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Offline Watth

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Why, Australia, WHY?
« on: November 22, 2017, 12:09:44 pm »
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Re: Why, Australia, WHY?
« Reply #1 on: November 22, 2017, 01:11:05 pm »
Not EE related, but... WHY?
https://jezebel.com/australian-woman-grudgingly-gives-ride-to-enormous-fre-1820630157

The only reason we have these bloody shark attacks is because spiders can't swim.
Never mind, they seem (the spiders that is) to prefer tourists to locals.
 

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Re: Why, Australia, WHY?
« Reply #2 on: November 22, 2017, 02:31:54 pm »
My next door neighbour is emigrating to Australia. She crapped herself and was in tears when there was a hedgehog in the garden. I wish you guys luck  :palm:
 

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Re: Why, Australia, WHY?
« Reply #3 on: November 22, 2017, 02:36:29 pm »
Looks like a huntsman. Probably the only animal here in Australia that's not trying to kill us.

 

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Re: Why, Australia, WHY?
« Reply #4 on: November 22, 2017, 02:43:36 pm »
I thought that *SOME* of the sheep were harmless! (ob. Pterry reference)
 

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Re: Why, Australia, WHY?
« Reply #5 on: November 22, 2017, 05:21:34 pm »
okay, I'm curious. Why only 6 legs on it? I don't see the other two.
 

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Re: Why, Australia, WHY?
« Reply #6 on: November 22, 2017, 05:38:22 pm »
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Re: Why, Australia, WHY?
« Reply #7 on: November 22, 2017, 05:41:36 pm »
I lived in Florida for a while and one night we came in to the bedroom, flipped the blanket back and a little tiny Eastern Coral Snake was hiding under the blanket.

I found it cute and so colorful but handled it carefully with a long stick.
Later I found out it was a very dangerous creature.

You never know, where these animals are hiding.
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Re: Why, Australia, WHY?
« Reply #8 on: November 22, 2017, 05:56:01 pm »
I lived in Florida for a while and one night we came in to the bedroom, flipped the blanket back and a little tiny Eastern Coral Snake was hiding under the blanket.

I found it cute and so colorful but handled it carefully with a long stick.
Later I found out it was a very dangerous creature.

You never know, where these animals are hiding.

A 424  \$\Omega\$, 4% snake!
 

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Re: Why, Australia, WHY?
« Reply #9 on: November 22, 2017, 06:04:49 pm »
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When I got home I slowly got out of the car, locked the door, went to sleep and pretended that it never happened. I checked the car next [day], armed with bug spray and a broom but there was no spider to be found.
Burn the car to the ground and buy a new one, it's the only way to be sure.
 

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Re: Why, Australia, WHY?
« Reply #10 on: November 22, 2017, 06:13:36 pm »
Thank God for good old safe Europe with no dangerous wild creatures
 

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Re: Why, Australia, WHY?
« Reply #11 on: November 22, 2017, 06:16:12 pm »
You are right but wait:


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Re: Why, Australia, WHY?
« Reply #12 on: November 22, 2017, 06:21:23 pm »
Lucky me, only a few dangerous animals here. Most dangerous is the mosquito, carrier of Malaria, then the Tsetse fly, carrier of Ngorogoro. Then you get the dangerous snakes, Black and green Mamba, Mozambique cobra, other cobras and puffadders, and then the big cats, elephant, rhino, hippo and buffalo to round things out.

No real bad spiders aside from the black widow, and a good number of toxic plants, including castor oil growing wild all over, and the happy plant.
 

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Re: Why, Australia, WHY?
« Reply #13 on: November 22, 2017, 06:41:45 pm »
Lucky me, only a few dangerous animals here. Most dangerous is the mosquito, carrier of Malaria, then the Tsetse fly, carrier of Ngorogoro. Then you get the dangerous snakes, Black and green Mamba, Mozambique cobra, other cobras and puffadders, and then the big cats, elephant, rhino, hippo and buffalo to round things out.

No real bad spiders aside from the black widow, and a good number of toxic plants, including castor oil growing wild all over, and the happy plant.
southern hemisphere has its hazards,  in oz - game of chicken with a roo when driving can ruin you day & the car.
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Re: Why, Australia, WHY?
« Reply #14 on: November 22, 2017, 06:56:00 pm »
At least drunken Kangaroos aren't as much trouble as drunken Elephants, which have a reputation for ignoring minor obstacles in their way like smaller trees, fences, telegraph poles, vehicles etc.
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Re: Why, Australia, WHY?
« Reply #15 on: November 22, 2017, 07:32:19 pm »
Never underestimate the intelligence of elephants, especially if they want to get to either water or food. Electric fence that is military built with a lethal setting, no problem. Remove all trees within 200m they bring a few with for the next time.

For something so big, that they can literally walk right next to you without making any noise above the local breeze is scary, all you can hear is the grass being moved out of the way.
 

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Re: Why, Australia, WHY?
« Reply #16 on: November 22, 2017, 07:34:44 pm »
Northwest (Oregon/Washington) only has Black Widows, Brown Recluses, Poison Oak, stupid people. That's pretty much it here for dangerous things i think.
 

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Re: Why, Australia, WHY?
« Reply #17 on: November 22, 2017, 07:43:39 pm »
I had a similar experience with a huntsman at night in the car. When I was driving along, I noticed that the lights on the dashboard were covered up in a suspiciously huntsman spider-like way...... Still not sure which way they get in. There's the AC/ventilation air intake, and the exhaust vent at the back of the vehicle.
 

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Re: Why, Australia, WHY?
« Reply #18 on: November 22, 2017, 11:26:01 pm »
The worst thing is when they disappear into the car somewhere, you know damn well it'll re-appear at the worst possible time in the worst possible place.

I guess that's what our 40+ degree Celsius days are for, park the car in the sun with the windows down a bit and the problem will leave by mid afternoon.
Not easy, not hard, just need to be incentivised.
 

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Re: Why, Australia, WHY?
« Reply #19 on: November 22, 2017, 11:41:11 pm »
Quite a while ago I was house-sitting a beautiful home in the wine country when my dog started barking, it turned out she was barking at a huge rattlesnake which was holding its own and hissing at her with its mouth open, rattle tail going full blast.

Its head was big and very wide. You could see two huge fangs inside its mouth.

It was definitely poisonous. But when I arrived, the snake slithered into an enclosed area under the deck behind some tools. Realizing that our dog was in danger as long as it was around I attempted to tease it to come after me and caught it under a long rake. I then chopped its head off as it squirmed, with a shovel. I buried its head under some rocks so the dog couldn't get it and hung its body, still squirming back and forth on a fence. This confrontation occurred and was all over in just a few seconds. I didn't have any time to think at all.

Even without its head, it kept squirming for a very long time. 

After it was over my adrenaline was really pumping. In retrospect would I have done it again? Probably yes because I didn't really have any choice. Had I had some kind of specialized snake catching tool (a stick to pin it down by its head and another stick with a loop and noose to catch it?) and a sack or bucket to put it in I likely would have caught it and then tried to figure out how to bring it somewhere else and release it.  But as it was I had to kill it.
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Re: Why, Australia, WHY?
« Reply #20 on: November 22, 2017, 11:54:10 pm »
There are "specialists" who take snakes out of the engine compartments of cars.
It seems like this happens every day, somewhere in the world.


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Re: Why, Australia, WHY?
« Reply #21 on: November 23, 2017, 12:04:48 am »
Northwest (Oregon/Washington) only has Black Widows, Brown Recluses, Poison Oak, stupid people. That's pretty much it here for dangerous things i think.

Here in Florida, we have rattlesnakes, crocodiles, tourists and a vast majority of members of the small senior citizens with enormous cars club.
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Re: Why, Australia, WHY?
« Reply #22 on: November 23, 2017, 12:11:17 am »
Thank God for good old safe Europe with no dangerous wild creatures
The data is not perfect (reporting inconsistencies) and the vertical scale is logarithmic to fit the labels but Australia is far from the worst place to risk your life from animals, below is reliable data plotted across Europe and adding Australia for comparison.
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Re: Why, Australia, WHY?
« Reply #23 on: November 23, 2017, 12:20:32 am »
What kinds of animals still kill people in Europe?
Some areas have pretty bad Lyme disease, I hear. Malaria is said to be making a come back in Greece.

Thank God for good old safe Europe with no dangerous wild creatures
The data is not perfect (reporting inconsistencies) and the vertical scale is logarithmic to fit the labels but Australia is far from the worst place to risk your life from animals, below is reliable data plotted across Europe and adding Australia for comparison.
"What the large print giveth, the small print taketh away."
 

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Re: Why, Australia, WHY?
« Reply #24 on: November 23, 2017, 12:32:35 am »
What kinds of animals still kill people in Europe?
Some areas have pretty bad Lyme disease, I hear. Malaria is said to be making a come back in Greece.

Thank God for good old safe Europe with no dangerous wild creatures
The data is not perfect (reporting inconsistencies) and the vertical scale is logarithmic to fit the labels but Australia is far from the worst place to risk your life from animals, below is reliable data plotted across Europe and adding Australia for comparison.
Communicable diseases are handled under different ICD-10 codes, those used for the plot of W53 to W64 inclusive only include people killed by the direct mechanical actions of animals (and some plants).
 


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