• Snakes: With 41 recorded deaths between 1980 and 2009, snake deaths in Australia average out at less than two per year.
• Spiders: Nobody in Australia has died from a spider bite since 1979 after the successful introduction of antivenom for all native species.
• Sharks: Accounted for 25 deaths between 2000 and (March) 2012 in Australia, about 2 a year.
• Crocodiles: Historically, crocodiles account for less than one death per year here in Australia, although that is increasing slightly as the crocodile population rises following the ban on crocodile hunting in 1971.
• Blue Ringed Octopus: Just 3 recorded deaths in the last century.
• Stonefish: One unconfirmed death by stonefish in 1915.
• Cone Snails: I could find no recorded deaths from cone snails in Australia whatsoever.
• Jellyfish: Jellyfish account for (at time of writing) 66 deaths since records began in 1883. The box jellyfish was responsible for 64 deaths, and the Irukandji the other two. It sounds a lot, but still less than one death per year, more like just half a death per year.
There, I think I’ve covered them all. Equalising it out, Australia’s dangerous creatures kill about five people a year. If I’ve missed anything out, got anything wrong, or if anyone has an update on these figures, please do comment below.
Australia’s worst killers!
• Here in Australia, about 20 people a year die from horse riding accidents.
• Around 10 people per year in Australia die from European Honey Bee stings after going into anaphylactic shock.
• And around 300 people a year drown.
So the best advice I would give anyone about staying safe in Australia would be nothing to do with avoiding scary creatures. It would be ‘swim between the flags’ if you are going to take a dip in the sea.