Posted: Mar 31, 2006 5:43 pm
Why does Austrailia have the most poisonous and deadly everything?
I dunno. Perhaps lack of predators? I lived there for a few years and you really only worry about spiders in the city. Out in the country, it's a different matter. Mostly snakes, brown snakes, where I was living. You really only have a set amount of time from being bit to getting to hospital. Up in the northern states/territories, they have more of those vipers and whatnot, that don't really give you time to get to the hospital. Another bad thing on the coasts are the box jellyfish.
When I say that there's no predators, it's kinda weird. You would expect some large thing to be there, but they don't have skunks, wolves, etc. They have foxes, weird lizard things that grow really long(that chase you), tons of galahs (parrots? - they're like pigeons) and the kangaroos are like deer. Everyone in the country drives in the middle of the lane and all cars have "roo bars", which are big, three inch pipe racks on the front so you don't demolish your car when they hop in front of you. Never seen a Koala in the wild, but they have claws too. Wombats are like wolverines. In Queensland, they have these funky birds called cassowaries, that look like someone glued a rhino horn on an emu. These birds are very territorial and will knock you down before disembolling you with their claws. Oh, I guess theirs crocs and sharks too, but I didn't hang out much on the coastal rivers.