Ticks may not look too scary at first glance, but if you consider that they are the main perpetrator of the spreading of illnesses like Lyme’s Disease which can have life changing effects, they start to take on a scarier stance. Couple that with this picture of a paralysis tick – the bug on the left is what a tick looks like on a normal day. The tick on the right is a tick after it has had a feed on its prey and all its blood. Looks pretty gross right?
There’s a reason that crocodiles and their body shape have not changed for millions of years. They are one of the world’s most successful predators and have kept their dinosaur type look throughout their evolution as their strength and amphibious nature has allowed them to survive and multiply in Australia, amongst other countries around the globe. This crocodile is so big that it has had to be tied down with several ropes and gaffer tape to keep him and his jaws away from causing harm.
Spiders are a fairly common fear for many humans. Arachnophobia has people bolting across their living rooms if an 8 legged creature is spotted. Many are harmless, but many, especially in Australia are exceedingly poisonous – so much so that they can kill. It is unclear what breed these spiders are, but they, and their thick and huge web, are enough to scare even the most apathetic of persons. Whether they are venomous or not, it would take a brave person to go near this apparent nest.
A Million Millipedes
As the show, I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here, (set in the Australian jungle) demonstrates, creepy crawlies do not have to be deadly to be scary – as this picture of hundreds of millipedes show. Whilst perfectly safe, having a nest like this in your house is a pretty horrid thought, but it is very much a possibility for many citizens in Australia where millipedes multiply in their droves, as this picture suggests. Disgusted? Keep on clicking to find out more deadly outback animals.
Snakes That Get Everywhere
One of the most alarming notions regarding deadly animals in the outback, is the frequency with which they entered not only towns and,cities and villages, but also people’s home and shops like this one. This huge snake has managed to make it well inside this charity shop’s walls too and can be seen browsing with other customers. Hopefully, the local pest services were called soon to help the proprietors get rid of the snake safely and quickly too so that they can get back to their day jobs.
Tattooed By A Boxfish
For a great deal of the year, swimming off the East coast of Australia is forbidden owing to several types of jellyfish, the Boxfish being one of them. It garnered its name from its unique cube shaped body. It has some potent venom in its tentacles as this picture suggests. The tentacles have left burn marks on this poor gentleman’s leg and has, no doubt, left him with scars on his skin. Unusually for a jellyfish, they actively hunt for their food as opposed to being dragged along by currents.
Not Just Any Old Housepet
This picture is, at first, difficult to identify what exactly the animal is. It is, in fact, a giant earthworm that can grow up to a massive three meters in length. Given that the average earthworm in the back garden in the Northern hemisphere is about 15cm, that’s a huge difference. Australia has 1000 other species of worm in its back gardens. Last year, owing to a long rainy season, there was a mass deluge of the giant breed across the country. Click next for more disgusting specimens.
The Big Headed Bug
This strange looking thing, even for an insect, is called a mole cricket and is responsible for the loud sound that citizens and tourists alike can hear, almost to deafening effect, when they visit parts of the great down under. They love urban areas as well as woodlands but are most common in any area that is well watered – hence why they are common in back gardens. They can grow to about 4 cm long and often feed on grass roots, causing much annoyance to green fingered Australians.
Going For A Sharkie
Sharks, like crocodiles, are another breed of animal on Earth that have barely changed through their evolutionary process over millions of years. As a species, they simply have had no need given that they are such effective predators. They are a very scary prospect in the water as can be seen in this image as well as several films, including the infamous Jaws by Steven Spielberg. For Australians living on the coast, however, they are a very real danger that they need to be exceedingly careful of.
Snakes in Australia are worthy of being high on most people’s phobia lists. Especially when you see pictures like this that sees a snake eating a crocodile, another great predator, almost whole. The snake is managing to eat the crocodile as they are able to dislocate their jaws to swallow their prey. Snakes will often eat prey far too big for their bodies, but then not need to go hunting for a long while afterwards. Totally weirded out yet? Click on to read about more deadly outback animals.
Whilst not deadly, flying foxes are pretty daunting animals nonetheless. They are the largest bats on Earth and can have a wingspan of up to 1.5 meters. They are in danger of dying out due to human intervention, even though they are one animal that help in pollination through helping to disperse seeds across the outback. There are some trees, like the Eucalyptus that are exceedingly dependent on them for reproduction. Weirdly, they have nipples in their armpits and are the only mammal on the planet that can fly.
Another 8 Legged Enemy
Spiders aren’t the only 8 legged species to be afraid of on the huge island of Australia. Indeed, not happy with having waters infested with deadly jellyfish and huge man eating sharks, Australian waters also have to contend with the Blue Ringed Octopus that is also deadly to humans. Even worse news is that there is no antitoxin available to help those that are bitten by one of this animal’s tentacles. Scared to go into the water now Down Under? Keep clicking for more deadly animal facts.
People who keep snakes as pets will more often than not feed it dead mice that they have bought from a local pet store. This slightly plays down just how deadly snakes can be to anything that passes it. Here is a prime example of a bat that has fallen prey to the jaws of a python who is happily munching away on its catch. It does not look particularly easy to swallow, but the snake will open those dislocated jaws to get it down whole.
Beware the Cassowary
Cassowaries are flightless birds like Emus or Ostriches. They can be exceedingly dangerous and can be found in the most North Easterly parts of Australia. They’re not deadly in the same way that spiders or snakes are with their venom, instead, if they are angered their actions with their beaks and talons can rip a man’s insides out right in front of him leaving him to bleed out. Hence why this gentleman is protecting himself with a six foot high shield. Click next to hear more deadly animals from Australia.
At first, this image is difficult to make out as an animal that lives in Australia. Instead, it looks like a huge muddy puddle that one would otherwise step through in wellies. However, it is actually a picture of a giant jellyfish that has been washed ashore and is a prime example of one of the several types of jellyfish that live off Australia’s shorelines. A giant jellyfish has been known to be over 50 feet in diameter. Their sightings are rare however, so little is known about them.
Croc Dundee Upon Sea
Whilst sharks are well known to live in the waters off Australia, what is less well known is that surfers and swimmers should be just as aware of saltwater crocodiles that are just as dangerous. Images like this one captures a rarely seen saltwater croc, taken from the nearby beach. It is almost haunting in how scary it is. Hopefully the sirens were called soon after the sighting to clear the waters of humans who would have been in immediate danger from such a predator.
Great whites are probably one of the most feared animals on the planet. And for good reason. Images like this show just how brave surfers in Australia are as they continually return to the waters to catch waves. This shot also gives a comparison for perspective reasons on just how big Great Whites can get. Given that a surfboard is about six feet long, and the shark in the red circle is longer, it is possible to see where the Great White gets it name from.
Snakes On A Plane
It is a fairly well-known fact that cockroaches could outlive a nuclear attack, but looking at pictures like this may make some wonder if snakes could do the same too. This snake has managed not only to survive to take off to a vast height, it has also managed to hold on – thus demonstrating its strength, even without hands and feet to hold on with. It is both an incredible and scary sight all in one. Pretty amazing stuff right? Click on to see more deadly animals.
Don’t Let My Size Deceive You
This small jellyfish is so miniscule that you almost can’t see it. However, don’t let its size deceive you. It is an Irukandji jellyfish and they are one of the most venomous animals on the planet, regardless of its size. It is, reportedly, 100 times more deadly than a cobra. This makes it an extremely dangerous animal, plus when you add to the mix the fact that they are incredibly difficult to spot, they are one of the deadliest animals on the planet.
Up Creek Street
The late, great Steve Irwin was a huge lover of all animals in his native Australia. It is a passion that he passed on to his daughter who is pictured with him here. She has reportedly continued his work at his wildlife enclosures that are open to the public. Here, he is holding a baby crocodile that he has found in a nearby creek. His handling of crocodiles was down to years of training and he often said should not be attempted by anyone but professionals.
This picture looks like a CGI of an animal in a Sci Fi Hollywood film that was spawned to bring destruction to the world. Unfortunately, it is a very real thing and is a Giant Venomous Centipede. As the name suggests, it is lethal to humans and can kill many other animals by biting it – regardless of its size. It is a carnivore so feasts on its prey after it has paralyzed it with its bite. Shocked? Keep on reading for yet more staggering deadly animal facts.
Hiding In Plain Sight
This picture, at first, seems simply to show an ocean scene of some coral and the sea bed. However, upon closer inspection, it is actually depicting a stonefish who gained its name for obvious reasons. They’re nasty little animals owing to the fact that are so difficult to spot and can sting humans, thinking they are prey, which can cause huge pain to the unsuspecting victim. They often sting humans for protective purposes, but they are still fish to be wary of when entering Australian waters.
Whilst people like Steve Irwin may have gone looking for trouble by making their day job about the further exploration and learning of some of Australia’s most deadly animals, most Australians are still painfully aware of how some species can turn up in the most unexpected, but dangerous of places. This is a prime example with a snake having found its way into a golf hole where a human would, reasonably, put their hand to retrieve a golf ball – without looking and fall prey to a deadly bite.
On Fraser Island, a huge sandbank off the East Coast of Australia, a breed of wild dog, called the Dingo exists. Here is one eating a shark that has washed up. Whilst, they live elsewhere, they cause a great deal of problems on what is a huge tourist destination for backpackers. Elsewhere, they have been such a pest to human life that the largest fence in the world was erected in South Eastern Australia to keep them out. On farmland, farmers keep donkeys to scare them away from their livestock.
Beware The Man In The Shell Suit
Don’t let this animal’s pretty shell with attractive markings fool you – this tiny little creature can be deadly to man. It is a marble cone snail that can sting a human with its tooth that acts almost like a harpoon. It can be seen in this picture with its red tip. The sting it delivers can cause respiratory muscle paralysis that, if not treated soon enough, can cause a human to stop breathing and subsequently die. Given how small they are, that’s a pretty impressive skill on this snail’s CV.
A Snake’s Strength
Whilst snakes have been known to asphyxiate their prey due to the strength that their body has, sights like this are still astounding. Whilst holding on to a narrow ledge on the cliff, this snake is managing to pull a Wallaby up, which are not small animals. Much is made of a snake’s poison or venomous bite, but images like this give us reason to be fearful of them for other reasons too. Astounded? To read more click next to find out about other deadly creatures in Australia.
Stay In Your Swimming Lane
Images like this, that show a crocodile trying to get into a human swimming enclosure, are enough literally to make you stay out of the water, for the rest of your life. One of the reasons they are so deadly, is that they are extremely quick in the water, despite apparently walking slowly on land. Their teeth have evolved so that they pierce and puncture their prey so that they can then keep hold of them in their jaws until they die. Click next to see more deadly Australian animals.
Does My Foot Look Big In This?
This is an image of a foot after someone has accidentally stood on a stonefish. It is a prime example of the power of the fish’s venom that it has in the spines going down its back and why it has earned itself a place as one of the world’s most venomous fish. The victim in this image will be in agony and a great deal of pain. Victims should soak the wound in the hottest water available before seeking medical help as soon as possible from a nearby hospital.
Funnelled Funnel Web Spiders
This is a collection of funnel web spiders from a camping site. A single bite from just one of these is enough to kill a human. Another reason that they are so dangerous is their ability to live in many places that humans inhabit too. They can survive in swimming pools and backyards as well as places in humid climate. Their venom works by attacking the human nervous system that stops our organs working properly. Luckily, an antivenom exists to stop deaths occurring. Click next for another creepy crawly picture.
Look Before You Pee
Like spiders, snakes can infiltrate not only the home, but toilets too so those in very high danger areas always need to check the bowl of their loo before they use it. They’re a common place for snakes to be found, like in this picture. They then need to be dealt with by a trained professional, but it is important not to panic if you see a snake. They usually won’t go to attack anything that is too big to swallow.
A Swarm Of Soldier Beetles
This image shows a whole host of soldier beetles swarming around a ship’s mast. The yellow ones, found in Australia also have the name Plague Soldier Beetle but they are not actually as dangerous as they sound. They like to suck nectar from flowering trees. Their bright colours are a way of protecting themselves – anything that does try to attack one will be subject to the beetle excreting a viscous fluid from its glands that repels most of its predators. For more Australian animals, click next.
Whilst they won’t kill you, the sheer amount of flies that can invade one’s personal space in Australia can be annoying to say the very least. Images like this one of the flies on a man’s back, are not uncommon in the outback. They are attracted to the smell of sweat and so, coupled with the uncompromising heat that areas of Australia can reach, the sweat on humans is a pretty common occurrence for flies to feast upon. Unfortunately, bug sprays can only do so much to help!
Images like this remind people of the awe inspiring nature of snakes and why we should be so careful around them. Australia is home to a huge 270 species of snake and over half of those are venomous. Remarkably, however, more people reportedly die in Australia from horse riding accidents or from a bee sting. This is down to the education of Australian citizens and the improvement in the available antivenoms. Click next to find out more about the Stonefish – one of Australia’s deadliest fish.
Signage like this is fairly common around parts of Australia – it’s a stark comparison to the ice cream signs that most other beaches around the world have. However, it is signs like this that save lives especially when an animal as innocuous as a Stonefish inhabits the waters around the Australian coasts. There are, on average, 25 instances where the antivenom is required to treat a victim of a sting, every year Down Under. Click next to see a sight that will have you rubbing your eyes in disbelief.
Most of us can go home, safe in the knowledge that it is just a traffic jam that will stop us from getting through the front door at the usual time. Some Australians, however, are held up due to dangerous animals roaming their streets. Whilst images like this may be rare and have obviously been encouraged by the evident floods, they are not unthinkable in some areas of Australia. Luckily, the emergency services are always on hand to keep its citizens safe and sound.