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It is also important to avoid snakes that appear to be dead, as some species will actually roll over on their backs and stick out their tongue to fool potential threats. A snake's detached head can immediately act by reflex and potentially bite. The induced bite can be just as severe as that of a live snake. Dead snakes are also incapable of regulating the venom they inject, so a bite from a dead snake can often contain large amounts of venom.
Originally posted by OzWeatherman
when I was in Darwin I saw one chase a small gecko across my car dashboard....while I was doing 80km/h.
Originally posted by zazzafrazz
Can someone post on Cane toads, I cant even look at them yuk.
The cane toad, Bufo marinus, was introduced to Australia by the sugar cane industry to control two pests of sugar cane, the grey backed cane beetle and the frenchie beetle. One hundred and one toads arrived at Edmonton in North Queensland in June 1935. Unseasonal breeding occurred almost immediately, and within 6 months over 60,000 young toads had been released.
Cane toads eggs are laid in gelatinous strings. Large females can lay up to 20,000 eggs in a spawning. The eggs can be easily identified from eggs of native Australian frogs by their typical appearance like black beads in a string of jelly.
Menzies School of Health Researcher Bart Currie says people licking the pests for a high is quite common, but sometimes they get more then they bargained for.
"There have been quite a lot of deaths in other parts of the world from people trying to use cane toad venom for recreational purposes and what it does is stop the heart."
But Dr Currie says the key to finding a treatment for the poison might be found in the Territory's slatey grey and keelback snake populations that are able to eat the toads without dying.
"If we could figure out first of all how the venom is working on that animal and then secondly what component of the animal protects it against that venom".
He is hoping further studies will produce a treatment for people with cane toad poisoning.
Some children and teenagers in Katherine and Arnhem Land are even drying out the skins of cane toads and rolling them up as joints to get a hit.
"These are very foolish and dangerous acts," he said.
"Anyone who does this runs the very serious risk of seizures, a rapid loss of consciousness, cardio-vascular collapse and death.
Originally posted by JackWestJr
Don't leave out our white tail spiders which do come into your house and up into your bed. Oh yes. You could get an amputation from that bite.
There is also our redback spider commonly found out in the backyard dunnie or just in the backyard among the wood and stuff, they can kill ya if you don't get it treated.
Now let's see..............scenario here, tptb drop some of their elite in our Queensland rainforest or country or NT or WT. We have got the poisonous snakes as well as the big fatties that will curl around your neck or body and strangle you, he, he, oh plenty in them there forests. he, he.
Oh yeah, there is plenty I have not mentioned.
The Drop Bear is described as an arboreal, (tree dwelling) carnivorous mammal of Australia, Phascolarctus Hodgsonii, growing to around 4 feet in height. This description is not far wrong. Believed to have evolved from a similar line to koalas, Drop Bears vary from 3 to 5 feet in hight, but are extremely strong. They are covered in a dense fur, which can range from almost black to the Alpine Drop Bear's snowy white coat. They have broad shoulders and razor sharp claws on all four limbs. They are able to walk for short distances on two legs, but are much faster on all four, being capable of bursts of speed approaching 60 km/h at full gallop. Their heads are similar to those of koalas, but with enlarged canine teeth, not unlike those of bears or other carnivorous animals. There are no reported photographs of them, and only a select and very lucky few have laid eyes on them and lived to tell the tale.
The Common Drop Bear is found in wooded areas all over the Australian continent, including Tasmania, and is thought to in fact venture as far north as Papua New Guinea and Indonesia. It lives in trees, dropping down to feed on kangaroos, wombats, and anything else that walks beneath it.
Originally posted by InfaRedMan
WTF? One Foot across!!!
Originally posted by krystalice
reply to post by zazzafrazz
Thanks for the useful information, I think I will have second thoughts now when walking and hopping on the rocks near the public beaches.
Originally posted by zorgon
Originally posted by zazzafrazz
As mother nature couldnt possibly come up with such fantastic creatures on her own
Well that was the point... these species apparently just appeared almost like the escaped from a specimen collecting vessel
It really sucks when you file something to look at later and then can't find it
You guys have camels down there... how about the Camel Spiders?