Expat Forum For People Moving Overseas And Living Abroad banner

1 - 7 of 7 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
9 Posts
Discussion Starter #1
Hello to all expats
It may appear to be weird but I have heard that there are dangerous animals, specially snakes, in some cities of Australia. I just wonder to what extent such things are true. Are there some cities with higher risks?

Thank you all in advance
 

·
Super Moderator
Joined
·
5,684 Posts
Hello to all expats
It may appear to be weird but I have heard that there are dangerous animals, specially snakes, in some cities of Australia. I just wonder to what extent such things are true. Are there some cities with higher risks?

Thank you all in advance
With over 23 million people in Australia,

More than 20 people die each year in Australia from horse riding related accidents.

Less than 2 a year die from a snakebite.

The USA has a higher death rate from snake bites per year than Australia. If you have ever travelled to America, has anyone ever said to you “oh my God! What about the snakes?”

The deadliest of all Australian creatures, responsible for an average of 10 deaths per year, is the European Honey Bee, which can induce anaphylactic shock in some people.

The same happens in the UK, where there are an estimated 10 deaths a year attributed to wasp or bee stings.

http://www.news.com.au/national/the-weird-ways-australians-die/story-fncynjr2-1226764804716

Scuba diving causes 8 deaths a year here in Australia.
Don’t even get me started on road traffic deaths!

So, you are statistically much more likely to die going horse riding or scuba-diving, by being struck by lightning or stung by a bee or wasp or by simply getting about in a car.



So don't worry about it:)
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
9 Posts
Discussion Starter #3
Thank you so much for the enlightening information. I found the information pretty odd. That is why I asked about the relevance of it. :):)

With over 23 million people in Australia,

More than 20 people die each year in Australia from horse riding related accidents.

Less than 2 a year die from a snakebite.

The USA has a higher death rate from snake bites per year than Australia. If you have ever travelled to America, has anyone ever said to you “oh my God! What about the snakes?”

The deadliest of all Australian creatures, responsible for an average of 10 deaths per year, is the European Honey Bee, which can induce anaphylactic shock in some people.

The same happens in the UK, where there are an estimated 10 deaths a year attributed to wasp or bee stings.

The weird ways Australians die

Scuba diving causes 8 deaths a year here in Australia.
Don’t even get me started on road traffic deaths!

So, you are statistically much more likely to die going horse riding or scuba-diving, by being struck by lightning or stung by a bee or wasp or by simply getting about in a car.



So don't worry about it:)
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
64 Posts
That was fun , reading the stats given by kaju ! :lol:
 

·
Super Moderator
Joined
·
3,447 Posts
The only place I've ever seen poisonous snakes here is in zoos.

What no one ever said anything to me about before moving here was the flies. In the spring/summer they can be horrendous. There is nothing more Australian than watching someone try to swat a fly. I remember going to Perth for a meeting for work and we're waiting in the lobby for the meeting to start. And the receptionist was swatting flies. They're literally everywhere. Flies aren't dangerous but they sure as hell are bloody annoying!
 

·
Super Moderator
Joined
·
5,684 Posts
The only place I've ever seen poisonous snakes here is in zoos.

What no one ever said anything to me about before moving here was the flies. In the spring/summer they can be horrendous. There is nothing more Australian than watching someone try to swat a fly. I remember going to Perth for a meeting for work and we're waiting in the lobby for the meeting to start. And the receptionist was swatting flies. They're literally everywhere. Flies aren't dangerous but they sure as hell are bloody annoying!
Depends a lot on where you are - outer suburbs with more bush, there will be more - but even then snakes are quite rare to ever see - you might not see one in your whole life then again, you might see a few over the years. Mostly, they will try and keep away from you, even in those areas, and so, very few people ever see them. Let's face it, seeing a snake is not the end of the world anyway!

But, Australia does have a bit of name for venomous things - it's very easily and commonly hyped up, makes a good scary story but there is limited truth in the hype. Mostly we just use it worry would-be visitors though! :p I've travelled and lived very widely in Australia - it's really only the north of Australia where you need to be careful every day, and then only in parts, and then just using a little common sense.

Lived on one island once, had a snake (dugite) find it's way into my bedroom - heard the rustling noise, and got a surprise. So did he! :) You could swim and see blue-ringed octopuses at the same place. Then again, I've also lived right up way north of Darwin as a teenager, in a national park https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cape_Don_Light#/media/File:Cape_Don_lightstation_20070508_6221.jpg - you could watch the sharks circle the lagoon before the saltwater crocs came out, couldn't swim for months each year anyway because of seawasps (jellyfish) or walk on coral reef due to stonefish. Caught one fishing once. Lots of snakes there, including king browns and taipans. I caught a taipan once on the back veranda, my parents were quite cross with me. :) And there were poisonous sea-snakes in the water there sometimes too. :) Or poisonous cone shells in other places. But these were very remote places indeed, where most people will never ever go, very difficult to get to, and very, very sparsely settled indeed. :)

Here in Perth I haven't seen one for the last 20 years, which is as long as I've lived in my current house, but we do get a few more here now and then than other State Capitals, mainly in the newly developed suburbs on the fringes of suburbia. http://www.watoday.com.au/wa-news/s...dugites-in-perth-suburbs-20160308-gndwdz.html Numerically though, for the number of people, the numbers are still very low, and it doesn't put anyone off - seeing a snake (very rare) is a long way from being bitten (extremely, exceptionally rare). Mind you I do seem to get the redback spider in the shed now and again. :p

I certainly wouldn't in any way worry about snakes, etc in the cities, and in the more distant bush, you just need a little common sense - if you see one, walk away. :)

Remember lots and lots of people live here, and it really isn't a serious issues in the main cities, and in the bush, you just need to be aware. But flies certainly can be, although they've been good here the last couple of years. :)

Then again, look at what else you might see within the Perth Metropolitan area:

https://www.google.com.au/search?q=...3MDOAhVJI5QKHXa6AyIQ_AUICCgB&biw=1536&bih=679

https://www.google.com.au/search?q=...QNpQKHRuKDRIQsAQIMw&biw=1536&bih=679&dpr=1.25

https://www.google.com.au/search?q=...LmJQKHbdFBoYQsAQIJw&biw=1536&bih=679&dpr=1.25

https://www.google.com.au/search?q=...ved=0ahUKEwiXguPy28DOAhUDHZQKHR-TCH8Q_AUIBygC

https://www.google.com.au/search?q=...3MDOAhUGNpQKHQtaBrQQ_AUICCgB&biw=1536&bih=679

https://www.google.com.au/search?q=...CCgB&biw=1536&bih=679#tbm=isch&q=perth+whales

https://www.google.com.au/search?q=...=1536&bih=679#tbm=isch&q=perth+river+dolphins

https://www.google.com.au/search?q=...X928DOAhXFX5QKHcK0CMwQsAQIQA&biw=1536&bih=679

https://www.google.com.au/search?q=...2l3cDOAhXQq5QKHdLACfQQsAQILA&biw=1536&bih=679
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
4 Posts
I travelled around Australia for a couple of months before settling down in Sydney. Here is my 2c on the wildlife in Australia.

In general, you won't find too many snakes in the major cities. When you start to go to more rural Australia you will find more, but if you stay clear of them you should be fine. I found the further north you go (and more hot/humid it gets) the more likely you will see a snake.

If you plan to go in the water anywhere in the northern part of Australia (Brisbane and above), always check for Crocodiles. Even the beaches! There are usually signs around saying no swimming, so make sure you keep an eye out. When in doubt, ask a local.

Regarding spiders, I only ever saw a spider after heavy rainfall. They get flushed out and tend to seek shelter in peoples houses. Scared me half to death when I saw my first huntsman spider (big hairy spider - relatively harmless).

All in all, Australians like to playfully tease tourists and foreigners regarding the wildlife here. When they talk about "drop bears" and "hoop snakes" the are just messing with you. It is unlikely you will run into any trouble. Particularly in major cities.
 
1 - 7 of 7 Posts
Top