Before all that scary stuff about snakes and sharks and death and attacks in Australia and the USA, here are a couple of updates.
Summer began here in Australia yesterday and Christmas is in the air. I still can’t get used to the two of them together. As Eddie Izzard said, it’s like having custard with your fish.
Anyway, I’m off to the Brookfield Showgrounds tonight to see Santa at their annual “Bush Christmas” event. Maybe that’d make me a little more Christmassy.
That was quick!
I got a letter in the post today. Remember I got one from the Premier of Queensland the other day? This time I got one from the Honourable Chris Bowen MP. He is the current Minister for Immigration and Citizenship.
“On the behalf of the government and the people Australia, I am delighted to inform you that your application for Australian citizenship has been approved.”
Mrs BobinOz and Elizabeth haven’t had their letters yet, I hope they make it too. Life wouldn’t be the same without them.
Australia versus USA: Snakes, Sharks and Crocs.
Of course, the USA doesn’t have crocs, they have alligators.
Update: ahem, correction, the USA does have crocodiles, see Sean’s comment below.
Australia doesn’t have Burmese pythons, but America does. Although ….. it shouldn’t.
Burmese pythons are native to Asia. But I believe they were allowed to be imported to the USA as pets. Some of them escaped, or were thrown out of their houses by their owners, and ended up in the Florida Everglades.
They loved it there! There are now thousands of them.
I only mention these two things so that I can include today’s amazing YouTube video, coming up soon. But first, for those who want to know the grisly facts about fatalities in the USA and Australia, here’s what I found.
- Averages 12 snake deaths per year.
- Averages 16 shark attacks on humans per year, but only one death every two years.
- 13 alligator deaths in the last decade.
- Averages less than 2 snake deaths per year.
- 25 shark deaths between 2000 and early 2012, about 2 a year.
- Crocodiles account for slightly less than one death per year.
You can read a more comprehensive list on my page called Australia’s Killer Creatures and Death.
I don’t keep bringing you these facts to scare you, because I believe, if anything, they should comfort you.
These three creatures strike fear in many people who are thinking of moving to Australia. Yet they are only responsible for:
- Five deaths a year, on average, between them in Australia.
- Just under 14 deaths per year, on average, between them in the USA.
19 deaths per year between around 328 million people.
That’s one in 17.26 million!
Although for Australia it’s about one in 4.4 million and the USA about one in 22 million.
Now, at last, I can show you that stunning video. I have literally written this whole post so I can include it. It’s a fight between an alligator and Burmese python in the Florida Everglades.
Who will win?
The result will almost certainly surprise you. And don’t worry, it’s not gory…..
Post updated 4.4.12 with updated shark death information.