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Australian Animals Bilbies The bilby is the largest member of the family of marsupials called bandicoots Bilbies live in burrows under the ground The pouch of the ... – PowerPoint PPT presentation

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Title: Australian Animals

Australian Animals
  • The bilby is the largest member of the family of
    marsupials called bandicoots
  • Bilbies live in burrows under the ground
  • The pouch of the female bilby opens backwards so
    as not to be filled up with dirt while digging
  • Bilbies are nocturnal animals that live in
    burrows under the ground.
  • Bilbies dig for termites, witchitty grubs and
    ants at night to eat.

Where can bilbies be found?
Go to this Link to see a bilby video
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Spinifex Hopping Mouse
  • The Spinifex Hopping Mouse is a nocturnal animal
    which stays hidden during the heat of the day in
    their deep burrow
  • They live in the sand country of central
  • The entrance to their burrows are usually hidden
    under clumps of grass
  • They are omnivores and live on leaves, shoots,
    roots and insects
  • They have big eyes, a long tufted tail and large
  • They can survive in the desert without water for
    long periods of time

Military Sand-dragon
  • The Military Sand-dragon is a lizard that lives
    on sand plains with prickly porcupine grass. It
    shelters in the grass from the sun and predators
  • It is called a Military Sand-dragon because of
    its reddish colour (looks like early military
    uniforms) which keeps it invisible against the
    reddish sands
  • It eats mostly ants but also termites and other
  • At night it shelters in the grassy hummock

Marsupial Mole
  • The Southern Marsupial Mole is not a mole, it is
    a small, unusual, pale golden marsupial with no
    visible eyes or ears and a horny shield
    protecting its nose and a stubby leathery tail
  • It has claws for digging and a tail to move
    itself forward 20cm beneath the surface in the
  • It lives mostly underground
  • It eats beetle larvae, mulga seeds and ant eggs
  • It lives in desert rivers and sandy country in
  • They are blind

Chirping Froglet
  • The chirping froglet lives in damp areas such as
    creek beds, clay pans and broad river channels
  • It eats mostly ants and looks for them at night
  • It doesnt move around in the day
  • It loves the rain and the desert will be filled
    with its chirping when it rains
  • Use this link to hear the chirping froglet

Short-beaked Echidna
  • The short beaked Echidna is a monotreme, a mammal
    that lays eggs and suckles its young
  • Short-beaked Echidnas feed on ants, termites,
    grubs and worms. They use their long sticky
    tongue to lick up their prey
  • A young echidna is called a puggle
  • They live in almost all Australian habitats,
    including the desert
  • In the desert it shelters under thick bushes by
    day, and is active at night

Boobook Owl
  • Boobooks are the smallest and most common owl in
  • They eat small birds, frogs, moths and lizards
    but also lots of insects
  • They are nocturnal
  • They have very soft feathers on their wings so
    they cant be heard by their prey
  • They are found all around Australia from forests
    to desert regions
  • They need hollows in trees to nest

Australian Landscape
Mulga trees
Spinifix/hummock grass
Australian deserts
Australian deserts
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