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

APR 01, 2020 AT 02:08 PM

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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.

4. Meanwhile, Down Under

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An Olive Python (Liasis olivaceus), western Australia's largest python, feeds on an Australian freshwater crocodile (crocodylus Johnstoni).