Scary Australian Wildlife Quiz
The Land Down Under has a reputation for some of Earth's freakiest fauna. How much do you know about scary Australian wildlife?
What sort of behavior do stingrays usually display around humans?
- They are aggressive.
- They are docile.
- They are terrified.
What's the wingspan of flying foxes?
- 4 feet (1.2 meters)
- 5 feet (1.5 meters)
- 3 feet (1 meter)
What kind of animal is a cassowary?
- rabbit-like animal
How many people die from snake bites each year in Australia?
How fast can cassowaries run?
Why are death adders so dangerous?
- their great eyesight
- their amazing camouflage
- their incredible poison
According to some reports, to what size can saltwater crocodiles grow?
- 20 feet (6 meters)
- 25 feet (7.6 meters)
- 30 feet (9 meters)
Where are you most likely to run into a Bull shark?
- scuba-diving in deep water
What does the bite of the western brown snake compare to?
- a cloud landing on your arm
- a bullet wound
- a third-degree burn
Since recordkeeping began in the late 1700s, how many people have died from shark attacks in Australia?
- about 340
- about 980
- about 730
How many species of funnel-web spiders are there in Australia?
How big do some Huntsman spiders get?
- 6 inches (15 centimeters)
- 8 inches (20 centimeters)
- 10 inches (25 centimeters)
If you don't treat a bite from a common tiger snake, what happens?
- You die.
- You go blind.
- You are permanently paralyzed.
The Portuguese man-of-war jellyfish is often known as what?
- yellow knife
- blue bottle
About how many people go to the emergency room each year due to stings from Irukandji jellyfish?
- Around 30
- Around 100
- Around 300
What is the most dangerous shark in Australia?
- Great White shark
- Bull shark
- Tiger shark
In a serious case, how quickly can the venom from a taipan snake kill a human?
- about 3 minutes
- about 30 minutes
- about 3 hours
When saltwater crocodiles attack humans, how do the victims usually die?
- They're swallowed whole.
- They drown.
- from bleeding
Since the 1880s, how many people have jellyfish killed in Australia?
- about 80
- about 180
- about 380
How does the toxin from a box jellyfish kill you?
- paralyzes the respiratory system
- stops the heart
- shuts down the brain
When biting, what is a common king brown snake behavior?
- launching itself through the air
- hanging on and chewing
- biting and hiding
Some unconfirmed reports say that scrub pythons can grow to what size?
- 26 feet (8 meters)
- 28 feet (8.5 meters)
- 35 feet (10.6 meters)
What is the deadliest animal in Australia?
What is the second-deadliest animal in Australia?
At what speed can a box jellyfish swim?
- 1.2 mph (1.9 kph)
- 4.5 mph (7.2 kph)
- They don't swim — they drift.
Why do humans have little to fear from inland taipans, even though they are the world's most venomous snake?
- They are in remote areas.
- They don't like to bite people.
- Their fangs are tiny.
What animal has a collection of poison-tipped harpoons that can kill humans?
- cone snails
- sea urchins
- giant starfish
In what year was the last reported death from the Sydney funnel-web spider?
How do most stonefish stings occur?
- Tourists play with them.
- Fisherman accidentally catch them.
- People step on them.
The small blue-ringed octopus is so poisonous that a single creature has enough venom to kill how many people?