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Everything in Australia Can Kill You

AUSTRALIA

Everything Here Can Kill You



Sharks

How they Kill

The most common fatal attacks from sharks are sneak attacks. You won't even see the shark before being bitten, possibly multiple times.



Track Record

217 deaths out of 897 attacks since 1791.



Average Deaths Per Year

1 (skull)



Chance of death

If attacked 25%



BOX JELLYFISH & IRUKANDJI

How they kill

A tentacle will adhere to your skin as you swim past. You won't even notice it until venom is pumped in, causing agonizing pain. In sever cases cardiac arrest can happen in as little as 3-5 minutes.



Track Record

72 deaths since 1883. Box Jellyfish are responsible for 70 of these, Irukandji for 2.



Average Deaths Per Year

1/2 skull



Chance of Death

if stund less than 5%



CROCODILES

How they kill

Crocodiles lurk beneath the surface of the water with only their eyes, ears and nose visible. They are masters of ambush and study the habits of their prey before patiently waiting to strike.



Track Record

32 deaths since 1975



Average Deaths Per Year

1 (skull)



Chance of Death

if attacked 30%



SNAKES

How they kill

Australia is home to 20 of the 25 most deadly snakes in the world. These snakes possess a toxic venom which they inject through their fangs to immobilize their prey.



Track Record

There are far too many snake bites in Australia each year to keep a reliable record.



Average Deaths Per Year

5 (skulls)



SPIDERS

How they kill

While there are numerous highly-venomous spiders in Australia, not a single person has died from a spider bite since the introduction of antivenom in 1979



Track Record

A large number of people in Australia are bitten by spiders each year, but the bites are no longer life threatening.



Average deaths per year

0 (skulls)



Chance of Death

if bitten 0.01%



Drop Bears

How they kill

This large, carnivorous cousins of the Koala is the most aggressive of all Australian marsupials. Dropbears wait patiently in treetops and jump on their unsuspecting prey from above.



Track Record

187 Deaths since 1996



Average Deaths Per Year

11 (Skulls)



Chance of Death

if dropped in on 65%

Everything in Australia Can Kill You

shared by billytrail on Jun 12, 2013 in Animals

Everything in Australia Can Kill You

shared by billytrail on Jun 12, 2013 in Animals

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Australia has a reputation for being home to some of the world’s most deadly animals, but how dangerous is it really?
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