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The Mammals of Mt Barney

Apart from the local farmer’s cows and our horses, most mammals you will see will be around dawn and dusk. The most frequent visitors to the Lodge are Red-necked Wallabies, the Northern Brown Bandicoot, and the Brushtail Possum. Other little guys you should keep your eyes out for is the Sugar Glider... and if you’re very patient, you may even spot a Platypus in the creek.

Kangaroos and Wallabies at Mt Barney

Mmm’s... Mammals, Monotremes and Marsupials... what’s the difference between them all?

Mammals are the overriding group that contains marsupials and monotremes. Mammals are any animal with a covering of hair on the skin and, in the female, milk-producing mammary glands for nourishing the young.

Marsupials, are any non-placental mammals whose young are very undeveloped when born and continue developing outside their mother's body attached to one of her nipples. Most marsupials have longer hind-legs than forelimbs, and the females usually have pouches in which they carry their young. Kangaroos, possums, and koalas are marsupials.

Monotremes are any egg-laying mammal that don’t have teats but provide milk directly through the skin to their young. The only living monotremes are the duck-billed platypus, and the echidna.

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