10 Australian Animal Pictures You Might Like To Lay Your Eyes On Today

If you like Australian animal pictures, I believe the 10 you are about to see will impress. From Echidnas to Kangaroos, there are some amazing Australian animals here.


Let's kick it off with an Echidna shall we?


Image Number 1

an echidna climbing over a log
Echidna - click to view full-size

They are spiky but they are cute. From their Pinocchio nose to their humerous waddle, Echidnas are a unique Australian animal.


This one was part of an exhibit at Healesville Sanctuary in Healesville, Victoria, Australia.

Did you know? A baby Echidna is called a Puggle. Could their be a cuter name for a baby animal?


Image Number 2

a Koala eating eucalyptus leaves
Koala - click to view full-size

When you think cute Australian animals, the Koala pops up just about every time.


They're fluffy, cuddly and the Sloth-like way they lumber about only adds to their appeal.

Did you know? Koalas can sleep around 20 hours per day?

And.......they are not bears, they're marsupials.


Image Number 3

a grey kangaroo joey hanging out of its mother's pouch
Grey Kangaroo Joey - click image to view full-size

Now that is one comfortable Kangaroo Joey right there?! Although, I don't quite know how with its leg up over its head like that?!


This Australian animal picture was taken at Lysterfield Lake in Victoria, Australia. The bush land around the lake is a haven for Grey Kangaroos.

Did you know? Agressive male Kangaroos or alarmed Roos make a guttural coughing noise. I've heard it first hand and it's weird!


Image Number 4

a common wombat walking off into the scrub
Common Wombat

The Wombat, you may be surprised to know, is an Australian Animal that is not liked by a lot of people.


Farmers dislike them as they dig their rather large burrows all over their land.


They are also something you don't want to see in the headlights of your car while barreling down a country road in the middle of the night. They are extremely solid animals and can cause quite a bit of damage to your vehicle.


Personally.......I love them!

Did you know? A Wombat can run at up to 40km/hr when threatened? Yes, those little legs have some power!


Image Number 5

a Bandicoot standing in dry leaves and sticks
Bandicoot

This cute little critter is a Bandicoot. They are a small marsupial that is native to Australia and New Guinea.


This picture was taken at Royal Botanic Gardens in Cranbourne, Victoria. The Bandicoots shallow holes can be seen alongside the pathway leading to the Visitors Centre of the gardens.


If you're lucky enough, you will see one out during the day as they are nocturnal animals and don't come out much during daylight hours.

Did you know? The name Bandicoot is taken from the term ‘pandi-kokku’ which means ‘pig-rat’ in Teluga, an Indian language.


Image Number 6

a Lace Monitor lizard clinging to the trunk of a tree
Lace Monitor - click image to view full-size

The Lace Monitor (often called a Goanna), is Australia's 2nd largest lizard.


I photographed this one in Gembrook, Victoria. I was driving along the road and noticed it standing on the roadside.


When I got out of the car with my camera it climbed up this tree, an easy feat with those sharp, curved claws.

Did you know? Monitors are the only lizards that have a deeply forked tongue like that of a Snake.


Image Number 7

a Tasmanian Devil with its mouth open standing on leaves and sticks
Tasmanian Devil - click to see full-size

This Australian animal picture is of a Tasmanian Devil.


Though small (about the size of a small dog), Tasmanian Devils are the largest carnivorous marsupials in the world.


They got their name from their otherworldly howl, which can be heard in the wilds of Tasmania, and around camp grounds. They can be found near camp grounds, "foraging" for any food that humans leave lying around.

Did you know? Tasmanian Devils, especially young ones, are really good tree climbers?!


Image Number 8

an australian animal picture showing a swamp wallaby in the bush
Swamp Wallaby - click to view full-size

There are 30 species of Wallaby in Australia. This picture shows a Swamp Wallaby in the scrub land near the Royal Botanic Gardens in Cranbourne, Victoria.


These marsupials have the perfect coat for camouflage in the Australian bush.


Wallabies look like Kangaroos but are generally smaller, however some can measure 1.8 meters from head to tail.

Did you know? When a Wallaby is born it is about the size of a Jelly Bean.


Image Number 9

a highland copperhead snake curled up in grass and leaves
Highland Copperhead - click to view full-size (if you dare!)

This is a Highland Copperhead, one of the top 10 most poisonous Snakes in Australia.


This one was lying nestled amongst the grass and leaves alongside a walking track near our Gembrook home.


I used a zoom lens for this shot, so I was not near the Snake. I did get within around 2 meters of it, but it showed no aggression towards me whatsoever.


Australia has quite a lot of venomous Snakes but they will only bite humans when threatened, harassed, or accidentally stood upon.

Did you know? Though they spend most of their time on the ground, Copperheads will climb occasionally. Don't look up?!


Image Number 10

a sleeping koala clutching the branch of a tree
Koala - click to view full-size

Okay. I scared you with a Snake, so I thought I should finish with a little cuteness.


This gorgeous Koala, having a nap while clutching a tree branch, was photographed at Healesville Sanctuary in Victoria.


I thought it looked a little bit like it was meditating, so I called this picture "Koala Meditation."

Did you know? You just viewed (and hopefully read some information), 10 of my Australian animal pictures. If you would like to view more of my photography, why not go to my Australian Birds Photography page or the Australian Landscapes Photography page of my website?


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