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.
2. Funnel-web Spider
Out of the 10,000 different types of spiders in Australia (aak!) only two are considered deadly, and this one has the hideous honor of being the most dangerous spider in the world. It makes its home mainly on the east coast but is also found in Queensland, Victoria and New South Wales. Just looking at this dark, menacing creature is enough to make an arachnophobe’s heart stop. It has fangs and chelicerae (pincers) that can permeate shoes and venom glands that can kill within 15 minutes. Thankfully there is an anti-venom now, but with that kind of time line you’d better act fast.