Mammals But there are two other types of mammals
And Monotremes and Marsupials are mostly found in Australia!
Marsupials• A 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)
Kangaroos• 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 move
• 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
• 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 - Extinct• Oddly, 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.
• One of the worlds strangest animals• British scientists thought the first examples
they received were jokes!
• Lay eggs like a reptile• Have no stomach• Have no nipples but still feed their young milk• Are 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
The Eastern Brown Snake and Tiger Snake
• Both are deadly• The Brown Snake, common in Canberra, are highly aggressive.• Their venom can cause paralysis or death.
Emu• An Emu is a Australian flightless
• Weighing up to 60kg, and It’s the second largest bird on earth after the Ostrich
• Despite this weight, they can ran up to 50kmh
• They have two sets of eyelids