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Life in Australia by pokketmowse Life in Australia by pokketmowse
My boyfriend has decided he wants to move to Australia. I decided to make some scientific depictions of what life there would be like.
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Blue ringed octopus (octopii?) are 12 to 20 cm long (about the size of your foot), and they are only 'blue ringed' when agitated - the rest of the time they are sand coloured. They have enough poison to kill 26 adults.

Box jellyfish have stingers up to 3 metres in length, and their sting is so painful that people have been known to try to kill themselves to stop it.

Crocodiles are not known to infest airports, though a group of kangaroos did manage to damage a F18 a few years ago in Darwin.

Sharks can be found in all countries (with sea-access), and arn't that scary, really - they usually only take a bite out of you, don't actually kill you. (the swimming back to shore with a large hole in you does that.)

Funnel web spiders... yeah their scary, but they only live around sydney (our biggest city), and since I don't live there, I don't care.

Taipans... Wikipedia lists the inland python as having the most toxic venom of any terrestrial snake species in the world. I may be confused, but I seem to remember reading that they were one of the few snakes that are actively aggressive, moving to attack people, rather than sliver away like most snakes.

Clock spiders are also rather fearsome. The ones you see in most pictures are only middle aged. They continue to grow as they age, and some huge ones have been found in old grandfather clocks. There are also rumours about clockmakers that go missing when sent to repair those large clocks mounted in buildings. I'm sure they're just romours though.
Truly a wonderful and twisted imagination.

I love it
InsecureLemon May 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
impia-dea May 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This made me laugh so hard XD
MarzEz May 14, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Australia has more things that can kill you than pretty much any other country.
Still, it's a pretty neat place.
Lightman9000 May 9, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
You forgot the drop-bears
As an Australian, I am offended.

You didn't draw enough spiders.
princesschuchi May 9, 2012  Professional Filmographer
A friend sent your comic to me, I'm moving to Australia in a few months... I've already come to terms with the fact that I will be killed by a giant spider, but this shows me a lot more options. :D
While it's true that if you go bushwalking in Australia a few times you will get to see some of these critters, the number of people killed by poisonous animals of any sort in Australia is one or two per decade, max. Lightning is a bigger public health risk. Go and compare that to the snake bite statistics for India or Swaziland!

The Crocodiles and Drop Bears are a totally different matter. Those things kill more people than cars do. But so long as your boyfriend doesn't move to Queensland or NT, you should be okay.
Dude the lightning problem we have here is horrific. One summer the sides of the roads were just littered with corpses of the victims from the lightning storm that lasted 8 days. The worst part was seeing people trying to pick up their loved ones off the roads while the crocs came out to feed.
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