Can You Identify This Australian Wildlife From a Photo?

By: Jacqueline Samaroo
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When you think of Australian animals, what is the first thing that come to mind? Do you think of the big and unique-looking kangaroo, or maybe the cute and cuddly koala is the first thing that comes to mind? For some people, the first thing that they think about when it come to Australia is the abundance of dangerous animals that are said to live there! 

More than any other region in the world, Australia has earned itself a reputation for being the home of a wide array of dangerous animals. In some cases this is not an exaggeration, since Australia is the only continent in the world where venomous snakes actually outnumber non-venomous ones ... scary! In addition to this, there are numerous spiders in Australia as well, many of which range from being moderately venomous to absolutely fatal! In this quiz we've taken a relatively small buy comprehensive selection of Australian animals and put them together in one place! So, are you ready to take a trip down to the outback? Then grab your survival gear and let's jump right into this quiz! 

The red kangaroo is a species of terrestrial mammal that makes its home in Australia. It notably holds the distinction of being the largest marsupial in the world, and it is the national animal of Australia.

The koala is a species of herbivorous marsupial that can be found in Australia. It is oftentimes referred to as the koala “bear”; however, it does not belong to that family of animals (Ursidae).

The emu, a species of flightless bird, is one of the many animals that make up the fauna of Australia. It is notably the national bird of Australia and also the second tallest bird in the world.

The platypus is a species of semiaquatic mammal that can be found in Australia. It is notable for its strange appearance and the fact that it belongs to a small order of animals called “Monotremes”; which is the only order of mammals that lays eggs.

The eastern mouse spider is a species of arachnid that makes its home exclusively in Australia. Their bites are not deadly to humans but it can cause nausea, headaches and numbness.

The Cairns birdwing, a butterfly, is one of the many animals that make up the fauna of Australia. It holds the distinction of being the largest butterfly that is endemic to Australia.

The southern cassowary is a species of large flightless bird that makes its home in Australia. Its range also extends further north to New Guinea and Indonesia.

The green tree python is a species of snake that can be found in Australia. It is a popular exotic pet and can reach lengths of up to 2 meters.

The eastern grey kangaroo, a marsupial, is one of the many animals that make up the fauna of Australia. With millions of them living in eastern Australia, they are understandably classified with a “least concern” conservation status.

The pig-nosed turtle is a species of reptile that can be found in Australia. It is an omnivore, feeding on insects, mollusks and crustaceans, as well as also fruit, leaves and other plant matter.

The leaf green tree frog is a species of amphibian that makes its home in Australia. It is found on the far eastern reaches of the country and is sometimes kept as a pet.

The spectacled flying fox, a species of bat, is one of the many animals that make up the fauna of Australia. They are herbivores, feeding primarily on fruits.

The little penguin is a species of aquatic, flightless bird that makes its home in Australia and New Zealand. It holds the distinction of being the smallest penguin species in the world.

The crested pigeon is a species of bird that can be found in Australia. While their primary habitats are lightly wooded grasslands, they can oftentimes be seen at golf courses, gardens, sports grounds and farming areas.

The brown tree snake, an arboreal colubrid snake, is one of the many animals that make up the fauna of Australia. Their venom is not a danger to adults, but can pose a moderate risk to young children.

The numbat is a species of insectivorous marsupial that can be found in Australia. It is also known as the marsupial anteater, banded anteate, and walpurti.

The Arafura file snake is a species of aquatic snake that makes its home in Australia. Its name comes from its primary habitat, the Arafura Sea that lies between Australia and Indonesian New Guinea.

The Pacific black duck, a species of water bird, is one of the many animals that make up the fauna of Australia. It can also be found in New Zealand, Indonesia and New Guinea.

The dugong is a species of marine mammal that makes its home in Australia. It is closely related to manatees and it is notable for being the only strictly herbivorous marine mammal.

The bull ant is a genus of ants that can be found in Australia. One of the country’s specific species, Myrmecia brevinoda, is notable for being one of the largest bull ants in the world.

The freshwater crocodile, a species of large reptile, is one of the many animals that make up the fauna of Australia. They do not go after humans as prey, directly contrasting their more dangerous cousin the saltwater crocodile.

The tawny frogmouth is a species of nocturnal bird that can be found in Australia. As a result of their sleeping habits and their appearance, they are often mistaken for owls.

The lace monitor is a species of large lizard that makes its home in Australia. They are notable for being the second largest monitor species in Australia.

The dingo, a type of dog, is one of the many animals that make up the fauna of Australia. It is not a true species but rather a subspecies; canis lupus dingo.

The Australian owlet-nightjar is a species of nocturnal bird that makes its home in Australia. It is also known as the “moth owl” and it feeds primarily on insects.

The growling grass frog is a species of amphibian that can be found in the southern reaches of Australia. It is known by several other popular names; including warty swamp frog, southern bell frog and green and gold frog.

The flat huntsman spider is a species of spider that makes its home in Australia and New Zealand. They are one of the most social spiders, forming colonies that can measure up into the hundreds and even sharing prey at times.

The redback spider is a species of venomous spider that can be found in Australia. It is one of the most iconic widow spiders and thousands (anywhere from 2000 to 10,000) of people are bitten by them in Australia each year.

The short-beaked echidna is a species of monotreme that makes its home in Australia. They are notable for being one of only four species of echidna that are alive today.

The Tasmanian devil, a carnivorous marsupial, is one of the many animals that make up the fauna of Australia. True to their name, they are now only found (in the wild) on the island of Tasmania.

The greater glider is a species of relatively small marsupial that makes its home in Australia. It is notable for being herbivorous and nocturnal.

The shy albatross is a species of seabird that can be found in Australia. It is also oftentimes referred to as the white-capped albatross or the shy mollymawk.

The Australian brushturkey is a species of bird that makes its home in Australia. They are sometimes hunted as a source of food and they are known to be able to cause extensive damage to crops.

The southern right whale, a baleen whale, is one of the many animals that make up the fauna of Australia. They are found exclusively in the southern reaches of the Southern Hemisphere.

The false garden mantis is a species of mantis that makes its home in Australia. It holds the distinction of being the most common mantis species in the country.

The black house spider is a species of arachnid that can be found in Australia. While they are venomous, their bites are not lethal to humans; at most they can lead to vomiting, nausea, pain and swelling.

The sugar glider, a species of gliding possum, is one of the many animals that make up the fauna of Australia. They are nocturnal and omnivorous, and as their name suggests, they have the ability to glide short distances.

The eastern long-necked turtle is a species of snake-necked turtle that can be found in Australia. They are virtually exclusive to Australia and are classified as “least concern”.

The perentie, a species of lizard, is one of the many animals that make up the fauna of Australia. It holds the distinction of being the fourth largest lizard in the world and the largest monitor lizard that can be found in Australia.

The Australian pelican is a species of water bird that can be found in Australia, New Guinea, Indonesia, and Fiji. It notably holds the record for longest bill of any living bird.

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