(8 photos) – Pademelons are small, compact, short-tailed wallabies that typically inhabit wet sclerophyll and rainforests from Tasmania to New Guinea.
They have remained common over much of their geographic range but the Tasmanian Pademelon was once found in south-eastern South Australia and Victoria.
The Tasmanian Pademelon is the largest of the three species of Pademelons in Australia, reasonably stocky in appearance, with males to 12 kg (average 7.0 kg) and females to 10 kg (average 3.9 kg). The long fur is thick and soft indicative of the cool temperate climate of Tasmania.
The larger Bennetts Wallaby (below) is a subspecies of the Red-necked Wallaby found on the Australian mainland. It usually grows 70-90 cm tall, but may reach up to 1.5 metres, and averages 14kg (females) to 19kg (males). The Tasmanian form is a little darker with longer and denser fur than its mainland cousin. It is slightly smaller in overall size, but heavier on average.
European Rabbits arrived in Australia on the First Fleet in 1788 but these rabbits were domesticated and did not spread around Sydney. Rabbits were introduced to Tasmania in the 1820s. The first feral populations were recorded in 1827 in south-eastern Tasmania.
Rabbits compete with native species for food and shelter, as well as changing native plant community composition and degrading land. Classified as vermin in Tasmania, they are recognised as Australia’s most widespread and destructive environmental and agricultural pest.
Thanks for visiting, I hope you enjoyed some of our local furry friends and learnt something new. These images were taken around my home 😀