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Is Tasmania Safe? Warnings and Dangers Travelers Need to Know

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An island off the southern coast of Australia, Tasmania makes an out-of-the-way but rewarding destination. But is Tasmania safe for travelers? Below is information about wildlife to watch out for and tips to keep yourself safe.

Tasmanian Snakes

There are three kinds of snakes in Tasmania. The white-lipped snake is generally harmless, but the tiger snake and the lowland copperhead snake are highly venomous and can be dangerous to humans. To be safe, it’s best to keep your distance from any snake in Tasmania.

Biting Ants

Another common danger in Tasmania are the local ants. Known as jack jumpers, they are small but nasty. Look out for black and orange ants. The ants are poisonous. If you think you’ve been nipped, you might notice an itch. Get immediate medical attention.

Driving in Tasmania

Tasmania is a large island with long distances. Driving is often a necessity. However, be careful when driving. Many roads are narrow and can get slippery in the rain. Slow down whenever possible in order to keep safe, especially in rain or snow. The roads are also full of animals crossing. Look for animals ranging from wallabies to Tasmanian devils as you’re driving. You don’t want to hurt the animal or yourself. Be particularly careful at night as many Tasmanian animals are nocturnal and will be more active during this time.

Climate Hazards in Tasmania

If you visit Tasmania during the colder months, you may encounter snow and ice, especially at higher elevations. Like the rest of Australia, Tasmania is sometimes subject to bushfires. The Tasmanian government notes that in the face of climate change, “Tasmania is expected to experience more heat waves, more frequent and intense bushfires, rising sea levels, increased storm surge, and increase in wind and flooding risk in certain locations.”

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Editor’s note: This story was originally published in 2017. It has been updated with the most current information.

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