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Australian Animals

Australian Animals

Mammals There are three types of mammals

Most mammals are from the Placental group

Mammals But there are two other types of mammals



And Monotremes and Marsupials are mostly found in Australia!

MarsupialsA marsupial is a type of mammal found only in Latin America and Australasia

Marsupials are distinctive to other mammals (such as Humans) because they keep their young in a protective pouch which contains mammary glands (milk sacks)

Herbivore Marsupials


Kangaroos are the largest species of marsupial

There are more Kangaroos than people in Australia

They live in all regions of the nation even the desert

They are the only large animal to use hooping to movehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1L0YNsvZYNQ


Wombats are short, muscular marsupials.

They are mainly nocturnal, emerging at night to feed on grasses, herbs, bark, and roots.

They dig extensive tunnels to live in during the day



Koalas think with their stomach!

They sleep up to 18 hours a day and only wake to eat more.

They rarely leave their trees, even to get a drink.

They get water from the Eucalyptus leaves they eat.




Possums are nocturnal and very talented climbers

They are very vocal they make a lot of noise a whole range of clicks and hisses

They are very naughty: they like to steal peoples food

The Carnivorous Marsupials of Tasmania

Tasmanian Devil


Devils are carnivorous scavengers

They have a strong appetite and can eat up to 40% of their body weight in a day

Despite their fierce reputation, Devils are normally not a danger to people


Tasmanian Tiger - ExtinctOddly, the Tasmanian tiger looked and acted like a strange combination of a wolf and a tiger. However, it is genetically not related to either.

The last one died in 1936. They were hunted during the early 20th Century.


What is a monotreme?

MonotremesThey are mammals that lay eggs!

They are a rare type of mammal that is not viviparous

The PlatypusOne of the worlds strangest animalsBritish scientists thought the first examples they received were jokes!

The Platypus

Lay eggs like a reptileHave no stomachHave no nipples but still feed their young milkAre born with teeth and then permanently lose them




Australia has the Largest species of Crocodile, the saltwater crocodile

They are the largest reptiles, weighing 1000kgs and growing up to 6 meters long

They kill an average of one or two people a year


Venomous SnakesThe Eastern Brown Snake and Tiger Snake

Both are deadlyThe Brown Snake, common in Canberra, are highly aggressive.Their venom can cause paralysis or death.

Other reptiles

Blue Tongue Lizard


Frill-necked Lizard



An Emu is a Australian flightless Brid

Weighing up to 60kg, and Its the second largest bird on earth after the Ostrich

Despite this weight, they can ran up to 50kmh

They have two sets of eyelids




Their laugh is how they mark their territory