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Saltwater Crocodiles all found throughout Cape York. This pair were photographed at Lakefield National Park.

Saltwater Crocodiles all found throughout Cape York. This pair were photographed at Lakefield National Park.

Under normal circumstances, with common sense prevailing, none of the animals of Cape York should present a threat to human life. Signs clearly state where caution needs to be exercised. However, it helps to be familiar with the animals that are potentially dangerous.
Mosquitoes are potentially the most dangerous animals on Cape York as they are known to carry a range of infectious diseases, some life threatening. There are in fact some 119 recorded species of mosquito on the Cape. Please cover up exposed skin or use a high quality repellant. Bushman and RID (tropical strength) are two such repellants. Other more popular brands are reported to be less effective and should be avoided if possible, however even the less effective brands are better than nothing.

This pair of snakes were found on the Batavia Road. We spent ten minutes watching them before they moved off the road to let us past.

This pair of snakes were found on the Batavia Road. We spent ten minutes watching them before they moved off the road to let us past.

There are a number of poisonous Snakes which can deliver a potentially dangerous bite, although snakebite is rare and in most cases, snakes will avoid humans. Most people never see snakes in the wild, as they will detect us first and take evasive action. Snakes that are regarded as dangerous on Cape York are the King Brown or Mulga Snake, Western Brown, Taipan and Northern Death Adder. Sea snakes will also be encountered in the coastal environments.
Estuarine Crocodiles inhabit tidal and most freshwater reaches of Cape York. Although normally not a threat to humans, they are quite capable of attacking and, in extreme circumstances, eating humans. They can be observed with safety, but caution and common sense are needed.
Freshwater Crocodiles are inoffensive to humans and prefer to be left alone. They do become accustomed to people in popular areas and may bite if provoked or tormented. It is not expected that you will see many freshwater crocodiles during your trip, however it is strongly recommended that you treat any crocodile sighting as that of an estuarine (salty) crocodile and use caution.

This scorpion was found when we were collecting firewood at Seisia.

This scorpion was found when we were collecting firewood at Seisia.

Box Jellyfish inhabit all coastal waters of Cape York particularly during October through to May. These semi-transparent creatures have long, trailing tentacles armed with lethal stinging cells. It is not advisable to enter the sea particularly during this period.

Both the introduced Asian Water Buffalo and the Feral Pig have been known to attack people on provocation. Under normal circumstances, however, these animals will keep to themselves and should not be disturbed or approached. Buffalo are now a rare sight on Cape York, but Feral Pigs can still be seen in large numbers in the vicinity of floodplains and billabongs.
A variety of Spiders, Scorpions and Centipedes may also be encountered. Although none of these are considered more than a nuisance, individuals can react to bites in different ways. By taking the usual precautions when camping, these critters should present little concern.

There are a variety of spiders found in the Cape. Take care when walking tracks and also check your sleeping gear and tents as they may call these home.

There are a variety of spiders found in the Cape. Take care when walking tracks and also check your sleeping gear and tents as they may call these home.