Australia has some of the most unique wildlife in the world, with 80% of species unique to this country. This isolation means that our animals have adapted perfectly to our conditions, and have some weird traits to reminds us of it...
- They hop because it uses less energy and is quicker than walking, but did you know that kangaroos can't actually move their legs independently?
- There are actually 55 species of kangaroo, and in the past there was a variety that was a whopping 3 metres tall!
- Kangaroos are only 1cm long and weight just 2 grams when they're born.
- Feral kangaroos colonies can be found in the USA, France and the UK after escaping from zoos!
- Gum leaves are actually poisonous, so koalas use 20% of their energy just to digest their food! It's also the reason why koalas always appear so sleepy.
- Koalas have two thumbs on their front paw.
- Adult koalas can eat up to a kilogram of leaves every day!
- Koalas don't need to drink water, as they extract this from the food they eat.
- Every day, a platypus will eat its own weight in food.
- Male platypus have a poisonous spur on the ankle, which is toxic enough to kill a small dog.
- Similar to a shark, platypus find their prey by detecting electrical and mechanical waves around them. This allows them to seal their other senses making them 'waterproof'.
- Platypus don't have stomachs! Instead their oesophagus connects directly to their intestine!
- An emu nest can be over 1 metre wide!
- They can run at speeds of up to 50km/h.
- Emus have two eyelids - one is used to blink and the other is used to keep dust out of the eye.
- The mating calls of emus can be head more than a kilometre away!
- Tassie Devils have very strong jaws to help them bite through bone - they can bite with about the same pressure as a crocodile!
- When threatened, Tassie Devils will often yawn at their attacker to suggest that they're simply not bothered.
- They can actually climb trees (maybe drop bears aren't a work of fiction...