Unique Australian Animals

"The Best of the Unique and Unusual!"

It's hard to pick from the best unique Australian Animals as there really are so many.

There are lots of weird and wonderful animals and if you have browsed these pages, I am sure you have your own favourites.

The Kangaroo and Koala Bear are clearly iconic of Australia and deserve their own pages.

Below are my favourite unique Australian animals, if not unusual Australian animals.

Unique Australian Animal No. 1: The Flying Fox

The flying fox is basically a bat like creature that has a face just like a fox. They are really strange looking and worth having a look at.

Where can you see them in Australia?

You’ll find flying foxes on the Eastern side of Australia, mainly in the top end as they like tropical climates. The little red flying fox is the only one that you will find inland. The spectacled and the grey headed flying foxes are protected due to their decline in numbers over the years. So, you are unlikely to see these.

You can see flying foxes in the trees at the botanical gardens in both Melbourne and Sydney. Just look up into the trees and you can’t miss them and they are usually making a lot of noise. They are nocturnal, flying around at night looking for food. You can often see them above the opera house or bridge at night in Sydney.

Did you know?

There are four species here in Australia and are named by their colours and appearance – red, grey, black and spectacled flying foxes.

They usually set up camp high up in the trees and more and more are moving to suburban areas due to greater food supplies. They like well watered trees with blossoms, fruit and nectar.

Unique Australian Animal No. 2:The Sugar Glider

These are funny little creatures that deserve to be on the unique australian animals list. They look a bit like squirrels but can glide in the air. They also like sweet things – hence their name.

Where to see them in Australia

They are native to Australia and are generally found on the East Cost of Australia or in the Northern parts of Australia.

Most wildlife parks have gliders. Australia Zoo near Brisbane has them as does Taronga Zoo

Did you know?

Amazingly, these animals can glide over 50 metres in the air! They glide by spreading out their arms and legs and they use their tail for balance and steering. It’s a great way to get away from their predators such as dingos, cats, foxes and goannas. It doesn’t help them much against their flying predators such as owls and Kookaburras.

They are about 40cm in length and are very light, weighing just 150 grams.

They tend to be nocturnal hunting for food such as the sap from trees or Insects. They like to live in the hollows of trees or in a nest made of twigs and leaves.

Unique Australian Animal No. 3:The Sea Dragon

This fish is related to the seahorse and looks very beautiful if not a little odd.

They are a bit bigger than seahorses at around 40cm. They live off plankton and crustaceans which is strange given they do not have any teeth.

They have a pipe like snout and propel themselves along through the use of their fins – one near their neck and one on their back at then end of its body. They are very well camouflaged looking like a piece of seaweed floating along.

Where can you see them in Australia?

They are found in southern and western seas of Australia.

Did you know?

It is the official emblem of the state of South Australia. Every other year a festival is held on the Fleurieu Peninsula to celebrate the environment and the sea dragon.

The sea dragon is a popular souvenir with divers and collectors. They are also used extensively in alternative medicine. As such, they have now become a protected species in Australia.

Unique Australian Animal No. 4:The Eastern Snake Necked Turtle

This turtle lives in the slow moving inland waters of Australia. This means they are found in swaps, dams and lakes.

Where to see them.

They can be seen down from north Queensland down the East Coast of Australia all the way to South Australia.

Wildlife parks tend to have them if you are particularly fascinated by them.

It is its neck that makes this tortoise a little different. The shell of the turtle is about 30cm and the neck can be as long as the full length of its shell. It bends its neck sideways to tuck the neck under the shell.

Did you know?

It likes to eat insects, worms, tadpoles molluscs and crustaceans.

It has very powerful webbed feet to allow it to swim and propel itself in the water.

This is also known as a “Stinker” as it omits an offensive smell up to 3m away if it feels threatened. It usually succeeds in keeping its predators at bay.

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