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Do I know about an Australian tree which has black hair on it?
This one need a little research because I didn't know what type of tree it might be. Here is a link I found that has some "hairy" trees. They might help you know what tree you mean. 🙂
What types of animals are found in Australia?
Australia has a large range of animals but some of our most famous are our marsupial (pouched) and monotreme (egg laying) mammals and our birds. In Part 1 of this post, I have shown some of our reptiles I have photographed so I will only show some mammals and birds.
Here are some of the birds I have seen visiting my home.
King Parrot (male)
This is the crazy type of bird I mentioned enjoyed a diet of sugary flower nectar. One of these birds flew between another person and me when we were talking.
Monotremes (egg laying) Mammals
The most ancient type of mammals are the monotremes. The females lay leathery eggs. On hatching, the young take milk from their mother like all mammals.
The only monotremes known to exist in our world today are the echidna and platypus. The platypus is only found in Australia. Echidnas are found in Australia and New Guinea.
The platypus is hard to photograph in the wild. While I have seen them, they are more like a ripple as they surface in creeks after searching for food. Not having a photo, here is my drawing of a platypus.
The echidna (or spiny anteater) is a harmless animal whose only defence when attacked is to dig it's strong claws into the ground and show its spines. I have found one wandering in my garden. The photo is of a short beaked echidna. The long beaked echidna is found in New Guinea.
Marsupial (pouched) Mammals
Marsupial or pouched animals are born very tiny. They make their way up their mothers fur and into the pouch where they can attach to a nipple. When they grow too large, they start to come out of the mother's pouch and eventually stay out. Here are some photos and drawings.
Wombat - This joey (young marsupial) lost his mother on the road.
Koala - Sapphire is the baby of Blinky and Suzie
Red Kangaroo - the largest of the kangaroos
Eastern Grey Kangaroo mob - groups of kangaroos are called mobs.
Diprotodon (extinct) - When the first native Australians arrived, these huge marsupials still roamed the land.
Thylacine - Tasmanian Tiger - hunted to extinction. The last known thylacine died in captivity in the 1930s. Some believe they still exist in isolated areas of Tasmania.
Our animals even feature on the Australian Coat of Arms. Take a kangaroo and an emu...
Add a little wattle