What is certain is that thanks to its diverse geography, Australia has a huge variety of animals. And while it is true that not all can kill you, there are enough so that you look where you step two times.
Below we will show you 8 of the most deadly animals in Australia:
1 – Sea Wasp
The people and the animals that receive the peck of its sting suffer serious consequences in just a few minutes such as paralysis, cardiac arrest and, sometimes, death.
These “cute” creatures can be found in the warmer waters of the world, although the most venomous variety lives in the Northern Territory of Australia and the coast of Western Australia.
2 – Sydney Spider
These poisonous spiders are found in and around the largest city in Australia, and around the coast of New South Wales, but rarely venture beyond those areas. This animal has the accolade of being considered the most deadly spider in Australia.
Its scientific name Atrax robustus, which describes the robust frame of the chandelier. Its bite can be deadly to humans. As is the case with most species of spiders, the male is much smaller and, unfortunately, lives a shorter life.
3 – Marine Crocodile
The Australian saltwater Crocodile occupies a prominent place among legends and the western culture. These animals are extremely powerful, in fact, are the largest reptiles in the world. Some of them can weigh over 900 kilos.
The male is extremely aggressive and territorial. Even so, the deaths caused by attacks of crocodiles are not very common, usually because people try to stay away from their territory. Generally, one death is reported every two or three years.
4 – Blue-ringed Octopus
Yes, the blue-ringed octopus is beautiful, but don’t let that fool you. This small cephalopod is one of the most poisonous animals in the world. Usually, live in the coastal regions of Australia and Japan. Because they love the hiding places and the food offered by the areas close to the coast, humans often come in contact with them quite regularly.
As with most animals, will never seek to attack a human being, but if they bother them a real disaster can happen. There is still no antidote to their poison, so that death may occur in a matter of minutes.
In fact, this little innocent looking animal contains enough venom to kill 26 human adults in a matter of minutes.
5 – Great white shark
The great whites can be found in several places off the coast of Australia. They can reach up to 4.5 meters long and can exceed 2 tons of weight.
Although they do not feed on humans (thank God), sometimes they confuse humans with other animals and attack them. In 2016, 23 people were attacked by these sharks, even though only two died. Most of them were unprovoked.
6 – Jellyfish-Irukandji
Okay, this is not huge, but look at the size of the Jellyfish Irukandji. It is very small, it barely reaches a centimeter in length. And, however, is one of the most deadly animals on the planet. There are 16 species of this jellyfish, and they are all equally lethal. This, in particular, dwells in the waters of the Northern Territory of Australia.
Most jellyfish have stingers on their tentacles, but this small range also has in its whole body. In addition, they can fire stingers full of venom directly into their prey. The sting can be deadly because it is able to cause brain hemorrhages in a matter of minutes.
The venom of the Irukandji is 100 times more potent than the venom of a cobra. About 75 people are bitten and admitted to the hospital each year because of this small medusa.
7 – Viper of death
Australia is home to a large variety of snakes, but this variety is fairly common and is one of the most lethal. Before an antidote to the poison was developed, about 60% of the people who were bitten by this snake, died hopelessly.
The areas in which people must take special care to monitor this snake is found along the east coast of Australia and further inland in New South Wales and Queensland. They are also sometimes seen on the sandy shores of Australia’s, and in Perth, on the west coast.
8 – Stone Fish
The colorful and deadly stonefish live in the bottom of the tide pools in northern Australia. Usually found hiding among rocks or under mud and sand. Its typical brown-green color helps it blend in even more.
Along its back are several rows of sharp spines filled with poison. Humans usually encounter with this fish when they step on it by accident. The bite is extremely painful and the affected area swells quickly. Its venom can cause death almost instantly.
Depending on the number of spines that penetrate into the tissue and the depth that they do, victims may experience temporary paralysis, shock, muscle weakness and, if you do not seek medical treatment immediately, death.