Australia: the land of terrifying animals & 15 pictures to prove it

APR 01, 2020 AT 02:08 PM

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Unfortunately for most people, Australia isn’t entirely populated just by friendly locals, cool kangaroos, and cute koalas. The Land Down Under could potentially be the most dangerous country on the entire planet when it comes to animals and should be renamed to “the Land of Nope.” For the most part, the country owes this reputation to its ruthless natural hazards, the dangerous animals that live there and all the terrifying things that want to make us yell ‘nope!’ and run away as fast as our legs can carry us.

 

1. Roofhanger. Suspended Grey Headed Flying Fox, A Megabat Native To Australia

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«Batwing is fine and dandy. He dried off and flew away as soon as it was night time. He was not sick, just wet.»

From unbelievably big spiders, to deadly venomous snakes, ferocious crocodiles, octopuses and disgustingly overgrown earthworms, the Great Southern Land seems to have it all when it comes to animals you’ll only find in your darkest nightmares. We can probably all agree that some Australian animals look absolutely terrifying, but how dangerous are they, really?

2. Australian Lizards 

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Around 170 snake species, alone, live on the continent.  100 of which are poisonous. However, that’s not even the worst of it: a grand total of 21 out of the world’s 25 most venomous snakes inhabit Australia. Snakes kill an average of 2 to 4 people a year here in the “down under”, but the number of casualties seems small when you compare it to the 11,000 individuals that snakes kill annually on the Asian continent.