Honey Possum

The Honey Possum: the nectar eater

June 5, 2017 mammal 0

This little marsupial no more than 6 cm in length, Tarsipes rostratus, is a remnant of a very old family with no real connection to possums or any other living marsupials today. It is also called tait or noolbenger in it’s native Western Australia. It is the only living member of its […]

Musky Rat Kangaroo

Musky Rat Kangaroo : A hopping seed dispenser

April 28, 2017 mammal 1

The Musky Rat Kangaroo (Hypsiprymnodon moschatus), meaning  “musky high hindmost teeth” in latin is a primitive marsupial and the last living member of its family. If you are in the north coastal rainforests of Australia and you get a strong whiff of piss, this little possum resembling creature is probably close […]

Koala

The Koala : Cute , Cuddly and smelling eucalyptusy

April 22, 2017 mammal 0

The creature was originally called gula by the australian natives but the penchant of Europeans to add oo’s and aa’s, deformed it into koala. The animal resembles a cute little bear and is sometimes mistakenly called a koala bear, although it has no relation to the bear family. The genus name, Phascolarctos, […]

Pig-footed Bandicoot

Pig-Footed Bandicoot – Gone Down under!

April 4, 2017 mammal 0

The Pig-Footed Bandicoot or Chaeropus ecaudatus, is supposed to have gone extinct with the last sighting  in 1921. They differed from other bandicoots in that they had a caecum ( a little organ before the large intestine designed to digest cellulose, mainly found in low-nutrient vegetation like grasses). They also ran unlike other […]

Australia’s incredible mammals

March 3, 2017 mammal 0

Australia is the only continent in the world to host all three sub-classes of mammals. You will find the Monotremes or Egg-laying mammals; the Marsupials that have under-developed young; and the Placental mammals that give birth to live and fully formed young. Can you find several of the most interesting one’s in this […]

The itjaritjari – Marsupial Golden Mole

February 3, 2017 mammal 0

What a curious creature is this Golden Marsupial! It evolved exactly as the moles did in other parts of the world in a very classic form of convergent evolution. This lil’ one feeds on insects, mostly beetle larvae and miller moth larvae. Due to the heat of it’s desert habitation, […]