10 Of The Most Dangerous Animals In Australia
Australia is the home to thousands upon thousands of different species of animals, insects, fish, and more, and yet most of those are actually quite dangerous to the general population. The country is the home to some of the most dangerous and deadly animals on the entire planet, believe it or not, which makes us a bit wary to take a lengthy trip their in the summer time. Sharks, spiders, and snakes get the majority of the bad press, despite horses being a major killer in the country. Here are ten of the most dangerous animals throughout Australia.
The reef stonefish has the incredibly capability of camouflaging itself so it appears like an rock in the water. By stepping on this deadly fish, though, the dorsal fin spines inject an extremely poisonous venom capable of killing a human being if left untreated.
The redback spider is found in various regions throughout Australia, especially within disturbed and urban areas. The notorious Black Widow is a close relative to the redback, and the only differences is the appearances of a red stripe.
Often considered one of the world’s most venomous snakes, the inland taipan is far from being the most dangerous there is, though it is deadly. They tend to live in remote, semi-air regions of the country, and being bit can definitely put your life in danger.
The highland copperhead has managed to come from the coldest, high-rainfall regions of Australia, where the majority of snakes would simply perish. Their venom destroys the red blood cells in the human body, and releases hemoglobin into surrounding fluids. While not fatal, their bite is incredibly painful and causes horrible damage to the muscle and bone tissue.
Blue Ringed Octopus
The blue-ringed octopus is easily recognized due to the neon blue rings around its body. Despite it’s adorable appearance to some, this is one of the world’s most venomous marine animals in existence. The small octopus, despite being so deadly, is only responsible for three deaths in the twentieth century.
One of the most notorious spiders in all of the world, the Sydney funnel-web spider has a fearsome reputation for a reason. They tend to be found around Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, and it is said that their bite can cause serious injury or death if left untreated.
According to researchers, the Sydney Bull Shark is responsible for the majority of shark attacks, most of which are fatal. One-quarter of total shark attacks are fatal, but the bull shark is responsible for the majority of those.
The Irukandji Jellyfish is incredibly tiny, but extremely venomous. They inhabit the waters off Australia, and are capable of firing their stingers into their victims. They also have stingers along their stomach, too. Biologists are unsure of why this has occurred.
The Honeybee is not considered a deadly species in general, but they are known for causing multiple deaths every year throughout Australia. It is estimated that about 3 percent of people in the country are allergic to the venom produced by a honeybee.
The box jellyfish is said to be the single most venomous marine animal in the entire world. Its sting is often fatal, unfortunately. The extremely poisonous stinger frequents the northern oceans around Australia all year around, but are particularly dangerous in the wet season, between November and April.