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Top Ten Deadliest Animals in Australia

Irukandji ​Jellyfish​
Irukandji ​Jellyfish​

Irukandji Jellyfish (Carukia barnesi) What the Irukandji jellyfish lacks in size it makes up for in the power of its venom. The name is derived from the Irukandji people of North Australia, as this is where the jellyfish was first observed.

Bull Shark​
Bull Shark​

Australia has what you might call a bad reputation for its deadly animals. Some of the flack may be a fair call — after all, the country lost a beloved icon, conservationist and crocodile hunter Steve Irwin, to a stringray — but not all threats are created equal.

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Eastern ​Brown Snake​
Eastern ​Brown Snake​

Australia's most dangerous predators; 10 most dangerous stingers in Australia; 1. Eastern brown snake (Pseudonaja textilis) Also known as: common brown snake Found: throughout the eastern half of mainland Australia. Fast-moving, aggressive and known for their bad temper, eastern brown snakes, together with other browns are responsible for more deaths every year in Australia than any other group of snakes.

Saltwater ​Crocodile​
Saltwater ​Crocodile​

The Saltwater crocodile is the largest living reptile, and a truly fearsome beast. Growing up to 21 feet long, they are the undisputed masters of the waterways of Australia and Southeast Asia. They are apex predators, feeding on almost any living thing that they encounter.

Sydney ​Funnel-web Spider​
Sydney ​Funnel-web Spider​

The Sydney funnel web spider (Atrax robustus) is widely regarded as the most dangerous spider in Australia, if not the World. It is actually responsible for many less bites than the also notorious redback spider.

Blue-Ringed ​Octopus​
Blue-Ringed ​Octopus​

Australia's most dangerous animals Steve had a close encounter with one of our apex predators, the saltwater crocodile (Crocodylus porosus), while filming in the Northern Territory. He was measuring the bite of one crocodile - which has the most powerful bite of any species - when it bit the pole Steve was attached to,throwing him back and forth and making off with expensive equipment.

Coastal ​Taipan​
Coastal ​Taipan​

The Australian Museum in Sydney has a ranking of Australia's most dangerous animals based on the level of threat they pose, combined with how likely an unlucky punter is to encounter one in the wild. While many of the usual suspects are there, you might be surprised to find the humble honey bee features high up on the list.

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Common ​Death Adder​
Common ​Death Adder​

The Australian Museum in Sydney has a ranking of Australia's most dangerous animals based on the level of threat they pose, combined with how likely an unlucky punter is to encounter one in the wild. While many of the usual suspects are there, you might be surprised to find the humble honey bee features high up on the list.

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Jellyfish​
Jellyfish​

It seems to go without saying that the most poisonous, deadliest and meanest of all the jellyfish inhabits Australia. The variety of box jellyfish known as the sea wasp or marine stinger is widely regarded as one of the most deadly creatures on earth. Along with other box jellies they have been responsible for at least 5,568 deaths recorded since 1954. The Australian variety causes around 1 death a year on average with a further 100 in South East Asia.

Chironex ​Fleckeri​
Chironex ​Fleckeri​

Chironex fleckeri, a box jellyfish also known as a sea wasp, is present throughout the coastal waters of Australia. This animal’s stingers discharge venom with immense power when it pierces a prey’s skin. The sting may instantly lead to symptoms such as hypotension, pain, necrosis, cardiovascular collapse, and finally, cardiac arrest. Although this sounds like the Irukandji jellyfish, the smallest type of box jellyfish, the Chironex fleckeri is much different.

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Honey bee​
Honey bee​

The Australian Museum in Sydney has a ranking of Australia's most dangerous animals based on the level of threat they pose, combined with how likely an unlucky punter is to encounter one in the wild. While many of the usual suspects are there, you might be surprised to find the humble honey bee features high up on the list.

source: mashable.com
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Australian ​Funnel-web Spider​
Australian ​Funnel-web Spider​

Low-down on the funnel-web spider – and how an evolutionary accident made it one of the most dangerous spiders on Earth, able to kill a human in 15 minutes.

Inland Taipan​
Inland Taipan​

The inland taipan (Oxyuranus microlepidotus), also commonly known as the western taipan, the small-scaled snake, or the fierce snake, is an extremely venomous snake of the taipan (Oxyuranus) genus, and is endemic to semi-arid regions of central east Australia. Aboriginal Australians living in those regions named the snake Dandarabilla.

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