These are the top 10 deadliest animals inAustralia.
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Number 10: The Great White SharkAlso known as “The White Death," the great white shark is the largest predatory fishon earth, often growing as large as 21 feet long & weighing over 7,000 pounds! These sharksare typically found in huge numbers along Australia's southern coasts, where it attacksits victims that are snorkeling, diving, surfing, or swimming.
While humans do not make idealprey for sharks, as they tend to prefer actual marine life, great whites account for a highnumber of unprovoked attacks against humans compared to most other shark species.
Since 2012, there have been nearly 300 reported,unprovoked great white attacks against humans.
These sharks have killed 74 people overallsince these types of attacks have been documented.
They've also been known to attack small boatsas well by tipping them over & spilling its passengers overboard.
But since 1999, the Australian governmenthas actually been working to conserve the great white population in the country, asthey were becoming vulnerable to sport fishing.
According to a 2010 report by the InternationalUnion for Conservation of Nature (or IUCN), there are fewer than 3,500 great white sharksworldwide.
Number 9: The Tiger SnakeThe tiger snake is one of the country's most venomous snakes found particularly in thesouthern regions.
They often grow up to 10 feet long & usually sport scale patterns similarto tiger fur, hence their name.
Tiger snakes find their prey on Australia'sfarms & outer suburban houses, where they attack unsuspecting victims in the dark.
Theirbite has a mortality rate of about 45 to 60% if left untreated.
Studies have shown thatenvenomation occurs in roughly 60% of bites, which is significantly higher than most othersnake species.
Their venom is among the most potent of allsnakes in Australia.
When bit, a person will likely begin experiencing intense pain intheir feet & neck as well as tingling, sweating, & numbness all over.
As the venom seeps deeperinto the body, the victim will have trouble breathing & may even experience paralysis.
If treatment is not sought, their venom will cause muscle weakness, kidney damage, or deathdue to renal failure.
Number 8: Funnel Web SpidersThis spider resembles a tarantula with deadly fangs that can penetrate both your shoes & nails.
Their venom is fatal & causes death by attacking your nervous system & altering your organs'functions.
In fact, their venom is so powerful that experts claim it can kill within 15 minutes.
By this metric, it can be considered the deadliest spider in the world.
There are a total of 35 Australian funnelweb spider species, most of which carry this deadly venom.
The Sydney funnel web spiderin particular is known to pose a grave threat to humans.
When they bite, they strike severaltimes & almost always release venom into their victims.
Children are particularly vulnerableto these spiders as they account for 42% of severe envenoming cases.
Some estimates statethat they're responsible for at least 14 deaths per year.
Number 7: The Blue BottleAlso known as the Portuguese Man o' War, the blue bottle stings 10,000 people every summerwith venom that travels up your lymph nodes & causes severe allergic reactions.
Becausethey're often mistaken for jellyfish, their stings are commonly mistreated & victims consequentlyhave more harm done to them due to erroneous treatment.
They also experience red weltsaround the sting that last for days on end.
When you spot one blue bottle in the water,there are often several more lurking nearby.
It's also not uncommon for one of these creaturesto get washed ashore, causing the entire beach to temporarily close to the public.
But evendetached tentacles from dead blue bottles can be just as harmful, as they still inducea painful & venomous sting.
Number 6: StonefishPopulating the coastal regions of Australia, stonefish are among the most poisonous fishin the world.
As such, they present a very lethal threat to humans.
Victims often misstep on this well-disguisedfish as it oftentimes camouflages itself as a rock.
Its venom–which damages your heart,respiratory system, & nervous system–is so severe that many victims demand their limbsbe amputated in order to escape the pain.
The skin around the sting will often changecolors as oxygen decreases.
Victims may also suffer from abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea,& vomiting while damage to the nervous system will cause one to faint, contract a fever,& suffer headaches, paralysis, & seizures.
In some cases, such a sting can be fatal.
In 1915, for example, Dr.
Joseph Leathom Wassell was killed by a stonefish on Thursday Island.
Wassell was a well-known medical practitioner who earned his acclaim by saving lives duringthe Spanish Influenza outbreak.
But after being a victim of a stonefish sting, he wasunable to save his own life & died from the venom soon after.
A monument was later erectedin his honor on Thursday Island.
Number 5: The Blue-Ringed OctopusThe blue-ringed octopus is regarded as one of the most poisonous marine animals on theplanet, with powerful venom capable of killing humans.
Despite their tiny size, these smallcreatures are distinguishable by the blue & black rings on their yellow skin; henceits name.
This octopus releases a paralyzing neurotoxincalled tetrodotoxin, which causes death due to cardiac arrest.
In fact, this toxin is1,200 times more poisonous than cyanide.
A person doesn't even have to be bit for itto kill them because just touching it is enough to end one’s life.
Victims that come into contact with tetrodotoxinmay experience nausea, heart failure, blindness, & paralysis.
The paralysis is only temporarybut can often prevent a bite victim from signaling for help.
To make matters worse, there's noknown antivenom available to treat its bite.
Treatment, therefore, simply involves artificialrespiration & keeping pressure on the wound.
Number 4: Saltwater CrocodilesReaching up to 22 feet long & weighing as much as 3,000 pounds, saltwater crocodilesare the largest living reptiles in the world.
They're responsible for at least 1-2 deaths& 4-10 nonfatal attacks in Australia every year.
As an apex predator, these massive reptilesare capable of ambushing & killing any mammal it sets its sights on.
They're not picky abouttheir diet & kill anything that wanders into their territory or poses a threat.
With jaws powerful enough to crush skulls,crocodiles are known for their infamous "death roll" in which they use their powerful biteto snatch their prey then proceed to rotate their bodies until the victim is either deador a part of them is completely ripped off.
While some attacks on humans are the resultof simply protecting their territory, crocs are known to sometimes prey on us as well.
Predatory attacks are more likely to be fatal than territorial attacks.
Experts urge thathumans avoid crocodiles at all costs as many of them consider it to be the most dangerousreptile on the planet.
Number 3: The Inland TaipanThe inland taipan is the most venomous snake in the world.
Just one bite is enough to kill100 grown men.
The venom it secretes can kill within just 45 minutes by damaging major organs& causing the body to quickly deteriorate.
This includes the kidneys, blood, nervoussystem, & muscles.
Fatality rates are just over 80% if left untreated.
As their name might suggest, these snakespopulate the inland regions of Australia.
They're unique among snakes in that they specializein hunting mammals.
While they do not prey on humans, their venom is particularly deadlyas it is designed to kill warm-blooded species.
Their quick strikes & accurate aim leads snakehandlers to recommend handling them with extreme caution.
Number 2: Honey BeesTo many people's surprise, honey bees are responsible for more annual average deathsthan spiders, snakes, or sharks.
They're extremely lethal to those who are allergic to them sincethey cause shock, cardiac arrest, unconsciousness, & death within minutes.
In most cases, a honey bee will deploy a painfulsting in order to defend its territory.
This usually means a series of painful pricks forhumans followed by an uncomfortable rash.
After they sting, they actually send out asignal to other bees, who then respond to defend their colony.
Bees will often swarmanything that they feel is a threat.
Though they may cause death to those who are allergic,honey bees die as well shortly after delivering a sting as their stinger—along with othervital body parts—are left inside the victim.
Number 1: The Box JellyfishAlso known as the sea wasp, the box jellyfish is regarded as the "most lethal jellyfishin the world.
" Its venom causes cardiovascular collapse within two to five minutes, meaningthat if you don't die from drowning after being stung, then you may still drop deadfrom cardiac arrest long before professional medical help even arrives.
Additional side effects include headaches,rash, severe abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, & sweating as well as intense anxiety & asense of doom.
Patients suffering from box jellyfish stings are said to feel sure theyare going to die & have been reported to beg doctors to kill them.
The most dangerous aspect of their stingsis what's known as the “suckerpunch,” which comes from the fact that many victimsdo not actually realize they've been stung until after it's already happened.
There werea reported 660 stings in Australia alone over a 14-year period & just in 2002, there were160 people stung that February.
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