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Frequently Asked Questions

Bites and Stings

Bites and stings from native fauna are a common problem in Australia, some of which can cause serious illess or, rarely, fatalities. Snake bite, spider bite and jellyfish stings in Australia can potentially be a life-threatening condition.
Click 'Reveal Response' to manage common bites and stings.

Plants and Mushrooms

There are many plants and fungi that can be dangerous or even fatal if ingested. Children in particular are at risk of harmful effects from garden plants as they crawl and taste various flora. It is important to teach children not to ingest strange flowers, leaves and other parts straight from a plant or bush.
Common symptoms of poisoning from plants include:

stomach cramps
burning to the lips, mouth or throat
itching, rash or allergic symptoms
More severe effects can include irregular heart beat and convulsions (fitting)
Poisonous plants can be difficult to recognise. Plants to be concerned about include:
Amanita mushrooms (fly agaric)
Angel's trumpet (Jimsonweed)
Dumb cane (Dieffenbachia)
FIRST AID for poisoning from plants is as for any other ingestion or contact.