- Australian Animals
Aborigine means "from the beginning". The Aborigines who came to Australia probably came from Asia about 50,000 yeas ago.
Arboreal means on the top of trees. Arboreal animals normally spend most of their life high up on the tree tops.
Nematocysts are individual cells usually on the outer surface of the organism which have a variety of functions, most usually in defence or capture of prey species. These cells are known as stinging cells sometimes used to inject toxins which in some cases are toxic to man.
A mammal is an animal which feeds its babies milk. It has warm blood and breaths air. It usually has hair or fur and has a backbone.
Manna(man-na): a sugary liquid produced by a eucaplypt tree at the spot where insects or something else has damaged its leaves or branches.
Nocturnal means in the night. Nocturnal animals are usually active during the night.
An omnivore is an animal that has a diet consisting of plants, animals, insects, algae and fungi. They are usually opportunistic feeders. Omnivorous means an animal that is an omnivore.
A prehensile tail is one which can be used to grip things with. It is normally used to grip a branch while the animal is climbing or feeding
Australia has some of the most unusual animals in the world.
Located in Australia it is the world's largest coral reef.
The Aboriginals were the first people to come to Australia.
The Outback is vast and breathtakingly beautiful.
Waltzing Matilda is Australia's favourite song.