Australia may be at the top of the list of countries with the most dangerous animals in the world. The country is known for its array of venomous pests, insects and animals. For expats moving to the continent, it is important that you know which creatures are toxic should you have the misfortune of coming across one. Being prudent in unfamiliar territory will help keep you safe and make your stay a pleasant one. It will also keep animals protected from injuries and stress.
Termites, cockroaches, spiders and bugs abound in Australia. Given the weather, these animals can grow very big. Scientists estimate that there are around 100 insect species in the average Canberra home. Hence, building upkeep is vital in order to avoid an infestation. Since the majority of these insects hide in hard-to-reach places, you probably won’t know that you are cohabiting with them. Therefore, pest control is a critical element of home or building maintenance since many of these critters are so small that you won’t be able to spot them without using a microscope. If you happen to come across unusual critters at your lodgings, try to know which ones are deadly, and learn which ones are harmless.
For example, Australia is home to the world’s most dangerous spiders, and it is estimated that there are 10,000 species living in a range of ecosystems. Watch out for the deadly Sydney funnel-web and the Redback spider. Note that Huntsman spiders are other species that can be scary, considering that they grow to 15cm in leg span, with some reaching up to 30 cm. The good news is that anti-venom exists for deadly spider species if you are bitten.
It Has Lots Of Deadly Snakes
The country is also known for its venomous snakes, but the truth is that few people die from their bites. Although there are about 140 species of land snakes and 32 known species of water snakes in the continent, fatalities are low, at roughly for to six deaths a year, according to Australian Geographic. Most snakes would rather get away from humans as they do not perceive people to be their source of food. That said, the most poisonous ones are the Eastern brown snake and the Western brown snake.
To protect yourself from running into a snake, there are things that you could do when exploring or living in the country. Be mindful of where you step and put your hands whether outside or indoors. Snakes like to hide, so be careful of holes in the ground or rock crevices. It’s recommended to wear protective clothing like jeans and boots that can serve as an extra layer of protection. Make some noise when walking in the bush or your garden to let them know you’re around. It goes without saying that you should not pick them up or provoke them. If you’re unlucky and get attacked, make a bandage from below the bite site, extending it as high as possible to the groin. Immobilise the affected area, and use a splint if possible. Call emergency services so that an anti-venom can be administered.
Living in Australia is going to be an unforgettable experience. By paying attention to your surroundings and the existence of animals and critters, you avoid unpleasant encounters and keep both yourself and wildlife safe.