The 10 most toxic animals in Australia
Australia, the smallest continent on earth, impresses with its unique flora and fauna. Numerous animal species are endemic and only occur in the country on the southern globe. As cute as kangaroo and koala bear are, so many other Australian residents are poisonous. The continent is even home to some of the world’s most poisonous animals.
1st place: The ranking of the deadly animals is led by a sea dweller. The harmless-sounding name sea wasp hides a highly dangerous jellyfish. Touching the tentacles leaves a characteristic burned-in pattern on the skin. These wounds heal extremely badly. If first aid measures are not taken immediately, the poison that attacks the nerves and causes paralysis can lead to death within a few minutes.
2nd place: The second place of the top 10 holding a snake. The Inland Taipan has the deadliest poison among the meandering reptiles. The Taipan is mainly found in the outback. Compared to the cobra, the poison is 20 times more lethal. Without an antidote, death can occur within 45 minutes. The bitten victim suffocates painfully. However, bites from the Taipan are relatively rare.
3rd place : Even the number three of the most poisonous animals in Australia is tough. Unlike its big brother, the Eastern Taipan is in the continent’s inhabited areas, but is only slightly less toxic. The good news with both representatives is that they are very calm and only attack when there is an acute threat.
4th place: This is also held by a snake – the dreaded Brown Snake. It is statistically considered the deadliest snake in Australia. This results on the one hand from the highly effective poison and on the other hand from the fact that these snakes live on the most populous coast and preferably travel during the day and therefore easily meet people. The bite is insidious and creates swelling, nausea and loss of consciousness. Thanks to the mostly small amount of poison injected, many bites go off lightly.
5th place: After snakes and jellyfish, a spider is number five in terms of toxicity. The funnel web or funnel-web spider is one of the few specimens that can kill a person. It can live in any garden or basement. The venom of the relatively small spider attacks the nervous system. The mating season is particularly dangerous because the poison of the males is six times more dangerous than that of the females.
6th place: The Great Barrier Reef is fascinating for diving. But be careful, number six of the poisonous animals lives here. The sea snake is not aggressive, but it has a deadly poison. It is particularly dangerous that the bite is often not noticed immediately. Paralysis occurs until breathing stops. The agony can last up to three days if the antidote is not at hand in time.
7th place: Underwater, visitors to Australia also have to be careful before number 7. The blue ring octopus shows threatening signs before it attacks. It hides in shell or snail shells and is hardly as big as a hand. The poison quickly leads to speech disorders and paralysis. There is an antidote.
8th place: In this place there is another snake, the death otter. The lazy snake doesn’t run away when they meet. The poison causes muscle stiffness and has a tissue-degrading effect. The gift of an antidote is essential to save the life of the bitten person.
9th place: this is occupied by the red-backed spider. She is a real widow, but is not aggressive. Only the female spider is dangerous for humans. If the bite is barely noticeable, the subsequent abdominal pain is said to be unbearable. The poison leads to cramps and pain. The symptoms can last up to 12 hours. If the respiratory center is affected, death occurs. Only a few deaths have been registered so far.
10th place: An insect completes the top 10. In 10th place we find the bulldog ant, which is considered to be particularly aggressive. The poison can cause an allergic shock and thus kill an adult. So far, however, there have been few deaths.