The 10 Deadliest Animals In Australia

The 10 Deadliest Animals in Australia

Australia is an exciting and beautiful vacation destination. You can go kayaking in the Australian Everglades, wildlife viewing, surfing at their beautiful beaches, diving with sharks and hiking. But before you venture out on the thrilling adventures in Australia, it's important to educate yourself on some of the deadly animals that live there.

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Beware of the dangers lurking around the ocean and take safety precaution while exploring the wilderness and popular sites.

Great White Sharks

Coffin Bay, Australia is one of the most shark infested beaches in the world. The most common shark there is the great white.

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In 2011 a man went diving from the port of Coffin Bay. He was attacked by two sharks and his body never returned to the surface.

The Venomous Inland Taipan Snake

This snake is usually found in regions of central east Australia. It can grow up to 8 feet long and has extremely toxic venom.

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"The venom of the inland taipan is a complex combination of toxins, including neurotoxins or those that affect the brain and nervous system, procoagulants which make blood clot, myotoxins which affect the muscles and nephrotoxins which affect the kidneys,"according to

The Mouse Spider

There are about eight species of mouse spiders found in Australia. They have short, thick legs with very large fangs.

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They are aggressive; if you provoke them, they will bite you. A bite by this spider may cause severe illness and pain at the site of the bite. You may experience difficulty breathing, coughing, sweating and muscle weakness.

Blue-Ringed Octopus

This deadly sea creature is commonly found around southern New South Wales, South Australia.

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They are small in size and like to hide in crevices and camouflage. Don't antagonize them; they will attack you. Their venom contains tetrodotoxin, which is a neurotoxin that is powerful enough to kill humans.

Eastern Brown Snake

This snake is responsible for the most deaths caused by snakebites in Australia, according to Reptile Park.

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They are usually found along the East coast from Cape York, to Queensland and Victoria. They are well-known for their speed and aggressiveness.

Honey Bee

The Australian Honey Bee is very common throughout Australia.

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They were originally introduced by early European settlers to ensure a good supply of honey, according to the Australian Museum. However, they have come to be known as one of the deadliest animals – they are venomous and dangerous.


Saltwater Crocodile

The Saltwater Crocodile is the largest living crocodile on Earth and one of the deadliest animals commonly found in Northern Australia.

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National Geographic says that they will literally feed on anything they can get their jaws on.

Bull Shark

Found in both saltwater and freshwater, this shark is one of the most dangerous of the entire shark species.

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They are commonly found on the rivers in the East coast of Australia. Bull sharks are known for their aggressive personalities. National Geographic explains that they are "fast, agile predators, they will eat almost anything they see, including fish, dolphins, and even other sharks."

Box Jellyfish

Causing more than 60 deaths within the past hundred years in Australia, it's no wonder the Box Jellyfish made this list.

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They have extremely powerful venom; a sting from this jellyfish can cause headaches, vomiting, muscle spasms, difficulty breathing and death.

Textile Cone Snail

Found in the waters of Australia, is this extremely venomous sea creature.

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The venom of the cone snail is strong enough to paralyze instantly, according to National Geographic. There are approximately 500 species of cone snails. The textile cone snail is the deadliest. They have been responsible for a number of human deaths.