Where the wildlife is really wild!


Australian Wildlife

I love our unique Aussie wildlife. It’s just so us!

Nice, different and unusual!

Did you know our Coat of Arms features two very special animals – the kangaroo and the emu?

Australia's Coat of Arms
Australia’s Coat of Arms

The kangaroo and emu are the native animals that hold the shield with pride. Some say the kangaroo and emu were chosen to symbolise a nation moving forward. This is based on the common belief that neither animal can move backwards easily. Source

Dangerous animals abound!

I think this road sign says it all.  You have to be VERY CAREFUL of miniature horses or giant wombats – depending on how you look at it!

Years ago this sign also included a kangaroo, but the kangaroo has now been given its very own sign further on up, as they are the most common danger on our roads.

The horse in the sign is pictured as a tiny little prancing animal, but in reality the wild horses around our area, called brumbies, are big solid creatures.  They are often black too, so blend in well at night.  Many people have been injured by colliding with one of these horses.  Again the horse or the wombat are also usually seriously injured if they are hit.

Danger sign for horses and wombats
Danger sign for horses and wombats

Home sweet home – where the wild things live

Wombats are low to the ground, nuggety little creatures capable of doing much damage to your vehicle if you were to hit one. They live in burrows like the one pictured below.

Sure they are cute but they are also solid as a rock.  They are nocturnal and can create havoc on the road on dark nights, as they are very hard to spot. Although they are usually slow moving, they can run very fast when they want to.

Did you know wombats actually have a large solid plate in their backside?   Their best form of defence though is when they are in their burrow. Here if they are cornered they can crush their would be predator/attacker underground using a large solid plate in their backside against the roof of their burrow. Source

I love the echidna and have written about them before – their babies are called Puggles and in mating season the lovelorn male echidnas often queue up behind a female, nose to tail, forming long trains, up to ten echidnas long. These trains are the first part of the strange echidna courtship and mark the beginning of the breeding season. Source I’ve actually seen an echidna train and it’s absolutely fascinating!

Blue tongue lizards aren’t dangerous and in all my years here I haven’t seen too many snakes – they tend to be more scared of us than we are of them.  That’s not to say they aren’t around, it’s just that they probably hear me coming and quietly slither away.

Indigenous Art

Years before European settlement, the Indigenous people of our land lived with many of these same animals.  They recorded them in pictures as rock art and engravings –  and they are incredible! These photos were taken, with permission, in the Flinders Ranges of South Australia while we were on an Outback Adventure.

Terri’s theme for Sunday Stills is Wildlife  and this is my take on the prompt. I hope you’ve enjoyed it!

Don’t worry, Australian animals aren’t all that scary, we’ve managed to survive them for many thousands of years!!

What’s your favourite Australian animal?

Deb x

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  One thought on “Where the wildlife is really wild!

  1. March 3, 2019 at 4:36 pm

    Ewwww snakes we get them here so far I have only had the rat snake as a visitor and they are not poisonous and quite shy so slither away…I love the indigenous art images 🙂 x

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    • March 3, 2019 at 7:43 pm

      Thanks Carol, the artworks were a complete surprise for me and I love all they represent. I don’t like snakes at all!

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      • March 3, 2019 at 8:11 pm

        We or my son always had a pet snake so I am not scared of snakes but don’t want to meet a poisonous one we have a lot of cobras here luckily I haven’t come across one yet 🙂 x

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  2. March 3, 2019 at 6:18 pm

    So awesome! Such a one of kind continent is this world.

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    • March 3, 2019 at 7:44 pm

      So true Cindy, we’re lucky to share it, but we need to take better care of it at times I think!

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  3. March 3, 2019 at 7:18 pm

    Wow, I wanna see an echidna train too. How fascinating. And what a cute name for their offspring – puggles. There’s so much I still have to see.

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    • March 3, 2019 at 7:45 pm

      They are an amazing creature and very shy. The train is so awesome to see in real life. Thanks Chris, glad you enjoyed my post!

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  4. March 3, 2019 at 7:53 pm

    Great post Deb and no doubt enlightening for many of your non-Aussie readers who think our animals are the deadliest on the planet. We have some amazing wildlife. xx

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    • March 3, 2019 at 8:15 pm

      Yes, our Aussie readers will know a thing or two about our wildlife but others may not! We are so lucky with our nature and yet we sometimes take it for granted!

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  5. March 4, 2019 at 3:04 am

    I just loved learning about Australian wildlife, Debbie, so fascinating! Isn’t it exciting to capture wildlife with our cameras?

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    • March 4, 2019 at 8:48 am

      It’s great to be able to capture them with our cameras Terri and to share the knowledge with others. I’m glad you enjoyed my post and I’ve now linked to yours 🙂

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  6. Nancy
    March 4, 2019 at 3:18 am

    Hi Deb, These are fascinating creatures, especially for those of us non-Aussies who have only seen them in zoos. What a unique environment you call home. Although, I’m sure there are multiple eco-zones that host different critters as Australia is a big continent!

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    • March 4, 2019 at 8:49 am

      Yes we’re a big country alright Nancy and it’s great to share my ‘home’ with others who may not get down here to see what we have to offer. They are just a handful of our unique creatures. I’m happy to hear you’ve enjoyed my post, so thanks for leaving me a comment.

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  7. March 4, 2019 at 6:04 am

    Echidna trains sound so strange but fascinating. Similar to a queue of tongue-tied young lads lining up to chat to a pretty girl I suppose! Saw most of your wild animals when we were there but had a real soft spot for Koalas (soppy huh?)

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    • March 4, 2019 at 8:52 am

      You are exactly right Jonno, a queue of tongue-tied young lads 🙂 I just love that analogy. Yes Koalas are everyone’s favourites but unfortunately we don’t have them where we live. Glad to hear you got to see most of our animals when you visited, they are all so interesting I think!

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  8. March 4, 2019 at 9:22 am

    So beautiful, animals will always be part of us….

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  9. March 4, 2019 at 9:56 am

    So glad I visited your blog! The lizard is majestic!

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    • March 5, 2019 at 5:49 pm

      Many thanks Elizabeth, he’s a real beauty isn’t he? I’m happy you stopped by too 🙂

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  10. March 4, 2019 at 10:18 pm

    I love the indigenous art!! Your wildlife is amazing. #seniorsalon

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    • March 4, 2019 at 10:25 pm

      Thanks Darlene, we certainly have an array of wildlife here. The artworks are amazing!

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  11. Dee | Grammy's Grid
    March 4, 2019 at 10:29 pm

    I can’t imagine seeing a kangaroo along the side the road! How awesome! We have those warning signs here for deer as they can really damage a vehicle!

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    • March 4, 2019 at 10:31 pm

      Thanks Dee, we have so many kangaroos here, they are almost a pest in some areas. I love seeing other road signs from around the world.

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  12. March 4, 2019 at 10:59 pm

    This is absolutely fascinating, Debbie. We’ve all heard of Crocodile Dundee and Steve Irwin, so it’s good to know that you have many benign species too! The indigenous art also helps to bring your words alive. #SeniorSalon

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    • March 5, 2019 at 5:46 pm

      Thanks Clive, I’m glad to hear you found it interesting! We have lots of fab species here. I loved seeing the artworks and it gave me goosebumps knowing how long they’d been there for.

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  13. March 4, 2019 at 11:08 pm

    It has to the Koala bear for me. I remember it was the first thing I wanted to see after landing in Sydney for hols. But I was surprised when we were told nobody is allowed to pet them as it disturbs their sleep (they sleep for 22/24 hours … talk about living the life!). I also found the cassowary quite amusing too!

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    • March 5, 2019 at 5:45 pm

      No koalas are quite mean and nasty creatures although they look so cute and cuddly! They have an amazing life 🙂

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  14. March 4, 2019 at 11:09 pm

    Living in the UK as I do, I can only imagine seeing a wild kangaroo hopping along the road. A common occurrence for Aussies I expect, but a photo opportunity for us Brits!

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    • March 5, 2019 at 5:28 pm

      It’s actually not that common to see a kangaroo hopping down the road but I was able to capture the one in my post just as we waited for the school bus. Our exchange student thought all her Christmases had come at once.

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  15. March 4, 2019 at 11:25 pm

    Always find Australia to be SO fascinating!

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  16. March 4, 2019 at 11:43 pm

    Good grief I think you have an emoji for EVERY occasion 😀 Lovely wildlife pics – and it’s nice to see you waving the flag for Aussie animals 🙂

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    • March 5, 2019 at 4:55 pm

      Yes Leanne, there’s no stopping me and my bitmojis!!!!!! I’ve unleashed a monster 🙂 but it’s a fun monster I have to say. Yes I’m an advocate for all things Aussie. Thanks for commenting 🙂

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  17. March 5, 2019 at 1:30 am

    Hi Deb! I loved learning a bit more about Australian native animals… my sixt years old is particularly interested in animals so it was my pleasure to read all this interesting facts with her. She was hit by the animal street signs! She loved the horse one and it was kinda hard for her to understand that wild animal could be dangerous for drivers😂😂😂!

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    • March 5, 2019 at 4:54 pm

      That made me smile! I love to hear those sort of comments and interactions, it makes it all worth while. Thanks so much for letting me know of her enjoyment 🙂

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  18. March 5, 2019 at 1:47 am

    Here the danger on the road is deer, wild boar, and skunk! Seems yours are a bit harder to see!

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    • March 5, 2019 at 4:52 pm

      Yes maybe there is a size difference at play! Stay safe 🙂

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  19. Cheryl
    March 5, 2019 at 6:23 am

    Hi Debbie! I didn’t know about the name for the echidna’s babies – how cute! My favourite Australian animal is the kangaroo. When I go back home to visit (which isn’t very often), we visit some kangaroos because they’re just so cute! My French husband loves them too! You’ve featured some lovely animals, thank you! Visiting from Esme’s salon.

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    • March 5, 2019 at 4:48 pm

      Yes kangaroos never cease to amaze me, although they can be a pest in some places. I love walking in the forest near home and coming across them and watching them hop away! Thanks for your visit 🙂

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  20. lunalyon
    March 5, 2019 at 7:38 am

    Loved reading about your wild critters. I live near a US National Park that has black bears. They rarely attack people but are still dangerous, particularly mamas with cubs. But tourists try to get selfies with them. Sigh.

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    • March 5, 2019 at 4:47 pm

      Black bears sound amazingly scary. I’m not sure I’d be too keen on getting a selfie with hem somehow! Thanks for visiting and joining in with your thoughts.

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  21. March 5, 2019 at 8:53 am

    Hi Deb, I missed this and glad I saw your post on @EsmeSalon. We certainly have a wonderful variety of native animals in Australia. Ethan reminds me often of seeing a platypus when they visited Tasmania. I just love the name for baby echidnas – Puggles just so cute. x

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    • March 5, 2019 at 4:46 pm

      Thanks for finding my post Sue! I have only ever glimpsed a platypus under water, so really want to see more. I love Puggles, our mobile children’s library in town is called that 🙂

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  22. March 6, 2019 at 8:47 am

    Hi, Deb – I believe that I’ve mentioned this before but…..I’ll trade you a cougar or a brown bear for a kangaroo or a koala! 🙂

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  23. March 8, 2019 at 2:25 pm

    Love this nature post. Thank you so much for sharing your post this week at the #senisal Linkup.

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    • March 8, 2019 at 7:52 pm

      Thanks Esme, it’s my absolute pleasure to link up with you all! Glad to hear you enjoyed my post 🙂

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