Koalas are cuddly tree-dwelling marsupials with large noses. They spend their lives in trees and sleeps up to 20 hours a day. Some people refer to them as Koala Bears, but they are not bears at all.
Platypuses have beaks like a duck, webbed feet like an otter, tails like a beaver, and lay eggs like a lizard. About the size of a small cat, this animal is a semi-aquatic mammal referred to as monotreme.
Kangaroos have a triangular, upright body with two large hind legs, small forelimbs, and large thick tails. The female of the species has a pouch in which she carries her young. They can hop at 60km/h.
Wombats are burrowing marsupials that look like baby bears. They are shy animals rarely seen in the wild. Wombats walk very slowly and grunt loudly if threatened. They do cube-shaped poo!
Emus are the tallest and fastest land bird in Australia. They are the second tallest and second fastest birds in the world. They may look intimidatingly, but they are just curious and harmless unless provoked.
Red Bellied Black Snake
Red-bellied black snakes have black upper bodies and bright red sides and bellies. They are venomous and account for 16% of all snake bites. They are also called a Red belly Black Snakes or Common Black Snakes.
Blue Tongue Lizard
Blue-tongued lizards come in a variety of sizes and colours. They stick out their large blue tongues and hisses loudly to scare off predators. They are slow-moving skinks that feed during the day.
Cassowaries, with their dagger-like claws and powerful kicks, are the most dangerous bird in the world and also the second-largest bird. Only 1,200 Southern cassowaries live in the wild, they may become extinct.
Dingoes, the wild dogs of Australia, originated from semi-domesticated dogs brought to Australia by humans 5,000 years ago. They generally avoid humans, but and have been known to attack or bite humans.
Echidnas are small egg-laying mammals called monotremes. They are the oldest surviving example of early mammals. They lay eggs like birds and reptiles but feed their young milk like a mammal.
Quokkas look like the happiest animals in the world. With their smiley faces, they seem to love posing for selfies. About the size of a domestic cat, they are quite agile and capable of climbing small trees and shrubs.
Tasmanian devils are scary, boisterous marsupials with blood-curdling screams like a devil. They are the world’s largest meat-eating marsupial. They are extinct except on the island of Tasmania.
Laughing kookaburras are the world’s largest kingfisher. They have loud and distinctive bird calls that sounds like human laughter. They love feasting on snakes, which they bash against a branch to kill it.
Redbacks are the second most dangerous spider in the world. They have a black pea-shaped body with a red stripe, a warning to keep away. Most redback bites occur when humans invade the spider’s “space”.
Sharks are a group of fish called Elasmobranchii that don’t have bony skeletons. They are mostly harmless. The media wildly publicise shark attacks, but they are very rare. There are 182 species in Australian waters.
Frilled lizards open their mouths wide and ruffle out their scaly red and yellow frill like an umbrella to scare off predators. If this display doesn’t scare off an attacker, they turn tail and run away at great speed.
Salt-water crocodiles are ferocious amphibious, carnivorous reptiles with scaly skin and a broad snout crammed with pointed teeth. Their other names are Estuarine Crocodile and Indopacific Crocodile.
Eastern Brown Snake
Eastern brown snakes are the second most venomous snake in the world and responsible for the most snakebite fatalities in Australia. They have slender bodies, with colours ranging from brown to tan to burnt orange.
Wallabies are small to medium-sized hopping marsupials with compact legs built for agility in forested areas where it lives. They are almost identical to kangaroos but smaller. They are referred to as macropods.
Possums are nocturnal marsupials that live in trees, only come out at night and rear their young in a pouch. They range in size from the tiny pygmy possum, which is 70mm to the brushtail possum a meter in length.
Box jellyfish are the most venomous animals in the world. A sting from one can kill a human in less than 4 minutes. They are pale blue and hardly visible. They get their name from their four-sided box-like shape.
Tasmanian Tigers (Thylacine) were marsupial wolves that had stripes like a tiger. Resembling a large, short-haired dog with a stiff tail, they were the largest carnivorous marsupial. People hunted them to extinction.
Blobfish are the ugliest animals in the world. They have jelly-like bodies and live in the ocean at depths of over 1,000m where they look like tadpoles. On land, its body collapses, and it looks like a slime blob.
Headless Chicken Monster
The headless chicken monster is a deep-sea swimming sea cucumber that gets its name because its body looks like a decapitated chicken. It is bioluminescent and has a see-through body with internal organs visible.
Lyrebirds are ground-dwelling pheasant-sized songbirds that are amazing mimics. They can imitate almost any sound they hear. These can include chainsaws, mobile phones, and horns.
Sugar gliders are small arboreal, nocturnal marsupials that glide from tree to tree and eat the sugary nectar of plants. They are about 250mm long and very agile. It can glide up to 90 meters from tree to tree.
Red kangaroos are the largest marsupials and the largest hopping animal in the world. Standing up to 2 meters tall, it can hop at over 60kph. Each hop covering up to 9 meters. 15 million of them live in the Outback.
Reef stonefishes are the most venomous fish in the world. Spines along their backs, inject highly toxic venom and intensely painful venom. They camouflage themselves to blend effortlessly into their environment.
Thorny Devil lizards are armoured with spikes and have excellent camouflaging skills. These attributes offer them superior protection from would-be predators. They are about 20cm in length and eat black ants.
Antechinuses are little marsupials with pointy noses. Their appearance is similar to a mouse. They are ferocious hunters, preying on insects and small animals. They have a suicidal oversexed sexual behaviour.
The mimic octopus can change its appearance imitate many dangerous sea creatures. It is a master of disguises. It mimics other animals to frighten predators away. It lives in shallow murky waters.
Greater bilbies are small, nocturnal, omnivorous marsupials with rabbit-like ears and pointy pink snouts. They have muscular forearms and claws for digging their burrows and uncovering buried food.
Cuttlefish are intelligent creatures and experts at using colour, shape, and texture for camouflage. They can put on spectacular colour and light displays. Cuttlefish are related to squid and octopuses.
Corroboree frogs are highly poisonous amphibians with striking yellow and black longitudinal markings. These frogs walk rather than hop like most other frogs. There may be as few as 50 left in the wild.
Black swans are large aquatic birds found in estuaries and waterways of Australia. They make a high-pitched musical bugle sounds. While graceful in flight and in water, black swans walk rather clumsily on land.
Marsupial moles literally swim underground through the sand. They have no eyes or ears and have a bony shield to protect their noses. They are probably one of the most unusual and least understood animals in the world.
Swift parrots, also known as the Red-faced or Red-shouldered Parrot, are small green and yellow birds with long pointed wings. These noisy birds are the fastest parrots in the world. There are only 2,000 left in the wild.
Gouldian finches are beautifully coloured grass finches. They were once found by the millions but are nearly extinct in the wild. Gouldian finches feed on both ripe and partially-ripe grass seeds.
Numbats are small termite-eating marsupials. They are sometimes called Banded Anteaters or Marsupial Anteaters. They weigh about 700 grams and forage for termites during the daylight.
Great Barrier Reef
The Great Barrier Reef is the largest and most spectacular coral reef in the world. It is made up of 2,900 coral reefs and 600 idyllic islands, and over 2,300lm long. It has the world’s most diverse range of underwater animals.
Leadbeater’s possums scamper along branches in the high forest canopy and leap gracefully from one tree to another. They are extremely rare.
Spotted Tailed Quolls are the size of a large cat. They have many sharp little teeth. They are the second-largest carnivorous marsupial.
The Gilbert’s potoroo is the world’s rarest marsupial. It has long front limbs with craved claws with which its digs underground fungi (truffles).
Dugongs are plant-eating marine mammals. Because of their sleek, appearance and large teats, ancient sailors thought they were mermaids.
The brushtail possum is a semi-arboreal nocturnal marsupial. It has a bushy prehensile tail, which it uses to grasp onto branches.
Funnel Web Spider
The Sydney funnel web is the deadliest and most aggressive spider in the world. Its bite can kill a human in 15 minutes.
Bandicoots are small omnivorous marsupials with pointy snouts, large hind feet, and hop. There are 20 species of bandicoots in Australia.
Night Parrots are small ground-dwelling nocturnal parrots. They are the world’s most mysterious and elusive birds. Only 250 survive.
The Giant clam is the world’s largest sessile mollusc. It can grow up to 1.5 meters and weigh 230 kilos. It has large protruding blue iridescent lips.
The Ringtail possum is a small arboreal, nocturnal marsupial that holds its tail in a tight coil. It has two thumbs on each front paws.
The Tawny Frogmouth is a nocturnal insect hunter that looks like an owl. It camouflages itself by fluffing its feathers to look like a tree stump.
The Musky rat-kangaroo is the smallest macropod and the only kangaroo that doesn’t hop. As its name suggests, it looks like a rat and has a musky smell.
Clownfish come in a wide variety of colours and usually have vertical bands across their bodies. They live amongst poisonous sea anemones.
Tree kangaroos live in trees. They climb by wrapping the forelimbs around a tree and hopping up with their powerful hind legs.
This turtle breathes through its bum, yes its anus, and it can remain submerged for days. It’s about 45cm and lives to over 100 years.
Stick Nest Rat
The white-tipped-stick-nest-rat lived in central Australia. It built its nest of sticks, which it added to over the years, making a huge nesting mound.
The antilopine kangaroo is the only kangaroo that lives entirely in the tropics. It has a face that looks like that of an antelope, hence its name.
Sea anemones are small marine invertebrates closely related to coral and jellyfish. They catch prey with their venomous tentacles.
Fairy Penguins are the smallest penguin species in the world. It goes fishing during the day and eats small fish and crustaceans.
The lesser bilby was a small omnivorous marsupial that became extinct in 1950 due to rabbits and predators such as feral cats and foxes.
The woylie is a nocturnal marsupial with a long tail which it wraps around a bundle of nesting material and transports it home.
Flying Fox (Bat)
Flying Foxes are relatively large flying herbivorous mammals. Most do not use echolocation but instead rely on their keen sight.
The Sulphur-crested Cockatoo is a very noisy large white parrot with a large yellow crest that it fans out. It eats berries, seeds, nuts and roots.
The blue-ringed octopus bite is painless and may go unnoticed. However, its toxin acts quickly. Death may occur in as little as 30 minutes
Tiger snakes are large, aggressive snakes responsible for the second-highest number of bites in Australia. Their venom is neurotoxic.
The goanna is the largest lizard in Australia and the fourth-largest in the world. If threatened, it whips its tail, bites, and claws its victim.
Dolphins are very vocal, playful, intelligent, social animals that live in groups of up to 15 animals. They feed on invertebrates, fish, and squid.
Australia has 56 species of colourful parrots. It has two-thirds of the world’s cockatoos and around one-eighth of the world’s parrots.
Australian sea lions stocky bodies, a large head, and short narrow flippers. The male is twice as large as the female. They hunt fish and squid.
Red-eyed Tree Frog
Red-eye tree frogs live in Australian rainforests and wetlands. They are nocturnal hunters that feed on moths and insects.
Rakali (Water Rat)
The Rakali, a semi-aquatic native placental mammal, lives in burrows on the banks of rivers. It eats insects, fish, crustaceans, snails, and frogs.
Taipans are large, fast-moving snakes. They are some of the most venomous snakes in the world but prefer to avoid confrontation with humans.
Peacock Mantis Shrimp
Peacock mantis shrimps have the fastest punch in the world, creating small implosions in the water that generates heat, light, and sound.
Handfish prefer to walk on their pectoral and pelvic fins rather than swim. They live at depths of 5-40m and eat crustaceans and worms.
Red-fronted parakeets were quite common till about 1879. They became extinct because of hunting by humans and as a result of the feral cat.
Humpback whales travel up from the Antarctic to give birth and feed their young. They can grow to 12 – 16 metres and weigh 36,000 kgs.
Plains wanderers are small quail-like birds that live in semi-arid grasslands. They prefer to run rather than fly and fall easy prey to foxes.
Loggerhead Turtles are the largest hard-shelled turtles in the world. They are carnivorous, feeding on shellfish, crabs, sea urchins, and jellyfish.
The eastern bettong became extinct on the mainland in the 1920s as the result of the introduction of the red fox and rabbit.
Lion fish has zebra-like stripes and venomous spines. A sting from a spine can be very painful but not fatal to humans.
Gastric-brooding frogs incubated their babies in the mother’s stomach. They became extinct in the mid-1980s due to a pathogenic fungus.
Green turtles feed on seagrasses, but they also eat the venomous box jellyfish. They get their name from the colour of their fat.
The exotic mandarin fish has no scales for protection. Instead, it is covered in smelly toxic mucus and spines to deter predators.
The Textile Cone’s harpoon-like tooth can pierce the skin, rubber gloves and wetsuits. Its venom causes respiratory paralysis and eventual death
It is the largest turtle of them all. It is called a leatherback because it doesn’t have a hard shell but has leathery skin. It eats jellyfish and invertebrates.
Wildlife of Western Australia
Wildlife of Western Australia with shots of koala’s, kangaroo’s, dolphins, sealions, rays, birds and many more wild animals. Filmed by diferent locations in Australia