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Australia's Top 3 Desert Monsters | Australia's Deadly Monsters

first crawling from the oceans around

430 million years ago they are common in

the world's tropical regions yet far

from the sea the Australian desert

scorpion has carved out an unlikely

existence in the continents withered

heartland this large female is an

impressive nocturnal hunter specialised

hairs on her body detect the subtlest of

air and ground vibrations alerting her

to the presence of prey nearby her

lightning-fast claws ensnare prey with

all the ferocity of a steel trap

her flexible tail is punctuated with a

venom gland and piercing barb delivering

a stinging blow her prey is

incapacitated then eaten alive

extracting not only nutrients but

valuable water all of the scorpions

dietary requirements are met through

predation twisted by eons of evolution

into a uniquely grotesque form the

thorny devil is Mother Nature's desert

monster he may be short in stature but

he's not short of defensive strategies

he's able to adapt his colorations to

best blend in with his surroundings

camouflage is his first line of defense

if he does draw unwanted attention he

can roll up into a ball of impregnable

spikes positioning himself along the ant

trail The Devil's sticky tongue captures

a seemingly endless supply of protein he

can devour several thousand in a single

sitting the thorny devil has evolved

remarkable adaptations to extract water

from even the driest environment in a

process known as wicking a seemingly

gravity-defying technique the devil

channel's groundwater along grooves

between his spines uphill into his mouth

in this way the thorny devil cheats even

the most insidious of desert killers

measuring up to 10 feet long and

weighing in at around 13 pounds the king

brown snake is one of the world's

largest venomous snakes his broad head

houses a pair of quarter inch

needle-like fangs an efficient venom

delivery system

this juvenile type hands exit is

fortuitously timed even at this young

age the venom of the inland Taipan is

the deadliest of all snakes

instinctively the young Taipan perceives

the threat and lashes out

but eons of coevolution have equipped

the king Brown with a resistance to

local Venom's the Taipan on the other

hand has no such defenses

although not as toxic deliver it in a

chewing action the King Browns

counter-strike contains a higher than an

output than any other snake on earth

which quickly overwhelms the victim