Australian Animals

Australia is home to hundreds of animals that no other continent has seen.

These animals are all special and have their own diets, behaviors, and habitats.

The most well known animals from Australian are the kangaroo, the koala, and the duck-billed platypus.



Kangaroos are marsupials. That means that when a baby kangaroo is born it has to crawl to a pouch on its mother's belly so it can finish growing until it is big enough to live on its own.


A baby kangaroo is called a joey. They are only an inch long when they are born!


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Kangaroos live in groups called mobs.


In fancy Australian restaurants its common to see kangaroo on the menu. You can also find kangaroo jerky in Australian stores.


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Like kangaroos, koalas are also marsupials.


A baby koala is called a cub.


Koalas eat poisonous eucalyptus leaves, but thanks to their specialized digestive tract, they don't get sick!


Koalas sleep for about 18 hours a day!


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Duck-Billed Platypus

Taken at the Sydney Aquarium in Sydney, Australia, July 2011

A platypus is one of the only two mammals that lays eggs

A baby platypus has no special name but is often referred to as a platypup.

The male platypus has poisonous stingers on its back feet.

They have folds of skin over their ears and eyes so they can catch food underwater. They can stay underwater for roughly ten minutes!

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