What makes Australia scary isn’t the people or the social climate, but the other living creatures who share the land. That’s right; it’s the animals who call Australia home, that makes it the scariest country on the Earth.
Let’s see which all animals feature in this list.
Crocodiles are a threat in many lands, and so, it almost seems unfair that one of those lands should be Australia; a place already home to so many species with nasty habits. If you are unfortunate enough to run into a “saltie” in Australia’s north, there might be little else to do but pray.
These hidden terrors have next-level camouflage in the favour when it comes to the defence mechanisms, and so you might think that is enough, right? Wrong! Its venomous spines make it the most venomous fish in the whole ocean.
Sharks come in varying sizes and species in the waters surrounding Australia, but perhaps the most infamous of all of them is the great white shark. They are found at the very top of the food chain and should you encounter one in the open water; you might be in big trouble!
I guess you could say that a cassowary looks like a very colourful emu. They are related, of course. However, the cassowary is far more dangerous. Not only do they have dagger-like claws capable of disembowelling a human, but they can run up to 30 miles per hour.
Tiny when compared to other jellyfish, Irukandji should not be underestimated. Despite their small stature, they have venom about 1000 times more powerful than a tarantula. If off-the-charts pain isn’t enough to scare you, a sting often leaves victims with a profound sense of doom. Hospitals have reported patients so convinced they are dying that they plead to be put out of their misery
Despite not being a truly native species in Australia, dingoes share a long history with the land and their arrival precedes that of white Europeans. While typically wary of getting too close to humans, there have been many reports of people being harassed when alone. Also, one of the biggest court cases in Australian history involved reports of a dingo stealing a baby from a campsite.
Snake Eating Spiders
Over the years there have been many conversations turn into arguments among Australians, putting forth their case for which animal would win in a fight between two of the land’s ferocious fauna. In the case of a snake versus this particular spider, it’s the spider!
As the name might suggest, these tiny little guys are capable of paralysing creatures much bigger than themselves. The most common way to encounter a paralysis tick is when you have been in contact with their host of choice; usually a kangaroo or koala.
While “toilet snake” is obviously not the real name for this slithery guy, we’ve named him such because he isn’t that uncommon. For whatever reason, snakes like to curl up in toilet basins and Australia just so happens to be home to 7 of the deadliest snakes in the world. So, it might be a good idea to check the toilet before you sit down!
Blue ringed octopus
Don’t they look so beautiful and magnificent? While they might be nice to look at they are certainly not okay to touch. The problem is that a bite from a blue-ringed octopus is typically painless and the victim may not even realize they have been bitten until 5 to 10 minutes later. It’s then their bodies will start to shut down. The victim will remain conscious but become totally paralyzed and unable to breathe or signal for help in any way.
Sydney Funnel-web Spider
Due to updated stocks of antivenin in recent years, deaths from this creature have almost been wiped out. However, left untreated, a very painful bite or series of repeated bites can have an extremely negative effect on the nervous system and occasionally result in death.