The Land Down Under has been geographically and evolutionarily separated from the other continents for millions of years. So what's happened down here that warrants our fascination? HEAPS!
They've got flying mice, bats that can't stop grinning, venomous under-water rats, kangaroos that live in nests, shells that can stop your heart, and much, much more. Some of these unbelievable critters would make adorable pets, and some come with warnings like: If it bites you, just lie down and start screaming.
There's even a spider (AKA the most dangerous spider in the world) that the government would like people to collect and deposit into little spider boxes all around the busiest cities in the country.
Every magnificent rainforest, awe-inspiring desert and miraculous beach is littered with the cutest little Australian darlings, and the nastiest. Here's a list of 15 of the cutest creatures that Australia has to offer, followed by a list of some of the most dangerous and fearsome.
25 Sugar glider
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He’s a little nocturnal sugar glider, and yes, he can definitely glide. His forelegs and hind legs are connected by a furry flap of skin so that he can leap from tree to tree and flatten himself out like a pillowcase. These guys are as fast as they are adorable, and they’re very, very small. Sugar gliders are also classed as marsupials because they spend their infancy in their mother’s pouch (unlike tree squirrels, which are rodents).
Get ready for some awesome news! They can be kept as pets in Australia, and it’s recommended that you keep a few because they’re extremely social animals. Sugar gliders are also omnivorous, so they’ll cruise around your house snatching up stray crickets or licking your breakfast plate clean of the maple syrup you didn’t finish up that morning.
They prefer to get their sugar hit from tree sap, but they’ll honestly be delighted with anything sweet that you can find at your local grocery store or market. If you happen to get one, try keeping in him in your shirt pocket during the day so that he bonds with you while he’s resting. However, these lovely little fruit-munchers come with a warning: they CANNOT be potty trained. So if you get one, I suggest that you look out.
The Quoll. It’s a funny name for a funny little critter. "Quoll" is an Indigenous word that was popularized as soon as settlers arrived in Australia, but the animal is also found in Papua New Guinea.
These little fellas aren’t as lovely as they seem; they’re actually considered to be the largest carnivorous marsupial in Aussie. Quolls spend most of their time scavenging for bugs, lizards and rabbits (yes, they can be quite nasty), but look at how cute they are! Unfortunately, several species are being closely monitored because their numbers have dropped drastically in the past century.
They climb trees and dig burrows in the ground, so they’re not too picky about where they find their food as long as it’s high in protein. However, the spread of the cane toad (a poisonous toad that is a very, very big problem in Australia at the moment) has decimated the population of quoll.
There are several other little marsupials that look something like a quoll, but these they can be easily identified by their spots. They’re also a regular citizen in most wildlife parks and zoos, so if you travel to Australia and you’d like to meet one in the flesh, you won’t have any trouble finding them.
I reckon the wombat is one of the only animals that actually gets cuter as they get older. This fella in the photo above is called Chewbacca, and he was the oldest living bare-nosed wombat in the world for a long time. Taronga Zoo sent him to Tokyo with a few of his friends, where he lived until he passed away at the ripe old age of 28 years old. He loved to eat sweet potatoes and flowers (awwwwww!), and people left him little treats in his enclosure even after his passing.
Most wombats love to dig, and they’ve even managed to out-dig men with shovels in the past.
They can burrow straight through the hardest of rocky ground, and although they’re not very good at climbing trees, some of them like to play in the low branches. These bulky buddies can have very different personalities, and the few that I’ve met have reminded me of how different dogs are in terms of character; they love a good pat but they can bite, so watch out. You’ll also find that they’re similar to humans in many ways; they love the beach, and their curiosity is always getting them in fun little struggles.
22 Tree kangaroo
You’re not going to believe me, but this really is a tree kangaroo. That’s right, he’s a Bennett’s tree kangaroo, and he lives far up above his hopping brothers.
These cute creatures make nests in the rainforest canopy (like birds), and their tails help them climb (like monkeys). But forget about their similarities with other animals, they are certainly, unequivocally kangaroos and they make up 17 of the known 70 kangaroo species. Tree kangaroos are so elusive that four of the seventeen species were discovered in the ‘90s, so we expect there are more hiding in the remote areas of Queensland and New Guinea.
They were hunted for a long time, but since humans have stopped chasing them through the forest, their numbers have regenerated. So there’s no longer any need to worry about these guys.
They act as a symbol of Australian diversity. Some people might think that our creatures are fairly similar, but every once in a while one does something crazy, like nest. You might wonder what else we haven’t discovered in the deep outback; koalas living underground or, perhaps, snakes with wings? So many possibilities.
21 Yoda bat
I'll bet that, for a moment, you must've been wondering "Wait, hang on... Yoda bat?" I mean, you can see the resemblance, right? Does't it look like it has some kind of cryptic wisdom to pass onto you? Just look at his beautiful, smiling eyes; don’t you feel like you can trust him? I doubt he’ll be saving the galaxy, but he could probably cheer you up on a rainy day. This bat has a rounder, wider jaw than other bats, which gives it that constant smile.
Similar bats in New Guinea are called smiling bats, and they’re characterized by the protruding, tubular nostrils.
As a fruit bat, they eat (you guessed it) fruit! So there is no reason to find this guy threatening or icky in any way. The most damage he could do would be stealing the cherry from the top of your sundae, and even that would be done with that wise, smug grin of his. Although this bat is a relatively new discovery (some sources say 2009, others 2011), we now know it exists in small numbers in New Guinea, New South Wales, Queensland, the Philippines and Indonesia. We’re lucky that such a happy, good-natured little fella is so common (a welcome change from the vampire bat).
20 Lesser sooty owl
This winged sweetheart is one of the only carnivores on the cute list aside from the quoll: the lesser sooty owl.
It was once believed that the lesser sooty and the greater sooty were the same animal, but the lesser even acts like a smaller bird. She’ll cling to lower branches to hunt for prey on the ground. When she's in trees without low branches, she might latch onto the trunk with her talons and wait for creatures to scurry by.
Of course, the lesser sooty owl is smaller than the greater, standing at only fifteen inches high while the greater stands at an average of twenty inches. They have a pleasant, whistling call that bird watchers love, and it’s been said that they even sound like a bomb being dropped when it's got its sights set on prey (which everyone agrees is far less pleasant).
Like others in the barn owl family, she’s nocturnal. Her amazing eyesight is matched only by her hearing. See the shape of her face? The way two cones of feathers fan out around its eyes? That’s to direct any sound waves back to the ears of this little cutie, making it easy for her to track down anything that squeaks or croaks. If she’s having trouble finding mice or frogs, she’s perfectly happy with chasing insects.
You can’t list the cutest Australian animals without mentioning the Koala! Here he is, in all his glory! Have you heard all the facts about these guys? Because they’re pretty weird! They only eat eucalyptus leaves, which are highly toxic (and flammable, so news of a bushfire is always bad for koalas), which means that the vast majority of their energy is being used to digest those tough leaves. Of the 700 varieties of eucalyptus trees in Australia, the koala will only eat 50.
Of this 50, he only really enjoys a dozen.
They spend most of the day and night lazing around in trees with their tiny, half-developed, hairless babies growing outside of the womb, in their marsupial pouch. You might think they’re rare, but if you speak to any property owner in Queensland (the north-eastern quarter of the mainland), you’ll be told a story about a koala camping out in their yard. When you meet them, you’ll suddenly wonder why they’re not endangered, but the truth is that humans do a very good job of protecting our cuddly friends. Koalas even have their own bridges over some busy roads so that they can wander far above the heads of drivers and pedestrians without getting hurt. Now that's certainly one way to people-watch!
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No, sorry, it’s not a kangaroo. It’s a wallaby! Many people think that a wallaby is a baby kangaroo, but it’s a whole other species that does not grow anywhere near as large.
If you were to drive to the north of the country, you might find the big fellas we call “boomers,” (which technically means males) or “reds,” (because they’re often red), and they’ll stand over 7 feet tall. But, in the cooler climates further south you’ll find their smaller cousins, the wallabies.
They generally act very similarly, except that the wallabies aren’t as aggressive or dangerous. They’re all herbivores, and the females all carry live young (called joeys) in a pouch on their belly.
Kangaroos and wallabies are social animals that travel in groups of 10 to 30 (or even more if there isn’t any need to fight over food). One of the most splendid sights in Australia is to walk over a hill and find a dozen young kangaroos or wallabies lazily hopping around a field. They’ll generally look up, see you, then return to whatever they were doing before you manage to drive up to them. Try it and you’ll see the young males boxing, the young females watching and the older generations happily snuffling at the ground in the hunt for the perfect blade of grass.
Look at the baby turtles go! Now, one turtle is pretty cute, but during hatching season you’ll find beaches all over the northern half of the country COVERED in hundreds of baby turtles. What’s more, many of the animal protection societies encourage people to help the turtle hatchlings make it to the waves safely. As soon as a baby turtle cracks out of its egg, it needs to charge down to the water past predatory birds, wild dogs, and feral cats. Unfortunately, the vast majority of turtles will not make it.
But if you’re there when they start flapping their little fins, you can help by chasing away the seagulls and clear a path for the little guys!
It’s a little ironic that turtles grow up to be a kind of, well, disappointing. They’re not very intelligent, so they can get stuck trying to swim through cracks that they should probably know are too small for them. And the loggerhead turtle in particular will often bite people without warning. Still, they’re very cute! Keep an eye out for turtle sanctuaries, and you might be lucky enough to see 30 or 40 sea turtles all in the same spot. As dumb as they are, you can't deny that view.
16 Dwarf tree frog
He’s an eastern dwarf tree frog and he loves hot, wet days. You’ll find him in the rainforest, and you’ll usually find him with a lady frog, too. Being a frog, they lay their eggs in ponds or rivers, then thousands upon thousands of tadpoles hatch to battle the local birds and turtles for survival.
Most of them end up becoming a meal before they even get the chance to grow their legs, but enough of them survive to make sure that this species of frog is one of the most common amphibians on the eastern coast of Australia.
They’re totally harmless (unless you’re a fruit fly) and their constant, soft and rhythmic song can be heard on about a quarter of the Australian coastline. Although they prefer to stay in the hot north, these little guys are often found further south after accidentally being packed in fruit boxes, or hitchhiking on the top of a tourist’s car.
The proposition that they give you warts is an old wives' tale, so feel free to pick them up for a cute and colourful selfie if you see them hunched over on a twig or lined up on the middle of a moist leaf.
This little cutie is called a quokka, and he only has one home on the planet: Rottnest Island (except there have been reports of tiny populations in the south of the mainland). The Dutch Explorer William De Vlamingh discovered the island and named it Rotte Nest, which means rats' nest. He mistakably assumed that the quokka was no more than a rat, but now we know that the little marsupials are entirely different creatures.
They often hop along the footpaths and wander with adorable curiosity into the bungalows by the beach.
The quokka is a friendly creature, and some of them will tolerate a person coming close enough to reach out and touch them. However, it’s better not to stroke these little guys because they can be so trusting of humans that they’ll try to follow you home, and we don’t want them getting lost! They survive on the standard small marsupial diet that encourages them to eat vast quantities of grass, and there are very few predators on Rottnest, so they’re not really in any danger. There aren’t even any cars on the small island; these guys basically run the place.
14 Barking ghecko
This cute couple are barking geckos! You’ll find them just about anywhere on the southern half of the country, and you’ll probably hear them before you see them. As you might guess, they make an adorable barking sound. It sounds more like a very high pitched “Bark Bark,” than the standard “Woof Woof,” that a dog might make.
It’s a defensive noise, but it wouldn’t scare anything larger than an ant away. In reality, it serves to announce the fact that there’s a lizard somewhere in the house. Since they eat the little bugs that crawl around the house in the middle of the night, most Australians are actually delighted when they hear that a barking gecko is hiding in the roof, or wandering around behind the dishwasher.
They’re also a popular pet because they make very little mess and they’re so tiny that they can be kept in a relatively small enclosure. If you do decide to bring one into your family, sit him beside you when you’re watching TV. They love the flashing lights so much that they might even wander over the screen and soak up some of the delicious heat radiating from the screen.
The most interesting thing about the numbat is their diet; they eat around 20,000 termites every day. Every… Single… Day…. No ants, no beetles, no worms. Just termites. They also have short, hard nubs called “pegs,” instead of teeth because they don’t need proper teeth for anything since they don’t chew their food. They don’t even drink water because they get enough fluid from this insectivore diet. Because of this very specialized meal plan, the numbat can only be found in areas where termites nest. This means that you can’t find them in areas that are too cold or too wet.
But they’re in trouble.
The numbat is almost extinct. Unfortunately for this little legend, foxes and feral cats love to hunt them. There are fewer than a thousand remaining in the wild, which is less than the number of orangutans in Sumatra or giant pandas in Asia. Luckily, there’s a comprehensive rescue and breeding program that operates out of Perth zoo, so we’re still confident that we can save them. More young numbats are released back into the wild every year, so maybe in the future, the sight of a numbat digging into the side of a termite mound will be more common.
This here is a bilby! And these little critters are a favourite of inhabitants in Australia. Because of the long ears and snout, they’ve become the Australian Easter Bunny with parents telling their children that an Easter Bilby will be bringing the chocolate eggs every year.
They dig deep burrows, and they’ll generally stay within a few hundred feet of their home. After a couple of weeks, they dig a new burrow, and some bilby families will wander between a dozen of these little dens.
When a baby is born, it crawls up into the mother’s pouch, and this pouch is upside down so that she doesn’t fill it with sand as she digs.
Like many small marsupials, the increased population of foxes and feral cats are wreaking havoc on the gentle bilby population. The solution, of course, is to limit the prevalence of predators.
At least the bilby is a versatile creature that thrives when it’s allowed to live its life without the danger of being hunted by a predator.
If you’re looking for a bilby, there are two easy ways to track them down. Either find a burrow or find some droppings full of sand. The bilby has poor eyesight, so while it’s digging in the dirt to find food it often swallows a mouthful of earth.
The kookaburra is definitely Australia’s favourite bird, and there’s a simple yet adorable reason for it: they laugh like humans! That’s right, the kookaburra call sounds just like a neighbour having a good old giggle, and hearing one will immediately brighten your day. They’re the largest member of the kingfisher family with a distinct, thick beak and, sometimes, a blue stripe on their sides.
However, their wonderful sense of humour might be a little misleading, because the kookaburra is carnivorous.
They wait for a small lizard or rodent to wander into view, then they snatch it up and tenderize it against a tree trunk. These birds can be so nasty that the mother will watch her children fight to the literal end over food, then reward the winner. Not the best home environment to promote a healthy and courteous development! Although humans love to photograph the iconic animal, it’s an absolute soldier in the bush, and every creature smaller than a family cat is terrified of this chuckling monster.
The true nature of this flying predator leads us onto the deadlier side of this article…
Time for the NASTY! Get ready for 10 of the Scariest that Australia has to offer...
10 The Tasmanian devil
The Tasmanian devil is an absolute JERK. The size of a small dog, averaging at about 25 pounds, it’s the Tazzy Devil’s attitude that gives it its malicious name. This little bugger could probably be cute if it didn’t spend all day screeching into the undergrowth of the bush and chewing on the ankles of all the taller creatures that happen to wander by. Seriously, you should find a sound clip of it screaming. It's really something.
It's a nocturnal scavenger, and the black coat means it can be very, very hard to see in the dark. It’s also the world’s largest surviving marsupial carnivore, but it might not be for much longer. It’s believed that they became extinct on the mainland about 400 years ago (Tasmania is the large island that's off the south-east coast of Australia), and a disease is wiping out huge populations of the rebellious little guys.
All prejudice aside, if you saw one of these in a zoo (where you couldn’t be attacked by one) you’d certainly think he was worth saving and protecting. There’s currently a massive protection and breeding program taking place in Australia, so this tough little fighter will probably be okay.
Sure, the platypus might seem goofy and smooth, but the males of the species are one of only a few venomous mammals (that's right! These creatures are mammals!). The male platypus has a spur on his ankles that would have you rushing towards the hospital very, very quickly. They look like they’re in the middle of evolving into something, but they just can’t quite decide what.
Head of a duck, bum of a beaver and strong, webbed digging feet just don’t go together on a single animal.
Add to the fact that their bone structure resembles a reptile’s (in particular, rudimentary ribs on the neck vertebrae resembling a snake) and we’ve got a strange mix of a dangerous critter. But hang on a second, look at these guys in the photo just below! Surely they should be in the cute section, right? Of course, the babies are lovely and cute chubby little sweethearts. But just remember that these boys are going to grow up to be full of venom!
8 Blue-ringed octopus
The blue-ringed octopus is no joke; this thing could take down a kraken with little to no hassle! It’s one of the most venomous creatures below the waves and people often get a little too close while they’re trying to snap the perfect selfie.
Stretching out to only a few inches long, they won’t be swallowing anyone whole or dragging any tourists off jetties. No, they don’t need to use much muscle to cause a lot of damage; if they get their little black beak onto you (that’s right, a beak more like a bird than anything else), you’re in serious danger. Its got saliva full of poison that can cause serious respiratory issues if you were to get bitten.
Luckily, the blue-ringed octopus prefers solitude. This little demon is such an introvert that even though there are so many of them across certain reefs in Australia, they can be especially hard to find. Please don’t go looking to catch one! But if you do see a pretty little octopus swimming away from you and desperately trying to find a rock under which it can hide, take a moment to check for the glowing blue rings before you decide to chase it. Think of this beautiful assassin as a snake: it's only fun to watch when there’s no chance it will crawl up your trouser leg.
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This ugly dude is a stonefish. Get it? Because it looks like a stone (and it kinda looks like a human face if you ignore all the fins and forehead). This little terror likes to lie in rock outcrops and reefs, where it is really difficult to spot, and snatch up the little bait fish as they slowly wimple past it’s trap-door like mouth. The nasty aspect of this menace is that it has a row of 13 spines that traverse its back. Each spine is equipped with venom, so if you step on it, you’ll be driving the little needles up through your skin. Here’s where it gets worse, though...
The more spines you step on, the more venom injected into your muscle, the more agony.
Stonefish venom acts on the nervous system (think the opposite of a painkiller injection). Eventually, even your organs succumb to the burning and they shut down. What’s the cure? Why, it’s heat! You neutralize the venom by cooking it (and therefore, cooking your foot). If you’re on land, boil a kettle to get the required incendiary effect. If you’re at sea, you’ll probably need to take the case off your boats motor, and you’ll be forced to stand on the hottest section. Honestly, that’s how we fix stonefish injuries, and I’m told that the venom hurts so much that no one ever argues about the cruel and unusual solution.
6 Kangaroo Island tiger snake
This guy is the Kangaroo Island tiger snake, and you won’t find him in any of the “Australia’s Deadliest Snake” lists because he has a sneaky little secret. The common tiger snake can end you, but it isn’t the country’s nastiest serpent.
However, if you take a trip to Kangaroo Island, you’ll find a small ecosystem that’s been cut off from the mainland for the more recent chunk of evolutionary development. This means that these snakes have evolved to hunt birds more often than mice or rats. Additionally, the Kangaroo Island tiger snake is also entirely black, whereas the tiger snakes on the mainland have yellow stripes on their underbellies.
Their venom has evolved over time to the point where it's become so powerful that it can stop a bird before it flaps it wings a single time. Instant lunch for the snake, but a very, very nervous drive to the hospital for any bushwalkers that get bitten.
See the snake’s “hood,” behind its head? It's to make itself look more threatening. Many Australian snakes can flatten their bodies to help absorb more heat from the sun. It’s a little less dramatic than the cobra, but it’ll still give you some bad nightmares for a while. So be careful!
5 Sydney funnel-web spider
The Sydney funnel-web spider is the deadliest spider on Earth: that’s a straight fact. You’ve got 15 minutes from the moment you’re bitten to say goodbye to mum. During that time, your nervous system will eliminate its relaxation cycle. Think of the muscles in a heart pumping, but not relaxing. Now think of this happening to every part of your body connected by nerves. In short, you'd be done for. To add to the terror of this arachnid, it actually does live in Sydney. The busiest city in the country (and the most popular for tourists) can also be the most dangerous.
And why is this spider so horrible?
Completely by accident. That’s right, an evolutionary accident determined that this spider’s weaponry system ONLY affects primates and invertebrates (the bugs that they eat). However, the toxin paralyses invertebrates while it has the exact opposite effect on us. What a bummer! The solution to the problem is quite simple; the Sydney government has spider drop-off points around the city where locals are encouraged to catch and deposit the savage creatures. Do you think you’d have the courage to pick one up and slip it into a jar? I don't know about you, but I'm gonna pass on this.
4 Irukanji jellyfish
Chances are that you’ve heard of the Portuguese man of war, but how about his midget? Meet the irukanji jellyfish. Yes, this little piece of work is Australian even though she sounds like she should be haunting the ports far to the north, perhaps around Sapporo or Nagasaki.
In fact, this creature is drifting even further south due to climate change. She’s a special species of box jellyfish that’s stinging tentacles can grow up to 200 times its medusa bell (its body). The tiny little peak of this animal is only a quarter of an inch long, but the tentacles could wrap around your ankles as you swim a few of feet away; you’d never know what it was that forced your body to sink under the surf.
As we’ve seen with a few of these monsters, there is a silver lining! This little bugger prefers deeper water, so you’re less likely to bump into her while you’re swimming around in the surf. However, next time you’re on a whale-watching boat, or speeding out to the deep blue waters to try and catch a few tuna fish, spare a thought for this gal, and don’t dip your toes in the water.
3 Tarantula hawk wasp
It’s a tarantula hawk wasp. I hear you asking, “How can a bug make the list for the scariest creatures?” Well, how can it not? These little horrors are hard to see, difficult to predict, and impossible to escape if you step on them. The pain they cause is literally debilitating. A scientist and might I add, a legend, named Dr. Justin Schmidt has spent his whole life categorizing the level of agony inspired by every creepy-crawly on the globe.
And this little bugger is only one of two critters that earned the top, terrible score.
The general recommendation if you’re stung by one of these is to simply collapse. If you don’t, the pain is so bad that you might further injure yourself with a ridiculous, desperate reaction. Let’s not overlook the fact that this is also the only animal on this list that can FLY. You’d even struggle to splatter this bug after it stung you. So why is it called a tarantula hawk wasp? Well, that's because they don’t just live in Australia. You can find these guys all over the place, including in the South of the USA where it hunts tarantulas. So keep an eye out no matter where you are!
We have a saying in Australia, and that’s, “Never let the truth get in the way of a good yarn.” This means that it’s okay to embellish on a story every once in a while. One such example is Krys the giant Croc, who the good ol' boys back in 1958 shot and claimed to be 28 feet and 4 inches long (they didn’t have a scale big enough to weigh him, unfortunately).
This is probably a straight out lie, because, the largest suspected croc on the planet (not an Australian-born one, thank God) is 23 feet and clocking in at 4,400 pounds. I say suspected because no one has been able to convince him to sit still for long enough to get an official measurement.
It’s not too believable that the difference between the largest and the second largest crocodile is/was over 5 feet, but it’s a good yarn nonetheless. And, of course, in the rivers at the top of our country, there are many, many 16 foot long crocodiles that no one even bothers to measure because they’re not considered extreme.
Let me ask you something a little personal, how much do you weigh? And how difficult do you think it would be for a 40,000 pound reptile to hold you under the surface of a murky, dark river?
1 Geographer cone shell
Yep, a shell! A geographer cone shell to be precise. This one makes the list because nobody expects a bloody shell to knock them over. In fact, this particular shell is a predator that eats fish. Of course, if you plan on eating something as nimble as a fish when you can only move a few inches an hour, it helps if you have a secret weapon: a needle and HEAPS of venom. The barb itself is so thin and so sharp that you wouldn’t even know you had been stabbed if you stepped on one of these guys.
However, shortly after the venom begins to slip into your brain, you’d lose control of speech and your sight.
Maybe you have stepped beside one of these, or in front of one, or anywhere else; there’s no way you could know how close you were to the end. You’ll find this lazy assassin around reefs in the Indo-Pacific Ocean. Next time you encourage your spouse of your children to skip along the beach and go scavenging around for some pretty little shells, spare a quick thought for this guy and go snorkeling instead. Then again, after having read through this list, maybe not!
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