Australian Wildlife

poisonous snake

Australia has more deadly wildlife than another other continent – you’ve got to watch out both on the land and the sea. As a friend said to me when we first arrived in Australia, “treat everything as if it can kill you”.

Of the world’s 10 most poisonous snakes, all of them are Australian. Five of it’s animals are the deadliest of their kind in the world: the funnel-web spider, box jelly-fish, blue-ringed octopus, paralysis tick and stonefish. Even the seemingly harmless male duck billed platypus has a pair of short spurs each hooked-up to a venom gland that makes a viciously painful toxin.

Thankfully spurrings are rare, those that survive them report pain resistant to morphine and strong enough to induce vomiting which can persist for days, weeks or even months.

Steve Irwin was renowned for his love of the Australian Wildlife, nicknamed ‘The Crocodile Hunter’ he became a world famous conservationist.

Steve Irwin was killed by a stingray spine in the chest on 4th September 2006 when filming a documentary called the Ocean’s Deadliest. “He came on top of the stingray and the stingray’s barb went up and into his chest and put a hole into his heart” said Stainton, who was on board Irwin’s boat the Croc One.

Even though, Australia may have some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, it may have hidden dangers such as the box-jelly fish which is responsible for more deaths in Australia than snakes, sharks, and salt water crocodiles put together. Here is more information on some of Australia’s more dangerous residents.

But please don’t let any of this put you off emigrating to Australia, its still a wonderful country despite the Australian Deadly Wildlife.