Avoiding Dangerous Encounters

Does Australia deserve its “Dangerous” tag?

A Spider-hunting Scorpion on a rock
The venomous Spider-hunting Scorpion can cause pain and swelling in humans

While dangerous animal encounters are common in Australia, it is unusual that an encounter results in a serious injury, and fatalities are rare. The Australian population is currently at its highest ever level of just over 24.5 million and around 9 million people visit Australia from overseas each year, and the number of human interactions with wildlife has never been greater. Yet fewer people die from animal-related injuries per year (less than 30) than from motor vehicle-related incidents (currently around 1200) or workplace accidents (around 200).

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