Australia's Deadliest Animal? The Horse

It also turns out spiders are wimps

Aside from the jet lag, the long list of deadly animals that call Australia home have always felt like a reason not to play a visit down under.

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But according to new research, horses have killed more people in recent years than all of the venomous creatures of Australia combined.

In a study by University of Melbourne's Dr Ronelle Welton for the Internal Medicine Journal, data from hospital admissions found that between 2000 and 2013, 74 deaths were caused by horses.

Bees and other stinging insects were responsible for 27 deaths, as were snakes. But the research also showed that spiders didn't claim any lives during that period.

Speaking to the BBC, Dr Welton admitted "Australia is known as the epicentre of all things venomous" but said she hoped her findings would change stereotypes and people's perceptions about the country, though sadly it doesn't promise to do much for the reputation of horses.