What Are Some of the Animals That Live in Australia?


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Animals that live in Australia include kangaroos, dingos, wombats and the inland taipan, the world's most venomous snake. Along with New Guinea, the country is also home to the world's only monotremes (mammals that lay eggs), these being the platypus and four species of echidna.

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Kangaroos belong to the family Macropodidae and, as of 2015, there are four commonly recognized species: the red kangaroo, the eastern grey kangaroo, the western grey kangaroo and the antilopine kangaroo. This national symbol of Australia lives in the forests, plains and savannas of the country, where it feeds on grass and other plants. Kangaroos are able to go through long stretches without water.

Dingos are Australia's wild dog, but many believe them to have originated in Southeast Asia. Dingos travel about in packs or alone, and they hunt rabbits, rodents, birds, lizards and other small creatures. The wombat is, like the kangaroo, a marsupial, and this little creature lives in Australia's forests, mountains and grasslands.

The inland taipan, also known as the fierce snake, lives in the black soil plains on the borders of Queensland, South Australia and the Northern Territory. One bite from this deadly snake contains enough venom to kill 100 grown men.

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