Feb
12
2014

Tasmania’s wonderful wildlife

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One of the most magical things about Tasmania is its sheer variety of wildlife. The island is home to a number of rare creatures and some that can't be found anywhere else.

So what kind of animals can you expect to encounter on a journey here?

The Tasmanian devil is the iconic animal of the island, and it's a must-see. It's unique as the world's largest surviving carnivorous marsupial, and it's only found – you guessed it – in Tasmania. The noises they make are particularly distinctive, with loud snarls and growls something you should expect. After all that’s how they got their European name … for the sounds they made in the bush at night.

You're also likely to come across wombats. These are large burrowing mammals found around the state. They're nocturnal but some do like to crawl out of their homes during the day, especially on Maria Island, Cradle Mountain and Narawntapu National Park. Your best chance of seeing them, however, is during dusk and dawn.

Also, keep your eyes peeled for pademelons. These stocky creatures with short tails (shorter than the Bennett’s Wallaby or red-necked wallaby) can be found throughout Tasmania – even on the streets and reserves of Hobart! Known also as the Rufous Wallaby or red-bellied wallaby, they have all but disappeared on mainland Australia, but they continue to thrive here. Did you know that their name is a corruption of badimaliyan, from the Dharuk Aboriginal language of Port Jackson?

Other creatures you can expect to come across? Endless varieties of birds, dolphins, whales, platypi and more. You certainly won't be disappointed with the great array of species this island is home to.

A wombat at Narawntapu National Park - Image Credit: Launceston B&B

Tassie Devil released onto Maria Island - Image Credit: DiscoverTasmania and Graham M Freeman IG

Rufous Wallaby or Pademelon - Image Credit: Publish or Perish Blog

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