The most dangerous creature in Australia is? Spider? Snake? No…

Monday, 23 January, 2017

I think just about anyone travelling to Australia for the first time, knows of the danger posed by certain of its snakes and spiders, well before they arrive. Probably sharks and box jellyfish, also.

Yet it is stings or bites from bees and wasps that result in the most deaths in Australia, according to a study of thirteen years of data on the topic, by the University of Melbourne.

The reason the number may be so high, says Dr Ronelle Welton, who authored the report, is that people are more complacent when it comes to the danger that bees and wasps can pose, as opposed to spiders and snakes.

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