Is anyone certain what’s going on in Australia, other than Australians? Some of the most stunning and terrifying photographs have been able to come out of Australia.
What is otherwise a normal day to an Aussie seems like a scary, awe-inspiring time to the rest of us. Here are some of the craziest photographs that Australia has to offer - with sharks and crocodiles and flying foxes, oh my!
1. Pythons eat everything
If you’ve ever been worried about what a python from Australia snacks on, you might need to know that the answer is … just about everything.
Not even a flying creature could escape the hungry jaws of a python. This flying fox didn’t stand a chance, and the sight of the python wrapped hungrily around this absolutely shocking.
2. Pythons can lift anything!
Pythons are, honestly, kind of a big concern when you travel to Australia. Maybe when you think about pythons, your thoughts immediately go to the small ones that are sold as pets in stores.
Well, out in the Australian wilderness, the pythons grow large enough to life the dead weight of an entire wallaby up the side of a sheer cliff face.
3. Pythons can sneak in anywhere
If you’re not a fan of snakes, maybe your best idea would be to stay inside. Stick to well traveled areas with a heavy population and dense with people. That will surely cut down your chances of seeing a python, right?
Well, you might be right if this wasn’t Australia. Pythons can and will get into everything, including the shops while you’re trying to run some errands.
4. Snakes inside toilets
Certainly the bathroom is the one, singular place that you can be sure that you won’t run into any snakes? Again, that might be true: if Australia wasn’t one giant snake pit.
Unfortunately, you’re just as likely to encounter snakes in your actual toilet as you are wandering around outside. Always give the toilet bowl a once over before sitting down.
5. Snakes munch on goannas
What’s a goanna, you ask? Some big lizard that is still not big enough to escape the hungry jaws of a snake from Australia. This lizard is probably bigger than the snakes entire stomach, but that doesn’t look like it’s going to stop him.
All you can do is hope that a snake doesn’t get eyes for you for dinner. This is a warning that even your cats and dogs aren’t safe from pythons in Australia. They’re large and they are most definitely in charge.
6. Snakes play golf too
Would you like to play a round of golf? Even though it’s outside, one might think that the effort of the attendants would keeps most wild animals out of reach.
Unfortunately, snakes in every single part of your daily life seems to be the new normal when you’re in Australia.
When you’re playing golf, make sure to check the hole before you reach in for your ball - a snake might be hiding from the sun and get peeved off at your hand.
7. Snakes like to fly too
Snakes on a plane is more than just an incredibly quotable movie. It’s a real thing that happens in Australia. And, okay, maybe the snakes aren’t actually inside the plane.
But they’re definitely on it - and when a snake gets caught on a plane, the passengers are treated to a particularly gruesome image right outside the window. While we all wish this could be just like that episode of the Twilight Zone, the snakes are, unfortunately, very real.
8. Australian foxes can fly
To steer the talk away from all of the horror that Australian snakes can cause, flying foxes are another thing that most Australians want to look out for. While they may look cuter than any other bat species, they’re potentially extremely dangerous.
While most humans doesn’t have to worry about catching diseases from flying foxes, they’re still the host of two of the world's most deadliest viruses. If one gets caught in your house, it’s best to let the experts deal with it.
9. Wild dingoes actually eat sharks
If you’re old enough to remember that infamous story about a dingo sneaking into a woman’s tent and making off with her baby, then the idea that dingoes can be pretty astounding shouldn’t come as much of a shocking surprise.
Nor should the photograph of a dingo standing next to a half eaten shark bring any surprise - if you’re unfamiliar with the ferocity of dingoes, however, prepare to be amazed by how much dedication it takes to eat half of a shark.
10. Even sharks play golf
Golf courses make not be safe from snakes, but surely any other animal or apex predator is probably not going to show up in the middle of your tee time? As hopeful as one might be, even golf courses aren’t free from … you guessed it, sharks.
Even the Australians are trying to figure out how exactly that shark ended up in the water on a golf course. The last place you thought you would encounter a shark: a golf course. In Australia, all things really are possible.
11. Great white sharks like to surf there
Surfing is a pastime that’s been well loved by people who live in coastal states, cities and countries. It’s no surprise that Australian’s, too, love catching a good wave. They may want to be pretty careful, though. Sharks are also pretty proficient surfers.
They might be trying to catch the same wave. In that case, it’s probably the best idea to let the sharks have this one. They’re bigger, and they can probably best you in a fight.
12. Massive crocodiles like to surf too
Oh, you know who else likes to surf? Crocodiles, apparently. While they’re not out there catching the bigger waves like the sharks are, they’re still surfing those waves.
Most Australian surfers are probably smart enough to give a crocodile their space too when they want to enjoy a nice wave. While snakes are a huge problem, surfing predators are also something that anyone should be looking out for during a day at the beach.
13. Crocodiles love sneaking in
Crocodiles aren’t just found in the open water when you’re out surfing. That seems like a logical place to expect a crocodile to wash up. But, if you’re not careful, crocodiles can even end up where they’re not supposed to be.
Namely: in a swimming enclosure. Australians have to deal with crocodiles in their oceans, surfing their waves, and now in their swimming enclosures - the one logical place that you would expect a crocodile not to be.
14. Crocodiles swim in creeks
The world’s favorite Australian that we all lost too soon, Steve Irwin, knows all about crocodiles. His daughter knows all about them, too. That’s how the rest of the world knows that in Australia, not even your fresh water is safe from potential crocodile encounters.
Yes, there are even crocodiles in the creeks. As if Australians didn’t have enough to worry about with the snakes on their planes and in their toilets.
15. Crocodiles also swim in the street
You know where else crocodiles apparently just hang out? The streets. The middle of the dang street. Did you think you were safe walking down your street, or driving to work? Think again!
If there’s some rain and a flood, you better believe that there’s definitely a crocodile lurking, waiting to show up and surprise you when you least expect it. How do Australians live with the ever present knowledge of a crocodile at every turn?