You'll Understand Why Australia Is A Scary Place After You See These Photos...Yikes
Australia is a popular tourist attraction, commonly known for their beautiful beaches, but don't be fooled by the facade. Australia is home to some of the most dangerous animals and poisonous insects on the planet. While it may not be enough to deter you from visiting or living there, you definitely should be aware of what you're up against, whether it be a tiny spider or a great white shark.
Commonly found floating along the Great Barrier Reef, the sting of a box jellyfish can cause excruciating pain and sometimes fatalities. Each corner of the jellyfish has about 15 tentacles, each containing about 500,000 cnidocytes, which are explosive cells that inject venom into the victim.
This is what a box jellyfish sting looks like. Ouch!
1. Pythons are this big. 2. Flying foxes (which pretty much look like the modern day pterodactyl) exist. And 3. Pythons eat flying foxes. No thank you, Australia.
Saltwater crocodile even end up on the streets!
Being pinched by these alien-like creatures called coconut crabs cause excruciating pain, not because they're poisonous,f but because they hold their grip for a long time.
Australia is home to three of the most dangerous sharks in the world: the bull shark, the tiger shark and the great white. All are likely to attack humans. I sure hope that surfer made it out okay and didn't get attacked by the great white swimming by him.
Tasmanian devils, found only on Australia's island state of Tasmania, is considered the largest carnivorous marsupial in the world. Though they shake nervously or become still when faced with a human, they have been known to eat dead bodies of murder victims. There are also myths of them eating humans that wander into the forest.
A stonefish can look like a rock or coral reef but it is one of the most venomous fish in the world. The spines on the dorsal fin inject toxic venom that cause immense pain and possible death.
Pythons are strong enough to pull wallabies up out of the water. Wow.
Merely growing up to 5 to 8 inches, the blue ring octopus is one of the most venomous creatures in the ocean. There is no antidote to its venom, which is powerful enough to kill humans.
The great white shark can grow up to 21 feet and is responsible for the most reported unprovoked attacks on humans, even though humans are not their choice of prey.
The tiger shark falls second to the great white on attacks towards humans. Though most attacks are not fatal, tiger sharks often dwell along shallow reefs, harbors, and canals, giving them many opportunities to encounter humans.
Bull sharks are extremely aggressive by nature and lurk in warm, shallow waters, giving them more interaction with humans than any other shark.
This is an earthworm. An earthworm! Sure, it's not dangerous, but it's giant!
This is what happens when you come in contact with a stonefish.
Who knew that one of the most poisonous animals on earth would be a snail? But that's right! One drop of venom of a marble cone snail can kill 20 humans and there is no antidote.
Australia is also home to a variety of insects, like this swarm of solder beetles.
The saltwater crocodile is the largest reptile in the world with males growing up to 22 feet. They are quick and strong and treat human as prey if in their territory.
This is also where some of the world's most poisonous spiders live.
The Sydney funnel web spider can grow up to 2 inches long and has venom that is toxic enough to cause serious injury and death if left untreated. Their defensive behaviour also causes them to strike multiple times when they bite.
The redback spider is responsible for the most incidences that require antivenom than any other venomous creature in Australia. 2,000 to 10,000 humans in Australia are bit every year by this spider.
In Australia, you can also be swarmed with tons and tons of flies.
A cassowary is a flightless bird that is slightly smaller than an ostrich whose feet have sharp, dagger-like claws. They're dangerous because they have been known to kick humans and animals if provoked, which cause serious injury that can lead to death.
Okay, so this is not a dangerous animal, but I wouldn't want to be stuck in a storm when hail bigger than pool balls are falling out of the sky. Australia definitely is a crazy place.