Australia's Unique Nature and Wildlife
"As an Island Continent We Have Our Own Strange Flora and Fauna"
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Australia has many of the most unique animals in the world with many different species of wildlife there for you to see in the wild as well as in our famous Zoos.
Marsupials are the most common and prolific group in Australia. Many of them you know like the kangaroo and koala, but there are many others like the wallaby, wombat, bandicoot, kultarr and many others.
There are also strange egg-laying mammals like the platypus and the echidna. The reptiles here include a variety of snakes, crocodiles and lizards.
Ocean animals, like the migrating whales and the bottle nose dolphins, are also plentiful.
There are over 860 Australian birds listed and bird watchers are increasingly finding more as they move into more and more remote areas of Australia. Australian birds are some of the most distinctive and sort after in the world today.
Australia has birds that will fit in a closed fist like the weebill, which is only 8cm in size right up to the larger flightless birds like the emu and cassowaries.
Approximately a quarter of Australia is situated above the Tropic of Capricorn with seasonal monsoon rains dumping water on Australia's 'top end' during the summer months from late September thru to as late as March.
These monsoonal rains bring the Australian Outback to life and from the Red Centre to the coastal fringes the land erupts into the colours of spectacular wildflowers.
Many of Australias Wildflowers are actually very delicate despite the fact that in the wild they are also very hardy. Great care has to be taken not to disturb the environment around them.