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A Guide to Tasmania’s Wildlife

By HarryThursday 11th September 2014

Tasmania is a beautiful Australian island state, and is renowned for its rich rain forest, stunning beaches and fascinating wildlife. Like with any country foreign to your own, the animals that inhabit it are often seen as weird and wonderful when compared with the UK’s humble pigeon, or the odd squirrel dashing through your local park.

So it’s no wonder that so many of you feel inspired to explore the native fauna during a holiday around Australian and New Zealand. To keep you in the know, we’ve created this handy guide to Tasmania’s wondrous wildlife, from cute mammals to slithering reptiles. So, get your binoculars at the ready and start exploring.

Mammals

Where would a trip to Tasmania be without spotting a Tasmanian devil? These roaring little creatures are a country treasure and, despite being nocturnal, can often be found lying in the sun sleeping. They’re a part of the marsupial family and with thick black fur with fleck of white, they’re hard to miss. Tasmanian Devil Tasmanian Devil Another member of the marsupial family is the eastern quoll, a very cute animal that looks like a spotty cross between a cat and a mouse. The eastern quoll is just one example of the six in its species, and despite being almost extinct in mainland Australia they can be found rummaging for food in the Tasmanian rainforests and large alpine woods. Quoll Quoll Finally, another great animal to look out for is the pademelon, an animal that is often confused with the more commonly known wallaby. The type of pademelons found in Tasmania often have a red colouring to their front, and can be found hopping happily throughout the dense forests, or digging out tunnels through local swamps. To catch a glimpse, be sure to travel a little further inland and you’re to spot these curious animals bouncing around. Tasmanian Pademelon Tasmanian Pademelon

Birds

There are many beautiful and unusual birds that glide across the Tasmanian sky, so it makes for the perfect place if you enjoy a spot of bird watching. With its white feathers and streaks of orange, the cattle egret makes for a great find through your binoculars. The perfect time to take photos of this curious bird is while it feeds on crickets, spiders and moths – a really fascinating sight. Cattle Egret Cattle Egret The cutest bird, and the one your kids are bound to love, is the little penguin or rather the fairy penguin, a small bird that only grows to a maximum height of 33-centimetres. These adorable tiny penguins love to feed on squid and smaller fish, but are sadly at risk of extinction in Tasmania, so keep your eyes peeled during your next trip. Fairy Penguins Fairy Penguins

Reptiles

Reptile sightings are a common occurrence in countries with tropical weather, and that includes the ever changing climate of Tasmania.  While enjoying a stroll along the coastal grasslands, be sure to keep an eye out for the blotched blue-tongued lizard, a dark olive green member of the skink family. These little guys loving nothing more than to wrap their brightly blue tongues around fresh flowers and creepy crawlies – yum! Blue Tongued Lizard Blue Tongued Lizard Another great find is the mountain dragon, a small reddish brown lizard that is covered in tiny markings that give the effect of spikes. But don’t worry, this little guy doesn’t breathe fire and can be found hunting in the dry woodlands or sunbathing in amongst tall grass. Mountain Dragon Lizard Mountain Dragon Lizard

Fancy the zoo instead?

We know that not everyone is that keen on tracking down animals in the wild; luckily there is a much easier way to do this, and it’s by visiting the Tasmania Zoo. There you and your family can admire the local animals from a safe distance, and all within a small space. Not only that, but if you and your kids can’t wait to discover more, you can each become zoo keepers for the day.

Get exploring today

Has this got your inspired to explore the wildlife of Tasmania? Then check out our Richmond and Tassie Devils shore excursion! You can find out more at our destinations page, and book your trip to Tasmania today.

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