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Australia's thorny devils (Moloch horridus) are incredible animals. Their spiky armour is, as you might have guessed, used for defence. Their is dotted with tiny grooves that suck up dew on the surface and water from the ground through capillary action, passing it to the devil's mouth without the lizard having to lift a finger. So it's probably not a look judgement this little devil has on its face, rather, it's one of satisfaction.
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With its fat little body all puffed up in the cold, and its neck disappearing into its proud, fluffy chest, this Australian swallow sure is an adorable sight.
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Australian spiders have a fearsome reputation, but our bees typically pose more of a threat. Here are the worst.
With highly toxic venom produced in large amounts and large fangs to inject it, the Sydney funnel-web is without a doubt the deadliest spider in Australia, and possibly the world.
Found in New South Wales, in forests as well as populated urban areas, they burrow in humid sheltered places. They can wander in backyards and sometimes fall into swimming pools, and though they're not often encountered, they can be quite aggressive when threatened.
Though just 1.5-3.5cm big, the Sydney Funnel-web has fangs larger than a brown snake's and so powerful they can even pierce through nails and toenails. Their venom has a compound that can attack the human nervous system and alter the functioning of all organs and, when coming from a male, can kill. One in six bites causes a severe reaction, but since the antivenom has been made available, in 1981, no fatalities have been recorded.