Australian is a place of wonders. From the beaches, the attraction sites to unique animals, there is so much that is fascinating about this continent. While Africa celebrates ostrich as its largest bird, Australia on the other hand celebrates Emu. If you are an animal lover, the country has unique species.
When unique animals in Australia are mentioned, kangaroos come into mind. Kangaroos are famous for carrying their babies in pouches on their stomach and despite the possibility of running at a speed of up to 35miles per hour, the baby never fall off the pouch. The baby stays in the pouch for about two months before they can start walking on their one after birth. With the millions of these animals found in forests, you can be assured that during your time in Australia you will see a mob of kangaroos.
- Tasmanian Devil
This animal has an interesting name and this is not the only thing that makes it interesting and unique. Although it is commonly found in the island state of Tasmania, it was originally native to mainland Australia. The devils do not choose what kind of meat, they eat any kind of meat and are said to be the largest carnivorous marsupial in the world. On a daily basis, it has the capacity to eat about 10 percent of its total body weight. The Tasmanian devil size is that of a small dog.
This is another animal that is native to Australia. This is unique in the way it looks to a point that many do not believe it exists. It belongs to the group monotremes meaning that it’s a mammal that does not give birth but instead lay eggs. What makes it unique is the fact that it has a furry body and a bill like a duck. Its body does not match with the bill. They dig burrows along river banks where they stay.
These animals can be seen roaming and they are always so many. Due to their huge numbers, back in the 1900s, sheep flocks had to be protected from them and that’s when the dingo fence was installed. Dingoes weigh up to 33 pounds and are considered to be the largest carnivorous mammals in Australia.
The list of unique animals to Australia cannot be complete without Emus. After ostrich which is found in Africa, this is the world’s second largest bird. They stand at 6 feet tall. One interesting thing about Emus is that while females lay the eggs and they should be incubating them, the males take the role of incubating them for eight weeks. During this period, they lose a lot of weight.