All The Ways Australia Can Chew You Up and Spit You Out

Australia is a breathtaking continent. The sovereign country consists of the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania, along with numerous other smaller islands. It’s an incredibly diverse country with landscapes consisting of deserts, mountains, tropical rainforests, and beaches — but don’t let its beauty fool you. Australia is one of the deadliest places on Earth in terms of the environment, wildlife, and geography. Don’t believe us? Here are the different ways that Australia will either kill you or come very close to doing so.

The Box Jellyfish Sting Can Be Fatal In Minutes

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Auscape/UIG via Getty Images

Beneath the oceanic waters of Australia, be extremely wary of the box jellyfish. Recognizable by their cube-shaped medusae, these little guys aren’t afraid to unleash their extremely potent venom. Their translucent appearance makes them incredibly difficult to see, usually until it’s already too late.

The sting from a box jellyfish has been described as one of the most painful in the world, and can even be fatal to humans in some cases. Although there are only a few species in this class of jellyfish that have been known to kill, it’s common for many Australian beaches to be surrounded by netting and have first aid kits to treat stings on the beach.