Ask 20 strangers on any street in the country what foreign country they'd like to visit most and it's likely at least half will say Australia. However, if you ask them why, most will say, the laid back lifestyle, kangaroos and koalas.
More serious fascination with Australia focuses on the diverse terrain, casual business style, various cultural centers, and emphasis on teamwork both personally and professionally. If you query past visitors to Australia, it's hard to find anyone who's had a bad time there.
However, in the past few years, stories about the proliferation of killer animals in Australia have spread. From man-eating sharks and killer crocodiles to some of the world's most venomous snakes and jellyfish, Australia is definitely full of scary animals that reportedly hang out in public places ready to jump on unsuspecting passers-by.
If that's not enough to make you think twice about your travel plans, Australia also has some of the scariest bugs in the world. Although some are huge, many are normal bug size, which makes it easier for them to hide and catch you by surprise as you're cooing over the cuddly koala high on eucalyptus leaves.
13 Giant Centipede
The Giant Centipede comes in a variety of colors, and reaches 16 cm in length, some with up to 23 pairs of legs. This creature can be found all around Australia except for Tasmania. Not only does this centipede look creepy but the fact that they are nocturnal makes it worse, they hide during the day and hunt their prey at night. The Giant Centipede is in fact venomous to insects and mammals although there are no reports of human deaths from the Giant Australian Centipede.
12 Australian Earthworm
11 Australian Witchetty Grubs
10 Bulldog Ant
9 Burrowing Cockroach
8 Common Garden Orb Weaver
7 Golden Orb Weaver
6 Goliath Stick Insect
5 Hercules Moth
4 Redback Spider
3 Loboscelidia Wasp
2 Spiny Leaf Insect
1 Sydney Funnel Web
If you have a fear of spiders, the Sydney Funnel Web is the species worthy of running from like a fragile little girl. This arachnid is the deadliest spider in Australia, and possibly the most lethal in the entire world. Unfortunately, it doesn't like to weave webs in the wild but prefers the suburban neighborhoods of Sydney. Beware of any webs you encounter while enjoying a friendly cookout in a friend's backyard.
Sources: australianmuseum.net, viralnova.com, hotelclub.com, toptenz.net
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