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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Bob Beltcher
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1 year ago

He can keep it, I'll move.

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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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Biljana Malesevic
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1 year ago

It's weird when you feel bad for crocodile.

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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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Jill
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1 year ago

...and I thought everything was bigger in the States but Australia wins this one!

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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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Adam
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1 year ago (edited)

This is the late Roger Roo from Alice Springs. He died earlier this year :(

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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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Doc Thissen
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1 year ago

You're gonna need a bigger boat...

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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
Community Member
1 year ago

Nah there harmless don't worry

logical fallacy
Community Member
1 year ago

My rational brain agrees, but the monkey brain says 'aaaaaaaaaaah'

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comboplush
Community Member
1 year ago

A boy and his pokemon.

Robert Robi Z
Community Member
1 year ago

They are kept as pets, absolutely harmless and quite adorable really

Give me a beagle any day...
Community Member
1 year ago

Kids in Australia have the COOLEST TOYS!! They don't even require batteries.

Stan Hess
Community Member
1 year ago

"He followed me home Mom, can I keep him"?

Renee Robinson
Community Member
1 year ago

said the insect?

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Loki’s Lil Butter Knife
Community Member
1 year ago

That is one awesome insect! I love how it mimics a large tree branch!

Devan Mansfield
Community Member
1 year ago

I live in western WA state, and my six yr old son has a terrarium full of stick bugs. He thought this was the coolest thing ever!!

Viki Banaszak
Community Member
1 year ago

I will take the next ship to Antarctica, thank you very much!

Sandy J Renfroe
Community Member
1 year ago

Is it contolling his brain?

pony33
Community Member
1 year ago

Honey where the bug leash??? Time to walk Greeny.

Merilyn Horton
Community Member
1 year ago

Kids keep em as pets.

Faith Nicole
Community Member
1 year ago

What is this thing!?

Louise Stange-Wahl
Community Member
1 year ago

ON NO WAY! I own a small ranch...I can handle anything but NOT BUGS--I would be screaming like a little girl!

X ElectricReaper X
Community Member
7 months ago

At least i can see where it is if i get it on my arm... also, i wont get jumpscared if its on the ground and i pick it up!

Dorlinda Chong
Community Member
1 year ago

Most boys I knew would have loved it.

Barbara Vandewalle
Community Member
1 year ago

Over sized version of our praying mantis

Peta Hurley-Hill
Community Member
1 year ago

Cute and Harmless.

Jo Choto
Community Member
1 year ago

It's like a stick insect with leaves. Very beautiful.

Raven
Community Member
1 week ago

The size is terrifying

Mathieu Morger
Community Member
6 months ago

Omfg

Daylon Rosier
Community Member
7 months ago

Bye Guys

Karen Klinck
Community Member
8 months ago

Cute bug! (And there's two words I bet you never thought you'd see together.)

Doggo Lover
Community Member
9 months ago

Is the title a typo?

Ann Williams
Community Member
9 months ago

Nah! The kid's harmless, don't worry....

marnidarr
Community Member
10 months ago

So what the hell is it? Praying Mantis on radioactive steroids?

Valerie Linares
Community Member
10 months ago

I like how the bug is just casually hanging out. lol.

krisunda
Community Member
10 months ago

😳😬

Jackson Tomaszewski
Community Member
10 months ago

oh cool

Matthew Mortillaro-McEntyre
Community Member
11 months ago

what

Matthew Mortillaro-McEntyre
Community Member
11 months ago

Wtf is that?

Brenda
Community Member
11 months ago

Oh crap!..freak out i would!

Donna Stever
Community Member
11 months ago

After seeing these pics, I will not be visiting Australia......EVER!!!

Jjjane20
Community Member
11 months ago

I would never ever stop screaming after such close meeting of this huge thing.

SomebodyNobody
Community Member
1 year ago

That looks like a grasshopper got gigantified

Eflower2004
Community Member
1 year ago

What bug is that!?

Kathy Bautista
Community Member
1 year ago

huge!

Diana Crawford
Community Member
1 year ago

I am wondering if this bug a female? hmmm

Christine Dietzer
Community Member
1 year ago

Well, the kid seems to be fine with it.

Sharon Hyatt
Community Member
1 year ago

Walking stick; Comes in all sizes...tiny to this guy....and all docile much like a huge grasshopper !

Bluebell Rizzi
Community Member
1 year ago

I would scream. And the aliens on Mars would hear me.

SmittenKitten
Community Member
1 year ago

You mean a bug on your kid?? Or not...

Zsuzsanna Szucs
Community Member
1 year ago

That's cute

Brenda Pipher
Community Member
1 year ago

I probably couldn't handle it myself, I mean hold onto it but it's cute

Chelle Snail
Community Member
1 year ago

My favourite insect. They are very friendly and great to have as pets too, love them.

Diana Hockley
Community Member
1 year ago

Harmless!

Rcatheron
Community Member
1 year ago

Good Lord... What the eff IS that???

Laura Williams
Community Member
1 year ago

I would die...

Faith Nicole
Community Member
1 year ago

He would be a cute bug if he was not the size of a toddler, but rather a smaller scale of a bug, like grasshopper sized

OTTER
Community Member
1 year ago

Not on MY kid!! That bug is dead!😳

Laura Enez
Community Member
1 year ago

What the hell is it!!

Intan Shafinas
Community Member
1 year ago

Btw it's carnivores. 😱😱😱😱😱

Serena Larsen
Community Member
1 year ago

he look like he holdin a knife (the bug)

Sarah Ngakaari Hammond
Community Member
1 year ago

It's quite pretty <3

Ute Kowert
Community Member
1 year ago

I admire the kid....it is very brave and patient

Sandy Kavanaugh
Community Member
1 year ago

Psychedelic antennae!!!!

Athene Noctua
Community Member
1 year ago

*faints*

Zintoki
Community Member
1 year ago

Is he controling kiddos brain?

Gabby M
Community Member
1 year ago

IDC if it's harmless....deaf dumb AND blind......see above comment^^^

Sadie Jayne
Community Member
1 year ago

Brave kid!!!

Alan Moskowitz
Community Member
1 year ago

only pet that comes with tags

ChiveChilly
Community Member
1 year ago

+10 for the caption!

Shannan Paige
Community Member
1 year ago

My son would die on the spot. He hates those bugs.

Jaguarundi
Community Member
1 year ago

I had this critter on me in the National Zoo in Washington D.C. It was fun!

Katharine Lancaster
Community Member
1 year ago

Pretty!

Kris “ADHD_Carrier” Dudoich
Community Member
1 year ago

What the heck IS that???

Carmela Hess
Community Member
1 year ago

I just died...

TigerDRena
Community Member
1 year ago

Wow, this one is quite impressive! =O

Randomcthulu
Community Member
1 year ago

There's some big stick bugs where I live too, not near as big as this, but they're very cool once you get over how they look

lazy panda
Community Member
1 year ago

The fuck is that??

Karen Dyer
Community Member
1 year ago

everything is better with a kid attached to it.

Samantha Comerford
Community Member
1 year ago

I kind of like it . Looks like a fairy .

K Miller
Community Member
1 year ago

What is it though?

Nerianna DeMoravia
Community Member
1 year ago

Eurycnema goliath, the Goliath stick insect, is one of the largest stick insects in Australia. (I found it on Wikipedia. ;) )

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Rachael Timmons
Community Member
1 year ago

THAT is gorgeous. Would love to have a framed preserved specimen.

Francesca Gubellini
Community Member
1 year ago

WTF is this monster? A genetically modified mantis or grass hopper!?! And we only complain about GM crops and not monsters :(

KCN
Community Member
1 year ago

Sheeeeyyooooot. And you probably can't grab it and throw it away from your kids and you because it will bite/sting/rip/defecate on you. Or all of the above.

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#9

Spider Frost. Rural Victoria, Australia

Spider Frost. Rural Victoria, Australia

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Bob Beltcher
Community Member
1 year ago

That's when you start hiking with a can of hair spray and a lighter.

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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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Hope Floats
Community Member
1 year ago

That's it.. Back to the photos of the countryside, illuminated bird's wings and men in rickety fishing boats...

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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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Foxxy
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

The cane toads are deadlier than the python believe it or not. Cane toads have very few predators due to the toxins. These cane toads were hitching a ride to escape a storm although on expert claims that the male cane toads were in fact trying to mate with the python.

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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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Foxxy
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1 year ago

Wouldnt want to be near that when it explodes, the stench would be awful.

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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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Marc
Community Member
1 year ago

What happens if you lick it? Asking for a friend!

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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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Vic
Community Member
1 year ago

That frog looks like The Hulk!

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#16

Meanwhile In Australia

Meanwhile In Australia

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Magic567
Community Member
1 year ago

this happens at least twice a week in my local store!

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#17

March Of The Hairy Caterpillars

March Of The Hairy Caterpillars

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Toujin C'Thlu
Community Member
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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Toujin C'Thlu
Community Member
1 year ago

Imagine how rich the soil must be.

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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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Hope Floats
Community Member
1 year ago

Guess who's walking today!.. Ha, ha, ha.. Always had a phobia about snakes and I'm not going anywhere near that!!!!!!!

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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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Ale_Vidal23
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1 year ago

leaked footage of the area 51 raid?

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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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Sian Edwards
Community Member
1 year ago

That's a mangrove swamp.

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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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Sakata Gintoki
Community Member
1 year ago

Oh no. The crocs ate the snake

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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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Sian Edwards
Community Member
1 year ago

Venomous. Something is poisonous if YOU eat it and become ill. Something is venomous if IT bites or stings you. Spiders and snakes can be venomous, fungi can be poisonous.

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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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SirPatTheCat
Community Member
1 year ago

How rude! I bet he invited himself over too! Couldn't use the front door, noooo....

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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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Foxxy
Community Member
1 year ago

Whilst a lot of these snakes are scary, most shown in these images are of pythons which are generally harmless. Yes they can constrict and kill a person if they really wanted to but it is very rare for that to happen.

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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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Foxxy
Community Member
1 year ago

This looks to be a Goliath stick insect and are harmless. They apparently make good pets too.

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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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Erika Jones
Community Member
1 year ago

Looks like the face hugger from Alien

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#31

Welcome To Australia

Welcome To Australia

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Bob Beltcher
Community Member
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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Foxxy
Community Member
1 year ago

Just gently tap it with a broom handle and it will go elsewhere.

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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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SirPatTheCat
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

His little feet are kinda cute tho

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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
Community Member
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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Toujin C'Thlu
Community Member
1 year ago

These guys look scary, but *won't* kill you. That net of theirs is reserved for bugs

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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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nanashi
Community Member
1 year ago

that's why you need some spidey friends

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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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Foxxy
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

The perspective is fake they only grow to approx 5cms. This is a golden orb spider and whilst scary the venom isn’t strong enough to effect a human.

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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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spirit wolf
Community Member
1 year ago

God damn Portuguese creatures...

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#40

Felt A Tickle On My Leg, Australia

Felt A Tickle On My Leg, Australia

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Kimberly Young
Community Member
1 year ago

I'm more frightened of that heinous tan line.

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