Wildlife

Australian native species are abundant in our ideal habitat

The Resort is home to a large variety of wildlife, due to the wide range of habitats around the grounds. Our beachfront location and proximity to natural freshwater offers an abundant environment attracting a host of native creatures.

Agile Wallabies, Bandicoots, native White Tailed Rats and several reptiles — Non venomous, Green Tree Snakes, large Lizards, called Lace Monitors, Geckos and Skinks. Ask the staff about any “critters” you see and do not recognise. Green Tree Frogs are common in the wetter months and the Lagoon has a large variety of fish and crabs.

Bandicoots are pointy-nosed marsupials native to Australia and New Guinea. There are 19 different species of bandicoots that live in plains, forests, and deserts. The bandicoot's pouch faces backwards so that dirt doesn't enter the pouch. These burrowing mammals are in danger of extinction.

Bandicoots are nocturnal (most active at night). Digging with strong, clawed feet, these solitary mammals excavate long, complex burrows. The bilby (also known as the rabbit-eared bandicoot) digs underground dens that are up to 5 feet (1.5 m) long.

Wallabies are marsupials native to Australia, and New Guinea. They are small- to medium-sized kangaroos. There are 30 different types of wallabies that live in many types of habitats, including rocky areas, grasslands, forests and swamps. Some wallabies include the Quokka, Nabarlek, and the Pandemelon.

Wallabies range in size from the size of a rabbit to almost 6 ft (1.8 m) long. The soft, woolly fur can be gray, brown, red or almost black. The belly is lighter. Females (called fliers) have a pouch in which the young live and drink milk. Males (called boomers) are larger than females. Babies are called joeys. They have short arms with clawed fingers. strong, legs, and long, four-toed feet with claws. They can hop and jump with powerful legs.

Fiddler Crabs: Found in mangroves and on sandy or muddy beaches of West Africa, the Western Atlantic, Eastern Pacific and Indo-Pacific, fiddler crabs are easily recognized by their distinctively asymmetric claws. It is the males which boast an oversized claw or cheliped; it plays a role in courtship and signalling among conspecifics. The movement of the smaller claw during feeding, from the ground to the mouth, inspired the crabs' common name; to many, it appears as if the animal is playing a fiddle (the larger claw).

Monitor (lizard), or Goannas, common name for a genus of lizards that includes the largest living lizard, the Komodo dragon. Monitors live in tropical and desert areas throughout Africa, in Asia from Arabia through southern China and Malaysia, and in the East Indies and Australia. There are about 30 species in the genus, ranging from 20 cm to more than 3 m (8 in to 10 ft) long. They are characterized by a long, forked, snakelike tongue, and are able to engulf and swallow large prey whole. They are sleek, fast runners with tapered heads, long necks, strong legs, and long, powerful tails. Monitors feed on insects, birds, reptiles and their eggs, small mammals, and carrion.

The Green Tree Frog's natural distribution extends from the North-East corner of South Australia to throughout Queensland. The skin surface of the Green Tree Frog is smooth with large glands on the back of its head. The glands, if you look closely, are pitted with tiny pores. The fingers and toes have large discs and are webbed. The colour, as the frog's name suggests, is usually bright green, however, some individuals may change their colour to olive-brown. Some specimens have white spots on their back, sides and limbs. The back of the thighs varies from yellow to maroon and the iris (the eye) is a pale gold.


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