Aussie animals 101
80% of Australian plants and animals occur no-where else in the world.
Koalas are not bears. They are marsupials, their closest relative is the wombat. The correct name is Koala. NOT Koala Bear.
Not all our snakes are venomous. We also have lots of pythons and such which can still bite but have no venom.
We also have lots of Lizards and Frogs.
We have 2 species of large flightless birds. We do not have Ostriches
Emus are the better known ones, they are up to 2m tall and can weigh up to 40kg. Cassowarys are a little smaller but weigh more (up to 60kg) they live in the forest and are more dangerous than the Emu.
We do not have any native cats. What some people call our native cat is a carnivorous marsupial called the Quoll. It is not in the cat family.
We do have camels and rabbits and buffalo, but they are all introduced species and cause lots of problems. We have so many introduced species it’s rediculous.
We do have native rats and mice but we also have black rats and house mice, but there are (to me) obvious visual differences.
Kangaroos are in the family of Macropodidae (meaning big foot) (we call it macropods or macs for short).
There are 3 species of Roo, the Red Kangaroo, Eastern Grey Kangaroo and Western Grey Kangaroo.
In the Macropod family there are:
Kangaroos (3 species)
Tree Kangaroos (2 species)
Wallabies (30 species, 5 of which are extinct)
Wallaroos (3 species)
Pademelons (3 species)
We are the land of the parrots. We have 56 species of parrot, 51 of which found only here!
Our Parrots include species that are kept as pets all over the world, you may not know they are wild in Australia! For example;
Sulfur-Crested Cockatoos (the yellow and white ones)
Galahs (the pink and grey ones)
Lorikeets (the rainbow ones)
Buderigars and Cockatiels (popular pets here too)
There are approx 1,000 species at risk of extinction (this includes the Koala!)
The male Platypus is venomous, they have spurs on their hind legs. The venom is strong enough to kill a dog and cause a human lots of pain
I’ll add more to this as I think of stuff, feel free to ask any questions! If I don’t know the answer off the top of my head I have A LOT of books to reference