorable faces can distract you long enough for some other animal on this list to eat you.

Sharks

Dun dun. Dun dun. DUN DUN DUN DUN… And then probably a loud “CHOMP” sound. Unfortunately we’re not only talking about the film “Jaws”, but of a stark reality that takes a handful of lives every year.

Even though human meat is not palatable for sharks, some species of shark can become curious enough of our splashing around to give us a test bite to find out if we’re as tasty as we seem. Unfortunately, surfers wearing wetsuits and resting on their surf boards closely resemble seals when viewed from underneath, albeit very scared and nasty tasting seals.

Australian White Shark

Snakes

All you need to know about these slithering vertebrates is that within the ten most venomous species of snake, six of them inhabit Australian soil. So if you hear any suspicious hissing, walk backwards as fast as you can just in case!

Kangaroos

Kangaroos are everywhere in Australia, and during your travels you’ll probably see them mostly in the form of roadkill. Even though they are harmless to humans, they do cause injuries and even death for drivers unfortunate enough to run over them at top speed. Imagine this scenario: If an adult kangaroo weighing 150 pounds is attracted by your cross lights and hops onto your hood at 70 mph, the end result will not be pleasant for the insurance company or for your dentist if the kangaroo breaks through the windshield.

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