Are Kaengurus legally hunted in Australia

Introduction: Australia and its animals

As you probably know, I am very interested in the wildlife around Australia. That's why I'll try to get one or the other creature in front of the lens! Since Australia is a very old continent, there are a lot of animal species that should have been extinct, but are still crawling around here and fleeing! If you inform yourself a little about the animal and plant world, you will quickly notice that there are an unusually large number of very, very poisonous animals and plants here. Some even say that when you enter Australia you are actually dead! Well, I don't quite agree with that, after all, we've already managed to survive a few weeks! But there are also animals that are not quite as poisonous but are unique. So what have we seen of all of this?

Legend:

Mammals

Echidna / Short-backed Echidna (u + e)

(Tachyglossus aculeatus)
We saw this animal for the first time in Dandaragan. This hedgehog is only found in Australia. Perhaps you've heard of platypus, the ant urchin belongs to the same group. He lays eggs and nurses the young for 12 weeks. Its prey consists mainly of termites and ants.

Platypus / platypus (u + e)

(Ornithorhychus anatinus)
We saw these little rascals several times in Tasmania. The platypus becomes up to 55cm long and 2kg in weight. This animal belongs to the group of bridging animals (cf. Echidna) because it lays 2 eggs and then suckles the young with milk from the belly folds. The male has a poisonous sting on the hind legs and knows how to defend himself with it. Unfortunately, these animals are crepuscular and nocturnal and so it was really difficult to get a good photo!

Kangaroo (u)

(Macropus giganteus)
So far we have seen gray kangaroos to the east and west.
And everyone has probably seen one in pictures or on television. In Australia these animals are viewed with different attitudes. You are a feature of Australia to the people of the cities, but a nuisance to the farmers. Here at the station, kangaroos are hunted as dog food and seen as food competitors for the sheep. Drivers are not good at talking to the animals either, because they lie on the warm asphalt, especially at night. And such a big jumping colossus, up to 230cm long and 70kg in weight, can completely turn a car into scrap. With us, however, the admiration prevailed, because after all, they are the longer inhabitants of this continent and somehow already unique!

Koala (u + e)

(Phascolarctos cinereus)
We saw the first animal on a bike tour through the Adelaide Hills. During a rest we heard a grunting noise and we got to the bottom of the matter. After a short search in the eucalyptus trees, we discovered such a woolen ball. Males can weigh up to 12kg and are almost 80cm tall. The low energy content in the eucalyptus leaves helps the animals sleep around 20 hours a day. The baby is raised in the mother's pouch for the first 6 months before it is carried on the back for another 6 months. Due to the destruction of the habitat, a virus that makes the females sterile, and through bush fires, the number of koalas has fallen sharply.

Brush tail possum (u)

(Trichosurus vulpecula)
These journeymen are found mainly in the eastern part of Australia and Tasmania. Sometimes there are so many possums on campsites that you have to take care of your groceries, etc. If you shine the animals in the eyes, they stop completely perplexed and do not move from the spot. You can often see the cat-sized mothers with their cubs on their backs climbing around in the trees.

Wombat (u)

(Vombatus ursinus)
We also saw the wombat for the first time in Tasmania. Unfortunately these animals are crepuscular and nocturnal and so we could not get a good photo. Therefore, a picture from the Australian Zoo serve. The animal, which weighs up to 40kg, can hardly be confused with others. Like the fox, the wombat also lives in an underground passage system that can be up to 20m long.

Tasmanian devil (u + e)

(Sarcophilus harrisii)
These animals can be clearly recognized by their black fur, which is only interrupted by white spots on the chest and stomach. Male devils grow up to 65cm long and 9kg in weight. The diet consists largely of carrion, insects and small mammals. It is the largest carnivorous animal in Tasmania and was also found on mainland Australia 400 years ago. Unfortunately we only saw two carcasses on the street.

Flying fox (u)

(Pteropus conspicillatus - spectacled wing fox))
When we were traveling with our parents, we spent one night at a campsite that was exactly in a fruit bat colony. Shortly after sunset, thousands of the animals, with a wingspan of up to 1 m, are on their way to their feeding grounds in the rainforest. Accordingly, there was a somewhat heavy smell in the air at this campsite.
You can also admire these animals in the Botanical Gardens in Sydney.

emu

(Dromaius novaehollandiae)
We saw our first emu shortly before the border with South Australia on the Nullabor Plain. In open terrain, the up to 190cm tall and up to 50kg heavy animal looks quite graceful, but as soon as the thicket becomes a little thicker, it tortures its way awkwardly. The 5-15 dark green eggs are incubated for 55 days and the young are raised for a further 6 months.

White Cockatoo (Brimstone Cockatoo)

(Cacatua galerita)
Even if these are slightly smaller than the black cockatoos, they are in no way inferior to them when it comes to screaming! Imagine a horde of crying children ... This is roughly how we are woken up by these nice characters from time to time in the morning!

Black cockatoo

(Calyptorhynchus funereus) With a body length of up to 65cm, these birds are among the larger of the cockatoos. They can easily reach prices in excess of $ 2000 on the black market. You rarely see them.

Australian pelican

(Pelecanus conspicillatus)
With a length of up to 1.8 m and a wingspan of 2.5 m, this bird is one of the largest in Australia, along with the emu and the cassowary. It fishes for fish with its beak and up to 20 liters fit into the beak sac. It covers long distances from the nesting site to the feeding place.

Little penguin

(Eudyptula minor)
The little penguin grows up to 45cm and then weighs around 1kg. Even if only briefly, we saw him on a boat tour in Esperance. This species is the only species of penguin that breeds in Australia and is critically endangered.
We saw another large colony in Tasmania. We were able to be there live when up to 3000 penguins came back to the country and fed their young.

Kokaburra (u)

(Dacelo novaeguineae)
With a size of up to 45cm, this bird is the largest in the king fisher family. The native kingfisher also belongs to this family. The kakonurra is the national bird of Australia and can be found on postage stamps and coins. Territories are defended with his loud screams.

Reptiles

We already saw our first snakes in Asia, but only here in Australia did we manage to take a picture. We saw this approximately 1.5m long specimen on Andrew's parents' farm. The animal was startled by the tractor. I'm not quite sure whether a bite is fatal or not, in any case you should avoid irritating the (I'll find out the name). The snake feeds mainly on mice and small rodents and avoids humans.

Red bellied Black Snake - red bellied black snake (tg)

(Azustrelaps superbus)
A red belly on otherwise black scales distinguishes this up to 2m long snake. On one of our hikes with our parents, my mother almost stumbled upon this very good snake. At first she didn't think about a really serious danger until after a few seconds the shock went through her limbs. In Australia you have to expect snakes at all times and a certain degree of caution can never hurt! The snake is endangered in some areas as it also has frogs on its menu. In Queensland a few years ago the cane toad was introduced to eat the cane beetle in sugar cane. Unfortunately, the poison of this toad is also poisonous for the red-bellied black snake.

Gould's monitors monitor lizard (u)

(Varanus gouldi)
We saw some of these lizards on our motorcycle tours. The animal in the photo was about 60cm long and not yet fully grown (can be up to 100cm). This lizard can be found almost everywhere in Australia.

Bandage monitor

(Varanus varius)
With a total length of over 2m, you can show some respect when you encounter this lizard. This large lizard is very frequent in trees and occasionally hunts on the ground. We saw one of these giants on the way to Brisbane! And it was really big. But as long as you are not a small bird, mouse, lizard or the like, you don't have to be afraid.

Eastern water dragon

(Physignthus lesueurii)
Compared to the monitor lizards, this lizard is quite small at up to 65cm. Wherever water is nearby, you can meet the nimble fellow on the east coast of Australia.

Bobtail (pine cone lizard)

We ran into this up to 30cm long fellow very often. When he feels disturbed, he hisses and shows his blue tongue. If you want to, he can bite hard and apply a small cocktail of bacteria to the wound. The Aborigines are only too happy to eat these lizards.

Red-backed spider (sg)

We saw this relatively small spider, slightly larger than a € 2 piece, in a phone booth in Dandaragan (south of Perth) for the first time. The red drawing on the back of the otherwise black body is typical and unmistakable for this spider. The Australians believe that the animal is not fatally poisonous. A bite is likely to cause serious illness if the antidote is not administered.

Jewel spiders

(Group Araneidae)
Sometimes these quite small but very beautiful spiders appear very numerous. The spider chases after small insects in a fine web.

mantis

(Group Mantodea)
With over 12cm in length, the praying mantis is quite large. It has spikes on its tentacles with which it catches its food. They wait without touch for the right moment to hunt small insects. I would have loved to take one of the animals home with me, but unfortunately it doesn't work out that easy.

True Bugs - 'true bugs'

(Group Hemiptera)
Even though this beautiful beetle is scattered all over Australia, we only saw it once. But there were hundreds of them. There are 2705 different species of these beetles in Australia.

Dolphins

On a dolphin tour in Adelaide we went with Bottelnosed Dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) snorkeled.
These "bottlenose dolphins" can be up to 390cm long and 560kg in weight. Dolphin dives can last up to 4 minutes.

Australian sea lion

(Neophoca cinerea)
We saw sea lions on a boat trip and fishing in Esperance. It can happen that 3m in front of you such a colossus emerges from the sea and stares at you. Do not try to touch them as they can get bitten quickly. The animals can be up to 210cm long and 300kg in weight. However, the females only reach a delicate weight of 80kg.

Whale shark

With a height of up to 18m, the whale shark is the largest shark and fish in the world at the same time! On the Exmouthriff, many specimens come together every year for reasons that are not yet entirely clear. So far, very little is known and research is still in its infancy. The animals are not dangerous because they feed on plankton schools and occasionally fish fry!