Ten venomous animals indigenous to Australia:
- Platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus)
- Black Tiger Snake (Notechis ater niger)
- Irukandji jellyfish (Carukia barnesi)
- Blue-lined Octopus (Hapalochlaena fasciata)
- Box Jellyfish (Chironex fleckeri)
- Geography Cone (Conus geographus)
- Red Back Spider (Latrodectus hasselti)
- Inland Taipan (Oxyuranus microlepidotus)
- Sydney funnel-web spider (Atrax robustus)
- Stonefish (Synanceia verrucosa)
It's Australia Day! Well, not in Australia. It's already the 27th there. Oh well.
One of the more memorable things about Bill Bryson's travelogue of Australia, In a Sunburned Country (or Down Under, as it's known outside of North America) is his discussion of the vast array of poisonous animals that can be found in Australia. That said, my understanding is that the animal responsible for the most deaths in Australia every year is Apis mellifera--the European honey bee.