Airstud From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 2154 posts, RR: 1 Posted (3 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 6604 times:
It seem that an 10-year-old girl has survived a sting from a box jellyfish; which the herewith article says is the world's most venomous creature. Except, I thought that title was held by the blue-ringed octopus.
In any case, it puts me off wanting to ever visit Australia.
i) Australia is roughly the same size as continental United States
ii) Most of the population live in 5 major cities on Coast
iii) 80% of the really toxic creatures are in the Top End and Tropical North
iv) This is the equivalent distance from most cities as Texas to Central Canada or Paris to North of Moscow
v) Do you lie awake at night in the US worrying about Rattlesnakes and Blackwidow spiders?
vi) If you swim in the southern half of Australia you will not come across the majority of these creatures.
vii) Therefore, you are more likely to be abducted by aliens and subjected to a live organ transplant that attacked by most of these creatures on a visit to Australia, unless, like some visitors, you insist on going to extremes and ignoring all warnings an signs in the Top End.
On the above score, I should avoid the US because of gun crime, but I don't.....
When all's said and done, there'll be more said than done.
Kent350787 From Australia, joined May 2008, 942 posts, RR: 0 Reply 8, posted (3 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 6385 times:
Quoting OzGlobal (Reply 5): I've seen several sources say that the Box Jellyfish is the world's most venomous animal, followed by, in no particular order: Taipan (most venomous snake), Blue Ringed Octopus and Stonefish.
I saw my first stonefish in the wild a few weeks ago - looking around rock pools in a well populated seaside area we saw some small fish, and suddenly there was a splash and nothing to be seen. Looking carefully there was a very well camouflaged Stonefish sitting there.
As for the spider picture above - it's a Huntsman, and they're very common. Their bite is annoying but not dangerous (and I haven't heard of anyone being bitten) - more people are injured as a result of car accidents caused by panic when one walks across their windscreen.
And Australia isn't so scary - we don't have bears living in our forests!
EddieDude From Mexico, joined Nov 2003, 7436 posts, RR: 44 Reply 11, posted (3 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 6265 times:
Lol. I would love to recommend to all those people interested in Australiana reading Bill Bryson's "In a Sunburned Country". It is fantastic. Love his thoughts on the box jellyfish, spiders, snakes, etcetera. I guess some Australians might feel a bit annoyed by this book, but for anyone thinking about visiting the country, it is a fantastic book.
NZ107 From New Zealand, joined Jul 2005, 6084 posts, RR: 40 Reply 13, posted (3 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 6245 times:
And you forgot all the things on land! The Common Brown snake, Taipan.. Then you head into the spiders. In the few trips to Australia, I've only seen a few biggish spiders (most outside) and the biggest one which was the size of my hand wasn't even that harmful. Sydney gets swarms of non-venomous jellyfish over the summer which feel really weird to swim through but it's better than having swarms of box jellyfish. But basically if you stick to the land and stick to the cities, there's less chance of you encountering these things.
NZ107 From New Zealand, joined Jul 2005, 6084 posts, RR: 40 Reply 16, posted (3 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 6226 times:
Quoting Kent350787 (Reply 14): I thought you were talking about bluebottles (Portugese Man O' War) at first
I didn't realise they were the same thing although they looked similar! Nope, they were the clear round variety. If I had seen a bluebottle, there would have been no way I would have jumped into the water (from a yacht). I think I suffer from jellyphobia.. Either that or I feared a shark was going to come after me.. Lucky we don't get many down here in NZ.
Quoting OA412 (Reply 15): By the way, can anyone tell me the name of that horribly poisonous spider that is native to Australia? It's name escapes me at the moment.
There are a few but the main ones are probably the Redback and the funnelweb.
Kent350787 From Australia, joined May 2008, 942 posts, RR: 0 Reply 18, posted (3 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 6223 times:
The Sydney Funnel-web is the most poisonous - but no fatal bites have occured since antivenom was developed in 1981. Redbacks are far more common (I don't think we've got any in the yard at the moment) but, again, antivenom means no deaths.
As mentioned, the Common Brown Snake is the most venomous snake in the world. A fun little tidbit, at least according to a book I read. Of the 9 most venomous snakes in the world, exactly 9 of them occur in Australia! How's that for fun!
Quoting Kent350787 (Reply 14): I thought you were talking about bluebottles (Portugese Man O' War) at first - they're defintiely not fun to swim through,
My friend got stung by a blue bottle up here on Lizard Island a few weeks ago. Lots of pain for about an hour, but after that, it was just a cool battle wound.
Quoting NZ107 (Reply 16): I didn't realise they were the same thing although they looked similar!
They're not the same thing, but they're related. They're both colonial animals. Portuguese Man-O-Wars are often massive, while blue bottles are quite small.
Kent350787 From Australia, joined May 2008, 942 posts, RR: 0 Reply 21, posted (3 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 6083 times:
Quoting Longhornmaniac (Reply 20): Lots of pain for about an hour, but after that, it was just a cool battle wound.
Not quite so cool when you've copped the stinger directly across your mouth, including hittign your tongue...
I suppose any country's scary, but I've lived in Oz all my life, swum in the ocean, walked and camped in the bush and I'm still alive. An interesting thing is that, although our snakes are very venomous, they're either scared of people or live well away from most population centres, so they're technically not very dealy to humans i.e. few people are killed by their bites. That doesn't mean I enjoy encountering snakes whilst walking.
Crocodiles do freak me out a bit when I'm up north - have you ever seen those things run for food in real life?
thomasphoto60 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 3784 posts, RR: 24 Reply 22, posted (3 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 6008 times:
I lived in Aussie for some 8 years in the 90s and have made numerous before and since and never once ran across any of the above creatures (at least not by chance). Bottom line, no place is 100% safe and Aussie is safer than most. Most people who have encountered these animals, resulting in injury or death, usually did so out of ignorance and took no precautions. These animals are not out to stalk human prey, most will flee in the opposite direction if given a chance.
I live in Texas, and aside from some venomous snakes (Rattlesnakes, Cottonmouths and Copperheads) we now have to be concerned about Africanized Killer Bees, there have been several attacks resulting in a few fatalities. It is just a matter of taking some precautions and knowing what is out there and being prepared.
Aussie is a great place to visit, don't let a few "creepy-crawleys" keep you away
Quoting Longhornmaniac (Reply 20): As mentioned, the Common Brown Snake is the most venomous snake in the world. A fun little tidbit, at least according to a book I read. Of the 9 most venomous snakes in the world, exactly 9 of them occur in Australia! How's that for fun!
Its my understanding that the Olive Sea Snake is the world's most venomous, with the Fierce snake (Inland Taipan) as the most venomous land snake.
747m8te From Australia, joined Aug 2008, 422 posts, RR: 0 Reply 23, posted (3 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 5919 times:
Quoting thomasphoto60 (Reply 22): Its my understanding that the Olive Sea Snake is the world's most venomous, with the Fierce snake (Inland Taipan) as the most venomous land snake.
The Taipan is supposedly more venomous then the common brown snake, but I heard the brown snake injects a larger amount of venom....which makes it the more deadly snake
These creatures here don't bother me...as a kid i grew up in the country in Tasmania, and we had tiger snakes around our house all the time, had one living outside my bedroom window for a while, even had them in the wall cavity of our house! I've been in the bush and had them rare up and hiss at me....but hey....i was the silly one about to tread on them while they were lying on the road in the sun...
Worked for a while in karratha in northern W.A. went swimming in the waters up there....there were stone fish around but didn't put me off swimming....just had to be careful when you put your feet down...
Now I live in Brisbane in Queensland...and sure the waters up here (especially further north) you have to be careful of the jellies....but swim at the patrolled beaches...some even have nets... and there is no worry!
Sure these creatures are their, and they CAN be dangerous...but the only time I hear of people getting bitten by snakes or spiders are the ones who go and try and attack them...
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