Bandicoot

Bandicoot is one of the smallest of the pouched mammals. He always leaves conical pits where he has dug for the majority of his tucker; worms, insects, larvae and grubs. Contrary to popular belief, these creatures do not burrow, although Bilbies do. “Lousy as a bandicoot” is an old Ocker …

Bat

Bats are found worldwide and there are over fifty species in Australia.  Bats are the only mammals able to fly. Bats use ultra-sonic echo-locating pulses during flight to avoid obstacles and to catch flying insects.  In human terms, it may mean being able to perceive things in an uncommon way; …

Bilby

Bilbies are bandicoots, one of the eight generally recognised genera.  In appearance and habit they differ from the other bandicoots; Bilbies burrow and prefer a more flesh based diet.  Dedicated meat-eaters, in other words! They were a delicacy for the Aboriginal people, and have been portrayed as an Aussie alternative …

Dingo

There has been much controversy over the Dingo, it’s origins as well as its behaviour as a carnivorous animal (towards humans), and thus it’s ‘acceptability’ on the loose in modern society. It is believed the Dingo was originally brought here as a domestic animal from Indonesia. For this reason, some …

Dolphin

There are records of Aboriginal and dolphin interaction from the early days of settlement to as recently as fifty years ago; I heard a first hand account from the late Ted Gubboo Thomas years ago. The dolphins would be called from the beach, (either by whistling and calling, or hitting …

Dugong

The dugong is a popular traditional food source for the people of Northern Australia, although they are no longer hunted as often due to the fact they are a threatened species. As well, the use of nets in certain areas by general fishermen is banned, and shark nets have been …

Echidna

The echidna and platypus are both from the same family, although they are very different in appearance. Both with characteristics the same as reptiles, they are anatomically very primitive.  The platypus and echidna are the only mammals that lay eggs.  The female echidna lays one egg which is carried in …

Gliding Possum

There are six species of Glider. The largest, the great glider, is the size of a small cat and the smallest, the feathertail glider, weighs about fifteen grams and is smaller than a mouse. Possum’s diet consists mostly of tree sap, insects, buds, blossoms and fruit. They are well-known for …

Kangaroo

A popular and well-known symbol of Australia, Kangaroo is a favourite, unless of course, one is a cattle farmer!  Kangaroos feature in many children’s stories, songs and television shows, they make endearing characters (see ‘Dot and the Kangaroo’ clip below). In the modern Dreaming[1], a kangaroo trying to make the leap over …

Koala

Koala brings many messages as one of the most world known symbols of Australia. Koala medicine brings questioning your relationship with lack and abundance. Endearing like a teddy, but definitely not a bear, Koala is a popular symbol of Australia. These unique creatures appear to have little intelligence. Their success …