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10 Animals only found in Australia! (Part 1)

Animals found ONLY in Australia...


Posted on 17 July 2018



Australia

Australia is the land-down-under. With plenty of stunning landscapes and gorgeous weather, Australia is home to plenty of animals exclusive to Australia. Australia has more than 378 mammal species, 828 bird species, 4000 fish species, 300 species of lizards, 140 snake species, two crocodile species and around 50 types of marine mammal.

Only in Australia. Photo taken by: travellers-autobarn

More than 80 percent of Australian plants, mammals, reptiles and frogs are unique and exclusive to Australia. You will not be able to find such animals anywhere else in the world!

Street signs in Aussie. Photo taken by: stayatbase

Here is a list of some of our favourite 'Only in Australia’ Animals

Kangaroos

Endemic and natively housed by the continent state of Australia, Kangaroos are also the unofficial national animal to the country. Kangaroos are the largest species from its family. More specifically, the red kangaroos are known as the largest surviving marsupial in the world!


Hopping. Photo taken by: globalnews

These loveable creatures are most well known for its use of its strong legs to hop around as means of movement and kangaroo mother’s that keep its young in its pouch.

Kangaroo. Photo taken by: discoverwildlife

 Koala

Known as the Koala Bear, the Koala is actually not a bear. But is a marsupial and is (among existing animals) most closely related to the wombat. Koalas interestingly have two thumb-like fingers that help them with climbing tall eucalyptus trees.

Koala bear. Photo taken by: youtube

Young Koalas are called ‘joeys’ and are born 2 centimeters big, blind and furless! These underdeveloped babies must then stay in its mother’s pouch for 6-7 months and within its mother’s homerange until it is 1-3 years old.

Koala mummy. Photo taken by: independent

Koala love. Photo taken by: wwf

Echidna

Sometimes known as the spiked anteater, the Echidna are not actually closely related to the anteater despite its similar (yet smaller) appearance and diet. Its diet consists of ants and termites. It is also a very good swimmer and classed within the monotreme order of egg-laying mammals.

Echidna. Photo taken by: aatkings

To protect itself, the Echidna is able to dig into burrows using its strong and stout legs or may curl into a ball, protruding its spikes to deter its predators. Yet it is still very cute!

Echidna ball. Photo taken by: billabongsanctuary

Dingo

Dingos are wild dogs, but the first English colonists that arrived in Australia found indigenous people living with these dogs. This wild dog is a separate species from dog found in deserts and grasslands of Australia. Dingo wild dogs are the largest terrestrial predator in the country but are listed as vulnerable to extinction.

Dingos. Photo taken by: perthzoo

Watch this video of a Dingo trying to eat a Echidna. Video taken by: youtube

Platypus

These egg-laying mammals seem like a cross between a duck, a beaver and an otter. Its unusual appearance baffled European naturalists when they first encountered it, with some considering it an elaborate hoax. It could still easily be the most fascinating animals we’ve ever seen. 

Platypus. Photo taken by: cosmosmagazine

Stay tuned! We will release our Part 2 of this list shortly. 

But meanwhile, click here to find your best travel adventure to Australia! 

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