this page you have the dangerous animals in Cape York.
Like elsewhere in
Australia, there is less of them on the land than in the water.
The only dangerous animals on the land are are poisonous
snakes and spider, and there
that many of them. You may hardly see one on your trip, and if you do,
they don't attack you unless you give them a reason by provoking them.
Australian dangerous land
animals don't attack you for other reasons than self defence.
But water animals do.
And in the water,
there are many more of them. There are sharks, crocodiles and jellyfish, as well as some you hear less
about - such as stonefish,
marine snakes, blue ringed octopus, stingrays, fire fish, even cone
shells - true.
Water is the dangerous
environment in Australia, not the land.
Animals on the Land
are about 10 species of deadly snakes
in Cape York. Some of
the better known ones are coastal
inland taipans), mulga snakes, western and eastern brown snakes,
bellied black snakes, and death
You don't want to step on one so watch out when
is famous for its poisonous spiders,
but in fact there have been no spider deaths since we got the
antivenoms. They can make you sick, and you
still want to avoid a bite, because you
do need to reach a doctor to get the antivenom.
Animals in the Water
sharks claim most human
lives in Australia,
that is mostly happening in
the southern parts of the country. Up here we don't have the
most dangerous - the white pointer. Although we do have tiger
shark and bull shark, in northern Australia sharks
are not the number one killers.
Up here one of the biggest killers are saltwater crocodiles. Every now and again they take
a kid or a tourist, most often while they swam
in crocodile infested waters.Freshwater crocodile is also
found in Cape York but it does not kill humans.
The other animal that does kill humans is jellyfish. The most dangerous ones are Box
Jellyfish and Irukandji, and like crocodiles they are
only found in northern Australia.You are told they are found
between October and April, but there have actually been
recordings also from other months.
Creatures And then
there are the other
creatures you hear less about. They include marine snakes,
stingrays, fire fish, stonefish, blue ringed octopus, some other jellyfish such as
bluebottle, and even some cone shells
that have a little poisonous harpoon inside that they fire if you pick
Sharks in Australia
and Cape York
three killer sharks in Australia, and two in the waters around the Cape
when I first wrote
this page in
2011, three people had been killed by a shark in different accidents
only a few weeks in Australia, and
it is not all that
While Australia has the reputation as the country of dangerous animals,
statistically no snake or spider deaths come any close to the number of
shark deaths, and particularly deadly
great white shark attacks.
animals are much more dangerous in Australia than land animals,
and sharks are the number one killers followed by Australian
What Are Australia's Worst
180 species of sharks in the Australian waters, only three are really
fatal. And only two of them, the less dangerous two, are found in the
waters around Cape York.
This is the number one killer
now and again, several times a year but sometimes a few times a month,
the great white takes a surfer or two and kills them. Great White Shark by Michael
Heilemann via Flickr.com
also found around many other continents, but in
Australia, it lives in
the oceans around the southern parts of the country.
white shark attacks often happen outside Adelaide
because of the amount of surfers and not only the amount of sharks in
Tiger shark takes the
place. It's got its name from the tiger-like stripes that
have across their back and sides, however these fade as the shark gets
older. Tiger shark by Willy Volk via
in the ocean waters around all the coasts
of Australia except the south, and it comes to shallow waters and coral
where it is likely to come close to humans.
This killer shark is the
most dangerous in Australia.
has a similar distrubution to the Tiger Shark except that it reaches
a little further south than Tiger, and like the Tiger Shark, it visits
and comes close to the coasts, which increases the chances to encounter
Bull shark by
pterantula via Flickr.com
On top of that, Bull Shark tolerates brackish and even
fresh water and comes up along rivers. That's not an occasional
individual doing that - there are supposedly about 500 Bull Sharks in
These sharks were also seen in floodwaters during the
well known to be aggressive
Tiger and bull shark are found in Cape York, the Great White is not.
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