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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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Duck-billed Platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus, Ornithorhynchidae: Platypus) Canberra, Australia

The Duck-billed Platypus and the Australian Water Rat ( are the only two amphibious mammals in Australia. The Platypus is one of two egg laying mammals found in Australia. The other is the Echidna ( Totally unique in appearance, platypus catch small insects, snails, worms and the like on the bottom of water bodies in which they live. Filmed in a small forest stream at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve ( near Canberra, at which they can often be seen during daylight hours, but not usually as good as this!! Also see



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