There are several animals that can kill a human in Australia, with the deadliest being the tiger. Out of all of the animal species in Australia, tigers are responsible for the most fatalities. In fact, Australian governments report that Tiger fatalities account for approximately 30% of all known wildlife-related human fatalities. While hunting and fatal encounters with marine mammals account for the majority of these deaths (68%), tigers are also known to prey on humans in rural areas and cities.

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There are over 1900 spider species known worldwide, and many of them are harmless. However, a few dangerous spiders can be found in Australian habitats. The Sydney Funnel Web Spider (Atrax robustus) is one such spider. This spider is the size of a housefly and has three pairs of legs on its body. It lives in webs near the ground and Hunts large prey like rats or birds. In 2008, an 11-year old boy died after being bitten by a Sydney Funnel Web Spider while playing outside his home in western Australia.

The Red Back Spider (Latrodectus bishopi) is also considered to be one of the “deadliest” spiders in Australian forests and gardens. Like other venomous spiders, this species produces a powerful neurotoxin that can kill humans quickly if they are bitten, making it particularly dangerous to children playing outdoors or adults working in garden/forest areas where they may come into contact with it unintentionally.


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Some people may think that Australia is not a country that is known for producing beef. However, according to the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES), Australia leads the world in terms of production of beef. This is due to the amount of land that is used for cattle grazing. In fact, ABARES reports that, in 2013-14, Australia produced more than 517 million tonnes of beef—or 68 percent of global beef production!

Australia has a variety of areas where cattle can be raised. Cattle have been able to thrive in Queensland because it has hot and humid summers as well as cold winters. These weather conditions allow pastureland to remain green year-round and help diseases spread less easily among cattle. The same conditions also help form droppings on grasses which attract other animals like Hawks for prey which then feed off of these droppings. Meanwhile, this also helps keep soil fertile as fodder crops are grown nearby during lean times


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Chinchillas are a small, furry mammal that is native to the Andes mountains in western South America. In recent years, chinchillas have become rare and endangered due to human activity, such as hunting and deforestation. There are now estimated to be only around 29,000 adult chinchillas left in the wild. If this trend continues, by 2022 there may be no more chinchillas remaining in the wild.

Chinchilla populations are mainly declining due to habitat loss from deforestation and hunting for their pelts which are highly sought after in Europe and Asia. Some conservation groups believe that captive breeding could help save these species from extinction but until now little has been done to try to reverse the population decline on a large scale. Measures being taken include creating protected areas for chinchilla populations and restricting the hunting of these animals. However, much work still needs to be done if we want these adorable mammals roaming free once again!


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Australia does still have a rabbit problem. The population of rabbits has exploded in recent decades, and they are now considered an agricultural pest across the country. They eat crops and compete with other wildlife for food and space. They also transmit diseases to humans, including rabbit rabies. The government is currently working on a plan to control the population of rabbits.

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