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Animals of Australia and New Zealand


The Kiwi, Platypus, Koala, Kangaroo
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The Kiwi

 

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Kiwi is a New Zealand bird that cannot fly. Many kiwis live in New Zealand’s forests, but people seldom see them. The birds are shy, and they will usually run away when anyone comes near them.

 

The kiwi is about the size of a chicken. It has a stocky body with shaggy, brown feathers. The neck and legs of the kiwi are short, and its bill is long. It has no tail, and its wings are tiny, consisting only of several stiff feathers. The kiwi is the only bird that has nostrils at the tip of its bill. The bird uses them to smell food in the thick, wet forests where it lives. At night, it feeds on earthworms, insects, and berries. During the day, the kiwi hides.

 

There are two kinds of kiwis. The female kiwi lays one or two very large white eggs in a hole in a bank. The male sits on the eggs for 75 days, until they hatch.

 

The Platypus

 

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Platypus is one of only two mammals that reproduce by laying eggs. The echidna is the other. Platypuses are often called duckbills because they have a broad, flat, hairless snout similar to a duck’s bill.

 

Platypuses live along streams in Australia. They have webbed feet and a broad, flat tail that aid in swimming. The platypus uses its bill to scoop up worms, small shellfish, and other animals from the bottom of streams. Adult platypuses do not have teeth, but crush the food instead. Platypuses grow from 41 to 56 centimetres long, including a tail of 10 to 13 centimetres. They weigh about 2.3 kilograms, but seem heavier because of their thick coat of brown fur.

 

The platypus has claws on its front and hind feet, but the webs of the front feet can be extended beyond the claws. The platypus folds these webs against the palms when walking on land or digging in the ground.

 

Platypuses live in burrows that they dig in the banks of streams. The burrows may be as long as 26 metres. Except for mother platypuses with their children, each animal lives in its own burrow. During the mating season, the female platypus builds a nest of leaves and grass at the end of her burrow. Before laying her eggs, she blocks the entrances to the burrow with dirt. Female platypuses lay from one to three eggs at a time. The eggs are about 1.3 centimetres in diameter and have a leathery shell. Platypus eggs hatch after about 10 days. Young platypuses remain in their mother’s burrow for about four months and feed on their mother’s milk.

 

The Koala

 

Koala is an Australian mammal that looks like a teddy bear. It is sometimes called a koala bear or native bear, but the koala is not related to any kind of bear. Koalas have soft, thick fur, a large, hairless nose, round ears and no tail. The fur is grey or brown on the animal’s back and white on the belly. Koalas are about 70 centimetres in length and weigh 7 to 14 kilograms.

 

Koalas have sharp, curved claws, long toes and a strong grip. They spend nearly all their time in trees and come down only to move to another one. Koalas are most active at night. They sleep most of the day in the eucalyptus tree. Koalas eat mainly the leaves and young shoots of eucalyptus trees. Koalas that live in the wilderness rarely drink water. The word koala comes from an Australian Aborigine word meaning no drink.

 

Koalas are marsupials. The young koala, called a joey, is carried in a pouch on its mother’s belly until it grows up. It remains in the pouch for about seven months, suckling on one of the mother’s two nipples. It spends the next six months riding on its mother’s back.

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At one time, koalas were hunted for their fur. By the 1920’s, the animals had been almost wiped out by hunters. Since then, killing of koalas has been prohibited by law. But the number of koalas has continued to fall. People have cut down eucalyptus forests for housing, resorts, and farmland. Many koalas are hit by cars. In addition, many of the koalas are infected by chlamydia, an illness that can cause blindness, infertility in females, and pneumonia.

 

What many people don’t know is that the eucalyptus contains alcohol, which gives the koalas a drowsy appearance.

 

The Kangaroo

 

Kangaroo is a type of furry mammal that hops on its hind legs. Kangaroos are marsupials, mammals that give birth to highly undeveloped offspring. The young kangaroos complete their development in a pouch on the belly of the mother.

 

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The two main types of kangaroos are the red kangaroo and the grey kangaroo. The red kangaroo lives in the deserts and dry grasslands of central Australia. Grey kangaroos are found chiefly in the forests and grasslands of southern and eastern Australia. There are two species, the eastern grey kangaroo and the western grey kangaroo.

 

Adult male kangaroos are about 1.8 metres tall and may weigh more than 45 kilograms. Female kangaroos are smaller than the males. For example, most female red kangaroos are about 1.4 metres high and weigh less than 27 kilograms. Only female kangaroos have a pouch.

 

Kangaroos have a small, deer-like head and a pointed snout. They have large, upright ears that they can turn from front to back. Most kangaroos have short brown or grey fur. Male red kangaroos may have red fur.

 

Kangaroos have large, powerful hind legs and small front legs. When kangaroos hop, they use only their hind legs, which they use together. Large kangaroos can hop as fast as 48 kilometres per hour for short distances. They can jump over 1.8 metres.

 

Kangaroos have long tails. A red kangaroo’s tail may be more than 90 centimetres long. A kangaroo uses its tail for balance when hopping and also for support when standing upright or when walking on four legs.

 

In general, kangaroos rest in the shade during the day and search for food at night. However, they may be active all day when temperatures are low. Kangaroos eat grass and small plants. They sometimes eat in large groups called mobs. Otherwise, kangaroos usually spend their time in small groups.

 

About one month after mating, the female usually gives birth to one offspring, called a joey. A newborn joey is only about 2.5 centimetres long. The joey spends six to eight months in the mother’s pouch. The female has four nipples, and older offspring often attempt to suck milk from them long after leaving the pouch.

 

Kangaroos have few enemies besides human beings and wild dogs called dingoes. Kangaroos are protected throughout Australia by laws that prohibit killing them. In some areas hunters are licensed to kill large kangaroos to protect crops or to provide meat, fur, and leather when the kangaroos are many.


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koalaelsker
06.02.2006 19:54

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11.10.2006 10:18

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ja, jeg fant oxo alt jeg trengte!
bra side Smile :-\)
tusen takk..
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08.02.2006 09:59

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04.05.2006 18:39

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lemonette
14.03.2007 15:55

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hey its me again lemonette i love this site so much i just cant get enough of it!!! i love my 31 year old husband

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30.04.2009 17:04

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14.03.2007 15:50

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the site is the best ever i love animals i am married to one ive been married to one animal for 30 years hes going to be 31 in june but i have to go now site looks so great

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14.03.2007 15:59

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hey hey is me lemmonette, again. I just cant stay away from this site!!!! I cant wait tiill the big june birthday bash!!!! my husband will be 31 but im 78 and fat, very fat

till next time (probly in 5 minutes)
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Lemonette
20.03.2007 15:31

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hey its me lemoentte. im still in my car. This is a vidoe respnoce for Billy Biggins. ive been married for 30 years : )) my husband will be 31 yrs old in june!!!!!

I'll be back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!- !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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so watch ur back................................
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lemonette
02.04.2007 16:35

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hey this is lemonette coming back for some bacon!! i am so hungry im gunna eat the car that i am sitting in!! ahhh im such a savage so watch out or i might eat you!!

See you later,
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Lemmonette
02.04.2007 16:42

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im relle in the mood for a couple pounds of bacon fat!! dont u ever goet that feeling? kangaroo fat is good to. i am a supermodel so if u wanna check me out go to youtube and put in perfect relationships and click on the one that says lemmonette. well gotta go and eat a nother cow so bye.  Smile :-\)

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hey this is lemonette signing in from the car station. I am wearing a seat belt, a dress wtih flowers on it, and im not wearing any underware. haha oops didnt mean to write that but oh well i cheat on my husband all the time. only cause hes 20 years younger than be cause im 51 and he just turned 51. we have been married for 31 years and love each other very much.

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02.04.2007 16:51

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hey this is lemonette back on from the car just correcting my mistake my husband will be 31 instead of 51. so dont think he is the same age as me!! come to his birthday bash in june!!!

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L-E-M-M-O-N-E-T-T-E.. i was just practicing for my cheerleading thing. we are doing a pyramid and i am on top!! i think im the hottest one there. i am so mad.. because i lost 20 pounds god i now i only weigh 500 pounds  Sad :-\(

well gotta go eat more fat

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hey this is lemonette...................... again. i just finished eating all the food in the HOUSE! yum yum god i am still so hungry so i will be right back cause i think i left soem bacon grease and fat in the frying pan so im gunna go and lick that up.

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luringen
25.03.2008 15:24

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yea, nå bli e ferdig med prosjektet mutt alikavell  Very Happy :-D

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klipp og lim inn  Very Happy :-D tusen hjertelig takk!


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