THE LAND OF WONDER DOWN UNDER
SOME AMAZING FACTS ABOUT AUSTRALIA’S UNIQUE ANIMALS!
- The male platypus has venom strong enough to can kill a small dog, or cause excruciating pain among humans.
- Quokka’s recycle a small amount of their bodies waste products.
- No native Australian animals have hooves.
- The box jellyfish is responsible for more deaths in Australian than Snakes, Sharks and Salt Water Crocodiles.
- The Irukandji jellyfish is only 2.5 centimetres in diameter, but can cause death to humans within days.
- The venom of a stonefish can kill a human in two hours.
- If rain lands on the Thorny Devils back, it runs down the creature finding its way to its mouth where it is consumed.
- The Thorny Devil has the ability to change colour.
- Wombats can often sleep with their four feet sticking up in the air!
- The wombat deposits square poos on logs, rocks and even upright sticks that it uses to mark its territory. And when wombats are courting, the female runs figures of eights until she’s exhausted and the bloke catches her for some wombat love.
- The Tree Kangaroo can leap up to 15 metres to another tree.
- The female green sea turtle lays it eggs in the same place as it was born.
- The female green sea turtle returns to the same place each year to lay eggs.
- The Red Bellied Black Snake can give birth to up to 40 live snakes at one time.
- Sugar Gliders can glide through the air for up to 100 metres.
- The Wedge-tailed Eagle is Australia’s largest bird of prey.
- Koalas can make an extremely loud and agressive growling noise.
- Fairy Penguins live for an average of seven years.
- The Emu is the world’s third largest bird. The Ostrich and the Cassowary take the top positions.
- The nest of an Emu can be up to 1.5 metres wide!
- Kangaroos and emus cannot walk backward, one of the reasons that they’re on the Australian coat of arms.
- The Emu can run at speeds up to 45 km/hr!
- A mother dingo regurgitates food for her puppies.