Dangerous Creatures

This list of the top thirty most dangerous creatures in Australia was developed by staff of the Australian Museum in Sydney. They rated animals out of 10 “based on the threat they pose, combined with the likelihood of encountering one”.

One must assume that he likelihood of encountering one was calculated for those who might be visiting their habitats at the time, rather than the statistical likelihood of coming upon them in the course of a lifetime.

Danger rating: 10/10
1. Box jellyfish (Chironex fleckeri)

Danger rating: 9/10
2. Honey bee (Apis mellifera)
3. Irukandji (a tiny jellyfish – Carukia barnesi)

Danger rating: 8/10
4. Bull shark (Carcharhinus leucas)
5. Eastern brown snake (Pseudonaja textilis)
6. Saltwater or estuarine crocodile (Crocodylus porosus)
7. Sydney funnel web spider (Atrax robustus)


Danger rating: 7/10

8. Blue-ringed octopus (Genus Hapalochlaena)
9. Coastal taipan (Oxyuranus scutellatus)
10.Common death adder (Acanthopis antarticus)
11. Cone shells (Conus sp.)
12. Dugite or spotted brown snake (Pseudonaja affinis)
13. Mulga snake (Pseudechis australis)
14. Red-bellied black snake (Pseudechis porphyriacus)
15. Tiger shark (Galeocerdo cuvier)
16. Tiger snake (Notechis scutatus)
17. Great white shark (Carcharodon carcharias)
18. Yellow-bellied sea snake (Pelamis platurus)

Danger rating: 6/10
19. Bluebottle (Physalia physalis)
20. Common lionfish (Pterois volitans)
21. Collett’s snake (Pseudechis colletti)
22. Highland copperhead (Austrelaps ramsayi)
23. Inland taipan (Oxyuranus microlepidotus)
24. Redback spider (Lactodectus hasselti)
25. Reef stonefish (Synanceia verrucosa)
26. Smooth toadfish (Tetractenos glaber)
27. Blue-bellied black snake (Pseudechis guttatus)

Danger rating: 5/10
28. Australian paralysis tick (Ixodes holocyclus)
29. Bull ant (Myrmercia pilosula)
30. Giant centipede (Ethmostigmus rubripes)

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This little fellow is safe, relatively.  He is non-venomous.

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About Alan

Settling into my 7th decade and still determined not to grow up too soon.
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