Deadly Fauna in Australia

Box Jellyfish

Australia is one of the most beautiful continents in the world. Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is the largest coral reef in the world, housing innumerable species of wildlife. Apart from the kangaroo, Australia is the home for koalas, platypuses and a host of other adorable little mammals. It is also the home to some of the most poisonous snakes, jellyfishes and other animals that can yield serious harm. There are a few animals in Australia you should always be cautious of.

Some of the most treacherous animals found in Australia are-

  • One of the most lethal animals in the world, Box Jellyfish is found commonly around the waters of the Great Barrier Reef. The Box Jellyfish has potent venom and stings that are incredibly painful and sometimes fatal. If you are stung by this creature you should rub on the sting with acetic acid or vinegar.
  • The saltwater crocodile, found in North Australia is one of the largest and the most powerful biters in the continent. With a bite force of over 6000 psi, these huge reptiles can crush the bones of a prey as big as a buffalo. Camouflaged in the water or mud, crocodiles have been known to hunt humans.
  • The stone fish, found well camouflaged as a rock on the sea bed along the Great Barrier Reef has a sting so powerful and venomous that it can cause paralysis and even death.
  • The Blue Ring Octopus that resides within the Australian waters is one of the most venomous sea creatures known to man. Though only the size of a golf ball, there is no antivenin to its bite and can cause muscle paralysis or sometimes cardiac arrest.
  • The deadliest snake of Australia, the Taipan is a brown snake that hunts rats. Though it generally avoids confrontation with human beings, it can strike when threatened.

Australia has an abundance of natural beauty that is mesmerising. But you should beware of these creatures when you come across one of these creatures.

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