Unfortunately for us, Australia isn’t entirely populated just by friendly locals, cool kangaroos, and cute koalas. The Land Down Under sometimes seems like the most dangerous country on the entire planet and should be renamed to the Land of Nope. In large part, the country owes its reputation to its ruthless natural hazards, the dangerous animals that live there and all the scary things that want to make us yell ‘nope!’ and run away faster than the speed of sound in the opposite direction.

To show you just how scary Mother Nature in Australia can be, Bored Panda created a list of all the dangers lurking in the Land Down Under. Keep scrolling, share with your friends and upvote your fave dangerous animals in Australia!

#1

Roofhanger. Suspended Grey Headed Flying Fox, A Megabat Native To Australia

Roofhanger. Suspended Grey Headed Flying Fox, A Megabat Native To Australia

Batwing is fine and dandy. He dried off and flew away as soon as it was night time. He was not sick, just wet.

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Restless
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1 year ago

Awwww.....so cute! All folded up

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From enormously big spiders, to deadly venomous snakes, ferocious crocodiles, octopuses and disgustingly overgrown earthworms, the Great Southern Land seems to have it all when it comes to nightmare fuel and creepy crawlies. We can probably all agree that some Australian animals look absolutely terrifying, but how dangerous are they really?

#2

Lizards In Australia

Lizards In Australia

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Restless
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1 year ago

A lizard that size able to climb a wall like that?

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Around 170 snake species live in the country, 100 of which are poisonous. However, that’s not even the worst part: a grand total of 21 out of the world’s 25 most venomous snakes inhabit Australia. Snakes kill an average of 2 to 4 people a year here, but the number of casualties seem small when you compare it to the 11,000 individuals that snakes annually kill in Asia.

#3

Believe It Or Not, This Is One Of The Least Dangerous Spiders We Have In Australia

Believe It Or Not, This Is One Of The Least Dangerous Spiders We Have In Australia

This is the huntsman spider, a common friend to be found in houses and garden across Australia. He's harmless really, don't let his large size intimidate you. Huntsmen won't bite humans unless provoked, are not venomous and are actually handy to have around the place, he'll use his speed and agility to keep your cockroach population under control.
Think of the huntsman as a handy pet. Respect his space, let him do his job and he'll look after you well.

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Restless
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1 year ago

He will also terrorize my cat!

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If poisonous snakes don’t cause you to scream and panic, then what about spiders? More than 2,400 different species of arachnids call the Land Down Under their home. Among them is the deadly Sydney funnel-web spider, which can end a person’s life within 15 minutes of biting them. This spider always gets into the top lists of the world’s deadliest arachnids and doesn’t mess around: if you see one, nope right out of there!

#4

Meanwhile In Australia

Meanwhile In Australia

An olive python (Liasis olivaceus), western Australia's largest python, having a feed on an Australian freshwater crocodile (crocodylus Johnstoni).

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Restless
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1 year ago

Dear Lord!!!! This is what my nightmares are made of

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That’s not to say that every single spider you encounter abroad is going to be a threat to you. Fortunately, less than 50 Australian spider species pose a threat to people. Let’s also not forget that most spiders are our friends and help keep the native insect population down. Obviously, these tidbits of good news won’t really make Australia’s spiders any less scary to look at. Anyone with arachnophobia should probably still avoid Australia until they get over their fear of spiders, and travel elsewhere for their Summer vacation.

#5

Araucaria Pine Cone, It's Been Reported To Kill People When Falling

Araucaria Pine Cone, It's Been Reported To Kill People When Falling

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Restless
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1 year ago

At least it does not have legs and beady eyes! You won't even see it coming.

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Meanwhile, sharks in the country kill around 2 people each year, whereas crocodiles killed 14 people between 2005 and 2014, compared to 10 deaths during the 33 years preceding 2004. However, it’s not just animals that can harm you in Australia. The country is also known for its giant 10 kg pine cones that can fall on top of you as well as tennis ball sized hailstones that can cause serious damage if your head is unprotected. When in Australia, it’s best to either keep looking in all directions at once in search of threats or shut your eyes and wish you were somewhere safe and sound.

#6

Do You Even Lift Bro?

Do You Even Lift Bro?

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Restless
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1 year ago

Handsome fella!

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No wonder the Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin, beloved zookeeper and one of the bravest people in history, hails from Australia where danger lurks around almost every corner and you’re not sure which animal poses a threat.

#7

Ladies And Gentlemen, The Saltwater Crocodile (Crocodylus Porosus)

Ladies And Gentlemen, The Saltwater Crocodile (Crocodylus Porosus)

I'm from Darwin, Australia and our rivers here are full of these monstrosities. This guy here is nicknamed Nifty, and he is about 6m long.

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Restless
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1 year ago

And you are teasing him with a morsel of food why?

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#8

Honey, There Is A Kid On Our Bug...

Honey, There Is A Kid On Our Bug...

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Magic567
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1 year ago

Nah there harmless don't worry

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#9

Spider Frost. Rural Victoria, Australia

Spider Frost. Rural Victoria, Australia

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Restless
Community Member
1 year ago

Where are those spiders hiding?

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#10

This Is How Australians Ensure Their Electricity Meter Doesn't Get Read

This Is How Australians Ensure Their Electricity Meter Doesn't Get Read

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Keisha Washington
Community Member
1 year ago

oh hell no, scratches trip to Australia off of the bucket list

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#11

Meanwhile, In Australia

Meanwhile, In Australia

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Jill
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1 year ago

Everyone's worst nightmare!

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#12

Toads Riding On A Python

Toads Riding On A Python

68mm just fell in the last hour at Kununurra. Flushed all the cane toads out of my brothers dam. Some of them took the easy way out - hitching a ride on the back of a 3.5m python.

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Restless
Community Member
1 year ago

Wonder what the snake charges?

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#13

Dead Whale Filled With Gas, On The Brink Of Exploding In Bunbury Yesterday

Dead Whale Filled With Gas, On The Brink Of Exploding In Bunbury Yesterday

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Bob Beltcher
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1 year ago

This is a thing? Someone explain how it fills up with gas and explodes.

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#14

This Giant, Hot Pink Slug Is Only Found In A Single, Isolated Forest On An Extinct Volcano In Australia

This Giant, Hot Pink Slug Is Only Found In A Single, Isolated Forest On An Extinct Volcano In Australia

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Restless
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1 year ago

Squishy and cute

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#15

You Know You're In Australia When Frogs Eat Snakes

You Know You're In Australia When Frogs Eat Snakes

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Jill
Community Member
1 year ago

Go for it my little friend!

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#16

Meanwhile In Australia

Meanwhile In Australia

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nanashi
Community Member
1 year ago

nah I'm pretty sure they're just trying to measure the snek to find an outfit that would fit them well =D

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#17

March Of The Hairy Caterpillars

March Of The Hairy Caterpillars

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Toujin C'Thlu
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1 year ago

It's a caterpillar parade!

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#18

A Massive Earthworm Found In Queensland, Australia

A Massive Earthworm Found In Queensland, Australia

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MagicalUnicorn
Community Member
1 year ago

hell no!

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#19

Filling Up Your Fuel Tank In Australia? Yep That'll Try And Kill You Too

Filling Up Your Fuel Tank In Australia? Yep That'll Try And Kill You Too

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Oathbraker
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1 year ago

Hello good sir. Do you have a moment to talk about our lord and savior Lucifer Morningstar?

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#20

Mother And Girlfriend Found This On The Beach Today

Mother And Girlfriend Found This On The Beach Today

This was found in Broome, Western Australia and looks like an anemone. More specifically, Dofleinia armata, the armed anemone. Also called the striped anemone. It is considered extremely dangerous as it can inflict painful stings that take months to heal.

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Restless
Community Member
1 year ago

It is very pretty

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#21

Walked Up On The Back Of This Sign While Hiking In Australia...

Walked Up On The Back Of This Sign While Hiking In Australia...

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Lu
Community Member
1 year ago

Tigers AND snakes breeding together... this is truly frightening lol.

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#22

Typical Road-Side Ditch In Australia

Typical Road-Side Ditch In Australia

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Restless
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1 year ago

Shark in a roadside ditch? How?

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#23

Why You Gotta Always "Check Your Shoes" In Australia

Why You Gotta Always "Check Your Shoes" In Australia

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NWB
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1 year ago

In 5 years Ive seen 1 snake in the 'wild' on a bush track.

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#24

Aussie Mom Finds World's Second Most Poisonous Snake Hiding In Her Kid's Lunch Box

Aussie Mom Finds World's Second Most Poisonous Snake Hiding In Her Kid's Lunch Box

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Unicornlover
Community Member
1 year ago

Nope!

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#25

Australia. Where Even The Hail Can Kill You

Australia. Where Even The Hail Can Kill You

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Sasy
Community Member
1 year ago

1999 it smashed through the roof of second storey houses and through the floor to the first floor, it was a scary day.

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#26

In Australia Everything Is Trying To Kill You. Even Your Ceiling Lamp

In Australia Everything Is Trying To Kill You. Even Your Ceiling Lamp

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nanashi
Community Member
1 year ago

that's a strange lamp lol

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#27

This Is Why You Always Have To Check The Toilet In Australia

This Is Why You Always Have To Check The Toilet In Australia

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Keisha Washington
Community Member
1 year ago

Just when you think "ain't nobody got time to check for snakes" ya get bit in the most private of places

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#28

Blue-Ringed Octopus (Highly Venomous) On Hand

Blue-Ringed Octopus (Highly Venomous) On Hand

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Farid Red
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1 year ago

Is the person still alive?

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#29

Welcome To Australia Where Insects Are The Size Of A Small Mammal

Welcome To Australia Where Insects Are The Size Of A Small Mammal

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SirPatTheCat
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1 year ago

Wow the colors are so cool OwO

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#30

So My Friend Found This On Her Back Door. Only In Australia Right?

So My Friend Found This On Her Back Door. Only In Australia Right?

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Foxxy
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1 year ago

I’m not 100% sure but I believe this is another species of an orb weaving spider.

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#31

Welcome To Australia

Welcome To Australia

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Bob Beltcher
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1 year ago

It got Dracula!

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#32

Damn Nature You Scary

Damn Nature You Scary

Picture of a termite mound in the northern territory of Australia, termites build the tallest structures out of any of the creatures on Earth. Humans would have to build something 10km (6.2 miles for those not on the metric system) tall to equal the scale of size of person to building. Termite mounds are also stronger than cement.

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Toujin C'Thlu
Community Member
1 year ago

Termite mounds are incredible.

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#33

I’m Not Going Into The Kitchen Today! Ask Him To Make You Something

I’m Not Going Into The Kitchen Today! Ask Him To Make You Something

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Lu
Community Member
1 year ago

...where's the popcorn setting.

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#34

A Friend Of Mine Left For A Holiday In Australia Some Weeks Ago. I Asked Him How Things Were. He Send Me This Picture With The Reply "The Things I've Seen.."

A Friend Of Mine Left For A Holiday In Australia Some Weeks Ago. I Asked Him How Things Were. He Send Me This Picture With The Reply "The Things I've Seen.."

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lazy panda
Community Member
1 year ago

Be gone, Satan!

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#35

Welcome To Australia, Where Frogs Eat Snakes

Welcome To Australia, Where Frogs Eat Snakes

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Danish Dynomummy
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1 year ago

Aww he looks so happy! Hello Froggy

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#36

The Net Casting Spider (Ogre Faced Spider) Hang Upside Down With A Net Made Of Their Silk Waiting For Their Prey To Walk Underneath Them

The Net Casting Spider (Ogre Faced Spider) Hang Upside Down With A Net Made Of Their Silk Waiting For Their Prey To Walk Underneath Them

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Restless
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1 year ago

Hired hit man!

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#37

The Flies Are Much Worse Than The Spiders In Australia

The Flies Are Much Worse Than The Spiders In Australia

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Toujin C'Thlu
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1 year ago

At least they're annoying, and not deadly

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#38

A Pic A Mate Took Last Night. Awesome Spidley. South East Queensland, Australia

A Pic A Mate Took Last Night. Awesome Spidley. South East Queensland, Australia

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Restless
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1 year ago

Oh please no!

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#39

Every Winter Black Portuguese Millipedes Invade The South Of Western Australia

Every Winter Black Portuguese Millipedes Invade The South Of Western Australia

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Damian Logan
Community Member
1 year ago

Oh fuck no

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#40

Felt A Tickle On My Leg, Australia

Felt A Tickle On My Leg, Australia

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Keisha Washington
Community Member
1 year ago

That's not a tickle, that's a taste... run mate

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