History UsefulNotes / AustralianWildlife

6th May '18 11:39:35 AM Mildesten
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* [[http://www.wildanimalsonline.com/birds/emu-dromaiusnovaehollandiae.jpg Emu.]] The second largest bird in the world (next to the ostrich), they are greyish-brown and flightless with very tasty meat. They're not particularly aggressive unless you mess with their eggs or hatchlings, but they have been known to kill people who do mess with them with a single kick. Unusually, it is the female that develops breeding colours, fights for dominance, and displays and courts the males for attention. The males incubate the eggs alone, and may go for as long as eight weeks without leaving the nest for food or water. They appear on the Australian 50 cent coin, alongside the kangaroo. They also eat rocks. They lay very, very pretty [[http://www.islandemu.com.au/images/Large_emu_egg_prod.JPG eggs.]]

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* [[http://www.wildanimalsonline.com/birds/emu-dromaiusnovaehollandiae.jpg Emu.]] The second largest bird in the world (next to the ostrich), they are greyish-brown and flightless with very tasty meat. They're not particularly aggressive unless you mess with their eggs or hatchlings, but they have been known to kill people who do mess with them with a single kick. Unusually, it is the female that develops breeding colours, fights for dominance, and displays and courts the males for attention. The males incubate the eggs alone, and may go for as long as eight weeks without leaving the nest for food or water. They appear on the Australian 50 cent coin, alongside the kangaroo. They also eat rocks. They rocks, although their more prominent tendency to eat farmers' crops led to the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emu_War Australian government declaring war on them]]. [[ViolationOfCommonSense The emus won]]. Oh, and they lay very, very pretty [[http://www.islandemu.com.au/images/Large_emu_egg_prod.JPG eggs.]]
2nd May '18 2:42:42 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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*** Look at some of the above examples (especially in the Insects and Reptiles category) and think about this a minute. . . someone managed to find an invasive species too poisonous ''[[UpToEleven for Australia!]]''

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*** Look at some of the above examples (especially in the Insects and Reptiles category) and think about this a minute. . . someone managed to find an invasive species too poisonous ''[[UpToEleven for Australia!]]''Australia!]]'' Or more specifically, a poisonous species that Australia [[OutsideContextProblem wasn't used to]], the little bastards being invasive and all.
26th Apr '18 1:07:18 AM WanderingBrowser
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** To better highlight how crazy Australians are; some conservationists began pushing for people to start ''eating'' cane toads, because the flesh is as edible as any other frog or toads if properly prepared[[note]]avoid the poison glands, remove the skin, rinse twice in salt water[[/note]]. Of course, if improperly prepared, it'll kill you, so talk about MasochistsMeal. Even better, the idea actually ''caught on'', to the point those same conservationists then had to start trying to dissuade people from preparing their own toad-meat and getting themselves killed.
7th Apr '18 10:37:41 AM Someoneman
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** Even though it's venom isn't dangerous, it manages to indirectly kill people by sleeping under the sun visors in their cars, falling onto the drivers' laps and [[JumpScare distracting]] them.

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** Even though it's its venom isn't dangerous, it manages to indirectly kill people by sleeping under the sun visors in their cars, falling onto the drivers' laps and [[JumpScare distracting]] them.
24th Mar '18 6:48:44 AM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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* [[http://palaeo.gly.bris.ac.uk/Palaeofiles/Marsupials/koala.jpg Koala.]] [[BerserkButton NOT a bear]] no matter what it looks like. Eats only the leaves of eucalypts and is one of the few animals capable of dealing with the oils in their leaves - so they may be specialised, but they don't have to share. May look cute and cuddly, but [[KillerRabbit best handled with care]]. They're climbing animals, those claws are sharp, and they tend to panic when you pick them up... messy. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x8oLu7znwQ0 They also sound like they're possessed when they fight]].

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* [[http://palaeo.gly.bris.ac.uk/Palaeofiles/Marsupials/koala.jpg Koala.]] [[BerserkButton NOT a bear]] no matter what it looks like.like, but still [[BearsAreBadNews bad news]] if you piss it off. Eats only the leaves of eucalypts and is one of the few animals capable of dealing with the oils in their leaves - so they may be specialised, but they don't have to share. May look cute and cuddly, but [[KillerRabbit best handled with care]]. They're climbing animals, those claws are sharp, and they tend to panic when you pick them up... messy. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x8oLu7znwQ0 They also sound like they're possessed when they fight]].



** [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment Oh, and they're not bears]], but they're still [[BearsAreBadNews bad news]] if you piss 'em off.

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** [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment Oh, and they're not bears]], but they're still [[BearsAreBadNews bad news]] if you piss 'em off.bears]].
24th Mar '18 6:47:59 AM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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** [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment Oh, and they're not]] [[BearsAreBadNews bears]].

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** [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment Oh, and they're not]] not bears]], but they're still [[BearsAreBadNews bears]].bad news]] if you piss 'em off.
5th Mar '18 7:54:23 PM MagnusForce
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** [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epaulette_shark The Epaulette Shark]], a small and harmless shark...that is able to live on land for up to three hours and use its fins to walk -- and adaptation to survive low tide in the shallow coral reefs it inhabits. Of course Australia has a shark that can walk on land.
** [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wobbegong Wobbegongs]] are small, flattened, bottom-dwelling sharks that spend much of their time camouflaged on the seabed and waiting for prey to pass by. They have a reputation for biting trespassing swimmers.
21st Jan '18 4:14:15 AM Meneth
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* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_kite Black Kite]]: A fairly common bird of prey, except the Australian variant has ''learned to use fire''. During bushfires, they will search near the edge of the fire for escaping prey. If the fire is not spreading quickly enough for their taste, they will [[https://cosmosmagazine.com/biology/australian-raptors-start-fires-to-flush-out-prey pick up burning sticks and drop them on dry grass]].
1st Nov '17 8:57:46 PM RaineyH
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* Grasstrees (genus ''Xanthorrhoea''). A group of slow growing trees with long slender leaves that look like grass and many have a long spike growing from the middle that contains seed buds. Like gum trees they not only can survive bushfires but actually require fire to open their seed pods.

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* ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Banksia Banksia.]]'' A diverse genus of spectacular flowers, 90% of which are endemic to Western Australia. Closely related to the [[CulturalPosturing nearly-as-spectacular]] ''Protea'' species of South Africa, as well as the aforementioned ''Macadamia'', and distantly related to sycamores (plane-trees) and lotuses for those of you in the G-8 countries.
* Grasstrees (genus ''Xanthorrhoea''). A group of slow growing trees with long slender leaves that look like grass and many have a long spike growing from the middle that contains seed buds. Like gum trees and many ''Banksias'', they not only can survive bushfires but actually require fire to open their seed pods.



* Though a fungus and not a plant, [[http://www.climatewatch.org.au/species/plants/ghost-fungus the Ghost Fungus]] ''[[BioluminescenceIsCool glows in the dark]]''. Whatever you do, ''[[SincerityMode don't eat it]]'' (it is a {{Poison Mushroom}} despite its close relation and similar shape to the edible Oyster Mushroom). What's more, it's common on the East Coast between and around {{UsefulNotes/Sydney}} and {{UsefulNotes/Melbourne}} ''where people are most likely to encounter it''.

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* Though a fungus and not a plant, [[http://www.climatewatch.org.au/species/plants/ghost-fungus the Ghost Fungus]] ''[[BioluminescenceIsCool glows in the dark]]''. Whatever you do, ''[[SincerityMode don't eat it]]'' (it is a {{Poison Mushroom}} despite its close relation and similar shape to the edible Oyster Mushroom). [[note]] [[AndKnowingIsHalfTheBattle For you tropers in the Northern Hemisphere]], the jack o'lantern mushrooms also glow and are also toxic (although not lethal), and can be confused with the lovely and delicious chanterelle.[[/note]] What's more, it's common on the East Coast between and around {{UsefulNotes/Sydney}} and {{UsefulNotes/Melbourne}} ''where people are most likely to encounter it''.
1st Nov '17 7:50:58 PM RaineyH
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