A-Z List of Native Australian Animals with Pictures

Australia is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna. Some of the animals found here are very unique, and are not found anywhere else in the world. This Buzzle article provides an A-Z list of the native animals of Australia with their pictures.
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Native Australian animals
These are Some Quirky Aussies!

The platypus can stay underwater for 10 minutes before it needs to surface for air.
The quokka looks like it has a smile on its face, thus being called the happiest animal in the world.
The Tasmanian devil yawns at its threat, as if to show that it does not care!

The fauna of Australia is very diverse and unique. Most of the native animals here have adapted themselves in appearance and characteristics according to their habitat and its climate. These animals are one-of-a-kind, amazing to study, and downright cute!

The following paragraphs provide a list of those creatures―wonders from the land down under―that call Australia their home.

Index
Australian Giant Cuttlefish

australian giant cuttlefish

Scientific Name - Sepia apama
IUCN Conservation status - Near Threatened

The Australian giant cuttlefish is the largest of its species. It is found from Queensland in Southern Australia to Shark Bay in the west. It has a unique camouflaging ability, and can blend into any surrounding by changing its body color. It falls into the class of Cephalopods, like squid and octopuses. It can grow up to a meter in length, and weigh over 11 kg (25 pounds). This fish has a very beautiful mating ritual; when the male tries to attract the female, lines of various colors pass across his body.

Australian Mole

australian mole

Genus - Notoryctes
IUCN Conservation status - Endangered

The mole is a burrowing animal that is divided into two species: the northern marsupial mole and the southern marsupial mole. This animal is found in the western, southern, and northern parts of Australia. Unlike other species of moles, the above two are marsupials. The body length of this animal can be between 5 to 8 inches, and the color can be reddish-brown or cream. The population of both the species is at risk due to predators and habitat loss.

Australian Pelican

australian pelican

Scientific Name - Pelecanus conspicillatus
IUCN Conservation status - Least Concern

One of the many species of pelicans, the Australian pelican is found all throughout the continent of Australia. It occupies freshwater and estuarine habitats such as rivers, lakes, swamps, etc. It is white in color, with black wings, and a very long beak with a gular pouch under it. The average weight of this bird is 5 to 8 kg (10 to 17 pounds), but some individuals can weigh more. It has a massive wingspan of 2 to 2.5 meters. This bird has the longest beak among all species of extant birds.

Bandicoot

bandicoot

Order - Peramelemorphia
IUCN Conservation status - Variable with Species

The bandicoot is found all over Australia and lives in a varied habitat. There are 20 species of bandicoots that belong to the order Peramelemorphia. This animal looks like a rat, but it is actually a marsupial like the koalas; it carries its young one in a pouch. It has a tapering, pointed snout, a long and thin tail, a hunched back, and pointed teeth. This animal is an omnivore that eats roaches, spiders, berries, seeds, insects, etc. It digs the soil to retrieve prey, and hence, it is considered useful by gardeners.

Bottlenose Dolphin

bottlenose dolphin

Genus - Tursiops
IUCN Conservation status - Least Concern

Of the three species of bottlenose dolphin, two are found in Australia. The Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphin is found in northern Australia, whereas the Burrunan dolphin is found in Victoria. This dolphin receives its name due to the shape of its snout, which is round and short, like a bottle. It has a gray back with an off-white underside, and its body length is 2 to 4 meters. It commonly inhabits warm and temperate waters. Although it is killed for various reasons, there is no immediate threat to its population.

Brolga

Brolga

Scientific Name - Grus rubicunda
IUCN Conservation status - Least Concern

The brolga is a native bird of Australia, which is also called the Australian crane. This bird is found in Queensland, Victoria, and Northern and Western Australia. It is between 2 to 4 feet tall, has a long neck and beak, and skinny legs. Its head is featherless, while the rest of the body has whitish-gray feathers. It is the official bird emblem of Queensland, before which it appeared on the state's coat of arms. Its population is on the decline, mainly due to habitat loss.

Cassowary

Cassowary

Genus - Casuarius
IUCN Conservation status - Endangered

The cassowary is a flightless bird that is found in the rainforests of Northeast Australia. Its population is limited to this area because it is endangered, mainly due to habitat loss. There are three species of this bird, the southern, northern, and dwarf Cassowary, although not much is known about either. This bird has small wings, two very powerful legs with claws, and a crest on its head called a casque. It is basically a shy creature, but is known to deliver a very powerful kick if threatened. There have been records of cassowary attacks on humans.

Common Barn Owl

Common barn owl

Scientific Name - Tyto alba
IUCN Conservation status - N.A.

Found all throughout Australia (including Tasmania), the common barn owl is known by many names. Some of them are, hobby owl, gold owl, night owl, silver owl, hissing owl, screech owl, delicate owl, etc. It has a white face, with light-brown patches below the eyes, a whitish-pink beak, and brownish-black eyes. Being a nocturnal bird, it is active at dusk. It has the ability to glide noiselessly in air. Its habitat consists of woodlands, moors, etc.

Dingo

Dingo

Scientific Name - Canis lupus dingo
IUCN Conservation status - Vulnerable

The dingo is a wild dog that is found in Australia. It is quite common in Northern and Central Australia, but rare in the Southern regions. It is not found in Tasmania. On an average, it weighs between 13 to 24 kg (28 to 50 pounds), and is between 20 to 24 inches tall. It has a yellow to red coat, but rare black or white dingoes are also found. It has a sharp sense of hearing, and it is the biggest land predator in Australia. One unique feature of this dog is that it howls instead of barking.

Dugong

Dugong

Scientific Name - Dugong dugon
IUCN Conservation status - Vulnerable

The dugong is a large sea mammal that belongs to the order Sirenia, along with the manatees. The biggest population of this animal is found in Australia, right from Queensland to Shark Bay. It prefers to inhabit warm, tropical waters. This animal can grow more than 3 meters in length and weigh more than a thousand pounds. Due to its huge size, it tends to move slowly. It is a very docile creature that was extensively hunted for its skin and bones, but it is now a protected species.

Eastern Snake-necked Turtle

eastern snake necked turtle

Scientific Name - Chelodina longicollis
IUCN Conservation status - Least Concern

This is a turtle with a really long neck! It is found in New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, and Adelaide. It inhabits freshwater bodies like rivers or streams. The length of this turtle's neck is more than half the length of its shell or carapace. The shell is black to brown in color, while the underside is cream. The feet are webbed for swimming purposes. Another name given to this creature is 'stinker', because it emits a very bad-smelling liquid if threatened, which is enough to ward off any predator.

Echidna

Echidna

Order - Monotremata
IUCN Conservation status - Least Concern

The echidna is a monotreme (egg-laying mammal) like the platypus. It is found all over Australia. There are two species of echidna: the short-beaked and the long-beaked ones. Of the 5 short-beaked subspecies, 4 are found in Australia. Long-beaked echidnas are common in New Guinea. This animal resembles a porcupine, with a spiny body that is about 11 inches long. Its snout resembles an anteater's, and it has a sticky tongue to catch ants and termites.

Emu

Emu

Scientific Name - Dromaius novaehollandiae
IUCN Conservation status - Least Concern

The emu is a flightless bird; the largest Australian native avian, and second largest in the world. It is found throughout Australia, except Tasmania. It is more than 2 meters in height and weighs more than 45 kg (100 pounds). It has no feathers on its neck and head, and the rest of the body has a plumage in various shades of brown. It has short wings, rendering it flightless, but very powerful legs, with three toes on each foot.

Fairy Penguin

Fairy penguin

Scientific Name - Eudyptula minor
IUCN Conservation status - Least Concern

The little penguin or fairy penguin is the smallest of the penguin species. It is found in Western and Southern Australia, and in New South Wales and Tasmania. The penguin island in Western Australia has been named after a colony of Fairy penguins residing there. The average height and weight of this bird is 12 to 13 inches and 1.5 to 1.7 kg (3 to 3.5 pounds). The feathers on the back are bluish-black, while the belly is white.

Frill-necked Lizard

Frill-necked lizard

Scientific Name - Chlamydosaurus kingii
IUCN Conservation status - N.A.

The frilled-neck lizard, which is found in northern Australia, is also known as the frilled lizard or the frilled dragon. It is relatively large in size; its body length is about 33 inches, and its weight is about 1 kg (2 pounds). It has a frill on its neck, which it displays if threatened. It also opens its mouth and hisses for added effect. If that fails, it uses its fast speed to climb a tree to safety. This creature lives on trees and feeds on small animals and insects. It previously appeared on the two cent coin of Australia.

Fur Seal

Fur seal

Scientific Name - Arctocephalus pusillus
IUCN Conservation status - Least Concern

The Australian fur seal is the largest in the fur seal species. It is found in Victoria, New South Wales, Tasmania, and the Bass Strait. There are 9 mating sites, all present on Bass Strait. Males weigh between 200 and 360 kg (440 to 800 pounds), and females between 50 to 120 kg (110 to 260 pounds). Males are more in length than females. This species nearly went extinct in the 1800s due to illegal hunting, but now its numbers are on the rise again.

Galah

Galah

Scientific Name - Eolophus roseicapilla
IUCN Conservation status - Least Concern

The galah is a species of bird that is abundantly found all over Australia. It is also called pink and gray, rose-breasted cockatoo, and roseate cockatoo. Its back and wings are in shades of gray, while its face and undersides are pink. It also has a light-pink crest of feathers on its head, like a cockatoo. It is more than 14 inches in length, and weighs between 270 to 400 grams. One interesting fact about this bird is that the eye color of males is dark brown to black, whereas that of females is light brown to red.

Goanna

Goanna

Genus - Varanus
IUCN Conservation status - Variable with Species

The goanna is any monitor lizard that belongs to the Varanus genus. There are about 30 known species under this genus, and about 25 are found in Australia. The monitor lizard is basically a reptile, which is found throughout Australia in a variety of habitats. It is a carnivore and swallows its prey whole. It can even consume rotting meat. The largest of the species is the Perentie monitor lizard, which grows more than 8 feet in length. The tiniest one is the short-tailed monitor, which is not more than 25 cm long.

Gray-headed Flying Fox

gray-headed flying fox

Scientific Name - Pteropus poliocephalus
IUCN Conservation status - Vulnerable

The gray-headed flying fox is a species of bat that is native to Australia. It is found eastward from the Great Dividing Range, Victoria, Finch Hatton, Adelaide, and Rockhampton. The body and head of this bat is gray, with brown fur around the neck. Its body length is 9 to 11 inches, while the wingspan is about 1 meter long. There are many threats to this animal in the form of habitat loss, food loss, competing for the same with other bats, and high temperatures.

Greater Bilby

bilby

Genus - Macrotis
IUCN Conservation status - Endangered

This Australian marsupial commonly inhabits desert regions, and is found in Western and Northern Australia, and Queensland. There were originally two species, the lesser and the greater bilby. The lesser bilby is now extinct. This animal is a little bigger than the bandicoot, and has a longer tail and ears. It has a very soft, gray fur. Efforts are going on to bring its population back from the brink.

Great White Shark

Great white shark

Scientific Name - Carcharodon carcharias
IUCN Conservation status - Vulnerable

The great white shark, also known as the great white, gets its name from the white color of its belly. It is found on all coasts of Australia, but is more common on the southern coast. This shark can grow big, really big. Adults grow to more than 6 meters in length, and weigh more than 3000 kg (7000 pounds). It is basically a predator, and is attracted to the smell of blood in the water. One interesting fact about the great white is that it needs to keep swimming to keep from sinking to the ocean floor!

Green Sea Turtle

Green sea turtle

Scientific Name - Chelonia mydas
IUCN Conservation status - Endangered

Also known as the green turtle, the green sea turtle is found on the northern coast of Australia. Many nesting sites are found in the Great Barrier Reef, Ashmore and Cartier Reef, the Coral sea, Scott Reef, etc. It prefers tropical waters, and its favorite food is seaweed and algae. It has flipper-like arms, a short neck, a tapering head, and a carapace. An adult grows to more than a meter long and weighs up to 190 kg (400 pounds). Its population has been on the decline mainly due to hunting.

Green Tree Ants

Green tree ants

Scientific Name - Oecophylla smaragdina
IUCN Conservation status - N.A.

Found across the coastal areas and tropics of Australia, green tree ants also go by the name of weaver ants. This is because they have the ability to weave leaves together using the silk produced from their larvae, for the purpose of making nests. There can be up to 5,00,000 ants in one colony, and their nests may occupy more than 10 trees at a stretch. Other names for this species are green ants and orange gasters.

Kangaroo

Kangaroo

Genus - Macropus
IUCN Conservation status - Variable with Species

This hoppy marsupial is a hard-core Australian native! It has a long and strong tail for balancing, and powerful hind legs with long feet to hop easily. The height and weight differ according to the species. The red kangaroo is the biggest of the species, and the biggest marsupial in the world. The young of a kangaroo is called a joey, which stays in its mother's pouch till it is old enough to become independent. The habitat also differs with the species; they are found in cold climates, desert areas, and even tropical rainforests!

Koala

Koala

Scientific Name - Phascolarctos cinereus
IUCN Conservation status - Least Concern

The koala is another thorough native of Australia. Wrongfully called the Koala bear, it is actually a marsupial that lives on trees and loves eucalyptus leaves. It is found in New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria, and Southern and Eastern Australia. It is between 24 to 34 inches long and weighs between 4 to 15 kg (9 to 30 pounds). This animal sleeps for about 17 to 20 hours and is mainly nocturnal. A baby koala is called a joey. The joey stays in its mother's pouch for 6 to 7 months after birth.

Kookaburra

Kookaburra

Genus - Dacelo
IUCN Conservation status - Least Concern

There are 4 species of the kookaburra found in Australia. They are the Spangled Kookaburra, Laughing Kookaburra, Blue-winged Kookaburra, and Rufous-bellied Kookaburra. This is a carnivorous bird that is known to eat insects, small reptiles, mice, etc. It is found in a varied habitat from moist to dry and arid regions, and even in urban areas. The call of this bird sounds like laughter, which is why this sound has been used in many places on TV.

Lyrebird

Lyrebird

Genus - Menura
IUCN Conservation status - Near Threatened

The lyrebird is actually three species of birds belonging to the genus Menura. This bird is found in New South Wales, Tasmania, and Victoria. It is very famous for its ability to mimic various sounds. It can reenact man-made sounds like horns and alarms, and even voices of other animals. The male is about 40 inches long, and the female is smaller. The feather coloring is reddish-brown to brown. A striking fact about the male is his long, showy tail that can be opened into a fan.

Magpie

Magpie

Scientific Name - Cracticus tibicen
IUCN Conservation status - Least Concern

This bird is an Australia native that is found abundantly all over the continent. The feathers of the magpie are black and white, and its most distinctive feature is the eyes, which are golden-chestnut in color. Its beak is bluish-white. This omnivorous bird is between 15 to 17 inches long. It is a songbird that can sing a variety of tunes, like mimicking other birds and even other animals. It lives in open spaces that have nearby wooded areas.

Mallee Fowl

Mallee fowl

Scientific Name - Leipoa ocellata
IUCN Conservation status - Vulnerable

The mallee fowl is an Australian bird that lives on the ground. It is famous for the huge mounds that it builds for the purpose of incubating its eggs. It is a distant relative of the domestic chicken. It inhabits areas that have mallee plantations. The mallee is a small-sized eucalyptus plant. This bird is about the size of a chicken, and has brown-black feathering that is extremely useful in camouflaging it in case it senses danger nearby.

Numbat

Numbat

Scientific Name - Myrmecobius fasciatus
IUCN Conservation status - Vulnerable

Commonly found in Western Australia and New South Wales, the numbat also goes by the name banded anteater. It is a marsupial, whose body length is between 15 to 18 inches. It has bands of black fur on its back. Its color varies from gray to red, and it has almond-shaped eyes, small, rounded ears, and a pointed mouth. Its method of eating is quite peculiar. It digs out its prey using its fore paws, and eats it with its sticky tongue.

Oystercatcher

Oystercatcher

Genus - Haematopus
IUCN Conservation status - Least Concern

There are two species of the oystercatcher bird that are native to Australia. They are the pied and the sooty oystercatcher. Both the species are found along the coastline of the continent. Both have pink legs, red or orange beaks, and similar-colored eyes. The pied oystercatcher has back and white feathers, whereas the sooty oystercatcher has a completely black plumage.

Platypus

Platypus

Scientific Name - Ornithorhynchus anatinus
IUCN Conservation status - Least Concern

This Australian native is a monotreme (egg-laying mammal) that both swims in water and walks on land. It is found in Eastern Australia and Tasmania. The platypus has a duck-like beak, a flat tail that stores fat, and webbed feet. It is covered in thick brown fur that is both heat trapping and waterproof. Its weight varies from 0.5 to 2.5 kg (1.5 to 5 pounds). Sexual dimorphism is evident, as the males are bigger than the females. There is an outgrowth on its hind legs that produces venom, which can cause intense pain in people.

Possum

Possum

Order - Diprotodontia
IUCN Conservation status - Variable with Species

Australia houses 13 species of possums. The possum is a marsupial that lives on trees (arboreal). It has a long, thick tail, round eyes, round, pointed ears, and a small, tapering mouth. Like the koala and the kangaroo, it has a pouch where its baby stays till it grows up. Being arboreal, its diet is mainly herbivorous, and it eats leaves of plants and trees. Some species of possums are the ringtail possum, pygmy possum, and brushtail possum.

Quokka

Quokka

Scientific Name - Setonix brachyurus
IUCN Conservation status - Vulnerable

This Australian native is by far the cutest and happiest of the lot! The quokka is a marsupial, and a relative of the kangaroo, that is found only on Rottnest Island and Bald Island. It is just about a meter tall and looks like a mini kangaroo. It weighs between 2.5 to 5 kg (6 to 11 pounds) and has a 10- to 12-inch long tail. The tail acts as a fat reserve, enabling the animal to live without food or water for days. There are very small and limited colonies of the quokka because its numbers are declining due to predators like foxes and cats.

Quoll

Quoll

Genus - Dasyurus
IUCN Conservation status - Vulnerable or Endangered (Variable with Species)

Australia houses four species of quolls: spotted or tiger, northern, eastern, and western quoll. This animal is found throughout the mainland of Australia and Tasmania. It is a marsupial, like the koala, but is also a carnivore. It looks like a rat, but is between 10 and 38 inches long. The fur color varies between brown and black. The tail is 8 to 14 inches long, and is hairy. Its diet consists of small animals like lizards, frogs, birds, small snakes, etc. It is a primarily nocturnal animal that hunts at night and sleeps during the day.

Red-bellied Black Snake

Red-bellied black snake

Scientific Name - Pseudechis porphyriacus
IUCN Conservation status - N.A.

The red-bellied black snake is commonly found in Eastern Australia. Its habitat consists of forests and swamps. It can grow to a length of 1.5 to 2 meters. It is quite commonly spotted in urban areas like Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, etc. It is a venomous snake, but its venom is not fatal like that of some other Australian snakes. This is because when the snake bites, it does not inject a very high quantity of venom into a person. This is a carnivorous animal that loves to eat frogs and other small mammals. It gets its name due to red color of its undersides.

Redback Spider

Redback spider

Scientific Name - Latrodectus hasseltii
IUCN Conservation status - N.A.

This Australian native spider is a venomous creature. It belongs to the group of widow spiders, where the female is considerably bigger than the male and eats him after mating. The female is black with a red stripe on her back and on her underside. The female is about 0.5 inches in length, while the male is only 0.16 inches. It is found throughout Australia, including the urban areas. The bite of a female redback spider is quite dangerous and can even be fatal. It requires immediate medical attention and administration of antivenin.

Saltwater Crocodile

Saltwater crocodile

Scientific Name - Crocodylus porosus
IUCN Conservation status - Least Concern

This reptile is called the 'most dangerous' animal. It is an apex predator that is commonly found in the northern parts of Australia. It is also known as the saltie crocodile or the Indo-Pacific crocodile. It can grow to more than 11 feet in length. It has a powerful jaw that is longer in length as compared to other crocodiles. This animal is very wild and is also known to attack humans. It is not an endangered species, although its population did take a hit in the 20th century due to increased hunting for its invaluable skin.

Sawfish

Sawfish

Order - Pristiformes
IUCN Conservation status - Critically Endangered

Also known as the carpenter shark, the sawfish is found in Queensland, Western Australia, and the Northern Territory. It gets its name due to an extension of its nose that looks like a double-edged saw. This 'saw' is known as the rostrum. The so-called teeth on the 'saw' are not actually teeth. The fish has teeth in its mouth, which is uses to feed on other fish. The rostrum is very sensitive; it is used to detect movement of prey and also to attack if needed. This fish can grow to more than 20 feet in length.

Sooty Owl

Sooty owl

Genus - Tyto
IUCN Conservation status - Least Concern

There are two species of this bird: the lesser and the greater sooty owl. The former is found in the tropical areas, while the latter in Southeastern Australia. The greater sooty owl is 14 to 17 inches in length, with the females being heavier than the males. The lesser sooty owl is 13 to 15 inches in length, and here too, the females are bigger. It has a spotted plumage that is gray in color. The facial disk is also gray in color with a black border. This is a nocturnal predator that rests in tree hollows or caves during the daytime.

Sugar Glider

Sugar gliders

Scientific Name - Petaurus breviceps
IUCN Conservation status - Least Concern

This small and cute animal is actually a possum that can glide! The sugar glider is found on the Australian mainland, in the east and north regions, and also in Tasmania. It is an arboreal marsupial that is nocturnal in nature. Its total body length is 12 to 13 inches, out of which 6 to 7 inches is the tail length. Its fur is thick, soft, and gray in color. A black stripe runs down its back. The undersides are cream-colored. It is called 'sugar glider' because it likes to eat flowers and nectar. It is originally an omnivorous animal.

Sulfur-crested Cockatoo

Sulfur-crested cockatoo

Scientific Name - Cacatua galerita
IUCN Conservation status - Least Concern

The sulfur-crested cockatoo is a large species of the cockatoo that is found in wooded areas. It inhabits North, East, and South Australia, but avoids areas with less vegetation. It is also found in cities like Brisbane, Perth, Sydney, etc. It has white plumage all over its body, with a crest of yellow feathers on its head. It grown 17 to 24 inches in length. The eye color of the male is brown or black, while that of the female is reddish-brown. This bird is loud and can sometimes be a pest. However, it is very intelligent, and can mimic a variety of man-made and animal sounds.

Tasmanian Devil

Tasmanian Devil

Scientific Name - Sarcophilus harrisii
IUCN Conservation status - Endangered

The Tasmanian devil is a marsupial, which is now found only in the state of Tasmania. It is about 25 inches tall, roughly the size of a small dog. It weighs between 4 to 12 kg (8 to to 25 pounds). It is a carnivore and feeds mainly on birds, snakes, fish, or rotting meat. It has a furry tail and large head. Its fur color is black, with white markings on the chest. The ears are rounded and small, and it has whiskers on its nose. It is a nocturnal animal; its color helps it hunt in the dark, and its whiskers help detect prey.

Thorny Devil

Thorny Devil

Scientific Name - Moloch horridus
IUCN Conservation status - N.A.

Also known as the thorny dragon, the thorny devil is a lizard found in Central Australia. It inhabits scrublands and desert regions. It is called the thorny devil because its body is covered with spikes as a defense mechanism. Its unusual coloring also helps it to blend into its background to avoid being detected. The thorns or ridges on its body help it to store water. When it walks, it rocks its body forward and backward, and moves at a very slow pace. It feeds on ants and catches them using its sticky tongue.

Wallaby

Wallaby

Scientific Name - Macropus
IUCN Conservation status - Least Concern

The wallaby is a native Australian marsupial that is a close relative of the kangaroo. It is found all over Australia in a variety of habitats. Its height can range between 12 to 70 inches, and its weight between 2 to 20 kg (2.4 to 5 pounds). However, it is generally smaller in size than a kangaroo. Its body is covered with fur, and the color can range between brown, tan, black, and red. This animal is a herbivore and is mainly found in grasslands and forests. Australia is home to almost 30 species of wallaby.

Wallaroo

Wallaroo

Scientific Name - Macropus robustus
IUCN Conservation status - Least Concern

The wallaroo gets its name from a combination of wallaby and kangaroo. There are 4 subspecies of the wallaroo, and they are found in various parts of Australia. Females are between 0.75 to 1.2 meters in height, whereas males are 1 to 1.4 meters in height. The average weight is between 40 to 90 pounds, and the males are bigger than the females. The coat can be between reddish-brown and gray. This nocturnal animal is a herbivore and comes out at night to eat grass and shrubs. It is slightly smaller than a kangaroo and bigger than a wallaby.

Wombat

Wombat

Order - Diprotodontia
IUCN Conservation status - Variable with Species

The wombat is a marsupial that is native to Australia. It is about a meter in length and has a compact body. Its fur is brown-black in color, and it has a very small tail. It is found in Southern Australia, including Tasmania. It is a herbivore that eats grass, leaves, roots, etc. It is a burrowing animal that leaves traces of its path wherever it goes. It is nocturnal in nature. Among the species, the Southern hairy-nosed wombat is endangered, while the Common Wombat's population is sufficient as of now.

Yabby

Yabby

Genus - Cherax
IUCN Conservation status - Variable with Species

There are two species of the yabby, which is a crustacean that resides in freshwater bodies; the Common Yabby and the Marine Yabby. The common yabby is found in New South Wales, Victoria, and certain parts of Queensland. The marine one is found in Southeastern Australia. The former is bigger in size, at 4 to 8 inches, as compared to the 2.5 inches of the latter. This creature inhabits various water habitats, and also ranges in color depending on the quality of water it inhabits.

These were some of the Australian native animals. Aren't they a delight to know about? And absolutely adorable too! Sadly, due to human nature, most of them will soon become extinct. Thus, it is in our hands to do something about it so that these beautiful animals are there for our next generation to enjoy as well.
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Published: August 8, 2014
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