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Welcome To Australia, Where Even Money Can Kill You

Video: Australia has an earned reputation for being dangerous and inhospitable. It’s home to dickhead lizards that look like Jurassic Park dinosaurs, jellyfish that swallow regular fish whole, gangs of murderous sharks, herpes-infested carp and snakes that are so sick of living there that they try to suffocate themselves in their own skin. Now even Australian money can kill you.


A Snake Got Trapped Inside An Endless Circle Of Its Own Shedding Skin

Video: Poor snake. This slithery Stimson’s Python somehow managed to shed its skin completely within itself. The tail, oddly enough, finished shedding inside the mouth of the snake, forming a perfect circle that unfortunately trapped the snake inside of its old skin. According to the Alice Springs Reptile Centre, the non-venomous snake was just going around and around inside its own skin for over three hours before it was able to find a way out.


A Bizarre Avocado Crime Wave Is Sweeping Through New Zealand

The now-dead El Niño wreaked serious havoc upon our food supply, from poisoning shellfish to obliterating stone fruits. Now the avocado is at risk. In Australia and New Zealand, a double whammy of massive fires and heavy rains wiped out avocado crops, causing a shortage of the brunch staple. Growers would have been able to manage, if it weren’t for a sudden and skyrocketing avocado demand.


This Australian Rodent Is The First Mammal To Go Extinct Due To Human-Caused Climate Change

Say goodbye to the Bramble Cay melomys, a small rat-like creature that lived on a tiny island near the north coast of Australia. Significantly, it marks the first time that a mammal has been declared extinct anywhere in the world, and the cause has been attributed to human-induced climate change.


Live Fish Photographed Inside A Jellyfish Knows The Furthest Depths Of Regret

While freediving in their home of Byron Bay, Australia, photographer Tim Samuel and videographer Franny Plumridge stumbled on a rare sight: A fish stuck inside a jellyfish. The fish was apparently somewhat able to steer its new and permanent hat.


This Frilled-Neck Lizard Chasing People Down Is My Jurassic Park Nightmare

Video: Remember that annoying bastard of a dinosaur from Jurassic Park that sprayed his face open and spewed out poison at people? Yeah, that damn Dilophosaur terrified me as a kid. Actually, I’m still scared of it. So if I saw this frilled-neck lizard chasing me down like this, I’d totally lose it. This little lizard prick never gives up! It’s Jurassic Park in real life.


The Great Barrier Reef Is Even Worse Off Than We Thought

We’ve known for a while that the Great Barrier Reef is dying, but new numbers from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies drive home exactly how much of it has been affected by mass bleaching.


The Australian Government Censored A Global Climate Report

It’s no secret that the Great Barrier Reef is in the midst of a mass die-off, nor that scientists believe the coral bleaching event is related to climate change. But apparently, Australia couldn’t bear the thought of putting these inconvenient facts together on paper. Australia’s Department of Environment censored a major global climate report just before publication this week.


Drone Catches Incredible 70-Shark Feeding Frenzy

Video: This footage, captured above the appropriately named Shark Bay in Western Australia, shows what happens when 70 sharks come across a whale. It involves rather a lot of blood.


Australian Athletes Will Get Anti-Zika Condoms For The Olympic Games

It’s no secret that Olympic athletes like to get it on. Recognising this, the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) is adding an extra measure to help its prized athletes stay safe: antiviral condoms that help protect against the Zika virus.


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