More people are killed each year from bees than from snakes.

The dangers of deadly creatures in Australia…

Did You Know…
More people in 2008 were killed from bees than from snakes.

People worry about snakes, but what about Bees ?

Deaths in Australia from certain causes in 2016

No: Cause of death and ICD-10 code

0 – Contact with venomous spiders (X21)
1 – Bitten or struck by crocodile or alligator (W58)
1 – Bitten by rat (W53)
2 – Bitten or struck by dog (W54)
2 – Contact with venomous snakes and lizards (X20)
2 – Contact with hot tap-water (X11)
2 – Contact with hornets, wasps and bees (X23)
4 – Contact with marine animal (W56)
6 – Exposure to excessive natural cold (X31)
10 – Exposure to excessive natural heat (X30)
167 – Pedestrian injured in collision with car, pick-up truck or van (V03)
200 – Accidental drowning and submersion (W65-W74)
1,453 – Transport accidents (V01-V99)

Causes of Death in Australia, 2008

No: Cause of death and ICD-10 code

4 – Contact with hornets, wasps and bees (X23)
4 – Contact with marine animal (W56)
3 – Discharge of firework (W39)
2 – Contact with hot tap-water (X11)
1 – Overexertion and strenuous or repetitive movements (X50)
1 – Victim of lightning (X33)
0 – Contact with venomous snakes and lizards (X20)
0 – Contact with venomous spiders (X21)

Source:
ABS 3303.0 Causes of Death, Australia, 2008 
showing the cause of death for 143,936 deaths in 2008
Released date: 31 March 2010

 

A comparison for the UK:

On average, 2-6 deaths per year from allergy to bee or wasp stings occur in the UK and this is similar to the number who die as a result of being struck by lightening.
Source: www.allergyclinic.co.uk



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2 thoughts on “More people are killed each year from bees than from snakes.”

  1. I’ve just stumbled across your blog, particularly your posts on snakes…I’m a 16 year old girl who is fascinated by these creatures (I actually keep reptiles – currently have 2 central bearded dragons and 2 Centralian Pythons) It’s refreshing to find someone who’s take on snakes isn’t “KILL KILL KILL”. I often get people purposefully trying to stir me up with “the only good snake is a dead snake”. I’ve had the opportunity to get up close and photograph some of our most venomous snakes, and they are breath taking! If people stopped, and took a step back, they might be able to see them from or point of view…Reading your posts I agree whole-heartedly, and am happy to find someone willing to do research on what’s around them. You’ve given me a little more hope in the human race

    1. I have actually been bitten by a poisonous snake, and spent one week in hospital because of it.

      I lived half my life in the UK, and half in Australia.
      I was bitten by a snake in Cornwall, England….

      I’ve been pretty safe in Australia 🙂

      But then, in Australia I don’t pick them up and play with them, like I did in England when I was 11 years old…

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