Australia’s 15 Most Dangerous Animals

The beautiful land of Australia, the sand and surf, the natural wonders, the vast expanses to explore, and, a veritable tribe of killers at your feet! These guys are not to be messed with so don’t get any stupid ideas, like, imagining going viral “if I posted a vid of me holding this on TikTok”. No…

Here’s our list of some of Australia’s most dangerous animals, aka, shit to stay away from.

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Australian Box Jellyfish

Also known as the sea wasp or sea stinger, this jellyfish can have up to 60 tentacles each 15 feet long. Each tentacle has 5,000 stinging cells and enough toxin to kill 60 humans and effects from a Box Jellyfish sting include confusion, agitation, and unconsciousness followed by respiratory failure. The Irukandji Jellyfish, which is only 2.5 centimetres in diameter, is related to the Box Jellyfish and via its four tentacles can also deliver a deadly sting.

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Australian Funnel-web Spider

There are 37 species of funnel-web spider in Australia, found in most regions of the country. Both are shiny black in colour with a dark purple/brown abdomen. Females grow up to 40 millimetres in length while males are about 10 millimetres smaller, but their venom is six times more toxic. The Sydney funnel-web is the most renowned being able to inject 0.17mg of deadly venom into its prey, an amount of venom that can easily kill a human. Pictured in the northern tree-dwelling funnel-web spider.

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Australian Redback Spider

Only female red-backs are considered dangerous. They are about one centimeter in diameter, black with a red marking on their abdomen, and build very strong, large silk webs capable of catching mice and lizards. Red-backs are extremely versatile, preferring building sites and areas of human habitation.

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Australian Saltwater Crocodile

The Australian saltwater crocodile can sense the presence of prey through changes in water pressure, as well as using other senses such as vision and hearing. Large crocodiles grab prey with awesome force before they crush or drown their capture. The Australian saltwater croc is the heaviest reptile alive today weighing up to 1000 kilograms and growing to lengths of seven metres. Saltwater Crocodiles will easily eat kangaroos, wallabies, and wild pigs.

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Blue Ring Octopus

The Blue Ring Octopus is a deadly venomous octopus that inhabits warm waters and shallow reefs off the coast of Australia. Within its salivary glands live bacteria, which produce the chemical tetrodotoxin which is a strong, fast-acting toxin that paralyses the target by blocking the nerves from transmitting messages. The paralysis that overcomes the victim is only to their voluntary muscles, they remain fully conscious and death usually occurs as a result of lack of oxygen.

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Brown Snake

The Eastern Brown Snake is another one of Australia’s most dangerous reptiles. It is fast-moving and aggressive.

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Coastal Taipan

The Coastal Taipan is one of the country’s most feared snakes because it sports the biggest fangs, one of the most lethal venoms and a rather aggressive nature residing in parts of North Queensland and the Northern Territory.

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Cone Shellfish

The dangerous types of Cone Shellfish are found in tropical waters around Australia. A Cone Shellfish uses darts to kill its prey. These darts are poisonous. Twenty to thirty darts are kept in a pool of poison in the mouth of a Cone Shellfish. Learn More at BeachSafe Australia

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Death Adder

The Death Adder is the 9th most deadliest snake in the world found everywhere in Australia except for Victoria and Tasmania.

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Great White Shark

Great White Sharks, the ocean’s most feared predator, are found on all coasts of Australia and throughout the World. They range between 3.5 to 5 metres long and weigh on average 1,300kg. The Great White is grey in colour from the top and white underneath.

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Inland Taipan

Reportedly the most venomous snake in the world, the Inland Taipan, also known as the Small-scaled or Fierce snake only lives in the arid deserts of central Eastern Australia.

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Mouse Spiders

Mouse spiders can be found in environments from deserts to eucalypt forests. They do not live in Northern Rainforests or in Tasmania. They have large fangs approx. 1 to 2.5 centimetres in length. Their venom is equally as dangerous as a Sydney Funnel Web Spider.

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Red-bellied Black Snake

The Red-bellied Black Snake is widespread on the coast and ranges of eastern Australia. This snake is dangerously venomous but bites are rare, preferring to perform a lengthy bluff display with flattened neck and deep hisses.

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The Stonefish is another of Australia’s deadly marine creatures which inhabit shallow waters along the coast. The Stonefish is well camouflaged in the ocean, as it is a brownish colour, and often resembles a rock. The most striking feature of this species is its spine of 13 grooved hypodermic-like projections, each capable of piercing a sandshoe and each has extremely toxic venom. Learn more at the Sunshine Coast Council

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Tiger snake

The Tiger snake is found in southern and eastern Australia. They are usually around a metre long and have a striped marking. Tiger Snake bites are currently one of the most common snake bites in Australia, along with Brown Snake bites.

Keeping Safe

Australia is home to a diverse range of animal and insect species, including many venomous creatures. It’s essential to know how to respond to bites from these animals to ensure the best possible outcome.

Check the government health website in your area for important tips related to where you live. If You are heading to the beach be sure to check the Beachsafe website. Familiarise yourself with emergency services in Australia at

What to Do Around Snakes

  • Don’t make big noises when encountering a snake, as this can set it into a defensive mode.
  • Stay calm and move slowly to avoid startling the snake.
  • If you’re standing on top of a snake, stay still and let it move on.

Who to Call

  • For spider bite advice, call the nationwide Poisons Information centre helpline on 13 11 26.
  • For all snakebites and emergency situations, call triple zero (000).
  • If you’re far from a hospital, you can call the Royal Flying Doctor Service on 1300 My RFDS (1300 69 7337).

Remember, Australia’s wildlife is a part of our unique environment, and with the right knowledge and precautions, we can coexist peacefully.