Top 10 Deadliest Animals in Australia
Australia is a country known for its dangerous animals. It has the deadliest snakes than any other country in the world. It’s filled with venomous snakes, aggressive sharks and deadly spiders etc. We’ll take a look at the most dangerous based on human fatality rate.
1. Box jellyfish
Its sting mostly kills humans and it’s known to be the most venomous marine animal. It’s mainly found at Australia’s northern oceans. It has about 15 tentacles in every corner of its body and each tentacle has thousands of sting cells. They’re not that visible in water due to their color, which is pale blue and transparent.
2. Irukandji jellyfish
It’s one of the most venomous jellyfish and it’s one of the smallest. The sting is usually hardly felt. The irukandji syndrome usually occurs after 30 minutes after being stung. The symptoms include lower back pain, muscle pains, chest pain, severe headache, sweating. If left untreated immediately the result may be fatal.
3. Bull shark
This is one of the deadliest sharks in the world. They’re aggressive by nature and live near tropical shorelines. They’re considered to be the most dangerous sharks because they can inhabit freshwater, rivers and tributaries, so encounters with humans are highly likely. They get their names from their short snouts.
4. Eastern brown snake
It’s known as the species responsible for most deaths in Australia. They’re mostly about 2 meters long and move at high speeds especially on hot days. It’s mainly found in Eastern Australia in open pastures and grasslands.
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5. Saltwater crocodile
They’re mainly located all across the north of Australia. Australian crocodiles are the largest reptiles on earth and can weight over 1,000 kilos. They measure 6 to 7 meters long and mainly eat small fish, birds and turtles but they can also hunt much larger prey like pigs and buffaloes.
6. Sydney funnel web spider
They possess a highly toxic venom and its fast acting. Before the anti-venom was introduced in 1981 it was responsible for most deaths by bite. They’re mainly located in east coast and highlands of Australia.
7. Blue-ringed octopus
A very deadly sea animal. They’re found in Australia and eastern indo-pacific. The bite from this octopus may seem slight and painless but after 5 minutes the victim starts to experience numbness, weakened muscles, breathing difficulties, nausea and vomiting.
8. Tiger shark
It’s usually found close to the coast in temperate waters. They average 3.25m and weigh 385 to 909 kg. It’s also a solitary hunter, which means it hunts at night. It gets its name from the stripes on its body. It mainly feeds on fish, seals, and turtles. Etc.
9. Cone snails
It’s said that one sting from this snail could kill many adults. Its venom consists of neurotoxins which affect speech and ability to see clearly. The last known death by a cone snail in Australia was in 1935.
10. Coastal taipan
This is a very venomous snake specie. They’re mainly located in Northern and Eastern Australia. It’s a very large snake and it’s the largest venomous snake in Australia and also the longest fangs. They can measure from 1.5 to 2 meters.