Ten Dangerous Animals That You Can Meet In Australia
Cone snails are venomous and capable of "stinging" humans, live ones should be handled with great care or preferably not at all. The species most dangerous to humans are the larger cones, which prey on small bottom-dwelling fish; the smaller species mostly hunt and eat marine worms.
A cone snail has a cone-shaped shell, a head, and tentacles. There are approximately 500 species of cone snails. They live in the Indian and Pacific oceans, the Caribbean and Red seas, and along the coast of Florida.
Tiger snakes are a type of venomous snake found in southern regions of Australia, including its coastal islands and Tasmania.
The tiger snake uses venom to dispatch its prey, and may bite an aggressor; they are potentially fatal to humans. Tolerant of low temperatures, the snake may be active on warmer nights.
The blue-ringed octopus are the octopus species that live in tide pools and coral reefs in the Pacific and Indian Oceans, from Japan to Australia.
Despite their small size, 12 to 20 cm (5 to 8 in), and relatively docile nature, they are dangerous to humans if provoked and handled, because their venom contains tetrodotoxin, a neurotoxin powerful enough to kill humans.
Atracinae, commonly known as Australian funnel-web spider, is a subfamily of spiders in the funnel-web spider family Hexathelidae.
Australian funnel-webs are one of the most dangerous groups of spiders in the world and are regarded by some to be the most deadly, both in terms of clinical cases and venom toxicity.
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The inland taipan also commonly known as the western taipan, the small-scaled snake, or the fierce snake, is an extremely venomous snake of the taipan (Oxyuranus) genus, and is endemic to semi-arid regions of central east Australia.
The only antivenom available for general distribution for Australian snakes was the monovalent tiger snake antivenom, which gave varying degrees of cross-protection against the bites of most other dangerous Australian snakes.
The eastern brown snake often referred to as the common brown snake, is a species of venomous elapid snake of the genus Pseudonaja. This snake is considered as the world's second most venomous land snake based on its LD50 value (SC) in mice.
It is native to Australia, Papua New Guinea, and Indonesia. It can be aggressive and is responsible for about 60% of snakebite deaths in Australia.
The bull shark, also known as the Zambezi shark or, unofficially, as Zambi in Africa and Nicaragua shark in Nicaragua, is a requiem shark commonly found worldwide in warm, shallow waters along coasts and in rivers.
Bull sharks are the most dangerous sharks in the world, according to many experts. This is because they're an aggressive species of shark, and they tend to hunt in waters where people often swim: along tropical shorelines.
The saltwater crocodile, also known as the estuarine crocodile, Indo-Pacific crocodile, marine crocodile, sea crocodile or informally as saltier, is the largest of all living reptiles, as well as the largest riparian predator in the world.
Due to their size, aggression and distribution, saltwater crocodiles are regarded as the most dangerous extant crocodilian to humans.
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Latrodectus is a genus of spiders in the family Theridiidae, most of which are commonly known as widow spiders.
Due to the presence of latrotoxin in their venom, black widow bites are potentially dangerous and may result in systemic effects (latrodectism) including severe muscle pain, abdominal cramps, hyperhidrosis, tachycardia, and muscle spasms. Symptoms usually last for 3–7 days, but may persist for several weeks.
The great white shark, also known as the great white, white pointer, white shark, or white death, is a species of large mackerel shark which can be found in the coastal surface waters of all the major oceans.
Not very much is known about the size of the great white's total population. Described as a slow-growing animal with low fertility rates, the Great White is considered at risk of overfishing.
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