40 Australian Creatures You Never Thought Existed

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Eastern Brown Snake (Pseudonaja textilis)

Image: Wildlife QLD

Responsible for the most bites to humans in Australia, this is also the second deadliest snake in the world. These snakes commonly grow to lengths up to 2m. You’ll know if you are in danger if you see this snake arch its neck into an S shape. This indicates it is about to strike and as death by eastern brown takes about 30 minutes, you don’t want it to make contact. Your best move if you encounter any Australian snake is to stand still. Close your eyes if you have to. Scream as much as you want. Just. Don’t. Move. Unlike snakes found in other parts of the world, Australian snakes do not have any way to detect heat, relying solely on vibration and very little sight. Leave these snakes alone and they will do the same for you.  

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