Warning: Travel to Australia may be harmful to your health. In fact, even lethal. Not to scare you away from visiting the wondrous land down under (do go!), but being aware of the deadly and dangerous critters there is just doing due diligence. Sure, you have your cuddly koalas and cute kangaroos to marvel over, but Oz has more than its fair share of creepy crawlies, venomous creatures and perilous predators (not to mention the occasional baby-eating dingo). Here are some of Australia’s most hazardous beasts you never want to meet. While some may not actually kill you, the pain and suffering they impart might make you beg for such mercy!
Northern Australia is chock full of crocks, the largest, most dangerous reptile in the world. Don’t be fooled by their lazy sun-basking demeanor. Saltwater crocodiles can reach 7m, weigh over 2000kg and run up to 10km per hour. They are opportunistic predators who won’t hesitate to take out a human who dares cross its path. You don’t want to do a death roll dance with a saltie. Every year there are reports of attacks and at least one fatality, often tourists who don’t take the warnings seriously. Smaller freshwater crocs are less of a threat to man, but best keep your distance nonetheless.