Thanks for the welcome I know all about busy too, but I'm just waiting to pass out suddenly as I've been awake for far too long. I reckon any attempt at being busy right now would have unpredictable results... like, I might set fire to something, or myself! Or I might even unexpectedly open up a wormhole to another realm and usher in a two-millenia-long era of distopian corruption... oh wait, that already happened.
Ah - polar bears are probably way worse than saltwater crocs - at least crocs don't sniff you out over hundreds of kilometers hehe. Canada is somewhere I always wanted to visit... I bet you have some amazing scenery to inspire you there...
I'm to far south for polar bears, the country is beautiful and varied. Forerests prairies mountains the coastal regoins. It is also a large coutry 7 days to go buy train from coast to coast. If you come you will need alot of time to see it or make alot of visits. The most dangerous animals around here are coyotes and cougares, but generally if you leave them alone they will leave you alone. In the summer there are rattle snakes but if you get bit buy the you asked for it. Personnally i'll take the cogaurs and coyotes over the crocs
No crocs near where I live, but we have the top 2 world's most venemous snakes - inland taipan, which is rare out here and the eastern brown. Good thing is they're not agressive or territorial like the coastal taipan on the east and north coasts.
Spiders, don't like them and they are harder to advoid. So to stay safe you have to stay alert I'm thinking. Australia is one of the places my husband really wants to go to, so do I but you do have the deadliest snakes and spiders there. I suppose it is like being inthe wilderness areas anywhere be smart and you are safe. Right?
Well I moved here from the UK almost 5 years ago, so when I got here I was really paranoid about spiders. The most poisonous thing in the UK is a wasp or very very very very rarely, an adder, so you can probably understand my position. As always though, it's fear of the unknown... it really isn't as bad as you think it might be. Treat all spiders as dangerous until you can spot the nice ones like the golden orb weaver, garden orb spider, Huntsman, St Andrews Cross spider etc which are mostly harmless. The rest look creepy enough for you to avoid them if you see them. Always check your shoes before you put them on - same with sleeping bags. Male funnel webs go out all along east coast Australia looking for mates at certain times of the year and they have a really nasty bite and can be agressive if threatened. Redbacks usually spin their webs close to the ground with vertical trip wires - they usually feed on ants.
If you see a snake, stand still and let it pass - unless it's a death adder (a very short stubby snake) then move slowly away. If you're out in the bush, wear long pants or gaiters - most snakes can't bite through them. Avoid walking through tall grass... most of it is just common sense.
I've only seen two snakes in my 5 years of being here - one was on the road, and an Eastern Brown snake wandered through our camp in the bush (it got chopped up with a long handled axe). We get mostly huntsman spiders, black house spiders and white tail spiders in the house, and they definitely don't freak me out like they used to - although I keep an eye on them or spray / squash them if I get a chance. I leave huntsman, garden orbs and golden orbs and money spiders alone...
If you're going to the coast and in the water, keep a lookout for bottles of vinegar for jellyfish stings. Avoid swimming anywhere known for box jellyfish, it's the most venemous creature on Earth and you virtually have no chance of surviving the sting - which is so excruciatingly painful, people usually die of shock before reaching the shore.
I think you and your husband would absolutely LOVE Australia though. The risk of getting bitten by something nastier than a mozzie is very, very small. You'll only be in danger if you put yourself in danger most of the time - common sense rules all.