Spectacular Snakes Horses in Australia

Which is the most dangerous?

Many of us have an instinctive fear of snakes and other reptiles, and Australia is infamous for being home to some of the deadliest venomous creatures in the world. But the deadliest animal of all (humans notwithstanding) will surprise you…

Recent research from the University of Melbourne has shown that horses killed more people in recent years that all venomous creatures combined.

Using hospital admissions data and coronial records, the results showed that from 2000 to 2013, horses were responsible for 74 deaths, whilst the deaths from all venomous animals combined only reached 64. Snakebites caused 27 deaths, as did bee and wasp stings, whilst the infamous box jellyfish was responsible for only 3 fatalities, and venomous spiders caused none.

Below is a selection of titles on the dangerous and fascinating creatures to admire and fear on your travels in the land down under. 

Horses in Australia 
An Illustrated History
Nicolas Brasch
2014 256pp 9781742231013 Hardback
A beautifully illustrated celebration of the horse in Australian history and modern life, showcasing the best historical and contemporary images.
NewSouth Publishing

Spectacular Snakes of Australia
Edited by Michael Cermak
2009 128pp 9780643095946 Paperback
A real treat for any snake lover, richly illustrated with exceptional photographs.
CSIRO Publishing

Living with Snakes and Other Reptiles
Simon Watharow
2011 160pp 9780643097216 Paperback
Sheds new light on snakes, lizards, crocodiles and the cane toad, helps you to identify them and dispels some common myths and fallacies.
CSIRO Publishing

Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia 
Seventh Edition
Harold G. Cogger
2014 1056pp 9780643100350 Hardback
Provides a complete guide to Australia's rich and varied herpetofauna, including frogs, crocodiles, turtles, tortoises, lizards and snakes. 
CSIRO Publishing

Australian Lizards 
A Natural History
Steve K. Wilson
2012 208pp 9780643106406 Paperback
Takes the reader on a journey through the remarkable life of lizards.
CSIRO Publishing