DEADLY animals lurk in forests and oceans around our wide brown land, with the Northern Rivers home to six of Australia's top 10 most venomous creatures.
While you may not want to wrap your family in cotton wool, you may want to reconsider a dip in the Pacific Ocean with the knowledge that Australia's tenth, fifth and second most venomous creatures can be found in our waters.
Rated on the toxicity of their venom, half of Australia's top 10 animals live in the ocean, according to Australian Geographic magazine.
Second only to the world's most venomous snake, the inland taipan, one sting from a cone snail has the potential to kill 15 healthy adults within hours.
What looks like a pretty shell, cone snail venom contains dangerous neurotoxins that affect vision and speech.
Found near reefs in the Pacific and Indian oceans, the one recorded Australian fatality from a cone snail occurred in 1935.
At number four, the second most venomous land snake on earth, the Eastern brown snake, has killed 25 Australians since 1980, with its powerful venom causing uncontrollable bleeding and kidney failure within 15 minutes of being bitten.
Found in the Pacific and Indian oceans, the yellow-bellied sea snake packs serious venom, but there have been no recorded deaths in Australia as the snake spends its life in the ocean.
Equipped with the longest fangs of any Australian snake (12mm), a bite from a coastal taipan can kill an adult in 30 minutes.
Causing paralysis, muscle damage and uncontrollable bleeding, mainland tiger snakes have killed eight Australians with their venomous bite.
One bite from the tiny, but deadly, blue-ringed octopus packs enough venom to kill 26 adults.
Found in tidal pools in the Pacific and Indian oceans, the blue-ringed octopus bite can cause muscular weakness, difficulty breathing and paralysis within 10 minutes and death within 30 minutes.
This may all sound scary to some, but rest assured few people die from encounters with these animals every year.
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