7 of Australia’s Most Terrifying Inhabitants

24th June 2018

If you’ve spent any time on the internet, you know that Australia is host to all sorts of horrible spiders and snakes. But that doesn’t even begin to cover the myriad of dangerous, sometimes deadly, plants and animals you might encounter there!

Hosted by: Hank Green

Sydney funnel-web spider photo by Tirin

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Sources:
Magpies:
https://books.google.ca/books?id=OzgLUUrAnk0C&printsec=frontcover&source=gbs_ge_summary_r&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q&f=false

https://www.nature.com/articles/nature25503
http://www.jstor.org/stable/3783916?seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents
http://www.publish.csiro.au/MU/MU99011
http://www.publish.csiro.au/WR/WR01108
http://www.abc.net.au/science/articles/2002/07/04/2588235.htm

Ticks:
http://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/content/ohp-tick-bite-prevention.htm
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4313755/
https://www.mja.com.au/journal/2009/190/9/association-between-tick-bite-reactions-and-red-meat-allergy-humans
https://www.mja.com.au/journal/2017/206/7/tick-borne-infectious-diseases-australia

Giant centipedes:
https://australianmuseum.net.au/giant-centipede#sthash.6mqLLjk4.dpuf
http://www.mdpi.com/2072-6651/7/3/679
http://www.abc.net.au/local/photos/2014/11/18/4130988.htm
https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/jmor.1052060307
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4104317/

Strychnine trees:
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3442185/
http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1191/0960327102ht259cr
http://jtropag.kau.in/index.php/ojs2/article/view/337
https://www.thieme-connect.com/products/ejournals/abstract/10.1055/s-2003-818014

Cone snails:
http://www.jbc.org/content/286/25/22546.short
https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/ee3e/624eadd9db77817e45ac8da9f15af5ca946e.pdf [PDF]
https://www.emedicinehealth.com/wilderness_cone_snail_sting/article_em.htm#cone_snail_sting_treatment
http://ucgd.genetics.utah.edu/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/1-s20-S0016648015002142-web.pdf [PDF]

Gympie Gympies:
http://www.australiangeographic.com.au/topics/science-environment/2009/06/gympie-gympie-once-stung,-never-forgotten/
https://www.writingclearscience.com.au/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/stingers.pdf [PDF]
https://web.b.ebscohost.com/abstract?direct=true&profile=ehost&scope=site&authtype=crawler&jrnl=0004945X&AN=17291723&h=V5qs9mmzksDk72N%2fHWahkf%2bCVogW%2bXIm1Rq9Wp8cEL5ktr0QyuUOie5CuBHefWmeJBDAXyFIwVJVu1D6eABhYQ%3d%3d&crl=c&resultNs=AdminWebAuth&resultLocal=ErrCrlNotAuth&crlhashurl=login.aspx%3fdirect%3dtrue%26profile%3dehost%26scope%3dsite%26authtype%3dcrawler%26jrnl%3d0004945X%26AN%3d17291723

Irukandji jellyfish:
https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/running-ponies/the-smallest-and-deadliest-kingslayer-in-the-world/
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9613803
https://journals.lww.com/em-news/Fulltext/2005/04000/The_Amazing_and_Bizarre_Discovery_of_Irukandji.37.aspx
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-01-18/researcher-warns-dangerous-jellyfish-moving-south/7095422
http://www.australiangeographic.com.au/topics/wildlife/2016/03/here-are-the-animals-really-most-likely-to-kill-you-in-australia/