Cover

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Title Page, Copyright

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Contents

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p. 3

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Preface and Acknowledgments

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p. 3

The aim of this book is to give people visiting the most popular tourist areas of Australia a chance at identifying the animals they are most likely to see. Species have been selected drawing on Iain’s extensive experience throughout the continent growing up in Australia, and spending long hours in the bush, and Sam’s many trips Down Under over the past six years. ...

Vegetation Associations of Australia

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pp. 4-5

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Habitats

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pp. 6-25

Australia has two large barrier reef systems, one of which is located along the northwest Australian coastline, which is inaccessible and rarely visited. The other, the Great Barrier Reef, extends from east of Cape York Peninsula in ne. QLD, south to Gladstone in c. QLD. Parts of this massive reef system are very accessible and therefore are some of the most popular tourist attractions in the country. ...

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Mammals

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pp. 26-53

Red Kangaroo is the largest land mammal in Australia, and the world’s largest marsupial. Marsupials are an order of mammals that are at their greatest diversity in the Australasian region—some 70 percent of the species are found there, and most Australian mammals are within this order. ...

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Birds

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pp. 54-257

Emu is the national bird of Australia. Australia’s answer to the Ostrich, it is also a massive flightless bird in shape rather like that African species. It is a fast bird, running at speeds of up to 50 km/h (31 mph). It is one of only two large flightless land birds in the country, along with the rainforest-dwelling cassowary. ...

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Amphibians

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pp. 258-261

Also known as Desert Tree Frog. The coloration of this rotund frog varies from cream to reddish brown above, finely flecked with black, and exhibits a broad dark band running along the side from the tip of the snout to the hind limbs. It is smooth in texture and possesses the broad toe pads typical of tree frogs. ...

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Reptiles

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pp. 262-275

A large-headed freshwater turtle (unrelated to snapping turtles of the Americas) with distinctive bumps known as tubercles along the head and neck. The carapace is often significantly wider at the rear than at the front. Generally herbivorous, this species occurs in rivers across the tropical north of Australia, ...

Abbreviations

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p. 276

Glossary

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pp. 277-278

Further Reading

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p. 279

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About the Authors

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p. 280

Iain grew up in Evans Head in New South Wales and spent his youth chasing wildlife all over the continent, and quickly became an obsessive birder. In 1999 after an extended sojourn living in West Africa he moved to Ecuador and opened Tandayapa Bird Lodge. ...

Photo Credits

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p. 280

Index

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pp. 281-286