As carnivores, the stonefish’s diet mainly consists of various shrimps and other fish. But I’ve seen a drop bear! I am constantly trying to tell people not to worry about our critters as they are nowhere near as bad as people think. If you still can't find the answers you are looking for. Seriously, I know we’ve got snakes, spiders, sharks, crocodiles, killer jellyfish and a whole host of other venomous critters, but look on the bright side. I feel a lot safer in the Australian bush or sea than I do on British motorways. First I watched Stephen Fry on BBC and he mention the same fact on spiders, noone dies from the venom any more. Yes, me too, I’ll take the ocean Or the outback, all day long. Since the arrival of Europeans on Australian shores there have been no recorded deaths from stonefish stings in the country, despite this most venomous fish in the world hiding in the waters. I have loads of posts about Australia’s wildlife; in fact I have an entire category about them called Australia’s Bad Things. This is an extraordinary site for those who want to know mora about Australia. The two most recommended treatments are the application of heat to the affected area, and antivenom. just go on Netflix and look up 72 and it should pop up (its a great show). It’s a scary critter for sure. The venom that is produced by stonefish is some of the most venomous in the world, and is fatal to humans. This is often seen during retreating tides, which leave them partially exposed; however, after this they will generally die from suffocation and dehydration. Of course, but as you know, you must always quote your sources, even in homework. Yes, Australia is an extremely scary place, isn’t it, how can you possibly expect to survive? There are 4.6m people in Qld, 7.5m in NSW and 1.2m in Adelaide (where most bat colonies are) and practically every Councillor, due to pressure from residents, has applied for a dispersal order to get rid of the bats, due to fear. Hot water (at a temperature no higher than 45 °C (113 °F)) applied to the injured area has been found to denature stonefish venom, and causes minimal discomfort to the victim. Not bad eh? Living with Snakes in Australia: A Guide for Newcomers, Spiders – There’s Good News and There’s Bad News, Spiders and Snakes of Australia: A Conclusion, Dangerous Creatures of Australia: Cone Snails, Dangerous Australian Sealife Continued: Stonefish. There has been a recorded death from a cone shell(conus geographus) in 1935 @Whitehaven Beach North Queensland one Charles Garbutt an Uncle of mine.The actual shell was in the Queensland Museum for a number of years. Since the arrival of Europeans on Australian shores there have been no recorded deaths from stonefish stings in the country, despite this most venomous fish in the world hiding in the waters. But nobody says ” Don’t go to Australia, they got mosquitoes!” do they? When will it stop? The reason I’m searching is because there were complications; he was bitten by a redback spider, an abscess formed, he was treated in hospital and released after four days with a course of antibiotics. I saw some posts where people were constantly telling how dangerous can Australia be but now I am relieved. A further complication was he was involved in a car accident a few weeks earlier and had only just recovered from his injuries. As global warming is ramping up the temperatures to new record highs in Australia you might find that the bats cease to be a ‘problem’ altogether. People who accidentally step on them will immediately suffer excruciating pain and their limbs start to swell. Good, because I’ve got a couple more for you. The Huntsman Spider: Is His Bite Dangerous to Humans? We certainly did hear guns blazing away near a campground where we were staying, so we didn’t take a hike. I suppose, as a rule of thumb, the closer to the city centre you get, and the more concrete there is around, the fewer snakes there will be. If anyone has any updates on it, I’d love to hear from them. Hi Dudette. Stonefish stings are extremely painful and potentially lethal. The Robots Are Coming. However only 3 recorded deaths in the last 30+ years from the Lyssavirus in Australia (some say only 3 in approximately 200 years). There have been several deaths due to anaphylatic reactions (in Tasmania, where they are most prevalent). Another 13 people killed in a US college shooting yesterday. I have to say, I disagree with your statement that millions of people in Australia are terrified of them. To be fair, keep in mind that the population of the United States is about 13 times as large as Australia’s, so Australia has 4-5 times more snake bite deaths per capita. I take your point though. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2017/01/19/australias-infamous-wildlife-venomous-yes-deadly-not-quite-first-of-a-kind-report-says/?utm_term=.298fa63aadad, https://theconversation.com/welcome-to-australia-a-land-of-creatures-out-to-kill-you-maybe-71490, https://www.bobinoz.com/blog/2011/australian-snakes-and-death-continued, Moving to New Zealand Instead of Australia. Don’t worry about it though, you could live here for years without seeing the snake, and thanks to pest control, I see fewer spiders in my house here than I ever did back in the UK. I certainly wouldn’t want to meet one in a dark alley. thanks bob that helped me. Australia isn’t scary at all, people just think it is. Interesting to hear your thoughts Elvis, but I’ve had a quick scan of my own article and unless I missed anything I’ve only used the word ‘dangerous’ four times, just once in the article and a further three times in links to other posts, all correctly as far as I’m concerned. I know that because my daughter has to reference wherever she gets her information from. Wow! At least we don’t get lions, tigers, elephants, grizzly bears or hippopotamus. I ask them… Are you a logical person? Thank you, I stand corrected. Vinegar is found on some Australian beaches as it is said to lessen the pain. Australia’s Best Beers and Lagers by BobinOz. If you were to look up any list you can see the difference. Who would know?