I love a sunburnt country,
A land of sweeping plains,
Of ragged mountain ranges,
Of droughts and flooding rains.
I love her far horizons,
I love her jewel-sea,
Her beauty and her terror –
The wide brown land for me!
~ excerpt from My Country (1904) by Dorothea Mackellar
It’s been brought to my attention that I live in a dangerous place. I’m an Aussie and apparently I don’t pay enough attention to the dangers around me. In a recent conversation with my crit partners someone laughed because I emphatically stated I would NOT be going anywhere near Alligator’s. Someone else mentioned that everything here in Australia could kill me and if faced with an Alligator I just needed to run faster than the person next to me.
I had to think about it a while. I mean, come on, it’s not like the scary stuff is circling my house. Most of the creepies and bities are way out in the bush. At a readers conference in Melbourne two years ago I heard an American author mention that she hears wolves around her house at night. That to me is utterly terrifying.
But it did get me thinking about what might not be people friendly around here. I’ll start with the process of elimination.
Kangaroo - another deceptive animal. Cute to look at but read the signs. You don’t want to stand in their way when there is food involved. Dangerous hind claws.
|Red-bellied black snake|
Brown, Tiger, Taipan, Fierce, Black, Death Adders
But the chances of running into these creatures, and getting bitten inside built up areas is pretty rare. We have a very low snake-bit rate when compared to other countries like India, Vietnam and Mexico.
Spider - So, this is a tough one for me because I’m spider phobic and can't even stand looking at the pictures long enough to add them to my post. The following link (from a pest control company) has a nice long list of dangerous Aussie spiders if you are braver than me. (Reaching for my bug spray)
I could go on and on I’m afraid, but these seem to be the most noteworthy. However, in every new situation you have to consider your personal safety. Even a fluffy white sheep can hurt you if they’re in a bad enough mood. So, just because the wildlife isn’t all warm and cuddly you needn’t remove Australia from your ‘places to travel’ list. Not everything in Aus wants to test its venom out on you. Just make some noise and pay attention to where you put your hands and feet. You’ll be fine just like me.
Till next time. Heather Boyd ~ Lady Wicked