When you think about Australian wildlife chances are Kangaroos and Koalas are the first ones that spring (or bounce, in the case of Kangaroos) to mind. But there’s more to the Australian animal population than a couple of marsupials. Here are eight facts about animals across Oz:
- 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.
- There are no large predatory mammals in Australia with the dingo being the largest. You can find the dingo all across the country, apart from Tasmania. Fraser Island in Queensland and Kimberley in Western Australia are good places to spot them.
- Kangaroos, Wallabies, Koalas and Wombats are just a few of the 140 species of marsupials Australia has to offer. Incredibly, the Kangaroo population is said to be between 40 and 60 million.
- Monotremes are a species only found in Australia, unique because they are egg-laying mammals. Platypus are the most well-known in this group and are shy by nature. If you visit eastern coastal areas, looking in streams and rivers you might be lucky enough to spot one.
- Deadly, man-munching sharks might be infamous in popular culture but there are also plenty of gentle giants for visitors to see. Orca and Humpback whales and dolphins swim in these warm waters. Visit the east or west coastlines during May-November and you might get the chance to see migrating whales.
- You won’t be hard pushed to hear the famous Kookaburra bird, which is renowned for its human like, hysterical laughter. Common throughout Australia their birdsong can be heard at dawn and dusk.
- Venomous snakes number 21 in Australia and they are some of the world’s deadliest. Crocodiles too reside on this continent but less snappy reptiles include sea turtles and a huge array of lizards and bearded dragons.
- The Great Barrier Reef plays host to some of the country’s 4,000 types of fish with its vast coral reef. The Clown fish is a popular spot in these waters.
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