Wildlife facts pertaining to Australian wildlife

10 things you probably didn’t know about…


AUSTRALIAN WILDLIFE


1. The koala’s closest and decidedly less sleepy relative is the half guinea pig/half tank otherwise known as the wombat.


2. Every snake in Tasmania is venomous. So, if you’re bitten, there’s no point in wondering if it’s one of those harmless ones.


3. Most rabbits in Australia are descended from just 24, which a Victorian man introduced for shooting practice in 1859. There are now more than 300 million and they cause more than $115 million in damage to crops and property every year.


4. Australian camels are thought to be the purest, most disease-free breed in the world – and they’re exported to Saudi Arabia.


5. If you weighed all the termites in Australia, they would outweigh all the cattle and kangaroos put together.


6. There are 461 species of fly in Australia. You will probably meet all of them if you go to the NT at the wrong time of year.


7. Saltwater crocs can only travel at 3km/h on land. You can outrun them, but it’s probably not a race worth entering.


8. The word kangaroo comes from an Indigenous language and allegedly means “I don’t understand.”


9. The platypus and echidna are the only two egg-laying mammals in the world, and when settlers first described a platypus, it was widely thought to be a hoax by an incredulous scientific community back in London.


10. Unusually for a member of the dog family, dingoes do not bark.

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