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I have to say that the sharks, blue bottle jellyfish, poisonous octopus, spiders and ticks and lizards and snakes , make me think that you must have to constantly watch where you sit, walk, sleep, swim.
We have NO poisonous critters here, at all. Just bears, cougars and an occasional coyote, but they stay to themselves.
Anyway, weren't you complaining about how hot it was, Kayty, like just a few weeks ago?
It's just around -2c here right now. NOt bad.
 

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The blue bottles hang around in the more tropical waters, and only at certain times of the year :)
Lizards can't hurt you, they're really cute actually, I've got a resident blue tongue lizard in my feed room that is about 20cm long. He just sits and watches me make up feeds and I give him a bit of carrot and some pellets :)
Spiders, we've got a few nasty ones, the red backs are pretty bad. But I'm still alive and kicking, have yet to be hospitalised or even made sick by a spider!
The sharks, well.... we have a fair few of those I'll admit! Particularly in South Australia and Western Australia I believe. We get some very large great whites, 6 foot is not uncommon. But generally they won't touch you. A handful of surfers will get taken each year, but compared to how many get killed coming off a horse or in a car accident, it's pretty minimal :)
You did forget the salt water crocodiles though! Now those ones are nasty ******s, in Darwin you can't even swim in the ocean because they all hang out at the beach. There have been a lot of people taken by crocs :/

We have no large, land predators though like you guys!

Yep, it's BLOODY hot!!!! However - I much prefer summer to winter and it doesn't even snow here. And daylight savings is so brilliant, I can go and feed the nags at 8pm when it's cooled down, and its still daylight!

-2c.... brrrrrrrrr no thank you!!!! The lowest it gets where I am in the middle of winter is around 4c and thats at night. During the day, you are really unlucky to be under 13c! Right now it's a quite nice 37c, air condition is pumping, and I am sitting on my balcony under a shade cloth, with a Southern Comfort and Lemonade with ice in one hand, my laptop in front of my and my latest drawing on the go.
Bliss :)
That last sentence has me convinced! I'd rather be there, right now.

I am not really that bothered by nasty critters. Sharks do kind of freak me a bit. Something about being eaten is a lot worse than being killed in a riding accident.
Our weather is very tame and quite blah for the most part. We did have a pretty heavy snowfall last week, followed by frozen rain and wind, so that now there are many, many snapped trees and broken trees and limbs all over the ground. The woods are still impassiable on many of the trails. Snow is now melted. We had about 7 inches but some places got twice that. Snow here is modestly rare, so we dont' deal well with it.
 
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