Written by Shantelle-Ann Marquis
The most famous of the Australian animals, the kangaroo is on our national emblem and is also the symbol of the Australian Airline Qantas. There are four different kangaroo species, eastern grey kangaroo, western grey kangaroo, antilopine kangaroo and the red kangaroo which is the largest marsupial in the world. Traveling in groups known as ‘mobs’, ‘troops’ or ‘courts’, kangaroos can hop on two legs or walk on all four, they can swim and jump really high but they cannot walk backward.
People always think of the cute cuddly koala bear when they think of Australian animals. but did you know that koalas aren't born at all?!
Koalas are marsupials which means they are mammals that carry their young known as joeys in a pouch just like kangaroos. These fragile animals predominately live in the eucalypts forests along the eastern coastline of Australia, where they can eat eucalyptus leaves and sleep for up to 20 hours a day.
Kookaburras are an Australian bird that is known for their loud laughs that make them easily heard and sound like human chuckles. Kookaburras are the largest member of the kingfisher family in the world and are found in the woodland areas throughout Australia and New Guinea.
The Platypus is a furry animal with a tail like a beaver and a bill and webbed feet like a duck. platypi are very shy animals and they quickly hide underwater if you go too close. But don't be fooled by this cute animal, they have a poison in their hind legs that is so strong it can kill a dog.
Crocodiles - the famous and highly dangerous Australian Reptile. Popular for Crocodile Dundee and the Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin, Australia has two species of crocodiles that live on our continent.
The freshwater crocodile only found in Australia and can live in both the saltwater and fresh.
The saltwater crocodiles are the world’s largest reptiles and can grow up to 6 m/20 ft long and weigh a tonne.
The emu is the tallest bird in Australia, with a height of up to 2 m/6.5 ft. Emus can run fast but they cannot fly. Emus likes to eat grass, leaves, fruits, and insects but if you disturb them they will use powerful kicks to defend themselves.
The wombat is very heavy, up to 36 kg burrowing animals. They are often found feeding on grasses, tips of shrubs and bushes near the Blue Mountains in Sydney.
The Echidna is an Australian animal that has a prickly coat with spikes like a hedgehog and a long sticky tongue to eat mainly insects. When they are frightened the Echidna rolls itself into a ball to protect themselves from danger.
The Tasmanian devil is an endangered animal that can only be found in the wild on the island of Tasmania. Tasmanian devils are nocturnal animals and are the largest carnivorous marsupials with powerful jaws and teeth.
Just like Kangaroos they also carry their young in pouches for up to 4 months.
Dingos are wild dogs and are the biggest carnivorous (meat-eating) mammals in Australia but they cannot be found in Tasmania.
Dingos. Dingos prefer to live alone in the outback but sometimes they are known to hunt in packs of 3-12.