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Pygmy Possum

The pygmy possums are a family of small possums that together form the marsupial family Burramyidae. Pygmy possums range in length from about 2 to 5 inches, and usually weigh between 10 and 50 grams (0.35 and 1.76 oz). They are nocturnal and omnivorous, living on a diet of invertebrates, fruit, seed, nectar and pollen. They are excellent climbers, due in part to their prehensile tails. The five extant species of pygmy possum are grouped into two genera. Four of the species are endemic to Australia, with one species also co-occurring in Papua New Guinea and Indonesia.

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Marbled Gecko (Christinus marmoratus)

…a species of gecko (Gekkonidae) which is native to the southern mainland of Australia, ranging from northeastern New South Wales to southwestern Western Australia, as well as a number of islands off the coast of South and Western Australia. Marbled geckos will inhabit a variety of habitats but prefer open shrubland, sclerophyll forest, riverine woodland and urban areas. Marbled geckos are mostly diurnal and will feed on a range of insects and other invertebrates.


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“Cowboy Beetle” (Chondropyga dorsalis)

…a large species of flower chafer (Cetoniinae) which is native to south eastern Australia, occurring throughout Victoria, New South Wales, and part of Queensland. Cowboy beetles typically inhabit woodlands, dry sclerophyll forests and even residential gardens. Adult cowboy beetles will feed on the nectar of nectar-bearing shrubs and trees while larvae live in and feed on rotten wood. 


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Pilotbird (Pycnoptilus floccosus)

…a species of Australasian warbler (Acanthizidae) which is endemic to south-east New South Wales and eastern Victoria in Australia. Pilotbirds typically occur in temperate wet sclerophyll forests but are known to occur in temperate rainforest as well. Like other Australasian warblers pilotbirds feed mainly on insects and their larvae, and will forage for them on the ground.


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