The Deadliest Animals In Australia
Australia is a country renowned for its unique and distinctly dangerous wildlife from the smallest of insects to the impressive great whites that patrol the coastlines of the country.
Here we look at some of their most fearsome creatures including the blue-ringed octopus.
1. Blue-Ringed Octopus
A tiny and beautiful octopus that looks rather stunning, it is quite often missed as it hides in amongst coral reefs. With a painless bite that can go unnoticed, within five or ten minutes they can induce paresthesias, numbness, muscular weakness and a difficulty breathing and swallowing.
There is no known antidote to these bites although they haven't actually killed that many people. The best thing is just to avoid them and wait it out if you do receive a bite.
2. Eastern Brown Snake
Considered the world's 2nd most venomous snake, it is native to Australia, New Guinea, and Indonesia. Typically this species doesn't issue fatal bites but it does have the power to do so, and they should be treated immediately.
Because of their mainly rodent diet, they are often found near houses or farms thus making them that much more dangerous.
3. Inland Taipan
Australia seems to have a wealth of horrifying reptiles including the Inland Taipan whose bite can kill within the hour. Usually quite timid, they can be incredibly aggressive when deciding to attack.
Drop for drop, the most venomous snake in the world.
4. Box Jellyfish
Named for its boxy shape, this jellyfish has a sting that can cause cardiac arrest and nerve damage if given a hefty enough dose of it.
Its tentacles stretch more than two meters (6.4 feet), and they can lurk in muddy, unclear waters during the warmer months when people are looking to go swimming. It's for these reasons that National Geographic gave this feared aquatic species a 10/10 danger rating.
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