Just another of Australia’s creepy crawlies… but will it kill you?
Australia's snakes, spiders and other venomous critters tend to strike fear in many people. But is Australia's reputation as a nation of deadly creatures deserved?
Smoky, almost irreverent.
To understand why insects sting and why the stings of such tiny animals hurt so much, we first needed a way to measure the pain they cause. So I created a sting pain index.
Some of the most common painful stingers in the Australian bush are bulldog ants of the genus
Bees, wasps and ants – a group known as Hymenoptera – can claim the title of deadliest insects. How did they evolve to be so painful?
Research into their molecular components shows venoms aren’t all bad.
Many venoms contain bioactive components that are so stable to the body's enzymes and selective of their biological target that they're increasingly being used as novel research tools.
The national flower of Zimbabwe, the Glory Lily, is also found in Queensland where it’s more famously known as a noxious weed that’s highly poisonous to humans.
It's not just Australia's animals that can be deadly, there are plenty of dangerous plants too.
The blue-ringed octopus is just one of many venomous creatures found in Australian waters.
From stingers to swans, Australia's oceans are full of (potentially) deadly wildlife.
Inviting, but don’t go in.
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Despite a fearsome reputation, it seems Australia's wildlife doesn't scare away tourists.
A tiger snake is milked for its venom.
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Your guide to the cocktail of deadly chemicals in animal venom.
Australian snakes can kill the most mice with the smallest amount of venom.
Australian snakes are the best mouse killers in the whole world. And while that's clearly bad news for mice, how does it translate into human risk?
Is Australia really the most lethal nation on earth when it comes down to it?
There's a simple reason why Australia isn't the most lethal nation in the world.
As a generalist predator, spiders, like this Western Rough Wolf Spider, help limit the number of insects in your garden.
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Only two Australian spiders can kill you, but the rest are a pretty fascinating bunch.