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Cuddly and Creepy Australians

Updated on June 24, 2014

Up close and personal with Australian Wildlife

Have you ever cuddled a koala?

They're warm, furry and they smell beautiful!

Plenty of other animals can be cuddly too, or at least look cuddly, like this Tasmanian Devil who, besides being a bit on the nose, has extremely strong teeth and jaws.

Australian animals have spent a long, long time separated from the rest of the world - on a life raft as it were - evolving in isolation for roughly 45 million years. Being so long separated from the rest of the large land masses allowed different evolutionary paths, and the Marsupials took the front seat.

There are all sorts of creatures in Australia, like mammals which lay eggs.

Some are cuddly and some are creepy. Come and meet a few.

Wombling Wombat - Definitely Cuddly

Wombats spend between three and eight hours each night grazing on their favourite food like this little fellow.

They feed on native grasses such as wallaby, and kangaroo, grasses and also eat sedges, and the roots of shrubs and trees. They can wonble around for about 3 km a night looking for dinner.

They chomp through their food with sharp, chisel-like front teeth which grow continuously.

Wombats have been pushed into the scrub, into the rugged hills and mountains, far away from pesky people. They're endangered now, and are protected. I had a wombat living up at the back of my house some years ago but we lost her to bushfire.

Georgina the Wombat

A little Soft Toy Wombat friend from Australia. She's much happier in cooler weather and a real snuggler, very lifelike and a wonderful addition to any collection of international animal toys.

Large Australian Wombat Soft Plush Toy (42cm)

Angelic Tasmanian Devil - Almost cuddly

Curious and energetic, Tasmanian devils travel up to 16 km - 10 miles looking for food. They are carrion eaters, scavenging anything that comes their way, plus hunting any small mammals and birds. They are nocturnal hunters, with a keen sense of smell and hearing.

By day they shelter in caves, bushes, old wombat burrows, or hollow logs. As they amble along with their stocky bodies and large heads, Tasmanian devils look slow and awkward in their movements, but they'e the top carnivore in Tasmania!

Din of the Devils

If you think Tasmanian Devils look weird, just wait till you hear the noises they make!

Definitely creepy in the night!

Playing Possum - Cuddly to be sure

Their names may sound similar but the 60+ "Opossums" from South America and the 20+ "Possums" from Australia are very different. They aren't closely related biologically. Australian possums have been separated by more than 70 million years.

In Australia, possums are almost a national treasure. They'e protected under the provisions of various State laws.

It's quite common to have a possum or two hanging out in your backyard. I live backing onto a creek and any night of the week when I turn on my outside light, lots of little eyes blink at me. My only anxiety is that they will chew my computer cable!

Possums on Video

Dot and the Kangaroo - A Classic for Children

It's hard to remember that Ethel Pedley wrote this book in 1889 and began it with this preface

To the children of Australia

in the hope of enlisting their sympathies

for the many beautiful, amiable, and frolicsome creatures

of their fair land,

whose extinction, through ruthless destruction,

is being surely accomplished

Dot and the Kangaroo
Dot and the Kangaroo

A very enjoyable story about friendship, and the fascinating cuddly creatures of Australia.

It teaches us that if we take the time to listen, animals speak and share their wisdom, a lovely movie to watch with your children.

Charming songs and cute animals, a little girl lost who is rescued by a kangaroo, an irate platypus, a kookaburra , dancing brolgas and some mean dingoes.


Sleepy Koala - Another Cuddly

Once numbering in the millions, koalas suffered major declines in population during the 1920s when they were hunted for their fur. Today, habitat destruction, traffic deaths, and attacks by dogs kill an estimated 4,000 koalas yearly.

Poll : Pick a Pet - What's your choice?

If you could have one of these little creatures for a pet, which one would you prefer?

Which pet for you?

See results

Crocodile Smile - Definitely Creepy

The Saltwater Crocodile is the world's largest reptile.

These amazing creatures are found on the northern coast of Australia and inland for up to 100 kms or more. You see plenty of big crocs in Kakadu where some have been measured as long as 7 metres but the average size of a Saltie is 4 metres long.

Long enough!

The crocodile is now a protected species in Australia, however if human danger is a factor, the crocodile will be moved away from possible contact.

Creepy Carpet Python

Carpet pythons are found in New Guinea as well as northwestern Western Australia and in the Northern Territory

They aren't venomous, they kill by constriction many different birds and mammals including brush-tailed possums. They eat vermin too.

Another definitely creepy

Great White Shark - Very, very, creepy

The Great White is found in temperate waters throughout the world's oceans. In Australia, many shark species are listed as threatened and the Great White is listed as "vulnerable".

Shark attacks on people are rare, but if a shark takes a bite at you, it's pretty sure to be fatal.

Avoid attacks by

* Not swimming or surfing where sharks are known to congregate.

* Always swimming or surfing with other people.

* Not swimming with pets and domestic animals

If schooling fish start to behave erratically or congregate in large numbers, get out of the water!

Great White on video

Poll : Creepiest - What do you think?


See results

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      5 years ago

      Great photos on this lens.

    • Stephanie36 profile image


      5 years ago from Canada

      I'd love to have a koala as a pet! NOt sure my cat would agree...

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      5 years ago

      So many of the marsupials are adorable and cuddly, although I wouldn't want to mess with the Devil at feeding time! Even the birds are great - I miss them, now that I live overseas. I don't miss the spiders though!

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      6 years ago

      Such wonderful creatures one and all!

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      6 years ago

      Cuddly and creepy - both in the same page! Can happen only in Australia! :))

      Enjoyed both though! :)

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      6 years ago

      I don't think I would like to hear a Tazmanian Devil scream. Yuck.

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      Stephanie Tietjen 

      6 years ago from Albuquerque, New Mexico

      I used to think Tasmanian Devils were cute. Now I'm not so sure. I do like the Wombat though. Thanks

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      6 years ago

      Oh my god wombat and koala are so cute!!!

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      6 years ago

      I want a wombat!

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      Indigo Janson 

      6 years ago from UK

      I didn't know what a wombat looked like, it's adorable! Must be a treat to see these creatures near your house. While I wouldn't like to see a shark quite that close, they are not going to harm you if you stay out of their habitat, and I'm willing to bet a lot more sharks are killed by people than the other way around.

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      6 years ago

      Wombat and Koalas... soooo fluffy... :)

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      6 years ago

      Wombat and Koalas... soooo fluffy... :)

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      6 years ago

      Well done lots of lovely pics

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      Elsie Hagley 

      6 years ago from New Zealand

      I like animal lens.For the creepiest animal I picked the carpet snake. The other two I can keep away, from water, hopefully I will be safe as for the snake you never know when they will creep up on you. Thanks for sharing. Blessed.

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      6 years ago from Liverpool, England

      No to mention Danni Minogue! Excellent lens on Australian wildlife, creepy and nasty,

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      6 years ago

      There was a time when I would've wanted a koala as a pet because of how cute they look, but then I learned that they're kind of vicious (like to scratch) and can actually maul people with their sharp claws. They even growl! So I picked "wombat" in your poll!

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      6 years ago

      Your possums are definitely cuter than the ones in Florida. Thanks for showing off your conuntry's wildlife. I had heard of wombats and Tasmanian devils but had no idea what they looked like.

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      6 years ago from Yonkers, NY

      Aww love the possum trying to get the camera.

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      6 years ago from Yonkers, NY

      Loved the Page.

      as for pet.. I'd say the 'possum...(but I thought those ones were called a Sugar Glider?) a Koala, Dingo if I could & the wombat.. as for the creepy. I hate snakes (childhood trauma) the shark I saw Jaws when I was 5 (strating my love of Horror movies) & as for the crock, it may be wrong of me to say, but to me Snakes should be nothing but a headband aaround a hat, & crocks...well they're a good place to hide the bodies. (LOL)

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      7 years ago

      Absolutely cuddly and creepy!

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      Melody Lassalle 

      7 years ago from California

      What wonderful animals. I've always loved Koalas. I can do without the Great White though. I'll have nightmares. LOL

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      7 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      Wonderful pictures! Featuring this on "A Trip Around the World" and *Angel Blessed*! =D

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      7 years ago

      Hey great lens! We certainly do have the nicest and the nastiest animals in Australia :)

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      PizmoBeach LM 

      7 years ago

      Myy favourite animal in this lens is the Tasmanian Devil.

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      8 years ago

      This are the cutest creatures ever. Well the cute ones, anyway. ;) Thank you very much.

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      Kylyssa Shay 

      8 years ago from Overlooking a meadow near Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

      When I was a child I was told I couldn't have a pet elephant so I immediately set my sights a bit smaller to a pet koala. My mother explained that eucalyptus won't grow in Michigan so I decided a wombat would be just the thing. We grow lots of great grass and shrubberies here. Fortunately for the wombat, I had a string of normal-for-Michigan pets (well, except for the possum and the raccoon), instead.

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      SidneyMorgan LM 

      8 years ago

      I know it is probably wrong to say but so many of these animals are so cute and cuddly looking and it almost makes me disgusted with myself that I want to cuddle and pet most of them. The wombat, the possum, the Tasmanian Devil ... again a great lens Susanna.

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      8 years ago

      i love snakes. i really love the python it's sooo cool

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      8 years ago

      I hate snakes with a passion. They just really creep me out. Them and spiders.... ugh. I don't physically show how much they bother me, but in my head I'm just thinking "get away... get away... get away..."

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      daoine lm 

      10 years ago

      We have numerous brushtail and ringtail possums in our garden. They are gorgeous, but they stomp on our roof at night and they've eaten all but one of the flowers on my magnolia tree!

      I love Tassie Devils too, but I wouldn't want one of them nipping at my ankles. Apparently they are one of the few animals of their size with the jaw power to crunch through a skull bone.

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      estherjane13 lm 

      10 years ago

      Great lens! 5*. When I went to Melbourne last year and drove the great ocean road I fell in love with kangaroos!

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      10 years ago

      Thanks for joining G Rated Lense Factory!

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      Carol Fisher 

      10 years ago from Warminster, Wiltshire, UK

      This is wonderful 5* lens and it's beautifully illustrated. More please on the creatures of Australia!


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