DANGEROUS ANIMALS IN AUSTRALIA
Added on: 24th Sep 2016
The blue-ringed octopus is recognized as one of the world’s
most venomous marine animals. However, despite being
considered one of the deadliest animals in Australia, this
small octopus has been responsible for only three
recorded deaths in the twentieth century.
SYDNEY FUNNEL-WEB SPIDER
Probably the most notorious of all spiders, Sydney funnel-webs
have a fearsome reputation. Most of this is deserved but some
is exaggerated. It can be found within a 100 km (62 miles) radius
of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, and according to
science its bite can cause serious injury or even death
in humans if left untreated.
The intimidating-looking saltwater crocodile has a wide snout
compared to most crocodiles. However, it has a longer muzzle
than the mugger crocodile and its length is twice its width at the
base. It’s responsible for multiple attacks (some of them fatal)
in Australia, where it’s considered one of the most deadly animals.
EASTERN BROWN SNAKE
The eastern brown snake is widespread throughout eastern
Australia, from northern Queensland to South Australia, with
isolated populations occurring in central and western parts
of the Northern Territory. This medium-sized snake, with a
slender to moderate build and a smallish head barely
distinct from the neck might not look as intimidating as other
snakes but its bite is one of the deadliest in the world since
it’s considered the second-most poisonous animal in the world.
According to the Australian Shark Attack File, kept by
researchers at Sydney’s Taronga Conservation Society,
there have been 1,003 shark attacks in Australia since
records started being kept in 1791, and 232 of them have
been fatal. All told, about one quarter of shark attacks
are fatal, with the majority of them coming from the
meanest shark of all: the bull shark.
Irukandji jellyfish are tiny but extremely venomous jellyfish
that inhabit the waters off Australia. They are able to fire
their stingers into their victim, causing symptoms
collectively known as Irukandji syndrome. An interesting
thing about the Irukandji jellyfish is that it also has stingers
on its belly whereas most jellyfish have stingers only on their
tentacles. Biologists have yet to discover the purpose
behind this unique characteristic.
Even though honeybees are not considered some of the most
deadly species in general, it looks like in Australia they are
responsible for one to two deaths annually. It’s estimated
that up 3% of the people in Australia are allergic to
apitoxin which is the venom produced by honey bees.
The Indo-Pacific or Australian box jellyfish is claimed to be
the most venomous marine animal known to man and its
sting is often fatal. This extremely poisonous marine stinger
frequents Australia’s northern oceans all year round. However,
it is particularly dangerous during the wet season, from about
November to April.