Australia is a country that many dream about visiting. However it is also a particularly dangerous country! Whether it's the sun, natural disasters or nature, Australian life is rather wild. Here are 12 photos which will explain why Australia is a such a hostile country.
The Sun - Australia lies under a hole in the ozone layer, and ultraviolet rays burn the skin like nothing else. That's why Australia has the highest rate of skin cancer in the world.
Snakes - 21 of the 25 venomous snake species live in Australia. They can be found in the forest as well as in the city, sometimes even in shops or toilets.
Oceans - In general, swimming in Australia is not very safe. At certain times of the year, it is even totally prohibited because of deadly marine species. The currents are also very strong.
Tasmanian Devils - Do we really need to say more? The devil literally lives in Australia... Generally, this species of marsupial does not attack man. But they will sometimes approach if they smell food.
Cyclones - The weather in Australia is notoriously unstable. Like the rest of Oceania, the country is experiencing many extreme weather events. On average, 10 to 13 tornadoes and hurricanes hit Australia each season.
Spiders - Many deadly species of spiders live in Australia, including the black widow. But no deaths have been recorded by spider bite since 1979.
Sharks - They can be found in both oceans and rivers. Nets are placed off beaches to protect bathers but every year people die from shark attacks.
Plants - The Gympie gympie grows exclusively in the north of Australia. It is also the most virulent species of urticaria plant. One scientist described the sensation as ‘being electrocuted and burned by acid at the same time.’
Jellyfish - You understand by now that the Australian shores are dangerous. In particular, the world's most poisonous jellyfish, Chironex fleckeri, can be found there.
Forest fires - Australia is so often ravaged by forest fires that eucalyptus has evolved to survive after a fire. It is highly flammable, but after the fire the burned seeds bloom in the ashes.
Crocodiles - Not only is the country populated with many crocodiles, but they are also huge. The marine crocodile, which lives exclusively in Australia, is usually over 16 feet long.