How rich must the soil be for this earthworm to grow so big?! Imagine the fish you could catch with that. We know Australians like living life king-size size, but why take the concept so far? Australia seems like the land of the lost, where every animal, insect, or plant can grow to gargantuan sizes. Giant earthworms. Massive jellyfish. Lizards that could pass off as Komodo dragons.
We prefer the normal size, thank you very much. But it also goes to show the sheer life force of the earth when conditions are ideal, by which we mean little to no human presence.
Imagine walking up to a wooden post like this, only to realize it's a sign on the other side that warns you about tiger snakes! Not just tiger snakes but an entire breeding ground of them. Talk about non-descript signs of dangerous things. This sign should be painted bright red with text and graphics on both sides telling visitors what to expect.
A little heads-up would’ve been nice, that’s all. It’s terrifying to think just how many there might be in those bushes. Luckily, nothing happened to this guy, only the incredible shock he must have gotten once he actually saw the sign.
Why hello, alien creature of the deep. What brings you to our part of the universe - a harbinger of the apocalypse? This fierce and funny-looking creature was found in Broome, Western Australia, and looks like an anemone. More specifically, Dofleinia Armata, the armed anemone. They are also called the striped anemone.
It is considered extremely dangerous as it can inflict painful stings that can take months to heal. Is anyone surprised? One look at this extraordinary being and you know the vibe is anything but cute and cuddly. This one stings, and the only way to do it is to sting you into oblivion.
March of the Caterpillars
We did a double-take with this one because, for a minute, it seemed like a picture of a hairy snake. Reptiles growing hair is ridiculous, we know. But you can’t put anything past Australia, producing fresh new terrors for the world’s viewing pleasure. Those are caterpillars, and they seem to be on a mission.
The itchy-looking grubs in this picture, also known as Processionary caterpillars, can be extremely dangerous to anyone who touches them. While not endemic to Australia, they do appear there in larger numbers. The hairs are the worst and can cause people problems such as extreme itching, rashes, and swollen eyes and faces.
Is that a piece of salmon wedged into a tree? No, this is a giant hot pink slug. A rare species that can (thankfully) only be found in a single isolated forest on an extinct volcano called Mount Kaputar in Australia. North-western Australia has made quite a name for crazy weather patterns and large expanses of uninhabitable landscapes. Where there are no humans, you can be sure that other forms of life are surviving and thriving.
This slug looks completely at home and even happy, but that’s probably because of the bright hue. Besides their obvious color, these pink slugs get pretty big and can reach about eight inches in length. They spend most of their time buried beneath the leaf mold on which they feed.