Pretty Much Everything in Australia Is Trying to Kill You – 10 Pictures

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Some people know it as the world’s smallest continent, some recognize it as the surfer’s haven, but the thing that makes Australia truly unique in the world is its highly peculiar, but also quite deadly fauna. From poisonous snakes and spiders, to highly aggressive birds, Australia is considered to be the home of the most dangerous animals.

Not the largest, but the most aggressive

Although the Great White Shark is the largest brother in family, Australia’s Bull Shark is actually the biggest troublemaker. It is so aggressive that it tends to attack anything passing nearby when hungry. Its diet consists of any living thing that passes through its jaws, and it is even documented that Bull Sharks tend to resort to cannibalism. According to National Geographic, Bull Sharks possess special glands that enable them to inhabit freshwater which makes them especially dangerous for humans who don’t expect to find sharks in local rivers. 

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Looks like a peacock, but kicks like a mule

From Australia’s tropical forests in the north comes a bird so unique that it looks like a creature from prehistoric times. It has bright colors and it cannot fly, but it can run really fast. It is the second largest, but the most dangerous bird in the world, the southern cassowary. The reason this funny-looking bird has a place on this list is because the southern cassowary is very aggressive and territorial. So, if you happen to stumble upon a cassowary in nature, do not try to approach it because you will probably get a powerful kick in the chest which is usually deadly because of Cassowary’s dagger-like claws.

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Underwater disco ball

Its name comes from neon-blue rings scattered all over its body which glow when the Blue-ringed Octopus is in danger or hunting for pray. The octopus weighs less than 30 grams but it is still the most dangerous cephalopod on the planet. The reason this little critter is deadly is because it possesses a highly dangerous toxin called tetrodotoxin (1200 times stronger than cyanide) which is not produced, but actually gathered from various toxic bacteria in the ocean and then stored in its saliva, MarineBio reports. The Blue-ringed octopus usually inhabits shallow reefs along the coast of Australia, so adventurous swimmers and divers should be alarmed if they encounter this little guy.

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A living “dinosaur”

This monstrous creature couldn’t have survived more than 500 million years if it truly didn’t belong to our list of Australia’s most dangerous animals. Meet the Sydney funnel web spider, a creature that had been one of the worst nightmares of Sydney-area inhabitants until an anti-venom to its deadly bite was developed in 1981. Its trademark fangs are the largest spider fangs in the animal kingdom. It is said that a funnel web can pierce even a human toenail. 

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A deadly sea mosquito

Victims of this Australian resident can experience vomiting, headaches, high blood pressure (potentially lethal) and a feeling of impending doom. Can you even imagine that these symptoms can be caused by a jellyfish which is only 0.2 in (5mm) long? It is the Irukandji jellyfish that can cause all these problems. Their sting is nothing more than a mosquito bite, but the consequences people could experience if they were to disregard their sting could be deadly. These sea critters inhabit the clear waters of Queensland, so swimmers beware, even a tiny sting can be dangerous in Australia.

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