Another hazard of Oz is its snake population. The fear of snakes is called ophiophobia, and the term could well come in handy for nervous visitors to Australia. The place is teeming – it plays host to more than 140 kinds of land slithers and 32 types of sea serpents. Unbelievably, 100 of these snakes are venomous and 12 are capable of killing a human being. One of this deadly dozen is the inland taipan, which experts believe is the most poisonous snake in the world.
Consequently, many Australians are understandably keen to keep their homes free from such threats. Protection and prevention are key to deterring venomous visitors. To deal with spiders and other bugs, Australian householders have the option of bug netting and smothering their homes in insecticide. Meanwhile, to combat snake intruders, home owners take great care to block any holes or cavities in their property that could be tempting for something scaly to slither through.
However, no matter what precautions people take, in a country as brimming with life as Australia, there are always going to be unwanted house guests. These uninvited critters can come in all shapes and sizes, and sometimes they are so big that the unwitting host is unable to deal with getting them to leave. That is what happened to one unfortunate family in late 2017, when they were shocked to discovered an out-sized interloper underneath their oven.