AUSTRALIAN ANIMALS By: Sophie Gollan
Endotherm Common name: Red kangaroo Scientific name: Macropusrufus
Red Kangaroo habitat Red kangaroo found throughout most of central Australia in wide, open plains including Australia’s deserts and open grasslands.
Temperature Adaptations Seek shade in the heat of the day • Lick their forearms • Have an insulating layer of fur
Ectotherm Common name: Eastern blue-tongue lizard Scientific name: TiliquaScincoides
Blue-tongue habitat Blue-tongue lizard found in Eastern and Northern Australia. Woodlandsand shrub land (have lots of cover including tall grasses, rocks and logs) Arid to semi-arid red sand plains Dunes Sandy hills Suburban gardens
Temperature Adaptations Basking in the sun • Seeking shade • Shuttling between places
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