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  • Bandicoot

  • Bandicoots are small to medium sized nocturnal omnivorous marsupial mammals

  • with pointy snouts and large hind feet.

  • That is to say that they are active during the night, eat plants and animals,

  • raise their young in a pouch and feeds their babies milk.

  • There are about 20 species of bandicoots in Australia.

  • Bilby

  • Bilbies, or rabbit-bandicoots, are desert-dwelling marsupial omnivores;

  • they are members of the order Peramelemorphia.

  • At the time of European colonisation of Australia, there were two species.

  • The lesser bilby became extinct in the 1950s;

  • the greater bilby survives but remains endangered.

  • Wallaby

  • A wallaby is a small or mid-sized macropod found in Australia and New Guinea.

  • They belong to the same taxonomic family as kangaroos and sometimes the same genus,

  • but kangaroos are specifically categorized into the six largest species of the family.

  • Antechinus

  • Resembling a mouse with the bristly fur of a hedgehog is a genus of dasyurid marsupial.

  • Antechinuses are small, carnivorous, shrew-like animals

  • that primarily prey on invertebrates such as spiders, beetles, and weevils.

  • It is a nocturnal marsupial.

  • That is it is most active during the night.

  • Quoll

  • Quoll is the largest surviving carnivorous marsupial on mainland Australia and the second largest in Australia.

  • It is primarily nocturnal and spends most of the day in its den.

  • The Quoll eats smaller mammals, small birds, lizards, and insects.

  • Its natural lifespan is between two and five years.

  • Numbat

  • The numbat is a marsupial from open woodlands in western Australia.

  • It is also called the banded anteater, because it eats termites.

  • It is unusual in being one of the few diurnal (daytime) marsupials.

  • It has no pouch, but the mother carries round her four young on her stomach.

  • Possum

  • The possum is an Australasian marsupial which was later introduced to China and New Zealand.

  • There are about 69 species alive today.

  • Possums spend the first four months of their lives in their mother's pouch.

  • By the time they are six months old, the young possums live outside the pouch.

  • Wombat

  • A wombat is a marsupial in the family Vombatidae.

  • It lives in the Australian eucalyptus forests.

  • There are two genera with three living wombat species;

  • the Common Wombat and the Hairy-nosed Wombats.

  • It is a medium sized animal that makes a burrow by digging holes in the ground.

  • Tasmanian Devil

  • The Tasmanian Devil is the largest surviving carnivorous marsupial in the world.

  • Surviving only in the small island of Tasmania off the southern coast of Australia,

  • It is listed as endangered and near extinct.

  • About the size of a small dog,

  • the Tasmanian devil is known by this unflattering name because of its

  • unearthly screams, eerie growls, dark black colour,

  • foul odour, bad temper and aggressive behaviour.

  • Tasmanian Tiger

  • The Tasmanian Tiger had thick, short, coarse light grey to yellowish-brown fur

  • with 15 to 20 prominent blackish-brown stripes across its back from its shoulders to its tail.

  • This stripy appearance, similar to that of a tiger, is the reason it was called a Tasmanian tiger.

  • In actual fact its appearance was more similar to a dog.

  • Unfortunately, it is believed to have become extinct in the 20th century,

  • mostly due to the relentless efforts of bounty hunters.

  • Koala

  • The Koala is a cuddly, stubby, tree-dwelling plant-eating marsupial with grey fur,

  • a big black nose and large fluffy ears.

  • It has long arms and legs with very sharp claws which it uses to cling onto trees and branches.

  • In keeping with its energy conservation lifestyle, the koala moves slowly,

  • feeds mainly at night and sleeps between 18 to 22 hours each day.

  • Kangaroo

  • Best-known for their strength, power and beauty,

  • Kangaroos scientifically known as 'Macropods' meaning 'great footed,'

  • are the most famous and curious creatures of Australian wildlife

  • that attract overseas visitors and locals alike.

  • Standing proud and tall on the Australian coat of arms

  • to symbolize country progress (as they always move forward),

  • they belong to the most recognizable icons in the world and are a very important part of Australian culture.


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