10 of Australia’s dangerous creatures

The blue-ringed octopus – one bite or squirt causes paralysis. Death follows in minutes.

The ‘sea wasp’ or box jellyfish – the survival rate from it sting is almost zero. Death follows in four minutes.

The taipan snake is 180 times more venomous than the king cobra – one bite could kill a person within three seconds.

Redback spider – the bite of the female can kill. There have been no deaths since the antivenom was found.

The funnel-web spider – one of the most dangerous spiders in the world. The bite of a male can kill a person in 15 minutes. There have been no deaths since antivenom was found.

Textile cone shells – underwater creature with up to 12 darts, each of which has enough poison to kill someone. Death follows in minutes.

Irukandji jellyfish – this has poisonous tentacles. Swimmers, if stung, can suffer a heart attack and drown.

The saltwater crocodile – kills people because it is fast in and out of water.  It can outrun a galloping horse and it kills in seconds.

The great white shark – this is the most dangerous of the many sharks in Australian waters. It kills in seconds with just one snap of its teeth.

The tiger snake – death occurs within 12 hours. Antivenom is available but it must be used within 30 minutes of the bite. One snake has enough venom to kill 118 sheep.

Fact of the day: The fruit that is grown the most is actually the grape.

Joke of the day: I threw a book at someone and to stop me getting in trouble I just said I facebooked them.

Riddle of the day: A man wants to enter an exclusive club, but he doesn’t know the password. Another man walks to the door and the doorman says 12, the man says 6, and is let in. Another man walks up and the doorman says 6, the man says 3, and is let in. Thinking he had heard enough, he walks up to the door and the doorman says 10, he says 5, and he isn’t let in. What should he have said?

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