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Scary Australian Wildlife Quiz
by Staff
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?

  • snake
  • bird
  • rabbit-like animal

How many people die from snake bites each year in Australia?

  • 5
  • 50
  • 500

How fast can cassowaries run?

  • 10 mph
  • 20 mph
  • 30 mph

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?

  • river
  • scuba-diving in deep water
  • lakes

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?

  • 15
  • 40
  • 67

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
  • greenfish
  • 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?

  • shark
  • snake
  • jellyfish

What is the second-deadliest animal in Australia?

  • kangaroo
  • honey bee
  • shark

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?

  • 1981
  • 1999
  • 2009

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?

  • 10
  • 18
  • 26