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Australia’s deadliest animals over past ten years are not the shark, crocodile or snake

Australia is home to some of the deadliest animals in the world, but the ones most likely to kill you may come as a surprise. 

Horses and cows have caused more deaths than sharks and crocodiles combined, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

A total of 77 Australians died as a result of horses, cows and animal transport between 2008 to 2017.

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, horses and cows have caused more deaths than sharks and crocodiles combined (stock picture)

 Sharks and other marine animals killed 26 people in the last 10 years (stock picture)

 Sharks and other marine animals killed 26 people in the last 10 years (stock picture)

The figures also show that while sharks and other marine animals killed 26 people, crocodiles killed just 17 and hornets, wasps and bees killed 27. 

Worldwide, mosquitoes are by far the deadliest animal, killing more than 700,000 people a year. 

Snakes come in second with about 110,000, but only a fraction of these are thought to happen in Australia. 

Snakes and lizards ranked fifth on Australia’s death list, despite the fact the world’s most venomous land snake lives in the country. 

The surprising statistics come after a spate of shark sightings at popular Australian beaches.

Most recently a two-metre long shark was spotted at Middleton Beach in Albany, Western Australia.

A monster shark was found 150 metres from the shoreline of popular Maroubra beach in Sydney, earlier this month.

Crocodiles have killed 17 people in Australia over the past decade (stock photo)

Crocodiles have killed 17 people in Australia over the past decade (stock photo)

Hornets, wasps and bees are seemingly more dangerous than the sharks and crocodiles, with 27 deaths to their name

Hornets, wasps and bees are seemingly more dangerous than the sharks and crocodiles, with 27 deaths to their name

Twenty-six shark attacks have gone down in Australia this year alone, with one fatality, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.

Eighteen incidents resulted in an injury and only seven swimmers got out of trouble bite-free. 

The NSW Government for their part will unroll the  largest stockpile of drones, drumlines and shark listening stations along the state’s coastline this summer.  

Deaths in Australia by animals between 2008-2017

  1.  Horse, cows, animal transport (77)
  2. Mammals/other (60)
  3. Hornets, wasps, bees (27)
  4. Sharks/other marine animals (26)
  5. Snakes/lizards (23)
  6. Dogs (22)
  7. Crocodiles (17)
  8. Non venomous insect stings (8)
  9. Contact with unspecified, venomous arthropod (4)
  10. Rats (1)
  11. Contact with unspecified, venomous animal or plant (1) 

 

 

 

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk


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