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

APR 01, 2020 AT 02:08 PM

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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.

3. Believe it or Not, this Spider isn’t as Dangerous as it Looks

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This is the Huntsman spider, a common, yet intimidating spider that can be found in houses and gardens across Australia. Although he doesn’t look it, he's harmless, really, just don't let his large size intimidate you. Huntsmen spiders won't bite humans unless provoked and, better yet, they’re not venomous.  Better yet, they’re actually handy to have around the house because their speed and agility will keep your cockroach population under control.
Think of the huntsman as a handy, but slightly scary, pet. Respect their space, let him do them do their job and they’ll look after you well.