Australia's Deadliest Animals

Despite the bewildering variety of frightening animals found in Australia, Mr Backshall insists no-one should be put off visiting for fear of encountering them. “Australia has so many of the world's most venomous, toxic and toothy beasts," he said.

"However, the most dangerous animals to humans are horses and honeybees. Almost no-one dies from spider, snake, croc and shark bites on the whole continent. With a little common sense, no one visiting Oz should be unduly worried about the wildlife; quite the opposite, it is a great reason to visit."