You’ve probably heard that everything in Australia is trying to kill you. And that is correct. Australia is a nation where your best hope of survival is praying that something big will eat the thing trying to eat you – before you get eaten. Check out 17 of the most insane facts about Australian wildlife. THESE FACTS ARE NOT USELESS. ?
1. There are three times as many sheep than people living in Australia.
2. The Australian Emu – a large, flightless bird – can run as fast as 45km/h (28mph)
3. Platypus are highly poisonous, and have enough poison to kill a dog or make a human seriously ill.
4. Wombat poo is shaped like a cube!
5. The Box Jellyfish – which is found in the waters of the Great Barrier Reef – is responsible for more deaths than snakes, sharks and saltwater crocodiles combined.
6. If you ever get attacked by a crocodile, try pushing your finger into its eye to deter it.
7. The record jump recorded by a kangaroo is a whopping 9 metres (30 feet) in a single leap!
8. Two native Australian animals, Platypus and Echidnas, are the only two mammals in the world that lay eggs to give birth.
9. Koalas sleep for about 20 hours per day.
10. Tasmanian Devils have the strongest bite per body size of any mammal.
11. There are 4 different species of kangaroo in Australia, with the Red Kangaroo being the largest. The largest Big Red ever seen was 2.1m tall (6ft 9in) and weighed 91kgs (200lbs)!
12. The Australian Thorny Devil is one of the longest-lived lizards of its size in the world, with a lifespan of up to 20 years.
13. The Kangaroo and Emu were chosen to be the two animals on the Australian Coat of Arms because they can’t walk backwards, reflecting a forward-thinking culture.
14. 17 of the world’s most poisonous snakes can be found in Australia.
15. Insects and arachnids – Australia is home to around 1,500 types of spiders, 4,000 types of ants and 350 types of termites.
16. While Kangaroos are considered a national icon, with over 40 million estimated throughout the country, they can also be considered a pest in some locations and are sometimes culled.
17. Australia has a larger population of camels than Egypt.