Some people consider Australia as one of the deadliest countries in the whole world, hence the title Deadly Australia. It has the highest concentration of venomous creatures that can be found in the world. But yet 24 million Australians live there, many without ever any fear on the multitude of poisonous beasties that can be found in the country, and very few actually get attacked, by these beasties.
I once heard an English comedian in an Australian comedy festival, comment when he told his family he was going to Australia, they asked “wasn’t it dangerous, there?”. He replied, that they had this system where snakes and spiders couldn’t buy houses, so the snakes live outside and the people inside. This would be true in any city around the world. Only elephants, giraffes and rhinoceros would be capable of entering the typical house, but strangely not to be found in Australia.
Recently, a friend from Europe visiting Australia was on Skype, telling a friend in Norway that he was working beside a jungle doing garden work , and for a joke he said that it was quite scary. She asked if it wasn’t too dangerous? He commented that there were snakes, crocodiles, tigers (which they fed from time to time to keep them from eating humans) and other scary creatures. Good joke which she believed(there might be thick rain-forest in the sub-tropical region but no jungle and dangerous animals that come with it) .
The thing is in Australia, there are very few large land animals native to the country, let alone dangerous ones. The largest are kangaroos the size of humans, emu’s and cassowaries large human like birds, which sometimes like to scare humans but won’t kill you, and goannas which are large lizards which have species between one half metre and 2 metres but very few large ones.
It is what is small that is scary and hard to see. Snakes are common, and there is a high concentration of deadly snakes in Australia. Spiders are also abnormally venomous too. But the smaller they are the deadlier they can be. So if it is big it won’t really harm you.
It might be worthwhile pointing out that snakes are as scared of you, as you of them. So unless you are close to their nest, you have very little chance of attack. As you know many animals will attack when you approach their nests.
Magpies are probably the most common animal to attack in Australia. A black and white bird, in August or September, depending on where you live, the adults will swoop you if you come within 50m of their nests. In this regard they are not the sharpest knives in the cupboard, because a human is incapable of reaching a nest 20m plus, high in a tree. After that, encouraged by their beautiful singing voice, people forget the danger they caused a month ago, and start feeding them. Then the junior magpies start waking you up at 5am yelling at the top of their lungs, trying to wake you up to feed them. The danger of them disturbing your sleep, is far greater than anything else.
Given all the information about the dangerous animals, notably spiders and snakes, if they are not the most dangerous, many Australians like to have them around to clean up vermin that humans prefer not to live with like, cockroaches and rats. Ummm, yummy spider-snake food.
Lastly, recently found, another Australian danger. Possums breaking into your bakery, and gorging themselves on pastry. The result is that they are too fat to, get away.
“The mysterious case of the pastry eating possum”
“Have you heard the one about the greedy possum that broke into a bakery? If you’ve been on Twitter lately you can’t avoid it. The adorable photo above has spread like wildfire across social media over the last 48 hours with the accompanying description:
“Possum broke into the local bakery and ate so many pastries he couldn’t (sic) move! This is how the bakery owners found him!”
Which bakery? No one knew. Was it real? No one knew, although everyone swore it was.”
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You be the judge! What is more dangerous