Mammals are generally characterised by hair or fur on their bodies and almost all suckle their young on milk which provides a rich source of fat and proteins to help young mammals grow. Most bear live young although the platypus and echidna lay eggs.
There are some 139 mammal species in Victoria, including some of our most iconic and internationally renowned species such as kangaroos, wallabies, koalas, possums, wombats, platypus and echidnas.
Did you know?
- Some kangaroos can hop at speeds of up to 65 kph and bound up to 6 meters in one hop.
- Wombats can dig burrows up to 30 meters long.
- The duck-like bill of the platypus is flexible and soft and helps it to search for food by picking up electrical currents from its prey.
- The heart of a Blue Whale is about the size of a small car.
- A Feather Tail glider can glide up to 25 meters in one leap.
- Baby echidnas are called puggles and each spine on their coat is formed from a single hair.
- Koalas spend up to 20 hours a day sleeping and resting as their eucalyptus leaf diet is not very nutritious, so this is how they conserve energy.
Download the following fact sheets for interesting facts and information on some of Victoria's mammals:
Chocolate Wattled Bat
Chocolate Wattled Bat (accessible version)
Common Brushtail Possum
Common Brushtail Possum (accessible version)
Common Ringtail Possum
Common Ringtail Possum (accessible version)
Eastern Grey Kangaroo (accessible version)
Echidna (accessible version)
Southern Right Whale
Southern Right Whale (accessible version)
Blue Whale (accessible version)
Humpback Whale (accessible version)
Bottlenose Dolphin (accessible version)