Mammals all produce milk to suckle their young. Mammals have fur or hair. There are three types of mammals and examples of each type are found in Australia.
1).Monotremes are mammals that lay soft-shelled eggs. They can be found in Australia and New Guinea. Two monotremes are:
2)Echidna (Spiny Anteater).
Marsupials are mammals that give birth
to young which are in an immature state.
The main groups of the 180 species of marsupials are:
The kangaroo The kangaroo is unique
to Australia is our largest marsupial (animals that carry and nurse their young). The kangaroo actually appears on our coat of armsThe kangaroo is unique to Australia is our largest marsupial (animals that carry and nurse their young). The kangaroo actually appears on our coat of arms making it our most easily recognized mammal. A baby kangaroo is called a joey. Joeys are raised in their mother's pouch, suckling from the teats inside, until they are about one year old.
This dingo in central Australia actually
came up to my hand and sniffed it to see if I had any food for him. Seeing that I didn’t he ran off and made himself comfortable in the shade of some tussocks. I took a few shots with the telelense as he was a fair way from me. From these photos I did this drawing. It is not the entire piece, just a detailed section
Feral cats are found throughout Australia.
They kill many animals including small mammals, birds, frogs, reptiles and insects. Cats threaten the only mainland population of bandicoot in the state of Victoria.
Clearing and grazing have greatly reduced
the numbers of peninsula guinea flowers (Hibbertia paeninsularis) on the Eyre Peninsula, South Australia.
High prices from overseas collectors encourage
the smuggling of many unique and colourful Australian animals such as the goldens-houldered parrot.
Little terns nest in colonies along
beaches where they are easily disturbed by people, off – road vehicles and dogs. Wildlife agencies and volunteers fence off the nest sites and patrol the beaches to help protect this small seabird.
Habitat loss and fishing have decreased
the number of fish in the Murray Darling River system.
Foхes are partly responsible for the
decline in numbers of brush – tailed bettongs, plains wanderers and other ground – dwelling animals. Introduced to Australia in the 1860’ s, foхes now occur throughout most of Australia. Where they are absent, in Tasmania and tropical Australia, the loss of small mammals has been less.
More than 400 species of reptiles
are known in Australia. Some are similar to overseas species, some are unique.
Rabbits have been amongst the most
destructive of all introduced animals. They occur across Australia, eхcept in the tropics. They have permanently damaged large parts of arid Australia by overgrazing. As well as eating the more palatable grasses, rabbits will even ringbark shrubs and trees.