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11. Posted by soliqa (Respected Member 284 posts) 11y

hey,

no don't stress!! theres really no need to worry. and as for scorpions i think delthefunk means alberta, canada as i dont think theres an alberta in australia so dont worry about them!! relax, australian cities are really no different to any other country in terms of insects and spiders etc. if you go out in the rural areas you may be more likely to see creepy crawlies but chances are you won't, or if you do oh well- its part of the australian country experience, and something for you to tell all your friends.

cheers,

12. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

Has any not heard of red back & funnel web spiders in the Australian cities & towns as well?

13. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 11y

Stayed on a farm in tropical Queensland when we were out there, and there were a lot of big spiders (most of them at least a bit poisonous). But none of them seemed very interested in biting us, plus the family we were staying with had been there forever and none of them had been bitten.

Didn't really see any big spiders in the cities at all, the whole time we were there, apart from on the coast walk from Bondi to Coogee.

14. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

Quoting DONNA OZ

NOW IM ALL SCARED NOW.. I NEVER REALLY THOUGHT ABOUT CREEPY CRAWLY THINGS BEFORE.. IS THERE SERIOUSLY SCORPIONS AND ALL?? IM CRINGING THINKING ABOUT THEM:(:(

Don't forget to shake out your shoes in the morning before putting them on!

15. Posted by iggy (Budding Member 27 posts) 11y

Be really really careful !!! We have spiders here that can carry you off !!! Lookout for the mouse spider and don't forget about the redback on the toilet seat !!!

16. Posted by iggy (Budding Member 27 posts) 11y

Sorry I couldn't help myself

17. Posted by dgfamily (Budding Member 2 posts) 11y

To clear things up...there are some highly poisonous spiders here in OZ, and they do exist in the cities....it doesn't mean they are on every corner but they are around. As far as shaking your boots...if you are going to be leaving them outside then you would be nuts not too.

The funnel web and the red back are 2 of the most well known...they tend to come out following rain so if you have left footwear out it's better to be safe than sorry

18. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

Quoting dgfamily

To clear things up...there are some highly poisonous spiders here in OZ, and they do exist in the cities....it doesn't mean they are on every corner but they are around. As far as shaking your boots...if you are going to be leaving them outside then you would be nuts not too.

The funnel web and the red back are 2 of the most well known...they tend to come out following rain so if you have left footwear out it's better to be safe than sorry

Hi there, You seem to really know the scoop on the creepy crawly things down under.

Quick question: Do more people die (or get pretty sick) from Spider bites or Snake bites down under?

I remember when I was playing tennis outside of Caines. I was going into the woods to retrive the balls that we had hit over the fence and into the dense bush...then some local told me I'd be crazy to go in there looking for the tennis balls. Enough said, I bet they're still there...I know I never got them.

19. Posted by girlygirl9 (Budding Member 6 posts) 11y

Quoting iggy

Sorry I couldn't help myself

IGGY! don't say that, that's awful i was felling better about the bug situation....then i read your post...good job lol

20. Posted by Quercus (Full Member 76 posts) 11y

I felt I had to reply to this post.
I was in the US with my bf and we were trying to encourage his cousin to come visit us. She said she would love to, but because of all the 'scary things' she wasn't planning to. Personally, I felt much less safe being in the US with their gun control issues.
We couldn't talk any sense into her. Australia really is a very safe country.
I bet that like her, you've been watching a lot of nature documentaries that really highlight how SCARY and POISONOUS and BIG things are. They really exaggerate anything for effect.
Yes, there are poisonous things in Australia, and there are probably more poisonous 'creepy crawlies' in Australia than Canada because of our more temperate climate. However, I don't think of them as a big threat. I have lived in Australia all my life and have NEVER been bitten by a snake or a spider. It is all about prevention.

They key thing is to be aware of your surroundings, use your eyes. Look around. Keep to tracks where it is easier to see if something is ahead of you. Don't get too close to things you are unfamiliar with. Keep your shoes inside and don't walk around barefoot.

Use common sense. Ask questions. If you see something you are unfamiliar with (whether its a strange berry, a 'creepy crawly', even a koala) ask about it. If I was in Canada I would be asking about the dangers from Bears, Wolves, Cougars (which I think are MUCH more scary) and what I should do to stay safe, but it wouldn't prevent me from going.

Don't let the thought of 'creepy crawlies' get to you. They have small minds and unlike mammals (including dogs) do not hunt people. They bite in defence. When people get bitten by snakes they are normally agitating them, trying to get a reaction. If you stay well clear you are highly unlikely to get bitten. The animals are much more afraid of you and would prefer to flee than try and attack you.

Australia is a BIG place. Granted, not quite as big as Canada, but still big. Yes, there are scorpions in the desert, but not in the cities. Yes, there is the Sydney funnelweb in Sydney, but not in southern capitals. Redback spiders live in woodpiles and old sheds, not in houses, so if you're going to play around with wood or pick up pieces of tin, wear gloves. Yes, there are snakes in more rural or natural areas. If you want walk off the track, invest in a pair of gaiters and stomp around to indicate your presence.

There are also much less toxic things around that will bite you.
Like North America, Australia has ticks. They occur up the east coast from Wilsons Promontory (Victoria) north to Cape York (Queensland). If you spend a lot of time 'in the bush' or are camping you should check yourself for ticks before you go to sleep. If you find one, remove it with tweezers. They can make you sick, but only if they stay on you for hours and hours and hours.
We also have ants. They're most likely to sting you if you stand on their nests. So don't. However, if you do you are unlikely to be seriously hurt, you'll just be a little uncomfortable.
Like Europe, we have bees and wasps. Normal precautions apply.

I have provided as much info as I can. I don't know if I've made things better or worse