Course Overview

Get close and personal with some of the more deadly species found in Australian habitats and explore their amazing variety of adaptations that allow them to survive our environmental extremes.  Australia is home to species with the most deadly venom in the world.  

Background Information

What is the best advice to give people in relation to Australia’s dangerous animals? It is to heed warning signs and to seek information from locals if you are concerned. If there is a sign that warns “Crocodiles inhabit these waters”, do not swim there! Secondly, if you see a dangerous animal do not approach it and certainly do not try to handle it.  In this course you will discover human intervention is the main cause for deadly reputations.  Students are asked to interpret different data sets relating to Australia’s deadly creatures.  Reproductive, structural and behavioural adaptations are examined in each creature. Year

Level: Years 5-6

Prior knowledge

No prior knowledge is assumed.

Course Connections

Does this course link to other Ecolinc programs?

This course is an ideal introduction to the following onsite programs:
Animal and Plant Survival

or this course can stand alone as a learning experience

Learning Intentions

In this program students will:

  1. Identify various types of adaptations for survival
  2. Explore common features of ‘deadly’ Australian species
  3. Interpret a range of data sets and graphs

Estimated duration: 45 minutes

Victorian Curriculum

Biological Sciences Level 5/6 

  • Living things have structural features and adaptations that help them to survive in their environment (VCSSU074)
  • The growth and survival of living things are affected by the physical conditions of their environment (VCSSU075)

Course Creator: Jo Tate