There are lots of deadly creatures in Australia, here are my favorites.
Of all the tropical places to travel to, Australia certainly got the lions share of things that can kill you. Australia has far more poisonous, deadly and otherwise dangerous creatures living there than most other countries on Earth. I have compiled a list of my personal favorites from my travels in Australia. I have had the pleasure of meeting a couple of these creatures face to face!
Here are the top 8 deadly creatures in Australia.
1. Redback spider
Although a mere 14 people have died from red back bites in Australia, it is a nasty spider. Even though a bite from a redback spider is unlikely to kill, it is extremely painful. The pain often lasts more than 24 hours from the time of the bite. These spiders reside in urban areas and encounters are not uncommon.
2. Irukandji jellyfish
This jellyfish is known for it's tiny size and extremely strong venom. If stung by an irukandji, you may initially feel nothing more than a mosquito-bite irritation. Soon after however, the victim experiences severe pains and headaches, terrible cramps in the arms and legs, sweating, vomiting, increase in heart rate and blood pressure. Death can follow if no treatment is sought.
3. Taipan snake
The taipan is large, fast and extremely venomous. Typically, the taipan hides out in sugar cane fields and hunts rats and does not bother humans. If the taipan feels cornered or threatened however, it will attack fast and bite several times. Taipan bites often result in death.
4. Saltwater crocodile
Saltwater crocodiles are the largest of all crocodiles and alligators. Although not venemous, it doesn't take a genius to see that one bite could easily end your life.
5. Blue-ringed octopus
The blue ringed octopus is beautiful in color and lives in the waters off the East coast of Australia and southeast Asia. Don't let it's beauty fool you. A bite from this nasty creature results in almost immediate loss of motor function that quickly leads to cardiac arrest.
6. Stone fish
Of the top deadly creatures in Australia the stone fish has to be the ugliest. Known to be the most venomous fish in the world, the stone fish lives on reefs, camouflaged as a rock. It’s venom comes from spines on it's back causing shock, paralysis and tissue death depending on the severity of the sting. The pain from a stone fish sting is said to be excruciating and can lead to limb amputation or death.
7. Brown snake
Brown snakes are typically around 1.5 meters in length but can grow to more than 2 meters. They feed on small rodents but will bite if threatened by a human. One bite will cause death in a short time if left untreated. Even a juvenile brown snake can kill a fully grown man.
8. Great White shark
Great White sharks typically do not target humans. They usually feed on sea otters, rays, fish of various sizes and sea birds. Attacks to happen though and are often fatal. One more reason not to swim in Australia.
There you have it, the top 8 deadly creatures in Australia. It seems that there are more deadly creatures in Australia than any other place on earth. I can attest to the fact that it's a beautiful country and well-worth visiting. Just be sure that if you go to use utmost caution to avoid all these things that can kill you!