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48 Fun Facts About Australian Animals| Wildlife of Australia

Updated: Jul 10, 2021

Australia is full of native animals, and many of these animals are only found in Australia. Dangerous, cute, but too many marsupials! We won't be talking about all Australian animals, but we've written about fun facts about Kangaroos, Koalas, Platypus, Tasmanian Devils, and Quokkas.


Kangaroos:


Fun Facts About Australian Animals
Fun Facts About Australian Animals

1. Kangaroos are very fast animals. Some kangaroos can reach speeds of up to 50 km/h.


2. Kangaroos use their tail as a leg and get support from their tail while moving.


3. Most kangaroos are left-handed.


4. A mother kangaroo can give birth to up to 3 cubs at a time.


Fun Facts About Australian Animals
Fun Facts About Australian Animals

5. Kangaroos live in large groups. They don't like to travel alone.


6. Kangaroo meat is consumed by Australians.


7. If you drive in the dark in Australia, your chances of hitting a kangaroo are very high. 80% of animals hit by cars in Australia are kangaroos.


8. Kangaroos often hide in water from predators. As a defense, the kangaroo often leads the pursuer to the water. When the kangaroo gets there, it tries to strangle the attacker.


Fun Facts About Australian Animals
Fun Facts About Australian Animals

9. There are different species of kangaroo living in trees in Australia. Tree kangaroos walk on all fours and do not jump. They are native to northeastern Queensland only.


10. In Australia, male kangaroos are called boomers, female kangaroos are called flyers, and baby kangaroos are called joeys.


11. Kangaroos do not have sweat glands and tend to hang out and rest in shaded areas when the weather is hot.


12. A kangaroo can jump up to 3 meters on average.


Koalas:


Fun Facts About Australian Animals
Fun Facts About Australian Animals

13. Koalas can sleep up to 20 hours a day.


14. Koalas are also excellent swimmers.


15. They accumulate leaves on their cheeks to eat later.


16. When female koalas are caged, they may tend to have a lesbian relationship.


Fun Facts About Australian Animals
Fun Facts About Australian Animals

17. The reason why they hug the tree is that they want to be refreshed on hot summer days.


18. They have fingerprints just like humans.


19. Before the British settled in Australia, 10 million koalas lived here. Now there are only 43,000 left.


20. In their natural habitat, koalas can live 13-18 years.


Fun Facts About Australian Animals
Fun Facts About Australian Animals

21. The gestation period of koalas lasts only 33-35 days.


22. They eat about 1 kg of eucalyptus leaves per day.


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Wombats:


Fun Facts About Australian Animals
Fun Facts About Australian Animals

23. Wombats are one of the marsupials. It is also a close relative of the koala.


24. Wombats can dig 30 meters long tunnels under the ground.


25. Unlike other animals, wombats' pouches are located on the back. Thanks to the pouch on the back, all kinds of soil and dirt are prevented from entering.


26. When there is danger, wombats can smell this smell from miles away.


27. One of the interesting features of wombats is their excrement. It only feeds on grass. That's why wombats have a very slow digestive system and their stools are square in shape.


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