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My favorite Australian Animals

Updated on November 30, 2013

My favorite Australian Animals

Australia is known for its rich and unique wildlife. These animals are in fact the reason while thousands of tourists show up in Australia each year. With an estimated 5698 species of mammals, birds, fish, crocodile, lizard and snake Australia still has 80 per cent of its creatures unique to its environment.

It is impossible to capture all these animals in a single lens. So, I have written about the ones I find most fascinating. Have fun reading this lens.

The Kangaroo

The kangaroo is a mammal with thumb less forelimb and large powerful hind legs. It can run as fast as 40km per hour and leap about 30 feet. As a marsupial, female kangaroos carry their young ones in a pouch located in the front of their abdomen.

The average weight of a kangaroo is between 50 and 120 pounds depending on the species. They are herbivores that can be found in multiple terrestrial habitats including forests and savannas. The typical lifespan for this creature is between 6 and 8 years. It is an Australian animal most people love.

Koala

The Koala is an arboreal creature whose natural habitat is on the trees in eastern Australia. Like the Kangaroo and other Australian animals it is a marsupial and herbivore. It is a misnomer to call this creature the Koala bear because it is not closely related to the bear. Koalas drink little water as they rely on the moisture they get from the eucalyptus leaves they consume. Koalas sleep for up to 18 hours each day and require a lot of space to strive.

Echidna

Echidna is an egg laying mammal that feeds mainly on ants and termites. Although its diet resembles that of the true anteater it is not closely related to the latter. The very shy echidnas have a protective coat like the porcupine and a long sticky tongue. This Australian animal is also known as the spiny anteater.

Cockatoo

The Cockatoo is a cute bird that belongs to the parrot family. Their habitat are dense forests, hence their feet are developed to grip objects making them great climbers. Cockatoos are the loudest and most noisy birds in the parrot family. They communicate among themselves with loud screams even when they are within sight of each other. They move in flocks.

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      diligentwheel lm 3 years ago

      @gadifi lm: Thank you

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      gadifi lm 4 years ago

      those animals are so unique to their lands where they live great lens

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      diligentwheel lm 4 years ago

      @BarbsSpot: Thanks for the read! I'm glad you enjoyed it.

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      BarbsSpot 4 years ago

      @Lensmaster...I love animals, and it was fun to learn a bit about some of Australia's creatures! The echidna is a new one on me!

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      diligentwheel lm 4 years ago

      @mel-kav: Thanks for the read! I m glad you enjoyed it!

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      mel-kav 4 years ago

      Great choice of animals. I had not heard of an edchidna. Interesting. Thanks for sharing.

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      diligentwheel lm 4 years ago

      @DeborahDian: I agree!

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      Deborah Carr 4 years ago from Orange County, California

      Australia has some truly awesome animals!

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      Deborah Carr 4 years ago from Orange County, California

      Australia has some truly awesome animals!

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      Deborah Carr 4 years ago from Orange County, California

      Australia has some truly awesome animals!

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      Deborah Carr 4 years ago from Orange County, California

      Australia has some truly awesome animals!