15 NOPE Animals That Make Australia a Scary Place
Australia is a place that many people would like to visit in their lifetime. There is a lot to do and see, such as taking all terrain vehicles to desert, or visit the Sydney Opera House. Australia is a hub for well known and experienced surfers. It is a great place to be for nature lovers as well. Australia may have many thing that attract people to come, but it also has things that scare people away. There are things, mostly animals that will make you say “nope,” when asked to go to Australia. Before saying yes to a trip to the outback, look at some of the things that also call Australia home.
Flying Foxes A flying fox is not a fox that has wings and can take to the skies. It is actually the largest species of bats known to man. They live in tropical areas like Australia. The flying fox has an average wingspan of 4 ft 11 in and weigh 1.5 and 2.5 pounds. Flying fox meat is considered a delicacy in many of the place that they inhabit. Even though people have been living with them for years seeing one of these things hanging in your backyard is not a welcoming sight.
Snakes Snake on a plane, in your toilet, snakes are literally everywhere in Australia. These aren’t the little garden snakes that you see from time-to-time either. In Australia you are more likely to see giant pythons that stretch up to five feet and beyond. Here is a picture of a python in someones toilet. That’s an unpleasant surprise in the mourning.
Dingoes Australia is home to dingoes. They are wild dogs to give them a basic description, but they’re just bigger, faster and stronger. The dingo is the largest terrestrial predator in Australia, and plays an important role as an apex predator. Unlike your pet Scruffy, dingoes mainly hunt animals like rabbits and kangaroos. Farmer in Australia have had problems with dingoes killing their animals and eating them. In this picture you can understand why they are an apex predator. This dingo was in the mood for a sea food dish so he got a shark.
Crocodiles Australia is known for having all type of reptiles. The most famous reptile in Australia is the crocodile. We can thank cultural icons like Steve Irwin the crocodile hunter, and Crocodile Dundee for making crocodiles synonymous with Australia. We can think these giant crocodiles themselves for deterring people from visiting and living in Australia. Just like snakes it’s not unusually to see a crocodile in an unusual place.
Great White Sharks The most furious type of shark in the water is the great white. The great white shark is known for its massive size. It can grow to be 21 feet long, weigh over 7,000 pounds and swim north of 35 mph. The movie Jaws was about a killer great white, which solidified its reputation of being really aggressive. The waters of Australia is were many great whites dwell. After seven people in Western Australia were killed in unprovoked shark attacks, the state government implemented a policy of killing large sharks to protect the people.
Paralysis ticks Only in Australia can you get bitten by a tick and rendered paralyzed. The Ixodes holocyclus or better known as the Australian paralysis tick injects neurotoxins into its host with every bite. It is very common for people and animals to get bit by one of these ticks. They can mostly be found in areas of high rain fall or where it is really wet like on the eastern coastline of Australia.
Spiders Australia is home to a lot of spiders. I mean a lot of different types of spiders. Australia is also home to some of the most deadly spiders as well. Beware of the Redback spider that likes to hide in mailboxes and garden sheds, the Australian tarantula also known as whistling or barking spiders because of the sounds they can produce by rubbing their front limbs against their jaws. The most deadly spider in Australia is the Sydney funnel-web Spider, that has fangs larger than a brown snake’s and so powerful they can even pierce through nails and toenails delivering a huge amount of venom.
Black millipedes Black millipedes are less harmful but more of a pest in Australia. This species was accidentally introduced into Australia without its natural enemies which allowed for them population to grow without regulation. If you are not a fan of creepy crawlers then, this may be a deal breaker for that Australia trip.
Giant Earthworms Here is something that won’t sit well with most people. Giant earthworms. Earthworms are not really dangerous but they’re not suppose to be this big and if the earthworms can get this big imagine the other things that can grow to be bigger than normal. Officially named the giant Gippsland earthworm, it is indigenous to Australia.
Mole Crickets Crickets for the most part are no threat. They are usually heard more than they are seen and can prevent you from sleeping at night at the most. In Australia there is a different kind of cricket that will scare you. The mole cricket just looks tougher than all the other crickets. Though it is not an aggressive insect, it can deliver a painful bite if it feels cornered .
Poisonous Centipedes Next in the long line of poisonous creatures that can kill you in Australia are centipedes. Centipedes, despite their small size, quick moving predators. Centipedes and millipedes are often confused, but they are different. Millipedes only eat plant life and and cannot bite. As for centipedes, they use small claw like legs to bite and administer poison. Some centipedes can kill snakes. Watch where your step, centipedes have often been found inside of peoples homes.
Irukandji jellyfish One of the main attractions of Australia are its beaches. If you don’t see the signs first, many of the natives will tell about the jellyfish there. One of the most deadly creatures in Australia is in the water, the Irukandji jellyfish. Despite it being almost unseen by the naked eye, it makes its presence known by their sting. Irukandji jellyfish’s venom is 100 times as potent as that of a cobra and 1,000 times as potent as that of a tarantula. The venom induces excruciating muscle cramps in the arms and legs, severe pain in the back and kidneys, a burning sensation of the skin and face, headaches, nausea, restlessness, sweating, vomiting, an increase in heart rate and blood pressure, and psychological phenomena such as the feeling of impending doom. Yikes!
Box Jellyfish The Irukandji jellyfish is not the only jelly fish that packs a punch. The physically bigger and more known box jellyfish has caused many beach goers pain and even death for some. If stung by a box jelly fish, a quick treatment is to pour vinegar on the wound to neutralize the venom and to ease the pain.
Blue-ringed Octopus The Blue-ringed octopus is the only species of octopus that is fatal to humans. There is no anti-venom available, making them one of the deadliest inhabitants in Australia’s ocean. Blued-ringed octopus live in tide pools and coral reefs, and with the Great Barrier Reef being in Australia they are abundant.
Marbled Cone Snail Even the snails in Australia are scary. The marble cone snail is a predator. It is venomous and its stings can cause respiratory muscle paralysis leading to death. The most venomous of the 500 known cone snail species, it responsible for several human deaths. Their venom is delivered via a harpoon-like tooth. If you weren’t scared of snails before this one will change that.