Redback spiders are found throughout Australia and they are very common in urban areas.
RedbackS like living around humans and they build their webs in dry sheltered spots among rocks, in logs, shrubs, junk-piles, sheds and even toilets.
Female Redbacks are black with an orange to red long stripe on the upper abdomen and they have a body about the size of a large pea (1cm long) with slender legs (nice!).
The males are only about 3-4mm long and the red stripe is less distinct. The body is light brown with white markings.
Redback bites occur frequently but only the female bite is dangerous. They can cause serious illness and early symptoms include pain, sweating, muscular weakness, nausea and vomiting.
An antivenom is available and no deaths have occurred since its introduction. Apply an ice pack to the bitten area to relieve pain but do not apply a pressure bandage because it only worsens the pain.
Sitting in the sun.
I'm gonna have to splatter you;
Before you bite my bum!
- Family Travel
Everybody knows that there are many dangerous creatures in Oz, everyone’s heard of the spiders, the crocodiles and the snakes.
Very few, however have heard of the drop-bears.
These ferocious nocturnal creatures which live high up in old eucalyptus trees are related to the koala. Koalas, however, live on leaves which are very low in nutrients and are very slow and sleepy. The Drop Bear is carnivorous, a fast hunter and a vicious killer, eating anything it can get it’s claws on, even large red kangaroos which can easily be eight feet tall.
They drop down on their victims from high in the trees (hence the term DROP bear), causing locals in areas where they are believed to be active to wear hard-hats when working out in the bush.
No-one I know has ever seen one, but there’s always someone who knows someone who might have seen one, or knows of someone who disappeared in unexplained circumstances while wandering alone at night. Many feel they could be responsible for the disappearances of those campers who misguidedly wander take a walk at night to look at the stars.
These creatures never show themsleves to anyone carrying a camera.
More detail in this website link.Related to:
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There are quite a few different snakes to be found in Western Australia and most of them are venemous.
Being shy creature they usually stay away from people, but some of them can be found where you least expect them. I discovered a brown snake under the bench I was sitting on!
DON'T try to kill them, they usually move away without bothering you.
If you do bushwalking, stay on the paths!
Make sure you wear shoes in the bush and on rocky beaches. Some snakes are deadly. We were fishing in Tiger Snake territory when we came across this beautiful little python. If you don't know how to handle snakes then keep well away from them and they will keep well away from you. Please never harm a snake because they are a very important part of our ecosystem.Related to:
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Slow down, save lives...
Speed contributes to about 25 per cent of all fatal crashes in WA so the state police are ever vigilant to catch offenders.
Multanova cameras are used all over the state and you run the risk of hefty fines or demerit points if you're heavy on the pedal.
And don't bother telling the office that you're just tryin' to blow-dry the car after a good wash!
PERTH.. CYCLISTS WARNING!!
Cyclists should be advised that the City of Perth dose not allow cycling over the bridge spanning Claisebrook Cove in East Perth due to the risk of injury to pedestrians. Cyclists are advised to dismount and walk their bikes across this bridge or face a $100.00 fine.Related to:
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Don't buy from Australia the Gift!!!
I was looking for Emu oil for my Grans and walked into "Australia the Gift" souvenier shop... And got rip off... I paid 38 AUD for a small bottle of Emu hot rub which I can get it for 22 AUD elsewhere... (From what I heard from my friends, it can even get lower than 22 AUD)
Shop name: Australia the Gift
If you plan to go to Rottnest Island, do bring along some anti seasick tablets... just in case its a rough day at sea...
It was a rainy and windy morning on the day I went to Rottnest and the sea was choppy! Many ppl on the boat got sick... So don't spoil your day... Take preventive measures if you are prone to seasick... ;)Related to:
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Swim between flags
Australian beaches are beautiful but to ensure your day at the beach stays in a great memory some safety rules are to be followed.Always swim between the red/yellow flags.These flags indicate part of the beach that is watched over by volunteers of Surf Life Saving.They keep Australia's beaches safe by providing beach patrols and they are also trained to give first aid service.They are also dressed in red/yellow and are always happy to help you with additional info about swim and surf safety.
Bush fires are natural part of WA's landscape.Many native trees need fire to germinate their seeds, but bush fires can often get out of control in extreme weather conditions, and they can spread to urban areas and cause serious threat to human lives and propery.During a summer months there is usually a fire ban, especially when a fire danger reating is very high or extreme.Therefore most camping places in WA have gas barbecues,In areas that have been set aside by local authorities.To report bush fire dial 000.
Blue ringed octopus- beautiful and deadly
Now, before you decide never to come to Western Australia I have to say that blue ringed octopus is very rare and it is not commonly seen on Australian beaches.They live in shalow reefs and tide pools and usually hide during the day and feed at night.I just want to warn you , if you see one don't even think about touching it no matter how small and cute it may look.It has painless but deadly bite, and it will cause neuromuscular paralysis by injecting venom that is strong enough to kill 26 adults in few minutes.There is no antivenom ! The only way to survive its bite is to immediately be given heart massage and artificial respiration until the venom gets out of system.
Redback spiders are Australia's best known spiders , although not the most venomous ones.A few hundred bites are recorded in Australia each year.Redback spider's bite can be very painful and cause serious illness ,but antivenom has been available for some time so there were no deaths reported since.Redbacks like dark and warm places, and can be found hiding under flower pots or garden furniture , so it's not a bad idea to check under your chair before you sit on it.A friend of mine was bitten while he was putting on his shoe, because a redback was hiding in it.Only female redbacks are dangerous, males are usualy to small to cause any harm.They can be easily recognised by a characteristic red stripe on their back.
Despite a reputation for snakes and other nasties, the Australian bush is a very benign environment. Snakes will get out of your way long before you're even aware that they are there, lizards and skinks are gentle creatures and the nasty spiders that we do have here like to hide away in dark places. As children we played barefooted in the bush and I still would have no concerns about doing the same today. Front lawns are more dangerous -walk across one invaded by bindii (aka onehunga) with bare feet and you will soon be hopping.
Over on 'totherside (ie NSW, Qld, Vic) you'll find nasties such as ticks and funnelweb spiders but here in Western Australia there really isn't anything creepy or crawly that's out to get you.
Don't expect to get dinner after 8 p.m.!
We made the experience that it is really difficult if not impossible to have dinner in a restaurant after 8 p.m. - outside Perth.
Even in areas with some tourism like Exmouth where you find many divers and nature lovers, this is the norm. I don't know why and I have no idea what all the people do after 8 p.m. (watching TV?)...
You also have to bear in mind that some restaurants are "BYO" (bring your own alcohol) and you should visit your local liquor store before having dinner. ;-)Related to:
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Watch out when enjoying a bush barbecue. That sausage you are about to put in your mouth could be snatched out right from under your nose, or a tasty steak that's just about ready may be swooped by a sharp eyed (and billed) kookaburra.
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