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
Community Member
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
Community Member
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
Community Member
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
Community Member
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
Community Member
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
Community Member
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

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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
Community Member
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!!!!!!!

Eagle Girl
Community Member
1 year ago

You are cracking me up today! Have some real gems lol

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Oathbraker
Community Member
1 year ago

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

Trix
Community Member
1 year ago

I was just about to write the same, but with "our Lord and Saviour Salazar Slytherin."

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Slinkman
Community Member
1 year ago

'SSSSSSShalll i help you fill it up?'

Laura Hazell
Community Member
1 year ago

nah just a cuddly little python. He's a sign there's no massive bats or crocodiles lurking in the bowser...

Lyop
Community Member
1 year ago

...massive bats and crocodiles.... sigh...

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Bunny Wood
Community Member
1 year ago

Thats a python rather than a venomous snake. You can move him if you are calm and move slowly. YOU can move him. Not me...

Karen Klinck
Community Member
1 year ago

Pythons are no trouble.

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Tina Hugh
Community Member
1 year ago

Snake is like, ‘can’t you see I’m hanging out with my new friends?’ Poor lonely snake

Rachael Timmons
Community Member
1 year ago

Oh please...it's a python. Nothing at all to worry about. *rolls eyes*

Arno Nüüm
Community Member
1 year ago

I izzzz gazzz pump nozzzzle...

Mary Rose Kent
Community Member
1 year ago

Are you Estonian?

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Ruby
Community Member
1 year ago

He's been seeing yellow hose on and off for a year now.

Laura Zappenduster
Community Member
1 year ago

Hey... Hey mate... want some gas?

DancingToMyself
Community Member
1 year ago

Well, who needs a gas anyway?

Elizabeth
Community Member
1 year ago

he's just trying to encourage you to use premium lol

Max L.
Community Member
1 year ago

Ill have the vpower, thanks.

Barrie May
Community Member
1 year ago

Looking at the head shape, it's one of the constrictors. Nasty backwards facing teeth, but no venom.

Samantha Comerford
Community Member
1 year ago

Nah I’ll take the bus thanks

Louise Stange-Wahl
Community Member
1 year ago

Looks like a python---a big one!

Daniele Giuffrida
Community Member
1 year ago

Just don't pick the wrong "pump".

Lorelai White
Community Member
7 months ago

again, this is why i don't like snakes...... no hate! just dislike..........

X ElectricReaper X
Community Member
9 months ago

imagine if someone thought that was the gas nozzle 0_0 Sorry, ill go to the next station. it's not like i need gas anyway... or my car at all.

Flare
Community Member
10 months ago

I'm not going to even ask how that snake got in there.....

Signe Manat Hansen
Community Member
10 months ago

That boy isn't spicy

Vicky Jacobs
Community Member
10 months ago

He clearly didnt have the heart to tell the snake that his dream job wouldnt work out

Becky Bolton
Community Member
1 year ago

Haha sneaky trick, trying to get you to pay the extra for premium.

Suzanna Patacchiola-Bares
Community Member
1 year ago

hahahahaha

Maritt Vermeulen
Community Member
1 year ago

They’re just trying to get you to use the more expensive fuel :’)

Signe Manat Hansen
Community Member
1 year ago

That's a python. It just wants nose boops.

gus
Community Member
1 year ago

This is why I got a Tesla! Hehe

Amra Chamberlain
Community Member
1 year ago

How many people die in Australia every day from snake bites???😭🤯

Brenda
Community Member
1 year ago

Omg!

Sandy Chapman
Community Member
1 year ago

Aww, it's only a python.

Liberato
Community Member
1 year ago

Environmental-friendly snake protesting haha

Val Harris
Community Member
1 year ago

Hello fran. Just doin' a pump? Try dis. Iz cheaper. I is frenly gas snek.

Ichigo Kkuurroossaakkii
Community Member
1 year ago

it's harmless python. He can't kill humans even if he ever tried.

Christine Dietzer
Community Member
1 year ago

Geez, we're gonna have to take antivenom EVERYWHERE!

Maureen Peters
Community Member
1 year ago

Fortunately, I always choose the blue or red!

Val Naim
Community Member
1 year ago

"Will that be cash or credit ?" -gas sssstation manager

Tristan Clark
Community Member
1 year ago

It's only a python, she'll be right

Mary Rose Kent
Community Member
1 year ago

Oh FFS, is nothing sacred?

katboxjanitor
Community Member
1 year ago

Oh, hell no! I expect FULL service at the gas pump!

Roberto Durante
Community Member
1 year ago

WTF, apologies for my reaction!

Brenda Pipher
Community Member
1 year ago

This one isn't poisonous but the next one might be so, Nope

Christine Case
Community Member
1 year ago

The price of the petrol is worse than any snake. That’s what kills us.

Dianna
Community Member
1 year ago

I have long heard of "snake oil" - but "snake-gas"?

Sandy J Renfroe
Community Member
1 year ago

No

Karina Andersen
Community Member
1 year ago

that's why you always check

Chris Martin
Community Member
1 year ago

its a set up ..... the station owner put it there so you have to buy the more expensive gas ,..... lol

OTTER
Community Member
1 year ago

Peek-A-Boo!! Fill’er up??

Kenneth White
Community Member
1 year ago

Went to Outback enough Aussie for me!

L McN
Community Member
1 year ago

Snek says "Use premium"

mcsa student
Community Member
1 year ago

My friend said "what kind of snake is it, is it venomous, and if not i want it. its my scaly baby now."

Courtney Reardon
Community Member
1 year ago

“I know you were told not to put diesel in your Honda Civic but it’s actually really good for your car, you’ll see”. -the fall of Mans Ride

Peta Hurley-Hill
Community Member
1 year ago

All these snakes (except the one in the toilet) are non vemonous and very beautiful

Francesca Gubellini
Community Member
1 year ago

I confess snakes intrigue me. However I never said I would like to have a close encounter with one. No thanks will remind myself not to set foot down under. Too many monsters in this article

Serena Larsen
Community Member
1 year ago

He just pop out to say hi. Cute boi

JCollins
Community Member
1 year ago

Another good reason to cancel Australia as a "must see" place for me.

Kristín Hilmarsdóttir
Community Member
1 year ago

i guess that's a full service station then?

Norman van Druten
Community Member
1 year ago

"Guess I don't need the car after all".

Jo Choto
Community Member
1 year ago

That'll teach you to buy the cheapest fuel.

Puller Lanigan
Community Member
1 year ago

Nah, that's another python.

Joan McDonald
Community Member
1 year ago

take care

Whawhawhatsis
Community Member
1 year ago

I like snakes, but not poisonous ones or ones that are big enough to eat me, which seems to be the only kind you can find in Australia!

Aditya Rendy
Community Member
1 year ago

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

Jordan W.
Community Member
1 year ago

I saw $11/ litre and that must be scarier!

Nikkita Maxwell
Community Member
1 year ago

Yes that non venomous carpet python is gonna kill you...

Debbie Archimedes
Community Member
1 year ago

I WILL NEVER GO TO AUSTRALIA,

Alan Moskowitz
Community Member
1 year ago

forcing to you to use the higher octane

Shawn
Community Member
1 year ago

He was just hanging out with his friends

Eileen Meredith
Community Member
1 year ago

keeps you from using the 91

M O'Connell
Community Member
1 year ago

How do you Australians calculate the octane rating of your gasoline? Is it R+M/2? If so, you've got the good stuff down there.

Marjie Bennett
Community Member
1 year ago

take the dang car .... I would bus

Robert Robi Z
Community Member
1 year ago

What happens if you stick the snake into the reservoire?

The Girl on Fire
Community Member
1 year ago

"Why hello there!"

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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
Community Member
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
Community Member
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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