Australia Is The Land Of ‘Nope’, And Here Are 40 Pictures Proving It
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!
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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.
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?
Lizards In Australia
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.
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.
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!
Meanwhile In Australia
An olive python (Liasis olivaceus), western Australia's largest python, having a feed on an Australian freshwater crocodile (crocodylus Johnstoni).
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.
Araucaria Pine Cone, It's Been Reported To Kill People When Falling
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.
Do You Even Lift Bro?
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.
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.
Honey, There Is A Kid On Our Bug...
Spider Frost. Rural Victoria, Australia
That's when you start hiking with a can of hair spray and a lighter.
This Is How Australians Ensure Their Electricity Meter Doesn't Get Read
oh hell no, scratches trip to Australia off of the bucket list
Meanwhile, In Australia
i like how the toilet has literally been broken into its pieces. this reaction is legit honestly
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.
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.
Dead Whale Filled With Gas, On The Brink Of Exploding In Bunbury Yesterday
This Giant, Hot Pink Slug Is Only Found In A Single, Isolated Forest On An Extinct Volcano In Australia
You Know You're In Australia When Frogs Eat Snakes
Meanwhile In Australia
March Of The Hairy Caterpillars
A Massive Earthworm Found In Queensland, Australia
Filling Up Your Fuel Tank In Australia? Yep That'll Try And Kill You Too
Hello good sir. Do you have a moment to talk about our lord and savior Lucifer Morningstar?
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.
Walked Up On The Back Of This Sign While Hiking In Australia...
Typical Road-Side Ditch In Australia
Why You Gotta Always "Check Your Shoes" In Australia
Aussie Mom Finds World's Second Most Poisonous Snake Hiding In Her Kid's Lunch Box
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.
Australia. Where Even The Hail Can Kill You
In Australia Everything Is Trying To Kill You. Even Your Ceiling Lamp
How rude! I bet he invited himself over too! Couldn't use the front door, noooo....
This Is Why You Always Have To Check The Toilet In Australia
Blue-Ringed Octopus (Highly Venomous) On Hand
Welcome To Australia Where Insects Are The Size Of A Small Mammal
So My Friend Found This On Her Back Door. Only In Australia Right?
Welcome To Australia
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.
I’m Not Going Into The Kitchen Today! Ask Him To Make You Something
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.."
Welcome To Australia, Where Frogs Eat Snakes
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
These guys look scary, but *won't* kill you. That net of theirs is reserved for bugs
The Flies Are Much Worse Than The Spiders In Australia
A Pic A Mate Took Last Night. Awesome Spidley. South East Queensland, Australia
Every Winter Black Portuguese Millipedes Invade The South Of Western Australia
Felt A Tickle On My Leg, Australia
A Whole Lot Of Pain. Thousands Of Portugese Man O War Jellyfish Washed Up On A Beach In Australia
In Australia, Snakes Need A Police Escort
Why did the snake cross the road? To please the police.
Welcome To Australia
Trying To Catch A Mouse In Australia
Typical Workplace Hazard - Australia
In Australia, Even Our Crocodile, Jellyfish, Arachnid - Free Pond Are Deadly
In Germany it would be forbidden to get even near to this lake and in Australia they are like "at their own risk"
Found This Pile Of Nope While On Holiday In Australia
Bees Living On A BBQ In Australia
Found On The 16th Hole, Fraser Lakes Golf Course Australia
In Australia, This Is Why We Check Our Shoes
In Australia, Hornets Kill Spiders The Size Of Your Hand And Then Drag Them Across Ones Backyard. Twice In 24 Hours
Isn't that the kind of hornet that lay eggs into spiders, so that the babies have a food reserve?
Phellus Piliferus From Western Australia
Robber Fly (Phellus piliferus) [Bushpea 1/3] bushpea.com/in/pg/all/r/robber%20fly%20(phellus%20piliferus)%2001.html Also called Assassin Flies, there are hundreds of species of Robber Fly in Australia