Australia & NZ

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.

270 Comments for "The 10 Most Dangerous Animals in Australia"

George says on July 7th, 2008 at 1:18 am:

My son read this and asked what about the “sea wasps”? Apparently, sea wasps are the same things as box jellyfish…

Steven says on July 7th, 2008 at 8:34 am:

Im from Australia and really think that most people over dramatise the severity of these animals. You might die from them all but whats the chances.

Also you dont do a list starting with 1.. you need to do it as a count down from 10.

Jonesey says on July 7th, 2008 at 8:55 am:

What? No mention of Drop Bears? They’ve got to be the most ferocious of all Australian fauna.

paresh says on July 7th, 2008 at 2:43 pm:

nice stuff.

InternetMan says on July 7th, 2008 at 3:21 pm:

Sea wasps typically refer to small jellyfish that cause a painful sting, but are not fatal or anywhere near as dangerous as a box jelly. Also, the photo above is not of a box jelly. As you can guess by their name, the box jelly has a squarish appearance, not that of a bell or a dome.

Capt Accuracy says on July 7th, 2008 at 11:16 pm:

Those aren’t box jellies.

Kris says on July 7th, 2008 at 11:30 pm:

Good to see the Tiger Snake make an appearance!

ben says on July 7th, 2008 at 11:49 pm:

Seen eight out of ten of these. Mind you the croc was in an enclosure

Outback says on July 8th, 2008 at 1:32 am:

I would have to argue that the Sydney Funnel Web is more well known than the redback.

Thai Hotel Expert says on July 8th, 2008 at 9:43 am:

I saw australian series about navy who was attacked by the box jellyfish and it was scary! I think the guy didn’t make it at the end.

Nasir says on July 10th, 2008 at 1:44 pm:

where is andrew symonds?

ratbags says on July 12th, 2008 at 12:00 pm:

Folks, these creatures exist here in Australia, but they won’t chase you up the main street of town. Some further research on local fauna, rather than this ‘shock horror” list, will pay dividends for the intending traveller. If, after your research, you’re still afraid, then perhaps Switzerland would be a better holiday destination for you.

Ben Hoffmann says on July 22nd, 2008 at 5:12 am:

the snake here isn’t “well known poison in the world”, the sea snake is still rank highest of them all. u did mention that both snake are top of the world, which are silly but I find Tiger snake are serious. mainly because you can’t attack them for defense otherise you get fine. but I can’t tell the different between both of them, I’d like see the whole body of tiger snake.

pelle lidell says on July 26th, 2008 at 11:14 am:

hi folks,

i’m missing the irukandji jellyfish that’s been found in northern queensland. i was under the impression that this stinger’s venom is even more leathal than the chironix box stinger/jellyfish…

right or wrong? please enlighten me.

vegasbaby says on July 28th, 2008 at 11:28 pm:

i don’t think anybody would be deterred from going to australia by this list…you could make an equally terrifying list about the top 10 most dangerous animals in the united states (great whites, grizzly bears, rattle snakes, black widows, alligators, rosie o’donnell) and i don’t think people are ever deterred from going to our national parks or swimming at our beaches

Dan says on August 2nd, 2008 at 8:59 am:

rosie o’donnell is clearly more dangerous to the death of the human species than anything we’ve got.

aly says on August 2nd, 2008 at 4:23 pm:

i intended to emigrate to australia ,but thaks to this list and a similar countdown i ve seen on discovery chanel , i ve changed my mind…i wonder how do the people live there?u r in danger everywhere..on the land,in the water…..i was so fascinated with seemed the ideal place 4 everyone…but it seems it s just a zoo filled with dangerous snakes and insects…can u have a normal life there?

Kimberly says on August 3rd, 2008 at 9:37 pm:

I spent 3 months in South Australia of 07. The only thing I saw was a red back spider in a potting plant from the garden in the middle of summer. I did not run screaming, I just let it be, and it let me be. I am going back there and would never let such a list prevent me from going. I am from the N.E United States, and there are no real dangerous animals that could kill you in my general area. I am more worried about the crime rate in the U.S than the animals killing me in Australia:)

Eric says on August 4th, 2008 at 8:31 am:

I also went to Aussie in 07.And i loved it!And im now in the process of trying to move there.There’s dangerous animals all over this World. Everyone thinks Aussie is the worst place to live because of the poisonous creatures. It’s more dangerous living in the US then it is in Aussie with all the crime.

Sam says on August 6th, 2008 at 1:18 am:

What a way to over dramatize things

Hawkins says on August 8th, 2008 at 7:45 pm:

I don’t think the point of this list was to frighten so much as educate. I sure learned some cool things. Kudos.

Pedantic Mostus says on August 11th, 2008 at 6:55 am:

“The red striped spider has a neurotic venom…”

Does it turn you into Woody Allen

aly says on August 17th, 2008 at 7:37 pm:

a friend who visited australia told me that some city are more dangerous than the others,from this point of view(dangerous creatures).for ex ,in brisbane there are more insects,lizards,jellyfish than in sydney.could somebody tell me pls if that s true?like i said i think australia is great ,i m in love with it,i m thinking to emigrate there,but i m not really a big fan of that dangerous creatures..and i m not so worried about me as much for my children.a small helpless child is an easier target ..could pls someone tell me the truth?

Eric says on August 24th, 2008 at 1:49 am:

HEY Aly!Yes,there is more venomous creatures more north like Brisbane Australia then in other places of Australia.I went in Dec of 07 and saw it for myself and heard it from others there.But it is still a beautiful place.I’m in the process of trying to move to Perth,Western now were my fiance lives.

william says on August 24th, 2008 at 8:11 pm:

what about koala bears limas or gibsons monkeys exspeiciealie koala bears

Tracey says on August 25th, 2008 at 9:52 pm:

I’m looking at moving to Perth, Australia with my husband and two young boys, from Canada. We’ve never been anywhere that we’ve had to worry about poisenous animals. Were we live, we’ve only had to worry about grizzly bears, certain types of wild cats in the mountains but nothing compaired to Australia. What animals do I have to worry about in Perth? Any feedback would be greatly appreciated so I can be fully prepared!

aly says on August 30th, 2008 at 8:26 am:

thanks eric…what does your fiance say?did she see something poisenous?

Eric says on September 2nd, 2008 at 8:58 pm:

Hey aly…I’ve talked to my fiance about it and she said,Perth is about the best place to live,if you don’t want to be bothered with venomous creatures.She said there is some venomous spiders there but nothing like further up north.I hope that helps you out any.

Branda Robinson says on September 4th, 2008 at 9:41 pm:

I like All Kinds of Animals. But like to Know abuot the animals in Austalia. It was a project that my teacher had me to do Thank you for the help

aly says on September 7th, 2008 at 8:15 pm:

hi eric !thanks for your informations.what about sidney?what do you know about it? is it safe?

Eric says on September 8th, 2008 at 5:52 am:

Hey Aly!Well,what was told to me from the Aussies last year when I went to Brisbane Australia,was that, the further north you go, the worse it gets with venomous creatures.But I will try to find more info about Sidney for you OK.

Arutha says on September 20th, 2008 at 4:41 pm:

…I hate spiders… -.-

Death says on September 26th, 2008 at 5:54 pm:

these are my favorite they do my job

Death says on September 26th, 2008 at 6:06 pm:

oh yeah i will come for you

aly says on September 29th, 2008 at 6:26 pm:

10x Eric,you are very nice…i can’t wait to see what u will find out

insider says on October 3rd, 2008 at 4:36 am:

You’ll rarely see any of these creatures here in Au. Unless you like to poke around dark, dirty woodpiles — or go wandering around where you shouldn’t be — these creatures keep to themselves and pose no real threat. My son was stung by a bluebottle jellyfish (painful, but harmless), and we’ve seen a redback or two, but seriously — the same types of animals are all over the world. In America you’ve got Black widow spiders, Alligators, rattlesnakes, etc. Not much difference really.

Sanx says on October 4th, 2008 at 8:57 pm:

I live in Brisbane. In the city itself, the most likely fatal thing you’ll encounter is bad coffee. I’ve seen plenty of large spiders; they’re generally scary looking, but harmless. I’ve seen a couple of venomous snakes but only while walking through National Parks. On average less than two people do each year of snakebite in Australia. You have far more of a chance being murdered, getting run over by a truck or getting cancer than you do being killed by a snake.

lorelli says on October 5th, 2008 at 1:56 pm:

Hi Aly
I live in Sydney and there is not much to worry about. Yeah you get spiders sometimes in the house but mostly depends where you live. If your close to the bush or higher north you have a better chance of getter the more poisonous ones. Here i get blue tongue lizards (there pretty harmless), spiders, and one or two snakes over the past decade in the backyard. Its very rare that its dangerous. Its seriously not a reason not to come here for.

damion denny says on October 13th, 2008 at 8:20 pm:

I am glad I live in the U.S.A. mate.

damion denny says on October 13th, 2008 at 8:23 pm:

i always have wanted too visit australia although i am only a 13 year old kid that has no money and lives in the United States of America in Indinapolis Indiana.

Missyeight says on October 14th, 2008 at 4:10 am:

Oh my Goodness. I lived in South Australia, for 16 years I -lived- in the bush and saw only a couple of spiders and one snake. In my whole sixteen years. And it was a small town made of red dust and leafless bushes. There were more pesky Kangaroo’s than dangerous animals. It depends where you go. For example, we have so many reports of people being killed due to crocodiles. You want to know why? Because people don’t READ THE SIGNS WE PUT OUT. There’s signs at beaches, rivers, places that are KNOWN for endangered species and we tell people. But they don’t listen. Hence the deaths by crocs. Because they want to camp by a ‘beautiful’ river rather than be alive by next morning.

Honestly, unless you’re trekking mid-Australia with Uluru and the wild wild unpopulated areas, you should be fine. And whoever asked if we can have a ‘normal life’ needs to be shot. Just further proves the lack of education in schools. We’re not overwhelmed by animals. And yes, there’s more lizards and reptiles in Queensland, but guess what… lizards aren’t going to kill you. But a Platypus will. (And how often are they spotted?)

Gosh, this is to educate not frighten. Get a grip. You guys have Grizzly Bears, exact same concept.

julia says on October 15th, 2008 at 11:12 am:

haha guys ive lived in sydney on the edge of the bush my whole life and ive only ever seen a redback spider anyone asking about koala bears – they sleep sleep sleep eat leaves sleep sleep sleep. and thats all they do all day – they aint gonna hurt ya when they’re sleeping

Diana says on October 23rd, 2008 at 8:06 pm:

hi,,,im planing to live in qweensland goldcoast coomera,,ist safe area for kids,,please if someone knows to tell me?

aly says on November 8th, 2008 at 10:25 pm:

missyeight ,my intention wasn t to offend you ,i ve only asked if u can have a normal life with so many creatures because i ve seen a ’10 most dangerous from australia’ on the discovery channel and people who were interviewed said something very different on what u r saying.they said lots of people died or they got bitten and never had a normal life after that.i live in europe,i ve never been to Au ,that countdown on Tv was really scary that s why i ve asked for other opinions .thank you anyway

aly says on November 8th, 2008 at 10:31 pm:

thank you lorelli,i m glad u wrote your the end i think we ll choose one of the best cities in the world

wnt 2b aussie says on November 16th, 2008 at 1:57 pm:

Wow! I had to write in after reading how ‘dangerous’ Australia was and give my input. I have lived in the US all my life, all over, East to West. My family and I are currently in the process of getting visas to move to AU. Sure I’m concerned about the animals we’ll be moving in, but to an extent. I think no matter where you go you’ll have something. What’s funny to me is that no one (from the US) seems to talk about the dangerous animals we have here in the US. Not only that, they are VERY common in suburbs. I lived in AZ and we constantly had scorpians, black widows and rattle snakes.

Every day you have to check your pool filters for baby snakes as they love the water. These (babies) are the most dangerous as their venom is strongest when they’re young. Rattle snakes aren’t people friendly, but they aren’t afraid of them either. They will go where they please. We find them in the garage, pool box and backyard often. That’s one of the reasons I have three dogs is that they go out first and clear the area. I’m not kidding, I always send my dogs out first, as many people do but you don’t hear about because we’re so used to doing it, it never seems like something to talk about.

And black widows, honestly, we had them all over our back brick fence, but if you leave them alone they will leave you alone.

But, let’s get to my favorite, which is everywhere – the scorpian. These things have no boundaries, only come out at night and can’t be seen till it’s too late. What you do is walk around the house at night with a black light to try and find them as they glow. It’s the freakiest thing to see them on your wall, with a black light, but if you turn the room light on, you see nothing. They are almost invisible most of the time. (My dogs sniff them out pretty well, and again, that’s why most people have cats or dogs in certain areas of the US.) A scorpians venom will kill but a bite can be devastating and leave lasting physical affects. Go to squish one and if it has babies on its back you’ve just squished one but spread hundreds! The bark scorpian is the most dangerous and it’s only about 3cm in length. Not only that, scorpians are most often found in your bed – yep, your bed. Sleep tight :-)

Overall, I think the animals you live with need to be put into perspective. I’m living in the US, we have some here. If I live in AU, we’ll have some there. Point is, you can’t live in fear as there will always be something that can kill you. Just be smart, know how to behave and watch out for the dangers, and what to do if something does happen. That’s the important part, to be knowledgeable, which (I think) is all the original author here was trying to do – give you some knowledge. How you take it is up to you, but knowledge is power.

And look at it this way, more people get killed in car crashes in a day than all these ‘dangerous animals’ combined in 10 years! Heck, if you freak out enough about the animals, you’ll kill yourself from stress.

I’ll take the animals :-)

simon says on November 17th, 2008 at 2:53 am:

Hi everyone, dont be scared of Aus, yeah the place might riddled with snakes & spiders but I have come across hundreds & never been bitten, i live on the Central Coast in a suburban area, A Red Bellie Black snake came into the house, it carled up at my pregnant fiance’s feet under the blanket, they just want to be loved. i killed it anyway. i just 5 minutes ago found a big spider hole in my back yard, dug it up & killed the funnell web that was in it, I wouldn’t live anywhear els in the world though, actually mabey Fiji or hawaii

Amy says on December 13th, 2008 at 9:39 am:

Ma auntys bf is from sydney she was just over visiting his family, wel she really liked it over there and is moving for good she wants me to go with her but i am terrified, see i stay in scotland and there is nothing poisinous ova hear and u got alot of spiders over therea scream wen a c them i just couldnt live there seems to dangerous

Brandon says on December 16th, 2008 at 9:49 am:

Australia definitely has some deadly creatures….but it really depends on where you are. You aren’t going to run into the majority of these creatures in Sydney or Melbourne, even in nearby rural areas it would be rare. However, in amazing places like Darwin, the reality of Saltwater Crocodiles, King Brown Snake and Box Jellyfish is all apparent….even in well populated areas. I personally love it, I witnessed a Saltie floating peacefully in the main harbor!

marc says on December 16th, 2008 at 11:22 am:

I like the quote about going to Switzerland if you are scared about the above quoted animals LOL However I have great news we have now Wolves and Bears in Switzerland !!! However I’m soon going to Australia but I’m generally dissapointed to see that sites always try to drive people into being afraid from animals rather than telling you what you can do to avoid getting problems with them. Why do people always consider that animals are in their way as it is actually the otherway round. And I mean in Switzerland you are more likely to get shot if you go in somoenes property without advertising the locals so really I guess we can be quite indulgent with those poor animals that see their natural habitats destroyed by us humans no???

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Lachlan says on December 18th, 2008 at 2:05 am:

I live in Australia, and only ONCE in my whole life have I ever seen a Funnel Web Spider. ONCE.
Our animals are so overrated by unsuspecting tourists, it is no where near as bad as people think it is.
Heck, I think spiders in Europe are scarier than the ones here.

Col says on December 31st, 2008 at 12:06 am:

The biggest killers in Australia today are heart disease, stroke, lung cancer, bowel cancer, suicide and car accidents. The number of people killed by wildlife in australia doesn’t even make it into the top 100 of causes of death in Australia. You have more chance of being murdered than by being eaten. Death by falling coconuts is more prevalent.

Mikayla says on January 19th, 2009 at 1:43 am:

hello im mikayla and i think that even though these animals are dangerous if they attack someone they should not be killed! It is unfair and the people shouldnt of even been near them and theyre just doing what animals do! My email is if you want to chat.

thomo says on January 24th, 2009 at 5:35 pm:

I’ve live here my whole 25 years and i have not seen any of these with exception of the red back which is not deadly or aggressive. i thought i saw a shark once when i was having a surf, it was a dolphin!!! i’ve seen one snake in the wild and it was a harmless diamond python…. there is nothing to fear by coming here, australians are proud of our unique wild life and the only time you will see anything deadly is from behind glass… but if you do remember that they are more afraid of you than you are of them!

bill says on January 31st, 2009 at 11:19 am:

I thought I was a chicken sht. but after hearing all fear about bugs and snakes , I’m looking forward to our Au vacation even more . I live in San Francisco, one the most beautiful cities in the world. No poison snakes or spiders but plenty of crime, gangs and murder. A week doesn’t go by when I don’t hear gun shots coming from the local park at night. You’ve got to put into perspective. It will be nice to watch out for a snake or spider rather than ducking bullets, fires or earthquakes. Ain’t life grand

stacy says on February 5th, 2009 at 12:43 am:

Depends on where you live. The N Coast of Syd to Hornsby is the highest density of Funnel Webs. We get them in the house quite a lot during rain or at night. So don’t listen to people that say ‘you’ll never see one’. Depends on where you live.

guldis says on February 7th, 2009 at 8:36 pm:

hi! i’m going to Australia for a month in the summer to learn more english, and i’m SO excited, but these animals creeps me out a bit… does these animals hurt alot of people? are they harmless if you don’t bother them?

sorry if my spelling is bad (i hope it’s not), but i’m only 13 years old.. =)

Donna says on February 10th, 2009 at 7:10 am:

Well….we are also contemplating on moving over to Oz (Central Coast)
Maybe New Zealand isn’t so bad after all….no snakes or poisonous spiders here! :-) We have family on the Central Coast, and no one has ever seen a snake or poisonous spider there.

Maree says on February 12th, 2009 at 10:36 am:

HI Guys I came across this site as my daughter asked me a question about the sname that bit my dog. It was a brown snake and I live on the Sunshine Coast Queensland in a beachy suburb. I have lived NSW North of Sydney and also The Whitsundays in Queensland. Each area has there own dangers. In NSW I had a funnel Web on the bottom of my pool and a brown snake inside-2 actually but I did live backing onto bush. In the Whitsundays I was aware of the danger in the area ie Jelly fish when in season. Evey season there were a couple of stings but there were also thousands of people in the water every day. If it is the season you canwear stinger suits or swim in enclosures. Crocs in the Proserpine River we caught a baby one in the cast net while fishing and saw some pretty big slides. But you know they are there so dont go swimming. Crocs are only in the North. Snakes and spiders dont come chasing you. They only hurt you if you interfer with them as my dog probably was. My kids are always in the yard never seen one. I saw many Pythons in Airlie Beach but no dangerous snakes. Now on the Sunshine coast I have only seen one red back which I killed and a few snakes. I always swim in the ocean and never been eaten by a shark But have caught a heap fishing. There are heaps of spiders in my house they are Huntsmans and become more like your pets the always seem to be in the one spot. Just a
bit scary when you are on the toilet and you see it near you but they are more scared of you than you are of them. Basically everywhere has there scary creature but you very rarely see them unless you go looking or dig around there territory. I think you will find more deadly creatures in the ocean than on land. It is just because we dont see what there is swimming under us we dont seem to care. And Koalas-I had one walk down a tree in front of me in a shopping centre at Noosa and climb the next tree it was awsome. But if you see one injured on the side of the road dont try and pick it up because it looks cute- it will try to defend itself and you might get some nasty scratches. Call a wildlife rescuer to help it. I would seriously be more scared of the drugged up teenagers getting around these days than the odd spider or snake that you might see slither back into the bush. The most of these I have seen is at Australia Zoo and none of these can hurt you because they are all in enclosures. But if you do visit Aus you could learn something here. BUT I think you should just visit. Because you really wouldnt like it here. It is nowhere near as good as other places. You see if you all come over there isnt going to be any room left and Im already being enclosed in and will have to go outback. Just kidding.

Tjane says on March 10th, 2009 at 1:33 am:

I think that the crocodile is highly overrated. Once my cousin was walking a long a beach and there were these giant rocks that they were climbing over. Because it was dark and they couldn’t see. My cousin kicked them and they justy kept kicking them. Then he and his friends went and slept on the beach not far from the rocks. The next morning they woke up and went to the shops. They told the guy that they had just come from the beach. He said “How many of you were there when you started?” My cousin was like “Six” And they man said “And how many are there now?” My cousin was like “Six” Then the man laughed and said. “Your lucky mate. That beach you came from is Crocodile territory.”

So the rocks they were kicking weren’t actually rocks at all. They were crocs.

steph says on March 17th, 2009 at 2:46 am:

ok hi im steph im planning to live in australia but idk i really want to live there beacuse its soooo beautyful i dont really care about the animals after all they are sorta cute except the stonefish it sorta scares me speacily if im going to snorkel i would either want to live in Mackay or Carins so pls tell me about those cities i want to live near the Great Barrier Reeef so yeah australia is a awesome place !!!!!!!

debbie says on March 24th, 2009 at 1:57 pm:

well we are thinking of moving to australia and i was put off because of the spiders n snakes but after reading all the comments i think your right there is more chance of getting run over, killed,or carcrash plus life is too short you just have to be careful and tell the kids what to look out for and not to touch leave it alone or tell someone god we wouldnt do anything in our life if we let little things worry us cant wait to come over

NAmeless guy from germany says on March 26th, 2009 at 2:51 pm:

I think that there were more dangerous animals than we can see on this list.
There is one animal who is forgotten. Did you know that sharks have a new generation.

Type in google: New shark generation Indonesia

You can find the shark if u see on shark with 4 legs.

Your 14 year old friend from Germany

Reaper says on April 6th, 2009 at 4:45 am:

Man Drop Bears need the mention…

Tina says on April 11th, 2009 at 2:08 pm:

Crocodiles are SO not over-rated. They can rip you apart in their sleep. Just because you got lucky does NOT mean they are not dangerous.

Lauren says on April 21st, 2009 at 4:52 am:

Yeah good!!! This website is pretty good!!! Crocodiles are more dangerous though.

ScottishKitten says on April 30th, 2009 at 7:03 pm:

Hey there, me and my boyfriend are considering moving to Perth, AU in about 6-7months. I’m a big chicken s*** when it comes to bugs, i’m highly terrified of the daddy-long-legs for gods sake (most harmless thing on the planet). A lot of the comments on here point to Perth being a good choice to move to as the australian way of life is so attractive, especially when you live in never-ending-rain Scotland. I was just wondering if there was a best recommended area to rent a house in Perth if you want to try and avoid coming in contact with the local buglife (snakes and such don’t bother me, just the bugs, I know I know, i’m a big whimp). Also I have a great fear of the ocean (not the water, just the stuff in it that wants to sting/dismember/eat you) but would like to try and conquer that fear and finally go snorkeling/swimming on trips to the beach (no point in living not far from a beautiful beach if I can’t swim in the water), is there any advice about oceanic wildlife that’s normally found in the water near perth? Apart from crocs of course, I see one of those, i’m observing from a very safe 500Mtr distance! Many thanks for replies/advice. Si.

ammi says on May 2nd, 2009 at 7:35 am:

hi , guys i read all your comments but you see thres nothing to be scared of as i am shifting to australia sydney on 3 may sunday

NICHOLAS says on May 4th, 2009 at 3:14 am:

Perfectly stated!!!

Frank says on May 18th, 2009 at 7:54 am:

Are these animals from Australia?

Frank says on May 18th, 2009 at 8:01 am:

The Red Back Spider is very ugly and scary :((

Frank says on May 18th, 2009 at 8:05 am:

Where did you get these pitcures’s from they look awesome (exept for the spiders)

David@Visit Usa says on May 22nd, 2009 at 9:56 pm:

I have heard that Irukandji Jellyfish is also one of the deadliest animal in Australia.

australian animals says on June 1st, 2009 at 1:44 am:

is the red-black spider the same thing as a black widow?

Frank says on June 2nd, 2009 at 7:51 am:

I’ve heard that in vietnam the eat the saltwater crocodile they eat them but it dosen’t kill anyone. When it is caught.

pimrose says on June 3rd, 2009 at 7:03 pm:

I don’t really don’t like any kind of crocodile because of their sharp teeth, so i really don’t like the hearing of saltcrocodiles in austrelia.
But i am glad that they are NOT in LONDON!!!

B . KENT says on June 13th, 2009 at 10:28 am:

I have followed your posts for a long time and must tell you that your articles are always valuable to readers. My Wife and I really enjoy your writings :) .

Carri says on June 25th, 2009 at 8:25 pm:

Nice to see the input about the dangerous creatures in the US…totally agree!
I’m English and now live in Sydney and I can tell you that I have had way more scary situations in England!! we used to get loads and loads of house spiders which are getting bigger every year, harmless yes but they used to scare the hell out of me still. Also every summer the gardens are full of bees and wasps and yes sometimes you do get stung. In my year of living in Oz I’ve only encountered a handful of spiders yet not seen 1 wasp, only a couple of bees and no snakes or sharks. They have their habitats and you just have to know where to avoid. I’m sure I will see many more spiders in my time there but 2 or 3 fairly dangerous ones a year compared to 20 or 30 huge but harmless ones in the UK seems better to me!

sam says on June 30th, 2009 at 4:59 pm:

hi, me and the family are planing to emigrate to OZ but i am a little concerned for my 6 month old and dog who contantly chase spiders and creepy crawlies. Are there deadly spiders in the home? Victoria is the place were thinking of. I’ve heard you have to check your shoes every day and under the toilet seat. I understand you are more likely to die in a car crash but i fear for my childs safety!

canada guy says on July 2nd, 2009 at 4:51 pm:

i live in british columbia canada and might mive to australia with my family. honestly i was so scared to move there but i feel comfortable now. here in B.C. your biggest worry is getting a bee sting. bears are perfectly harmless i have been 5 feet from one and it just ran away. they are more scared of humans. the one spider here known as the daddy-long leg is “said” to be one of the most poisonous spiders in the world but it doesnt have any fangs. no one has ever been nittn but one and they are harmless enough to squash it with your hands; nothing scary what so ever. And there are a lot of deer and moose but they are fun to see. Everyone just gets excited to see them. Its si comfortable and care-free to live in B.C. im sort of worried about australia

sue says on July 10th, 2009 at 6:57 am:

Sam I live in Victoria and have 3 kids, as far as spiders go here, redbacks are the ones to watch out for, usually found under rocks in the garden etc, My kids used to pick them up and never got bitten but they will bite if threatened. If you leave your shoes outside overnight then check them in case there is a redback….rarely is unless they have been outside for a long time eg weeks, but toilet seats are safe. There was a song years ago that started that story. With three kids, on a farm for some of those years with tiger snakes, red belly blacks and brown snakes in the area, none of us ever got bitten and you rarely saw them. Snakes rarely attack unless threatened and are probably more common than many think but if you see one, just back away or do what I do and watch them. I usually see one or two a year but then I am observant but have never been threatened or bitten even after stepping on one in the dark one night. As your child gets older you just drum into them that if they see a snake, tell a grown up and don’t touch the same as you drum into them to hold your hand to cross the road.

maria says on July 29th, 2009 at 6:49 pm:

im going to Australia on the 19th… yes these animals are dangerous but there is a 1 in 10 chance that you will be hurt by them. all countries have animals that can really harm you. Australia is such a nice country and these animals make it interesting. there is no point in panicking over them, they are more scared of you than you are of them so you should ignore them and tell someone who can move them.

Matt says on August 4th, 2009 at 6:16 am:

I’m going to Australia with my wife on the 8th…I just wanted to see pictures of some of these animals just to know what to look for. I live in the dry desert country of Eastern Washington State in the US. We have tons of black widow spiders in our garage (in fact, one time we had a very large one nest up in the bottom of our stroller. We didn’t find the black widow until we were in the middle of Sears department store. We also have lots of Rattlesnakes around us, though I’ve only seen a handful in 30 years. We even had a stray cougar (mountain lion) in our neighborhood, though I’ve never seen one in the wild and I do a lot of camping. Plus, I’ve only seen three bears in the wild and that was in Montana. I teach in an urban middle school with lots of gang members…more of a chance of me getting hurt breaking up a knife or gun fight than by an animal.

kon says on August 18th, 2009 at 2:48 am:

ya right like that`s dangerous.

shennelle says on August 21st, 2009 at 2:15 am:

that is so awsome! wooooooooooooohoooooooooooooo

jessica.bush says on August 21st, 2009 at 2:17 am:

i hate spiders they give me the creeps but their intresting

shennelle says on August 21st, 2009 at 2:18 am:

THIS SO COOL and micheal jackson is so awsome i love his songs

jessica.bush says on August 21st, 2009 at 2:19 am:

i have a project on the danjorus animals in austalia i need to find canetodes

shennelle says on August 21st, 2009 at 2:20 am:

hi guset what these are ausome

shennelle says on August 21st, 2009 at 2:21 am:

jessica bush and shennelle waters are best friends for evermore

shennelle says on August 21st, 2009 at 2:23 am:

i love dangerous animals!

jessica.bush says on August 21st, 2009 at 2:24 am:

crocodiles are in darwin thats were i live and lots of people got eaten by them and lots of people come 2 darwin 2 see crocs there one of my most fav animals

shennelle says on August 21st, 2009 at 2:27 am:

i love that song that micheal jackson made called the way you me feel

jessica.bush says on August 21st, 2009 at 2:28 am:

australia rocks just becouse there are dangerous animals dosent mean its bad i mean in usa people get murded

shennelle says on August 21st, 2009 at 2:28 am:

llol alex waz ere

jessica.bush says on August 21st, 2009 at 2:29 am:

shennelle and jessica bbf forlife :)

jessica.bush says on August 21st, 2009 at 2:33 am:

why do people think dogs are danjerous i mean they are pets so who ever eat dogs better die

jessica.bush says on August 21st, 2009 at 2:34 am:

u better die chines people or stop eating DOGS!!!!!!!!

shennelle says on August 21st, 2009 at 2:35 am:

i mean dogs are dangreous but if anyone eats them they should all burn in hell.

Sophia says on August 27th, 2009 at 6:35 am:

Another very dangerous spider which is often said to be as dangerous as the funnel web is the Mouse spider. I don’t no exactly where they are found in Australia but are definitely in Central Victoria. They have huge bulbous red fangs and often veer up on their back legs when in danger. The males are less venous than the females, fortunately the females stay underground while the males go out and hunt for food. They are found usually around hay or other bushy areas.

louise says on November 28th, 2009 at 12:11 pm:

hey, my husbandfound a mouse spider in WA and was playing with it. HE was poking it with a stick and it was very aggresive (yes men are dumb lol) it was only when he took it back to show his boss did he find out its one of the most dangerous spiders are there is no anti venom!
But i have lived in wa on a farm now for 3years and only seen one smake and a handful of spiders if that. I have two small kids and they never been bten by anything

kinza says on December 2nd, 2009 at 5:10 pm:

urm……. im nt 4rm australia or us im 4rm england uve gt be confused. is austrlia dangerous!!!!!!!!!!! plzzz tell any1 im soo confused i need 2 rite an essay on it i need advice

sam says on December 6th, 2009 at 7:53 pm:

the top 5 pound for pound most powerful animals on the planet

Dave says on December 12th, 2009 at 8:40 am:

I live in North Queensland which is has 8 of the species listed here. We also have the highest percentage of Australias deadliest snakes. It’s not a problem if you use common sense eg don’t walk barefoot in the bush or stick your hand into logs. However i have had a few ‘moments’ where i nearly stepped on a Taipan or King Brown snake. We don’t exactely have crocodiles wandering the streets. Too much hype!

Jez says on December 14th, 2009 at 11:24 am:

Australia is very safe, just have common sense people. i,ve seen jelly fish, had red backs, brown snakes in my back yard. and in the ocean just near where i live there have been a lot of great white shark sitings just recently. but do you think anyone is worried at because they dont go poking around looking for these things, i go camping a fair bit in the bush, only ever seen one snake and a few big non venomous spiders, i’ve actually never been bitten by a spider before trust me it’s very safe!!!

jnkbj says on December 21st, 2009 at 10:07 pm:

not true great whites have had encounters with saltwater crocs all won by the great white shark :)

GEORGE says on December 28th, 2009 at 11:09 pm:

this seems like it would be a very interesting blog to keep up with.

yasir says on January 3rd, 2010 at 2:04 pm:

Sam I live in Victoria and have 3 kids, as far as spiders go here, redbacks are the ones to watch out for, usually found under rocks in the garden etc, My kids used to pick them up and never got bitten but they will bite if threatened. If you leave your shoes outside overnight then check them in case there is a redback….rarely is unless they have been outside for a long time eg weeks, but toilet seats are safe. There was a song years ago that started that story. With three kids, on a farm for some of those years with tiger snakes, red belly blacks and brown snakes in the area, none of us ever got bitten and you rarely saw them. Snakes rarely attack unless threatened and are probably more common than many think but if you see one, just back away or do what I do and watch them. I usually see one or two a year but then I am observant but have never been threatened or bitten even after stepping on one in the dark one night. As your child gets older you just drum into them that if they see a snake, tell a grown up and don’t touch the same as you drum into them to hold your hand to cross the road.

nathalie says on January 10th, 2010 at 3:31 am:

hey so i live on the eastern coast of Canada and am going to uni in townsville queensland australia and well i cant stand spiders IN the house kinda thing, not even in canada. there only like one inch or less here and im terrified of em!!! but snakes and spiders outside where they belong kinda thing is no problem for me.

SO, my question is when im living in townsville am i going to have so spiders come in my room that are the size of my hand???? and if yes, how do I NOT make that happen, cuz im coming to australia and those spiders aint stoppin me!!! so like styky tape at all entrances or something????

Sorry I just dont like them in my space eh

Neil says on January 12th, 2010 at 3:51 am:

Ive lived in Australia for 47 years and ive seen almost all of these animals but probably because I travel a lot. A huge white pointer shark circling our small boat was the scariest but it never attacked and I was in the area they filmed shark footage for Jaws. Ive seen lots of snakes, many have stood up and hissed and turned away, none have ever attacked. I put my foot in a flipper I found at the beach as a kid and felt something and pulled my foot back out. It was a blue ringed octypus but it never stung me. Spiders depend on where you live. Ive seen many huge redback spiders. They look great but Ive never been bitten. The one that didnt make the list is pretty much an Aussie secret but very well known to American soldiers during WW2. Drop bears are like a cross between a Koala and a Tasmanian Devil. You can be walking thru a forest area and never see one but they wait for prey to walk under a tree and drop down and attack from above, ripping your throat with razor like claws and teeth. They rarely attack humans as they wont attack people unless someone is alone. Almost all drop bear attacks are fatal and mostly their attacks get blamed on dingos or crocodiles.

sarah says on January 19th, 2010 at 7:28 pm:

The Blue Ring Octopus looks sweet!!!

NirvoStatic says on January 22nd, 2010 at 9:58 pm:

My son was researching for “The Most Perilous Animals of Australia” and he saw the pictures of a box jellyfish. He was confused because the jellyfish he has seen was totally different from what he saw here. He stated that box jellyfish has cube-shaped medusae.
And yeah, where are drop bears?

anthony says on January 25th, 2010 at 1:34 am:

Good one Neil, yes the drop bears. When you think nothing can hurt you and feel real cocky, next thing you know. Blam. Attacked by a drop bear.
These reports go unchecked and covered up because of the damage they do to tourism. The government puts it down to a murder, or worse still, attacks by dingoes. And all these people who tell you their is nothing to worry about, ? Ballony. They live in a unit in the city and are not game to venture away from this inviorment. Mate, my outside house is infested with redbacks, you need to get it fumiagated just to pick up shovel. And snakes,? Mate, go out of the cities, read the reports, dont go off the trails and if you see one, run like hell. They chase you. Crocs, ? Mate, these are not alligators, these suckers eat you alive. Just dont go near any water up north. And you cant swim up north either, it will kill you. Funnyweb spiders, sydney is full of them, and just when you think nothing can hurt you, Blam, the suckers got you. I find it quite funny how people try to make you feel welcome, but they have never been outside their little units. Trust me, if it can kill you in oz, it will. But just remember, all these bad-ass creatures are all protected by law. If you kill one of them , Blam, you will be locked up and probably die in Prison.
P.S also be careful of roos, they will have your guts sitting on the floor in a second if you annoy them. True.

Karyn says on January 28th, 2010 at 4:01 am:

Ive lived in Aus for 10 years now (I grew up in the UK) and I have only int hat whole time seen 1 Red Back spider and that was only because my boyfriend found the web and looked under the house for it. I live in the “outback’ for six months and the closest I came to a snake was when I drove over it.
Its laughable that you wouldnt come here just because of a few animals. It is a beautiful country with lots to offer. I would be more worried about the ferals and bogans than these animals!!!
One thing I would say if you are worried about it is learn about the animals and learn what to do if you are bitten by one. Common sense people!!!

wadud says on February 2nd, 2010 at 8:35 pm:

oh really,thy are many animals in world but the most wideness the they have been describe…really the dangerous animal is the anaconda,the crocodile…… ..they are all dangerous…….. animal..

steve says on February 9th, 2010 at 7:40 pm:

Ok this year 3 Aussie cities topped the list of most livable cities in the world 1/ Sydney 2/ Melbourne 3/ Perth. I don’t think they would get such high scores if everyone was getting killed at a rapid rate from deadly animals. I have travelled to aprox 40 countries all over the world, Australia is a great place. I would suggest doing a little research on anything that could be a hazard while travelling, animals are no exception. Find out what they look like ,where they live, what to do if you have been bitten and most of all If you don’t disturb them they most likley won’t disturb you. If in the unlikley chance you get bitten or stung in the middle of knowhere, with know one around to help you then I guess your time is up. Happy Travels people!

petru says on February 11th, 2010 at 3:45 am:

sea wasps are extreamly dangerous they are renk 2 of the most deadlyest spicies in australia. they are so small you can hardly see them but they kill you within an hour.

Kelly says on February 12th, 2010 at 11:52 am:

I was born and raised in Sydney, am 25 years old and the only thing that’s ever bitten/stung so far are bees and mosquitoes.

Gemma says on February 13th, 2010 at 12:59 pm:

I remember red back spider bite me 3 times… it horrible painful…


lil phat says on February 21st, 2010 at 3:14 am:

I live in aus I have my whole life I see snakes and lizards almost everyday and im petrified of them. I live next to cane feilds I have never ben biten by them they are more scared of u then u are of them yeh we have some dangerouse animals but doesn’t every country.

matt says on February 22nd, 2010 at 7:01 am:

none of these things i have ever seen in my life, im 13 and live in brisbane! and love animals so will go out searching when im older. nothing anyone heres about australia is true, its peaceful!

dc says on February 22nd, 2010 at 2:40 pm:

the stone fish is cool

trish says on February 23rd, 2010 at 5:11 am:

im doing this for my school and im doing it for research and so close to finishing the project but i think im going to present it im scared~~~~!!!

pritam roy says on February 23rd, 2010 at 1:58 pm:

i like salt water crocodile and the taipan,great white shark

deaah says on February 27th, 2010 at 3:13 am:

omg this animals are so scary especially the red back spide and my favourite is the taipan ( snake) because that is one of the rides in jambarooooooooo were u control the actions, lol hahaha well this animals are soo coool !!!

Julie H says on February 27th, 2010 at 10:15 am:

I moved to South Australia some 20 years ago. I’ve lived on the coast for the last 10. Literally on a cliff over the ocean. We have a fair amount of “scrub” around and a very very large open tract of land nearby. This means that there ARE snakes around. Generally brown snakes. We’ve only ever seen 2. One when we were out with our daughter and one we squished with the car.

I see more Koalas, goregous parrots, eagles, Galahs (big loud white/grey bird, rather annoying as they fly in large flocks.) and lizards than anything harmful. I’ve never seen a dangerous spider. Not even when my husband and I go “bush.” Or stay with family in the outback.

For those with kids, I’m raising 5 kids here. I would never raise them anywhere else. I’ve lived in a densely populated part of the UK and I will never, ever swap my beach house by the sea for anything. They’ve been taught what to do if they see a snake, I check our yard before they’re allowed out to play and I always stay with them while they play. Our sun is more harmful to kids than the wildlife. Sunscreen is a most definite must here! Not one of my kids has ever been stung, bitten or attacked. We swim regularly, go bushwalking regularly and generally enjoy this beautiful country.

The key is in knowing what to do if you come across a dangerous animal. With the snakes, we’ve always been taught to just stand still. The one snake (alive) that we encountered was slithering along minding it’s own business. We stayed dead still till we knew it was quite far away. It never attacked us or anything. Another thing, if you have a wading pool or containers of water outside, empty them when you’re not using them. Apparently this entices them to come in. They like the water. My next door neighbour used to have a small water feature in his back yard. He was always getting snakes in his yard. We never did.

Spiders freak me out, no matter how big or small they are, I do not like them at all. They scare me to death!!! But that will never stop me from living here. I have bug spray, they don’t like bug spray, it kills them. So do shoes, newspapers etc. The only spider I will catch and release is our beloved huntsmen. I encourage them to hang around OUTSIDE the house. They love to eat other spiders and insects!

Serioiusly, every country has it’s pros and cons, be it wildlife or weather. Crime or corruption. If we listened to only the cons, we’d all live in private bubbles hidden away from everything and everyone. Australia totally rocks!

Calvin Ross says on March 2nd, 2010 at 11:56 am:

I agree i think that wasps can be really bad, especially in the summer.

hello says on March 7th, 2010 at 12:37 pm:


steve says on March 8th, 2010 at 7:05 pm:

The 10 Most Dangerous Animals On The Planet

boby1 says on March 18th, 2010 at 5:27 pm:

Australia is not a dangerous place
ive been there 1,000 times i lived
there befor nothing ever happened
so go to australia please

sasha says on March 21st, 2010 at 10:24 am:

the reality is if you live in australia at least once in your lifetime you will come across at least half of the above mentioned animals. people who own houses are most likely to come across red backs and funnel webs in sydney regions, funnel web spiders are ground dwelling so you wont ever find them hanging of a tree like white tailed spiders (also dangerous but not necessarily deadly). funnel webs will hang around sheds and pretty much anywhere above the ground, sometimes even under the toilet seats, as they have often been found there. the fact is if you get bitten by female red back you will die without antivenom , if u re an adult it might take hours or even days, whereas child can die within hours. if funnel web bites u u ll sure neva forget it if u survive , child has been know to die in 15 wins after the bite, and adults within 30 mins, plus life in australia sucks, especially sydney, lifestyle too fast paced no matter wat u do

Big Murray says on March 23rd, 2010 at 12:04 am:


Andy A says on March 26th, 2010 at 9:55 am:

And the prize for the worlds most deadly animal goes to….. MAN! Enough said.

Justin Lee says on March 28th, 2010 at 2:28 pm:

The inland taipan is the most highly toxic of all snakes but is not responsible for any deaths due to the fact there are not many humans around where they live, the costal taipan is actualy after the king brown in terms of venom toxicity. Out of all them animals I personaly think King Brown is prob most dangerous in terms of how easy it is to come into contact with I almost stepped on one lastnight when I was spotting crocs at Willare.

Vernice Feldtman says on March 29th, 2010 at 12:42 am:

Can anybody suggest a free place to find a veterinary job?

Rahul says on April 2nd, 2010 at 11:16 am:

There are some mistakes such as the pictures of the jelly fishes are not box one it is another kind of jelly fish,it should be inland taipan instead of taipan and information on here are not much given as well as in discovery channel.

Micheal Jackson says on April 2nd, 2010 at 11:18 am:

its dangerous

yommama says on April 9th, 2010 at 1:21 pm:

hi mom

u dunt wana no says on April 9th, 2010 at 1:41 pm:

Boring why cant you just say the name andget on with it

jaytee says on April 21st, 2010 at 1:51 pm:

its so laughable looking at all the posts. im 36yo and ive only ever seen 2 redbacks and 3 snakes, and ive lived all over australia, from uluru(ayers rock) to far north queensland. i have never seen a snake in my home town melbourne, or the whole state for that matter, and i go camping all the time. as for FNQ, i lived there for over a year, and yes, you could possibly die there too if youre an idiot…simple intelligence can guide you….dont swim in rivers with crocodiles, dont jump around in bushes with bare feet looking for snakes. its seriously simple stuff. the one thing about FNQ you do have to worry about is swimming during the wet season…its not just the the box jelly fish that get you its the irukandji, a 2cm version of the box jelly thats just as toxic….but its simple…use the swimming pool!!

jaytee says on April 21st, 2010 at 2:16 pm:

oh yeah…the drop bear thing aussies talk about is just a joke between us all…theres no such thing.

garypeter says on April 23rd, 2010 at 8:02 pm:

I lived in Australia for a year between HS and college. A cousin, who had emigrated to Oz from Italy invited me when my mom told her that I was ‘wild’ and needed taming. Graziana did not take anything from anyone. When I arrived, they gave me the bedroom on the bottom floor, and they advised me to check my shoes before putting them on daily, looking for Funnel Webs. This scared me. Then there were the Red Backs, there in the Northern suburbs of Sydney. One day, I was going to the bathroom and dropped something. I bent down to get it and I saw one under the toilet. I freaked. I had nothing to kill it with and did not want to get that close. There was, as it was the late 80′s, the time of big hair and lots of product. I had hair spray so I hair sppreayed it to death……paralyzing it as I had sprayed so much! It finally just fell off the pipe under the toilet and poof, it was gone. I did see various snakes and were given tall boots when we went to the weekend home, a 50 acre farm outside of SYdney, and they were to protect me from snakes. I hate snakes and am terrfied of them. If I encountered a Tiger Snake, I would rather pay the 4K and kill it, then wait for it to kill me. One good thing, there were venom stations all over thw place, at least one a half hour from everywhere. This was convenient when my baby cousin went to fetch his cricket ball (sic) and he climbed through the brush and got bit by Funnel Web. We took him to the anti venom place and he was fine. There may be more deadly animals in Oz, but there are also more clinics and such to deal with bites and attacks. I could never live there for though I find it all facinating, I would be paranoid, the schizo affective type, not just paranoid. Lovely country though with great people who KNOW how to PARTY!

Fisherman says on April 27th, 2010 at 9:54 am:

I’ve encountered all of the above creatures during 40 years of living in Oz…but mostly when I’ve gone looking for them or have deliberately ventured into their habitats. The majority of Oz’s 20 million people will only see any of these animals on TV, so don’t be alarmed or put off from a visit to the best country in the world!

portRoyal4679853 says on April 28th, 2010 at 4:33 pm:

For ppl worried about spiders we get a huge range of them. most of the ones you’ll see will be small or mid size, but here in perth (probably in alot of other places too) you do get the huntsman spiders which are pretty dam big. They are not poisonous but can be you worst nightmare if they jump at you. BTW, for parents with kids, my mates kid got “attacked” by a huntsman spider when it jumped on top of his head, it didnt bite or harm him and it was sooo funny. Their bites are very painful though.

Josh says on April 29th, 2010 at 6:09 am:

Hello. i am Australian. I have lived in the bush and worked for National Parks in NSW and Victoria.

These animals are only dangerous if you are not aware of the risks and do not heed warnings related to each animal. The wildlife in australia is amazing and unique. Australia has the greatest unique diversity of animals and plants in the world.

Its not dangerous if you are willing to educate yourself. Stay ignorant at your own risk.

If you are aware of the risks, and what to do if bitten, you shouldnt have a problem.

Fact: More people die from bee stings then all of these dangerous animals combined in australia. No one seems to mention bees though.

Have never been bitten by a snake, or a spider. A bee sting i did get though got infected and had me laid up for 2 weeks…. Go figure….

If you give the respect these animals deserve you wont have any issues. Ie: Dont ignore croc warnings in the north, stay away from snakes and dont panic…. thats the worse thing you can do……

also dont be a steve urwin…. he was loco…. and paid the ultimate price…. it was only a matter of time for steve…. poor bastard…..

anyway… theres more chance of being taken by a serial killer then by any of these animals anyway…. Check out an Aussie movie called Wold Creek….. thats the real scary australia…. because it is based on a real person….

javier says on May 4th, 2010 at 7:40 pm:

This animals can kill you or it may cause you to gp to the hospital.STAY AWAY!!! and be SAFE!!

Ruby says on May 10th, 2010 at 5:12 am:

I have been bitten by a blue ringed octopus and i survived. luckily my friend knew what to do in the situation. it was the scariest moment of my life, i couldn’t move or breathe but i could hear my friend freaking out. then he gave me mouth to mouth and cpr until i was airlifted to hospital. you should all find out what to do in a situation like getting bitten. im a lucky survivor

Butch says on May 10th, 2010 at 11:58 am:

In Poland we also have snaes. Maybe not such deadly as in Your country but they are:)

hermann says on May 10th, 2010 at 4:08 pm:

its a nice heap of opinions! i ve been to australia in the 50ties and enjoed it very much in spite of these deadly dangers. Be kind to the animals and they will leave you in peace!

nick says on May 13th, 2010 at 12:20 am:

I knew a guy who was bitten by a funnel web then ran screaming down the beach before standing on a blue ringged ocopus,he then copletely flipped and fellinto the sea where aa great white bit his leg,then while struggelling to get away he pissed off a stonefish before struggelling back to shore where a salty thought he would have a go,after fending of the salty he was bit by a tiger snake andbrown snake before he then sat on a redback,its true australia is one deadly place

bob says on May 14th, 2010 at 1:15 pm:

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bob says on May 14th, 2010 at 1:16 pm:

yo momma

bob says on May 14th, 2010 at 1:18 pm:

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shannah says on May 17th, 2010 at 1:11 am:

i love little kitty cats and yet i dont not mention of these deadly animals they are number and will soon take over the world sincerely, barney

pamela says on May 25th, 2010 at 9:57 am:

bob i love you baby !! <3

bali aussie says on May 31st, 2010 at 1:12 am:

Many visitors regard the persistent attentions of people trying to sell as the number one annoyance in Bali (and in traveler locations of Lombok). These activities are officially restricted in many locations but hawkers will still work just outside the fence. Elsewhere, especially around many holiday-maker attractions, visitors are frequently, and often constantly, hassled to buy things. The worst places for this are Jl Legian in Kuta, Kuta beach, the Gunung Batur area and the over-subscribed temples at Besakih and Tanah Lot. And the cry of ‘Transport?!?’, that’s everywhere. Many touts employ fake, irritating Australian accents, eg ‘Oi! Mate!’ Pirate DVDs and CDs often don’t work.

Kate says on June 1st, 2010 at 1:15 pm:

Australia’s a friggen fabulous country! I’ve lived here my entire life, in a country bumpkin town and recently moved to the city… The animals her are wonderful, some can be dangerous but they are beautiful creatures. I go camping in the bush CONSTANTLEY and i’ve never really had a problem- you’ve got to look where your walking and keep an eye out for snakes, but if you see one just simply walk the other way or stay still. Easy. You’ll get some spiders and snakes where ever you go, they’re just a natural thing- not need to worry about them, just leave them alone. P.S. I like nicks comment!

Kate says on June 1st, 2010 at 1:19 pm:

P.S. there is in fact such thing a a black panther in the victorian highlands, i’ve seen it myself… it ran across the road in front of us on an old loggers track we got lost on! Was a very quick sighting but definate =)

bellaaaahhhh says on June 16th, 2010 at 10:27 am:

heyy umm i like auzzie im only 12 but its the best pplace ive never seen a sanke in my life and i live in victoria! its an awesome place!! hehe i have also only seen one spider redback but thats because we live in the bush not the city :)

simonluckwell says on June 24th, 2010 at 11:30 pm:

As a pom , I have’nt had any problems with creatures that are living upside down, good luck with the cricket and the rugby.
Ps after seeing your sharks

jazz says on July 2nd, 2010 at 12:37 pm:

These kinds of lists are cute – but MOST of these nasties appear in Summer – and usually from about Sydney – and they get worse as you go north, Brisbane gets a lot of these. Brown snake in my sisters front yard the other day, funnel webs and redbacks everywhere – but they like hiding away from people generally…The other nasty thats spreading lots of disease now is the humble mosquito – again usually where its warm……..

Abinash Kumar Jha says on July 14th, 2010 at 6:49 am:

Really the god is great in creating such creatures…..
Mind Blowing……..

BUGGY BUGGER says on July 15th, 2010 at 6:24 am:


Alen says on July 28th, 2010 at 4:48 pm:

Why are almost all photos off beaches in AU empty of swimmers, only occasional surfer. What is the point of beautiful beaches if you have to be afraid of stepping onto something deadly in the sand or bitten by a shark. Here in Croatia you don’t have to be afraid of anything like that and enjoy in sea…

Robbo says on July 31st, 2010 at 5:38 pm:

arh, you are all just a bunch of whingers. If ya never, never go. You’ll never never know! (Thanks for that darrell!!)
I live in suburban melbourne, and there is more chance of me getting killed trying to cross the arc de treumphe round about in the dead of night, than living down under. just dont stick ya thumb up the snakes arse and you’ll be fine! if it attacks you, kill it! simple! if it on the side of the road leave it be.

Youve prob got more of a chance being killed by a pit bull (an introduced demestic dog, not found in the wild) then anything else.

Just look out for drop bears. You tube them if u want.

coran says on August 11th, 2010 at 12:40 am:

that red spider and web spider are thay in england aswell

proud aussie says on August 24th, 2010 at 11:09 pm:

I was born and raised in Australia and I have to say if anyone is planing to go to but are too afraid of the dangerous animals, go anyway because you’ll love it. And it’s true, the further north you are, the more likely you’ll encounter the creatures mentioned on the list. But seriously, talk to the locals, find out how to protect yourself and your family by knowing where you’d find these creatures and know what to do if you get bit or stung or whatever. Also, use common sense and leave the animals alone and you’ll be fine. So please, suck it up and see australia.

kieta says on September 3rd, 2010 at 12:32 am:

hi my name iz kieta and when i was little i got stung three times in the same spot in the neck it hurt heaps but now if i get stung one more time ill be in hospital

kieta says on September 3rd, 2010 at 12:36 am:

i just hate spiders any kind they just send shivers up my spine my sister got bitten by a whit tailed spider it just ended up in a big poison ball and my mum poped it and the venum went all over her hand and she had to take anti biotics for a long time

kieta says on September 3rd, 2010 at 12:40 am:

yeah they are jack

Naufal says on September 4th, 2010 at 9:10 am:

Lol a saltwater crocodile can kill a GREAT WHITE SHARK.REMEMBER GUYS DUN Forget this!!!Saltwater crocodiles DO eat sharks!

AJ says on September 26th, 2010 at 1:26 pm:

Australia won’t kill you!!! I have lived all over the country and come across everything on that list bar the inland taipan (but i have seen eastern taipans). On the sunshine coast I saw plenty of sharks, had weekly encounters with snakes, too many close calls with funnel webs… but I still have all my limbs and no bites to report from there. In north queensland I did see crocs, jellyfish, sharks, harmless snakes and spiders… but avoiding them means I am still in one piece! In central new south wales I kill 10 redbacks a week (on average) over the summer, I have been bitten 5 times by black house spiders (ouch but you get over it). On the fraser coast I stood on a stonefish (the pain is beyond words) but I am yet to meet another person so unfortunate. Yes, aussie wildlife is there, it can be dangerous but you’d be pretty unlucky to cop its worst! We have amazing, friendly wildlife too, and us locals are the nicest bunch of people going!!!

PS… plenty of mention of drop bears, but what about those woop-woop birds? ;)

isaac says on September 28th, 2010 at 8:26 pm:

how do u know that deadliest animals in Australia? huhuhu? You made them fight?

Cara Simelton says on October 2nd, 2010 at 7:34 am:

I wanted to thank you for this special read.

Raya says on October 8th, 2010 at 3:44 pm:

Honestly guys, Australia is wonderful. I haven’t travelled much, but why would you want to when you live in such an amazing country?

The thing is, with almost all animals, if you don’t bother them they don’t bother you! If there’s a sign saying “DO NOT SWIM” don’t swim! Most of these things can be treated, just like if you’re out for a walk at night and someone assaults you.

I have seen a few animals that can hurt, but it is entirely and utterly worth it to live in such a beautiful place. I am from Melbourne and, from what I’ve lived, It is a safe and great place to be.

I guarantee anyone would find a place in Australia they love and want to live in, so you may as well just put your fears aside and experience it for yourself.

Wez says on October 12th, 2010 at 9:39 am:

I was surfing in oz and was attacked by a shark it hurt allot but It was my fault I was in there territory there for I was prey the same way we hunt deer. Got a sweet scar to
Love Australia it rocks

fredo says on October 14th, 2010 at 8:47 am:

ive got a tiger snake lol

Talia says on October 16th, 2010 at 1:07 pm:

Wow,their supposed to be the 10 most DANGEROUS ANIMALS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOL NOT SCARY

Stuart Downie says on October 18th, 2010 at 9:04 pm:

The most dangerous thing in Australia is the same as in virtually every country in the world. The motor car. I don’t know Australias road death figures but I bet they exceed those caused by wildlife by many hundred percent. If you want to see the most dangerous creature in the world, look in a mirror.

Lisa says on November 4th, 2010 at 9:04 am:

Hi Guys..Im an Aussie, 48 yrs… not one bite of any animal kind except mosqitoes lol…..Come to Australia..Youll Love it, i promise…use your common sense and youll be fine :)

JohnF says on November 14th, 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.

JohnF says on November 14th, 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.”

zac says on November 14th, 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.

JosieBeetle says on November 28th, 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.

Jarryd says on December 13th, 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.

Gary says on December 28th, 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.

Terry says on January 6th, 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.

Tony says on January 13th, 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.

Loki says on February 25th, 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.

Liam says on March 7th, 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…

Teresa says on March 19th, 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.

Angus says on March 25th, 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.

Bewification says on April 21st, 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.

Excuse em moi? says on April 24th, 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

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

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

norm willet says on June 22nd, 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!

Jenni says on July 10th, 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.

Kitgirl says on July 20th, 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 :)

Liam says on September 26th, 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.

Nina says on October 2nd, 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

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

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

Deano says on October 27th, 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.

emma says on May 29th, 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.

Lorenzo says on May 30th, 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)

Rishi Fergino says on June 8th, 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 ?

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

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

Annie says on July 16th, 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.

Ellie walker says on July 17th, 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.!!

C Gray says on July 25th, 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!

Andrew H says on July 29th, 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.

Anna says on August 12th, 2012 at 3:02 pm:

Lots of these comments made me laugh and shake my head.
I grew up in rural, bush NSW and I’ve probably seen three or four snakes in the wild. If you see a snake, just don’t panic and they’ll continue on their merry way.
Depending on where you live or visit will depend on the level of spiders you’ll encounter. I see heaps but almost all are harmless, and those that are poisonous can’t do serious damage (most cases)…
Our spiders are pretty harmless, however terrifying they appear.

But having lived in Aus for 22 years and travelled all over, the worse thing anyone may encounter on a day to day basis are harmless huntsman spiders (big, hairy, bazillion eyes, looks like the spawn of satan) just chilling on walls.

If you don’t intentionally go hunting for snakes, demonic spiders, crocodiles, sharks and drop bears, chances are you’ll never encounter one.
I grew up in the bush and like previously mentioned – came across maybe four snakes in the wild.
I think swooping magpies are more of a concern! Why aren’t they mentioned?!

Michelle Dhillon says on September 4th, 2012 at 10:28 am:

I’ve been bitten by a trapdoor and paralysed down the left side , bitten by a black pinhead size spider causing unconsciousness and breathing problems and blister rash all down one arm and under it, bitten on the inner elbow by a whitetail, and bitten a whole heap by many other spiders and a centipede which made rash and nausea, wasps, bees, and a scorpion bite under the tip of my right big toe which brought out really painful swollen rings up my legs, have been chased by a taipan, stood on a redbelly blacksnake, confronted by a king brown, my hands were marched on by redback spiders which looked and felt really creepy, but i’m fine and still here. Really there is nothing much to be afraid of in australia the most you’ll usually come across is a bee wasp or harmless huntsman spider. Perhaps i’m an exception to the millions of aussies who haven’t either come across any dangerous animals outside of zoos or who were lucky to observe but not be bitten. I’m going to america and i’m more worried about bears and real bad scorpions there than the whats here . Living here is the same as anywhere else brisbane up the coast on is more subtropical so you could be more likely to encounter something, but not in general. As a parent it pays to keep a close eye on your kids even in the city suburbs if you have a dog they will usually let you know whats about and try fend it off themselves. More pets die from attacks than people but even they usually escape unharmed, so seriously the media dramatizes everything here a little too much. Welcome to oz you brave people :)

Dean says on October 28th, 2012 at 4:52 pm:

Hey i am an aussie i have traveled most of Australia and have never come in contact with any of those animals apart for the red back spider but have never been bitten. They are not in your everyday life if you live in or near a city you will not encounter any of these animals if you live in the country or rural town you may see a snake or two but usually are not dangerous. And the list is not accurate the most venomous spider in the world is the daddy long legs but they cant bite or sting human but kill any other species.

Papa Chook. says on January 22nd, 2013 at 1:30 pm:

Hi, I live in central west NSW Australia. I live on a 1400 acre farm in the mountains surrounded by animals. They live all over the place! Under rocks, in the leaves, on the roads and in the trees. But if you read this, you will probably think, “oh my! I could never live there!” Never fear! The only animals you will find in most of NSW are kangaroos, wombats, echidnas, blue tuonge lizards, (witch by the way are compleatly harmless, like almost all lizards,) bearded dragons, brown and black snakes, (witch both flee like there’s no tomorrow,) koalas, and platupusses, witch are seen only once every week or so.
It is true that the further north you go, the worse it gets. But as for getting bitten and eaten by man eating spiders, that is false. They will only try to bite you if you pick them up and squeeze them. Crocs, more than 60% of accidents are from being drunk, and trying to catch them. Snakes, only one person has been bitten by a Tipan in about 5 years, and he lived. But was trying to save his dog witch would have attacked it, so he picked it up. Jellies and stone fish, well you would be wise to not go into the beaches up north and can still go swimming all the time because of all the pools and waterfalls are always nearby.
It is very easy to live here, and I have been doing so for 13 years. The only thing I was bitten by we’re ants, bees, little cousins and a possum.

Bbb says on February 16th, 2013 at 7:45 pm:

We are planning on moving our family to Victoria from the UK but I worry that we are all clueless about how to respond to the insects and animals we encounter, most especially my rather adventurous boys who investigate everything! Are there any resources/sites to teach them/us how to keep safe?

James says on March 1st, 2013 at 2:08 pm:

Hi all I live in Melbourne and can I have never seen more than e couple of spiders a year and the odd snake, neither have caused me any prob. I am traveling in NZ at the moment and was shocked to find out the have no snakes non
Zip nadda. And are friendly educated people, who can’t beat us a sport, but no serprize as we are a wealthy country in comparison if some what racest and begoted lot just like the USA. Our biggest pest are people like the fat Aussie bastard (see him
on youtube)who is very common in AU we hate our native people just like the US hates your natve people. Our animals are beautiful and unlikely to harm you.
You and like no others in the world.

Ryan says on March 27th, 2013 at 5:07 am:

Do Australians have gun control laws? We have many dangerous creatures here in the Deep South of the US, but we all have guns to protect ourselves. You guys need to put all of those creatures on the endangered species list where they belong; especially those crocs. bang bang!

CamboShambo says on April 19th, 2013 at 3:36 pm:

I’m a Darwin boy born and bred from the top of the NT, and while the Box Jelly Fish (Stingers is another word we use for em up here, not sure what Queensladers call em), Crocs, Taipans, King Browns, Stone Fish, Blue Ringed Octopus and occasional Tiger Shark (no white pointers up here…they dont like the humidty *jokes*) can all be pretty deadly if encountered, the odds of you having a problem with them are slim if you use your head and do as youre told.

As far as the Top End goes:

Box Jelly Fish – In the Wet Season (officially Oct to May) dont swim in the ocean unless wearing a wet suit, and your not likely to have a drama with Jelly Fish. As a youngster I got stung across the legs by one when fishing in knee deep water at the beach. P1ssed on myself (almost as good as vinegar) and gently rubbed the tentacles off (then washed my hands cos I was raised well). Was camping on Melville Island and we didnt have the anti-venom handy but after a few spews, alot of water and good lie down I was fine by the following day. Get a good stinging across the chest tho and if you’re not administered the anti-venom within half an hour or so then its probably game over.

Crocs – Dont swim in rivers…pretty much ever. Theres sure to be crocs. Big ones. (Your ‘gators’ dont come close.) Sometimes we go swimming in the rivers when we’re drunk, but thats not a real good reason to do so yourself. The heat up here makes us all a bit touched in the head. If a waterhole is known to be safe and by known I mean ‘on the day known’ as opposed to ‘was fine last time we visited’ then you should be ok. That said it is hard to ‘know’. Your best bet is to limit your swimming to the upper levels of waterfalls. Just cos there’s no sign telling you not to swim, doesnt mean you should. The NT’s a big place and the rangers cant put signs up everywhere. If a man eater croc gets you, your gone. And it wont be pretty. Remember the waterfall tip. And backyard swimming pools are pretty good too.

When walking through the bush in long grass, make an effort to stamp your feet from time to time and you wont come across a snake by surprise. Its the surprised snakes that are the problem. This pretty much applies to all snakes in Australia. Except Fierce Snakes, and there’s alot of BS that gets spread about them so I’ll leave them alone for the sake of this article.

When walking on the reefs or exposed rock pools by the beach, wear sturdy sandles or even better some shoes (dunlop volleys are a winner here) and look where your stepping. As the article says, a stone fish will ruin your day, a blue ringed octopus will most likely end you.

Now in my whole life of living here I’ve seen a fair few stingers, a bunch of crocs, a few brown snakes, 1 tiger shark, a few stone fish and 2 blue ringed octopus(i?). Saw a red back spider once during the dry season, just sitting in its web on the railing of the pedestrian crossing near my school. I didnt bother it and it did the same. Never really fussed by any of them, cos for the most part, unless your a dumb sh1t, youre pretty safe.

Only the crocs ever gave me the real heeby jeebies, and thats not cos I was in immediate danger…but because their crocs. No matter how often you fish near em, you never really get used to the site of them sunning themselves on the river bank, waiting patiently for you to spaz out and fall out of your boat.

And this is from the most ‘dangerous’ part of Australia. All in all Australia is pretty safe. We dont have grizzly bears going though our rubbish, or mountain lions attacking people going for a jog.

Seriously, its not that dangerous here. The biggest issue where I come from is the march flies, the sand flies and the mozzies (mosquitoes). They’l spoil a picnic like nothing else.

Also, earwigs. They freak me out alot.

Oh yeah and Ryan, we do have gun control here. No semi-automatics allowed (pistols aside and we monitor those pretty strongly). We learned our lesson. Bolt action rifles do the trick pretty well though I find. Especially on the odd occasion when the animals arent armed.

ted says on April 26th, 2013 at 7:57 pm:

my work puts me amongst snakes spiders etc, motorists are what scares me

shawn says on May 14th, 2013 at 1:15 pm:

aussie aussie oi oi oi

Lisa says on June 23rd, 2013 at 1:19 am:

I couldn’t help but laugh while reading a few of the comments here, i’ve lived in Sydney all my life 30 odd years and yeah i’ve seen some of the animals on the list mainly the spiders but you just leave them alone its not like their going to chase and attack you. I’d say you’d have more chance of getting killed in a car accident then by one of these animals. The perception that people have of australia never fails to amuse me.

Ace says on July 13th, 2013 at 3:54 pm:

I wonder why small simple little things like spiders tend to be so poisonous?

Liza says on August 1st, 2013 at 10:17 am:

I was born in and grew up in aus I grew up on the Sunshine Coast in Qld and my whole life I have seen maybe one brown snake I live next to cane fields and only see maybe one snake a year and its usually a python which will do nothing to you and lizards are more common around my area and they are usually water dragons that are small and don’t really care about you the only spider that builds its webs in the my house are daddy longlegs and they are harmless. I have also lived in Brisbane and saw nothing no snakes lizards or spiders I had more problems with flies then the wildlife. I love living here I don’t have to worry about crime like what you see on the news about the states guns arnt legal here unless you have permit which is very hard to get. Australia is a lovely place to live all you do is open your eyes and look at the signs and make sure you follow what they say unless you live out woop woop you got no problems the only way your going to see the really dangerous animals is if you go to a zoo. Last time I went camping I saw a goana I stepped near it and it piss bolted up a tree they are more scared of you then you are of them so don’t be worried I’m petrified of reptiles can’t handle them and have panic attacks I wouldn’t live here if I didn’t feel safe and I do feel safe.

Jess says on September 16th, 2013 at 11:59 am:

What about the great Australian Bogan? Those crazy creatures are everywhere!!!

Macca says on September 16th, 2013 at 11:10 pm:

Im a central west aussie nsw we have alot of snakes out my way in the bush such as red belly blacks, browns and tigers. The most common attack is from people mowing long grass and running over a snake thats had the shit scared out of it and probably now lost a few inches of his tale. But growing up here as a young kid you get it drummed into you not to carry on and run around like a headless chook but keep calm bandage the area and CALMLY get to a hospital and you’ll be fine. Check your shoes before you put them on and check beneath things before you pick them up and them nasty bitey spiders wont get a chance to sink their fangs into you. If your worried about croks and stingers keep south and you wont even see one. As for sharks its very very rare for them to attack you cause apparently we dont taste that good and you could always bite them back ( not recommended). Main thing is leave animals be and treat them with respect and they will do the same to you. Just cause good ole steve irwin poked them with sticks doesnt mean you should its not a good idea cause all aussies animals and people dont respond well to dumbasses

Terry Baker says on January 24th, 2014 at 11:06 am:

There are several mistakes or omissions in the rating of Australia’s top ten dangerous organisms. The western brown snake is not mentioned (Pseudonaja affinis) sometimes called a Dugite in WA. The box jellyfish (Chiromex fleckeri) is found in all tropical waters and is not an exclusively Australian jellyfish. The Irukandji (Carukia barnesi) jellyfish inhabits tropical and Australian waters and its poison is more toxic than the box jellyfish. But because of its small size has caused fewer fatalities. Its bell is about 12 mm in diameter – minute by comparison to the box jellyfish. Several cone shell species are also dangerous the Geographer cone (Conus geographus) being one of the most dangerous. The toxin in the fish and crustacean eating cone shells are equally as deadly as the box jellyfish, although there has been few fatalities.

PETER POTTER says on February 5th, 2014 at 5:19 am:

G’Day to yal’ ‘Noticed that sea snakes were left off the list of deadly creatures ! Enjoyed swimming with a 15 – 20 ft. long white sea snake/python (also considered venomous ) at Dingo Beach in Queensland (when that beach was definitely categoized as “a squatter’s beach” in the 1970′s).

EDO says on April 4th, 2014 at 10:25 pm:

It is funny really. It is not a matter of being frightened by the 10 most poisonous animals in Australia. I live in the Northern Territory, Sydney and Victoria. Any Aussie that says he or she never saw a red back spider, a funnel web spider or a white tail spider obviously lives under a rock somewhere. These things exist but unless you happen to go to their hiding spots with the intention to touch them, they will never harm anybody. I think that most dangerous things in Australia are the snakes, in particular in Spring and Summer, they can be a problem in most parks in the outskirts of the outer suburbs. Thankfully we have hospitals that can help you provided you get to them quick

Mike says on May 30th, 2014 at 4:06 am:

Great article re dangerous animals of Australia, I am sure they are all rare and human contact is limited but I am terrified of Taipans, Box Jellies and Great Whites…however they were here before me, the land is theirs and I will not be put off visiting beautiful Australia because of its exotic fauna.

TAMERA HEALY-DOORMAN says on July 5th, 2014 at 4:49 am:

I’m also Australian and, wow, this article says the real truth about Australia’s most dangerous animals.


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