Posts tagged ‘Australia’

How far can a kangaroo jump?

With the help of its strong hind legs, a kangaroo can leap 30 feet or more.

If you want to see a live kangaroo, the place to go is to the zoo for the “Land of the kangaroo” is the far-off country of Australia.

Kangaroo

There are many kinds of kangaroos.  The smallest, called wallabies may be as small as a rabbit.  The biggest, called the “great” kangaroos, may grow 8 feet tall and weight nearly 200 pounds.

Most kangaroos have two short front paws in place of hands, and very long hind legs.  When they want to go anywhere in a hurry they leap and bound.  When moving at a slow pace, they move along in short hops.

The great kangaroo may travel at speeds of 30 miles an hour, and take jumps as long as 30 feet at a time.  The kangaroo uses its big, long tail to balance itself when jumping and to help push it along, as well as for a seat when it is resting.

Baby kangaroos are called “joeys.”  The baby rides inside its mother’s pouch until it is able to hop about by itself.  When frightened, the baby kangaroo quickly hops back into the mother’s pouch safety. – Dick Rogers

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What is a lungfish?

Lungfish

Did you ever hear of a fish that could live our of water?  The lungfish can.

As one would guess by its name, the lungfish has a lung, as well as gills, that enables it to live out of the water.  Lungfish live in Africa, South America, and Australia.

The African lungfish is probably the best know it is also called a mudfish.  The African lungfish ahs an eel-shaped body that may grow to be over a foot long.

It lives in swamps and muddy rivers of Africa.  In the summer the streams in which the lungfish lives may dry up for months at a time.

As the dry season nears, the lungfish burrows deep in the mud.  It can spend the whole summer in its cocoon of hardened mud beneath the dried-up stream bed, getting air through a small hole and living on fat stored in its own body.

When  the wet season comes, the water softens the hard mud cocoon and the lugnfish swims about again.

Did you ever hear of a fish that could live our of water?  The lungfish can.

As one would guess by its name, the lungfish has a lung, as well as gills, that enables it to live out of the water.  Lungfish live in Africa, South America, and Australia.

The African lungfish is probably the best know it is also called a mudfish.  The African lungfish ahs an eel-shaped body that may grow to be over a foot long.

It lives in swamps and muddy rivers of Africa.  In the summer the streams in which the lungfish lives may dry up for months at a time.

As the dry season nears, the lungfish burrows deep in the mud.  It can spend the whole summer in its cocoon of hardened mud beneath the dried-up stream bed, getting air through a small hole and living on fat stored in its own body.

When  the wet season comes, the water softens the hard mud cocoon and the lugnfish swims about again. – Dick Rogers

What are koala bears?

The koala bear is a small, wooly animal found only in Australia.

The koala looks for all the world like a cuddly, live teddy bear.  It is about two-feet long, with ears seeming as if they were stuck on, and with a

Koala

patent-leather nose and shoe button eyes.  In fact, koalas are popularly known as Australian teddy bears.

They are not real bears, of course.  They are pouched animals.  Baby koalas are carried in a pouch when they are fist born.

A koala makes its home in a special king of tree—the eucalyptus or blue gum tree.  It holds onto the tree branches with its sharp claws and feeds on the oily leaves.  At one time you could see many koalas in zoos, but now there are only a few.

The koalas were hunted for their fur until they were in danger of disappearing from the world.

Today koalas are protected.  No one is allowed to take them out of Australia any more.  – Dick Rogers

What is a duck-billed platypus?

It would be hard to find a stronger creature in the world than the duck-billed platypus that lives in Australia and Tasmania.  It is also the strangest creature.

What makes this “impossible” creature so odd is that it has a bill like a duck, where most other mammals have noses and lips.  It has the soft thick fur of a mole, and a paddle-shaped tall like a beaver.

Duck Billed-Platypus

It has webbed feet, too, and it lays eggs and hatches them like a chicken.  But after the eggs have hatched, the mother platypus nurses her babies with milk as do other mammals.

A fully grown duckbill may be nearly two feet long counting its tail, and weight 6 pounds.  This shy creature spend most of the day hiding in a grass-lined den, deep in some mud bank.

Like beavers, platypuses live in streams and ponds.  they do not build dams, but dig deep tunnels far into the bank, from under water.  The long upward-sloping tunnel leads to the “living room.”

The shy platypus is seldom seen.  it hides deep in its burrow by day.  It comes out at night to hunt for worms, snails, and other small water creatures which it digs up which it finds by stirring the muddy stream bottom of the pond with its rubbery bill. – Dick Rogers