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Animals of Australia

There are few places that match Australia for its unique animals, especially ts mammals such as its monotremes and marsupials and its abundant reptile and frog fauna.

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Bull ants (Myrmecia spp.) (Canberra, Australia)

Memo to birdwatchers visiting Australia! When you stop and stand to watch birds in our forests and woodlands take a moment to look where you feet are. You might be standing on or close to a nest of these guys. These are bull ants, virtually unique to Australia, and at 3-4 cm long they are some of the worlds biggest ants. You might catch a glimpse of a regular sized ant passing by in the video! There are about 90 known species in Australia. They are highly aggressive and pack a powerful painful sting and can sting multiple times and can be dangerous to someone with an allergy. They are instantly recognisable by their size and huge mandibles. Here I film, carefully, the entry to their nest.



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