The 10 Most Dangerous Animals in Australia

    When it comes to creepy crawlies and things that go bump in the night, Australia is up there with the likes of Africa. Thank goodness for the cuddly koala or we’d be in serious trouble! While you’re not likely to see a Taipan or crocodile (or any other scary creature) while walking down the street, it can’t hurt to be clued up about Australia’s most poisonous fauna.

    1. The Box Jellyfish
    This squishy creature is one of the most lethal animals in the world. It dwells on the coast alongside the Great Barrier Reef and has a powerful venom. The stings are terribly painful and often fatal. Be sure to have a bottle of vinegar in your first aid kit if you’re heading to this neck of the woods.

    2. The Taipan
    Do you want the good news or the bad news first? The good news is Taipans usually stay away from people, but once cornered or threatened, they strike several times. The Taipan is a large, fast and highly-venomous snake found throughout Australia. It has the most toxic venom of all the species worldwide, has a dark brown colour and is often found in sugar fields where it hunts for rats.

    3. Saltwater Crocodile
    The Saltwater Crocodile is the stuff of nightmares – it can grow up to 5.45 metres in length and is often found in Thailand, Vietnam and Northern Australia. It’s usually well camouflaged and strikes at an amazing speed. Its most powerful attack (the ‘Death Roll’) consists of grabbing its prey and rolling with it powerfully until it dies.

    4. Blue Ring Octopus
    Another serious threat for those on an Aussie beach holiday is the Blue Ring Octopus – one of the most toxic sea creatures in the world found off the coast of Australia, New Guinea, Indonesia and the Philippines. Even though the octopus is only the size of a golf ball, there is no known antidote for its powerful venom. It causes motor paralysis, eventually leading to cardiac arrest.

    5. Stone Fish
    This creature doesn’t win any points in the looks department. Known as the most venomous fish in the world, the Stone Fish lives on the bottom of reefs, camouflaged as a rock. It lives above the Tropic of Capricorn, but can also be found in the Great Barrier Reef. Its venom causes shock, paralysis and tissue death, depending on the severity of the sting. The pain is said to be so excruciating that it can lead to amputating the affected limb. Sorry, there’s no good news to report here.

    6. The Red Back Spider
    The Red Back Spider is famous for all the wrong reasons – it’s Australia’s most famous deadly spider. The red striped spider’s venom induces severe pain, but thankfully, deaths are rare. Thousands of people are bitten, but only approximately 20% of the victims require treatment. Generally, the children and the elderly are the most exposed to the spider’s threat.

    7. Brown Snake
    Known as one of Australia’s most deadly creatures, the Brown Snake’s venom quickly kills if left untreated. Even young snakes are capable of delivering a fatal bite to humans.

    8. Tiger Snake
    The Tiger Snake is yet another of the many venomous snakes found in Australia, particularly in the southern regions. These striped snakes are generally not aggressive and retreat whenever they have the chance. Although anti-venom is readily available, mortality rates are around 45% if the bite is left untreated.

    9. Funnel Web Spider
    Here’s another one for all you arachnophobes out there. The darkly-coloured Funnel Web Spider resembles a Tarantula and has fangs that can penetrate fingernails or shoes. It can be found in the eastern coast of Australia, New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland. First aid consists of applying a bandage and wrapping the bitten limb. As with other spiders, the main treatment is the anti-venom.

    10. Great White Shark
    We’ve saved the scariest ‘til last. This exceptionally large shark known as the ‘White Death’ is the largest predatory fish on earth. It can be found in great numbers on the southern coasts of Australia. The good news is it doesn’t target humans as prey. Phew.

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    270 comments on “The 10 Most Dangerous Animals in Australia”

    1. JohnF says on November 14, 2010 at 5:21 am:

      I live in Perth. The redback spider is very common-place over here. They live in dark nooks and corners and under folded parts of almost anything in your yard, but they sit just out of their nest when it gets too hot. I have so many in my place that I tend to squash them if I think they’re a danger to my children.

    2. JohnF says on November 14, 2010 at 5:29 am:

      A friend of a friend of a friend… of mine told me about a doctor friend of his…who got stung by a blue-ringed octopus while swimming near reef at a local beach. He knew he’d been stung and knew what it might mean for his life; and fortunately, he knew what to do. He tried to remain as calm as possible and walked up to some people on the beach and said something like: “I’ve just been stung by blue-ringed octopus. I will go into paralysis soon and I might die if I don’t have immediate help. I need one of you to get an ambulance and two other of you to perform CPR until the ambulance arrives.”

    3. zac says on November 14, 2010 at 6:47 am:

      hi people. im from england, i have come to australia to work for 2 years. i work on a cotton farm, and ive seen alot of these animals. the red back spiders are all over the farm, and as long as you dont go poking them, they are fine. its not tlike they are going to chace you !!!! ive been here for only 3 weeks now and ive seen around 15 brown snakes. the first few were a bit of a startle, but again, if you dont go poking them with a stick, then they generally go the oposite way. have some common sense and you’ll be fine. i saw this list before i flew out, and it just made me want to come even more. you dont have anything dangerous in england, apart from the crime and murder statistics !!!!!!! your goin to die in a car crash before you die from a dangerous animal. im having the time of my life here. dont let this list put you off coming to an amazing country.

    4. JosieBeetle says on November 28, 2010 at 1:02 am:

      It depends where you live here in Aus. I live in the Central Area of NSW, where you certainly don’t get any box jellies, crocs or Great Whites. We do get there Brown snakes and Red backs, and I am sure that in other areas of Aus they might have 1 or 2 things on that list, but not the rest. We don’t live life everyday, worried about if we are going to get eaten by a croc or not. These 10 types of creatures don’t wander the continent trying to kill people! If you are in an area where the creatures are commonly from, you just be aware of them not hide from them! Lol.

    5. AussiePinkNut says on December 4, 2010 at 10:29 pm:

      @PinkRocksIRoll here u go :)

    6. Jarryd says on December 13, 2010 at 1:26 am:

      I am an Australian yes Australia does have some of the worlds deadliest animals but is a great place to live or visit. If you come to Australia it is not like every where you turn you see a snake or spider and in the ocean it is not like they are waiting for people. I have lived in Australia my whole life and never been attacked Australia is a great place to come on holidays or come to live.

    7. Gary says on December 28, 2010 at 1:49 pm:

      We’ve lived in Australia for 5 years now, came here from England. We live in Mount Isa pretty much an outback town, since living here I’ve seen many Redbacks, they won’t come after you, just leave them alone. Seen only one snake and that was on the road to Boulia. The only bites I’ve had since being here are from the damned mosquito’s. Use comon sense, don’t poke things that you aren’t sure about and you’ll be fine. Obviously we don’t have to worry about any of the sea life with being so far away but use the same common sense. It’s a fabulous country, as others have noted there a higher chances of being hurt in every day circumstances than being bitten, eaten or even seeing one of these creatures.

    8. Terry says on January 6, 2011 at 2:08 am:

      I am thinking of visiting the Henbury Crater region of Northern Australia. Can a local perhaps tell me what kind of potentially harmful critters I should be on the lookout for? Is there a medical facility in Alice Springs that has anti-venom for the dangers? Thanks much.

    9. Jake says on January 9, 2011 at 11:54 am:

      Leuk man, Australië!

    10. Tony says on January 13, 2011 at 12:23 pm:

      Been bitten by a redback spider and here i am 42 years later still breathing! Held a blue ringed octopus in my hand, no bite! (Happy about that….). As for the rest of them, yep, they are here, but you CAN stay away from them! Live in Perth and it is fantastic for those wanting to come here.

    11. Janis Henderson says on January 13, 2011 at 1:45 pm:

      The 10 Most Dangerous Animals in Australia

    12. Travel and Twitts says on January 24, 2011 at 2:39 pm:

      @elnickdeniki @ikerarmentia sequía, algunos de los animales más peligrosos del mundo (… y yo lo he visto in person!!!

    13. mumma mac says on January 30, 2011 at 1:33 am:


    14. Erica says on February 2, 2011 at 7:11 pm:

      @Navre dingos stealing babies?

    15. Loki says on February 25, 2011 at 11:34 am:

      Lived in OZ for 14 years now and have not encountered any of the creatures mentioned. I’ve only ever lived in Melbourne inner ‘burbs.

    16. Liam says on March 7, 2011 at 8:09 am:

      Well, I have lived in Australia for my whole like (13 years, i know, i know) but all of these animals are easily avoidable. The only death I have heard of was from my friend whose cousin got killed by a Saltwater crocodile in Cairns. I get it was a bad idea to try and stand on it. (My friend has the video :/ )

      So, really, Australia isn’t any more dangerous than America or England…

    17. Teresa says on March 19, 2011 at 6:03 pm:

      I’ve lived in Perth my entire life and the only dangerous things I’ve seen in the wild are red backs and once what I think was a brown snake basking on the cycle path I was riding on in Busselton along the beach. I just stopped my bike a few meters away from it and waited for it to bugger off back into the bush.

      As far as Perth goes, if you live in the city, you will probably only ever see redbacks. We usually just move them to somewhere else, though if you’ve got young children you may want to lay down some mortein along the windows and doors to be sure.

      Snakes you will come across (just assume they will be deadly) but if you don’t corner them or attack them first, they will slither off and leave you alone. Don’t go walking around in the bush wearing shorts or without any shoes on. Jeans and closed in shoes, and probably a long sleeved top are best, even if it’s 40 degrees Celsius (I don’t know what that is in Fahrenheit, sorry). But generally it’s best to stick to the paths, because it’s easy to get lost too. And if you see a snake that isn’t budging, stomp your feet, it will feel the vibrations through the ground and go away. If there’s one in your home, call the RSPCA, do NOT try to deal with it yourself, stay away from it!

      As far as the oceans go, swim between the flags. We have patrolled beaches everywhere, with helicopters flying out over the ocean to spot for sharks, and the alarm will go off if they see one near where people are swimming. And we do get blue ringed octopi, which I would consider the most dangerous, simply because it’s the hardest to spot until it’s too late, and there’s no anti venom. We get them around Penguin Island and places with reefs generally, so don’t go picking up the rocks or shells that are in those areas.

      I have never heard of crocs in or around Perth, though there is a magnificent one at our zoo. Crocs tend to be further up north. Someone’s already mentioned that there will be signs. Read the signs, they are there for good reason.

      But the most dangerous thing you are going to be faced with in Perth on a daily basis is the sun. It is severe most of the year round, as we seem not to get more than a month of “winter” each year anymore. Be smart, wear a hat, sunnies and sunscreen. And drink lots of water.

      Australia is a beautiful place, just don’t do anything stupid. And be aware that us Aussies like to laugh at and scare the ignorant tourists, myself included (Americans and Poms especially). I think it’s our national sport, after footy. If one of us starts warning you against drop bears, just walk away, there’s no such thing. And if someone offers you a spoonful of Vegemite, don’t eat it. It is an acquired taste that you have to be brought up with to appreciate. I can almost guarantee you’ll hate it, but if you try it, scrape the thinest amount onto some toast, don’t eat it out of the jar. If you’re ever unsure, we have agencies you can ring for information, but an Aussie will honestly tell you if something you’re wanting to do is dangerous. We may laugh at you, but in general, we will not let you get yourself hurt.

    18. Angus says on March 25, 2011 at 6:37 pm:

      Been here a few years now and seen a couple of the beasties on the list. We’ve had several redbacks in the house and we’ve all been killed by them at least three or four times by now, and there was a tiger snake on the beach a few years ago which killed everyone who even looked at it.

      Being serious now, if anyone’s thinking of moving to Australia and are worrying about all these creatures just calm down and think about it. If it was that dangerous to live here would there be 21 million people? Would the aborigines have been able to live here for thousands of years? Would the introduced animals – rabbits, cats, dogs, camels, deer, foxes, cattle, pigs – that have got loose been able to survive and become serious feral pests? Obviously not, so therefore despite the odd death from things on the scary creatures lists it’s really not a problem.

      The reality is that ordinary honey bees kill more people than most of Australia’s native animals and you’d probably be at more risk walking from one end of Melbourne’s King Street to the other on a Friday night than wandering around in open toed sandals. And above all else the most deadly thing in Australia isn’t on the list at all because it has four wheels rather than eight legs (or none) and isn’t an animal. The roads aren’t particularly dangerous either but the fact is that well over a thousand people die on them every year.

      The risks from Australia’s wildlife are microscopic compared to the risks that come with living in a modern industrialised nation, and if you already live in one then you’re probably no safer there.

    19. Trevor Hughes says on April 7, 2011 at 3:19 am:

      This makes me feel comfortable – – 6 and 10 can fuck off.

    20. Pomegranate says on April 15, 2011 at 1:06 pm:

      The 10 Most Dangerous Animals in Australia: (I think the Blue Ring Octopus is rather pretty…)

    21. Bewification says on April 21, 2011 at 9:59 am:

      I live in south east queensland, and enjoy catching baby funnel web spiders. I believe they have the worst attitude of all spiders, and will defend themselves till death.

      Respect to the funnelweb.

    22. Excuse em moi? says on April 24, 2011 at 3:56 am:

      Hello peeps
      I live in Oz and I am NEVER in danger.
      So referring to to what “aly” said on August 2nd, 2008 at 4:23 pm, we are hardly ever in danger so Go Australia! and I hope that you will join us in this awesome country.
      On behalf of all of Australia, please become apart of Oz

    23. Mersedes says on May 2, 2011 at 10:32 am:

      Uhh… the most dangerous animal in all of existence is the human. not a jellyfish or a snake.

    24. norm willet says on June 22, 2011 at 5:05 am:

      hi. we’re coming to OZ one way or the other but because of this site and others I am packing a club, mace, vinigar, and my up to date Will. Crikey, is there anything in OZ what won’t squeeze, bite, or poison you? And that is just at the local bar!

    25. Sean Stewart says on July 2, 2011 at 12:38 am:

      @cgentry11 watch out for these guys

    26. Jenni says on July 10, 2011 at 5:02 pm:

      If we’re thinking about whether this list is scary or not I think it depends on which country you’re from. To us this list may be alarming because we have never needed to deal with creatures like this. We simply have always thought “who cares, we have nothing to be scared of where WE live”, but the truth is we would be screwed in Australia unless we studied very hard what we need to be scared of and what is safe (or lives in places we’re never gonna go). But hell yeah we know what to do if we come across with a huge bear with a cub or a pack of hunting wolves
      : D It’s very rare to die in an encounter with a bear and a cub in here (even though they happen each year). So obviously we’re doing something right and are perfectly capable of surviving in our own environment. BTW the reason I was interested in this article is that I would like to move to Australia. The fauna is boring in here… But the summers ARE NOT COLD. Today we have 30 degrees (celsius) in the sun. That’s 86 fahrenheit. At nights it’s 14 degrees (57) in the summer. But winter is a different story! I live in the south (in our capital Helsinki, one of the warmest places in winter) and -20 (-4 Fahrenheit) is possible although rare nowadays. When I was a child (in the 90’s) I had to go to school when it was -25 (-13 Fahrenheit). It sucked… The most common temperature in Helsinki in winter however is only around -10 (14 fahrenheit) because we are close to the sea. But the wind makes it very cold (and it’s windy near the sea), so that it feels like -20. In Lappland it’s terribly cold! Another cold places include middle and east (close to the Russian border where winters are harsh). I wrote this because I love to hear from people around the world about the places they live their day to day lives.

    27. Kitgirl says on July 20, 2011 at 1:54 am:

      Hahaha some of the comments on here really made me laugh lol. If you are going to a city, it is so rare to even see snakes. You see a few spiders but they very rarely cause any trouble and most are harmless. That is about all you will see of dangerous animals. If you are going to a country area like where I live you will see snakes a lot especially in the summer but if you leave them alone they will leave you alone. If there is a snake that has slithered into your house or yard there are snake handlers that you can call so you do not need to try and kill them and put yourself at risk. Especially call one if you have a taipan needing removing if they feel threatened they are fast and grumpy buggers (I am in the process of becoming a snake handler) I hate swimming in the ocean but where it is safe to swim there is very little risk, swim where it has been named safe you will have no problems but if you go and swim where it has not been claimed as safe then you can be putting yourself at risk especially in crock areas. Unless your poking the shit out of a spider the chances of you getting bitten one even when bush walking is slim. I love living in the bush it is beautiful. Just use your common sense if visiting :)

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    29. Vince says on August 6, 2011 at 3:24 pm:

      @jaymsterrr @_achan10 and better animals

    30. chloe hardy says on August 15, 2011 at 10:59 pm: … UMMMMM. Not sure me going to australia is the best idea anymore! eeeeeeek.

    31. yumi.gj says on September 14, 2011 at 12:32 pm:

      海外に避難をされる方で豪州を渡航先に選ばれる方もいらっしゃるかと思います。事前に様々な情報は入手されると思いますが、豪州の危険動物トップ10です。 普段に遭遇する可能性があるのは蜘蛛だと思います。

    32. atsuko says on September 14, 2011 at 12:34 pm:

      海外に避難をされる方で豪州を渡航先に選ばれる方もいらっしゃるかと思います。事前に様々な情報は入手されると思いますが、豪州の危険動物トップ10です。 普段に遭遇する可能性があるのは蜘蛛だと思います。

    33. yumi says on September 14, 2011 at 12:35 pm:

      海外に避難をされる方で豪州を渡航先に選ばれる方もいらっしゃるかと思います。事前に様々な情報は入手されると思いますが、豪州の危険動物トップ10です。 普段に遭遇する可能性があるのは蜘蛛だと思います。

    34. ruby love says on September 14, 2011 at 1:12 pm:

      海外に避難をされる方で豪州を渡航先に選ばれる方もいらっしゃるかと思います。事前に様々な情報は入手されると思いますが、豪州の危険動物トップ10です。 普段に遭遇する可能性があるのは蜘蛛だと思います。

    35. hazumu says on September 14, 2011 at 2:54 pm:

      海外に避難をされる方で豪州を渡航先に選ばれる方もいらっしゃるかと思います。事前に様々な情報は入手されると思いますが、豪州の危険動物トップ10です。 普段に遭遇する可能性があるのは蜘蛛だと思います。

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    37. yumi.gj says on September 14, 2011 at 5:43 pm:

      @Crazy0_0Crazy 海外に避難をされる方で豪州を渡航先に選ばれる方もいらっしゃるかと思います。事前に様々な情報は入手されると思いますが、豪州の危険動物トップ10です。 普段に遭遇する可能性があるのは蜘蛛だと思います。

    38. Liam says on September 26, 2011 at 11:34 am:

      Hey Aly. I’m 18 and go camping with my friends in the bush a lot and have been everywhere in Australia and I’ve seen a few snakes. But they are rare! Unless you live on a farm in the bush with a hay shed or something it will not be a problem. As for spiders, of course there are. Maybe you’ll see 3 in your shed in a year and that’s all. I presume America has just as many spiders. Honestly there is nothing dangerous about living here. Melbourne was voted the most liveable cities in the world. Don’t let things like that deter you. I’m more scared of getting shot or mugged in the USA on a holiday than everyday life here.

    39. Nina says on October 2, 2011 at 4:55 pm:

      Well, I’ve had my giggle for the day reading the funny comments. Lived and travelled around this fantastic country most of my life and still alive. Cousin emigrated here with family and one day her little son came into the kitchen, unknowingly weaing a big Huntsman spider like a cap square on top of his blonde head. His mother let out a scream and whacked the poor little fella hard on the head to kill the spider. I could not talk cos I was doubled up with laughter, could not tell her the spider was ugly but pretty harmless

    40. Anadilite says on October 5, 2011 at 2:51 am:

      The Brown snake has the most potent venom of all. Worst then the Black mamba and King Cobra.

    41. Deano says on October 27, 2011 at 11:22 pm:

      Some of these comments are hilarious. I’ve lived in Australia my whole life, so here’s my two cents.

      If you are in the major cities you won’t see any of these things, except maybe the occasional spider which will just be chilling out on the wall or something. It’s not as though they’re going to chase you around the house.

      In some outer suburbs on the edge of the bush you will occasionally see snakes, lizards, wombats, koalas and echidnas, but just leave them alone and they’ll leave you alone.

      If you explore the more remote northern parts of Australia (far north Queensland, the Northern Territory or the northern parts of Western Australia), you will come across more snakes and even saltwater crocodiles. Crocs can be very dangerous, but just obey the signs and listen to the locals. If you go really remote there are no signs, but just stay well away from the water unless it’s clear, shallow and fast-flowing. If you see crocodiles, they’re probably freshwater crocs and are unlikely to attack unless provoked. If you can’t see any crocs, it’s probably because there are man-eating saltwater crocs hiding nearby. The most dangerous crocs are the ones you don’t see. Actually, if you don’t already know this stuff, then don’t try to go to these places. This only applies to remote parts of northern Australia.

      In the ocean, you are EXTREMELY unlikely to be attacked by a shark but you do need to be careful of jellyfish. Bluebottle jellyfish stings are a bit painful, but put vinegar on it and you’ll be fine. Box jellyfish are much more serious. Always swim at popular beaches (especially patrolled beaches) and be careful when snorkelling.

      I’ve spent a lot of time in all the major cities and Sydney is one of the worst. If you’re coming to Australia, do yourself a favour and visit some of the other cities like Brisbane, Melbourne and even Perth/Esperance/Albany if you get the chance.

    42. Jamie says on November 3, 2011 at 9:59 am:

      @Nintendo3DSBlog Yes. Yes you are. Or maybe it should include these too…

    43. emma says on May 29, 2012 at 2:07 am:

      I am studying abroad at Queensland, Eastern side. Will I see many spiders? I am terrified of spiders, and I’m starting to rethink this trip. I’ll be staying with a host family.

    44. Lorenzo says on May 30, 2012 at 4:27 pm:

      ahha people are threatened by Australian animals, but Australia is safe. I grew up in a farm in the outer suberbs of Western Sydney and I saw Foxes, Rabbits, Snakes, deadly Spiders etc and me and my entire family were never harmed. if you respect them they will respect you. I have been stung by wasps numerous amounts of times but thats because I was a curious youngster. Australia is beautiful. there would be more of a chance of getting hit by a bus, then dying from a brown snake bite where i live. Although I did have one go through my school when I was in high School, all they did was baracade it off and call the pest control as everyone went on with their day. Australia is the place to be!! …. Ps ‘Jenni’ move to australia you will love it, the summers here are usually 30 degrees and can get up to 24 degrees at night, winter can be cold. but the hottest day I can recall in Sydney was almost 50 degrees celcius. One thing you need to know about Australian sun, it burns… a lot …its bad. you are probably more likely to be hurt by the skin then the animals on this list. and -20 is retarted thats cold!! …Sydney West gets down to 2 degrees celcius ( when this happens I wear my entire wardrobe of clothes. thats cold enough for me)

    45. Rishi Fergino says on June 8, 2012 at 6:41 am:

      i live in India and iv seen more dangerous animals when i was in Australia and funnel web spiders and more dangerous than red backs and im from india and i am a expert on animlas so u got it wrong ?

    46. Rachel says on July 12, 2012 at 6:51 am:

      I bet New zealand is safe when we talk about poisonous creatures, and even the weather is great

    47. Annie says on July 16, 2012 at 7:57 am:

      Okay, this article is silly & overdramatic.

      If you’re going to move to or visit Australia, here’s a basic rule.

      Don’t approach the animals.

      Half of the time, they flee & if they are provoked by your presence, they usually show a sign.

    48. Ellie walker says on July 17, 2012 at 6:04 am:

      My favourite animals in Australia are:koalas,kangaroos,Tasmania devil,my least favourite animals are:the box jellyfish,funnel web spider,blue ringed octopus,tiger snake and the seawater crocodile.!!

    49. C Gray says on July 25, 2012 at 1:18 am:

      Never cease to be amazed by peoples stupidity and ignorance. It’s very important that you don’t come here, especially immigrants, because Australia is overrun with these deadly vicious aggressive human killing death machines. And for the record you muppets, there’s n o such thing as a koala bear! Embarassed to see even some Aussies refer to them as such. Koalas are marsupials, not bears!

    50. Andrew H says on July 29, 2012 at 3:27 pm:

      Ive lived in Vic my whole life and on a dairy farm for most of it, I have seen most of these creatures and there nothing to really be afraid of or to be deterred from just be smart if you see a croc don’t go near it! And if you see a snake run away and don’t try to stir it up or take a photo because they will strike if they feel threatened. As for box jellyfish I’m not sure of we have them in Vic I’ve never seen one but up north Queensland they have nets on the beaches that you have to swim in because there pretty serious up there.

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