History UsefulNotes / AustralianWildlife

13th Jul '17 3:45:50 PM StevieC
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Australia has, without a doubt, some of the strangest animals around. We have poisonous toads that didn't do the job, there are the famous cute species like kangroos, koalas, and wombats, a host of not-so-cute and incredibly deadly creatures, and some of the world's only egg-laying mammals, who are quite cute themselves at a safe distance. Aren't we lucky?

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Australia has, without a doubt, some of the strangest animals around. We have poisonous toads that didn't do the job, there are the famous cute species like kangroos, kangaroos, koalas, and wombats, a host of not-so-cute and incredibly deadly creatures, and some of the world's only egg-laying mammals, who are quite cute themselves at a safe distance. Aren't we lucky?
2nd Jul '17 10:44:53 PM MagnusForce
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* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Myrmecia_(ant) Bull Ants]], which grow more than a centimetre long and have a bite that has been known to cause [[https://www.allergy.org.au/patients/insect-allergy-bites-and-stings/allergic-reactions-to-bites-and-stings anaphylaxis]]. Being an ant, they also [[ZergRush attack in swarms]].

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* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Myrmecia_(ant) Bull Bulldog Ants]], which grow more than a centimetre long and have a bite that has been known to cause [[https://www.allergy.org.au/patients/insect-allergy-bites-and-stings/allergic-reactions-to-bites-and-stings anaphylaxis]]. Being an ant, they also [[ZergRush attack in swarms]].
* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giant_burrowing_cockroach The Giant Burrowing Cockroach]] (aka the Rhinoceros Cockroach or the Litterbug). Found in tropical Queensland, these guys are the heaviest cockroach species in the world (''35 grams'') and are considered vital to the ecosystems they live in, since they help dead leaves decompose and churn up fresh soil. They are flightless {{Gentle Giant}}s, so some folks keep them as pets.
23rd Jun '17 1:49:28 AM albertonykus
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** Less well-known is the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tree-kangaroo tree kangaroo]], related to its land-dwelling cousin. It is ungainly on the ground but very proficient in the trees, and mostly eats leaves and fruit. It lives in the far northeast of Australia, parts of Papua New Guinea, and several nearby islands.

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** Less well-known is are the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tree-kangaroo tree kangaroo]], kangaroos]], related to its their land-dwelling cousin. It is cousins. They are ungainly on the ground but very proficient in the trees, and mostly eats eat leaves and fruit. It lives They live in the far northeast of Australia, parts of Papua New Guinea, and several nearby islands.
23rd Jun '17 12:03:18 AM AirofMystery
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** Less well-known is the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tree-kangaroo tree kangaroo]], related to its land-dwelling cousin. It is ungainly on the ground but very proficient in the trees, and mostly eats leaves and fruit. It lives in the far northeast of Australia, parts of Papua New Guinea, and several nearby islands.
17th Apr '17 12:22:17 PM LB7979
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* Kangaroo. We all know what it looks like. A giant brown/red/grey (depends on location) marsupial with a massive tail, tiny arms and legs that, as Creator/TerryPratchett accurately described, "could disembowel you with a kick". It also appears on the 50 cent coin with the emu. And no, males don't have pouches. And no, [[KangarooPouchRide you can't ride in them]]. Even if you ask nicely. The males are often known as "boomers", and the females as "flyers". A group of kangaroos is called a "mob", but no one has ever thought to ask why... It's possible they're called that because they've been known to lure dogs into water and then make them "sleep with the fishes".

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* Kangaroo. Kangaroos
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We all know what it looks they look like. A giant brown/red/grey Giant brown / red / grey (depends on location) marsupial marsupials with a massive tail, tails, tiny arms and legs that, as Creator/TerryPratchett accurately described, "could disembowel you with a kick". It They also appears appear on the 50 cent coin coin, with the emu. And no, males don't have pouches. And no, [[KangarooPouchRide you can't ride in them]]. Even if you ask nicely. The males are often known as "boomers", and the females as "flyers". A group of kangaroos is called a "mob", but no one has ever thought to ask why... It's possible they're called that because they've been known to lure dogs into water and then make them "sleep with the fishes".



** And their hopping mode of travel uses less energy per weight per distance than anything science has been able to devise, with minimal need for contrarian balancing motions, that can only be used by creatures with the kangaroo's specific anatomy and only on its specific habitat of flat wide open spaces.
** Females have an unusual breeding system which manages to make this group of marsupials very successful. It has three vaginas, but only one would have a developing embryo at a time. The gestation period is very small, about 33 days or so. The baby enters the world as a tiny grub-like thing which then crawls from the birth canal to the pouch, where it then latches onto a nipple and continues to grow for another 4 months or so. Once it is big enough, it then comes out as a baby joey. The mother is also able to halt development of potential embryos if the pouch is occupied. This system enables a mother kangaroo to potentially have three babies at the same time in different stages of development: A joey hopping about outside, a joey developing in the pouch, and an embryo inside the uterus.

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** And their Their hopping mode of travel uses less energy per weight per distance than anything science has been able to devise, with minimal need for contrarian balancing motions, that can only be used by creatures with the kangaroo's specific anatomy and only on its specific habitat of flat wide open spaces.
** Females have an unusual breeding system which manages to make this group of marsupials very successful. It has They have three vaginas, but only one would can have a developing embryo at a time. The gestation period is very small, short, about 33 days or so.days. The baby enters the world as a tiny grub-like thing which then crawls from the birth canal to the pouch, where it then latches onto a nipple and continues to grow for another 4 months or so. Once it is big enough, it then comes out as a baby joey. The mother is also able to halt development of potential embryos if the pouch is occupied. This system enables a mother kangaroo to potentially have three babies at the same time in different stages of development: A a joey hopping about outside, a joey developing in the pouch, and an embryo inside the uterus.
21st Mar '17 9:59:41 AM ginsengaddict
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* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Myrmecia_(ant) Bull Ants]], which grow more than a centimetre long and have a bite that has been known to cause [[https://www.allergy.org.au/patients/insect-allergy-bites-and-stings/allergic-reactions-to-bites-and-stings anaphylaxis]]. Being an ant, they also [[ZergRush attack in swarms]].
21st Mar '17 9:52:45 AM ginsengaddict
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** Having said that, [[HopeSpot Huntsmans are not aggressive]], preferring to run away from humans than to bite them. And as a bonus, they're quite adept at killing Funnelwebs.
12th Jan '17 1:09:06 PM Laevatein
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* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian_white_ibis Australian White Ibis]]: A close relative of the Sacred Ibis revered by the ancient Egyptians. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?sns=fb&v=mO-OpFjHRbE&app=desktop Modern Australians have a different opinion.]]
16th Dec '16 10:24:21 PM NanoMoose
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Of course, living in Australia doesn't automatically mean you'll die just by stepping in 100 yards of Oceania. Its relatively just as safe as any other modern country, just with more caution and having to watch where you step in the sand. Also on the bright side, the area between and around {{UsefulNotes/Sydney}} and {{UsefulNotes/Melbourne}} has fewer instances of the super deadly wildlife (for example, no box jellyfish, crocodiles, dingos or taipans, [[FalseReassurance but it still has]] [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking sharks, spiders, other venomous snakes, jellyfish with painful stings and, of course, rabbits]]). Besides, to actually stand a chance of death by Australian wildlife, one has to either ignore safety instructions and first aid (you will be given first aid, for example, if you get a box jellyfish/stonefish/blue ringed octupus sting at a patrolled beach or one within easy reach of ambulances), enter undisturbed bushland inadequately prepared (though there's plenty of it, "undisturbed bushland" does not include the cities, tourist areas, beaches and farmland) or [[TooDumbToLive both]].

Interesting note: Perhaps due to the beauty and strangeness of native Australian wildlife and plants, Australia has a very large population of environmental activists -- the sane and pragmatic kind, not the [[AnimalWrongsGroup PETA kind]] (mostly). The late [[Series/CrocodileHunter Steve Irwin]] and his family are prominent environmentalists who use their shows and zoo to promote the protection of wildlife the world over. [[note]]Well yes, until he was stabbed to death by the very wildlife he was trying to save (to be fair, it was accidental: He startled a stingray, resulting in a ''very'' [[MillionToOneChance unlucky]] [[CriticalHit one-shot to the chest]]), [[HighPressureBlood the footage of which]] emerged onto the internet [[StreisandEffect despite his wife thinking she destroyed the footage]]. But his death created an immense surge of pro-environmental activity that continues to this day.[[/note]]

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Of course, living in Australia doesn't automatically mean you'll die just by stepping in 100 yards of Oceania. Its It's just as relatively just as safe as any other modern country, just with slightly more caution and having to watch about where you step in the sand.put your hands and feet. Also on the bright side, the area between and around {{UsefulNotes/Sydney}} and {{UsefulNotes/Melbourne}} has fewer instances of the super deadly wildlife (for example, no box jellyfish, crocodiles, dingos or taipans, [[FalseReassurance but it still has]] [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking sharks, spiders, other venomous snakes, jellyfish with painful stings and, of course, rabbits]]). Besides, to actually stand a chance of death by Australian wildlife, one has to either completely ignore safety instructions and first aid (you will be given first aid, for example, if you get a box jellyfish/stonefish/blue ringed octupus octopus sting at a patrolled beach or one within easy reach of ambulances), enter undisturbed bushland inadequately prepared (though there's plenty of it, "undisturbed bushland" does not include the cities, tourist areas, beaches and farmland) or [[TooDumbToLive both]].

Interesting note: Perhaps perhaps due to the beauty and strangeness of native Australian wildlife and plants, Australia has a very large population of environmental activists -- the sane and pragmatic kind, not the [[AnimalWrongsGroup PETA kind]] (mostly). The late [[Series/CrocodileHunter Steve Irwin]] and his family are prominent environmentalists who use their shows and zoo to promote the protection of wildlife the world over. [[note]]Well yes, until [[note]]...Until he was stabbed to death by the very wildlife he was trying to save (to be fair, it was accidental: He he startled a stingray, resulting in a ''very'' [[MillionToOneChance unlucky]] [[CriticalHit one-shot to the chest]]), [[HighPressureBlood the footage of which]] emerged onto the internet [[StreisandEffect despite his wife thinking she destroyed the footage]]. But his death created an immense surge of pro-environmental activity that continues to this day.[[/note]]
25th Nov '16 9:11:17 AM Rabbitear
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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Textile_cone.JPG Cone Shell]] The reason why many kids don't go swimming without proper foot wear. The stinger has the ability to pierce through a thick layer protective clothing. Its stinger is also used like a freaking harpoon! There is ''no antivenin''.[[note]]And even if there ''were'' one, they wouldn't be able to administer it fast enough anyway.[[/note]]

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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Textile_cone.JPG Cone Shell]] The reason why many kids don't go swimming without proper foot wear. The stinger has the ability to pierce through a thick layer protective clothing. Its stinger is also used like a freaking harpoon! There is ''no antivenin''.antivenom''.[[note]]And even if there ''were'' one, they wouldn't be able to administer it fast enough anyway.[[/note]]
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