Musky Rat Kangaroo

Musky Rat Kangaroo : A hopping seed dispenser

April 28, 2017 mammal 0

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, […]