Australian native animals
Wombats, wallabies, kangaroos, sugar gliders,
brushtail and ringtail possums are some of the native animals that live in our
forest. They are all nocturnal so are not often seen during the day.
Echidnas, and goannas, are
out during the day mostly only during the spring and summer season.
The sugar gliders can usually be seen curled up in their
||The sugar gliders are normally nocturnal, but
we found one very hot day that this one had climbed out of the nest box
presumably to escape the heat. Of a night they climb up the tree and
glide across to another tree. Moths, beetles and nectar as well as sap,
particularly from the black wattle tree, make up their diet. If
you walk across to the spa of an evening you may hear their call, a nip
nip. In the U.S.A they are sometimes kept as pets, although in
Australia we are not allowed to keep native animals as pets unless they
have been born in captivity.
Sugar Gliders would usually nest in a hollow in a tree but hollows take
many years to form. This area was cleared for farming and as the black
wattles renew the soil they provide excellent sugar glider food, however
there are no old trees with hollows for nesting, so they are using the
nest box we have put up in the tree.
The tower below the nest box allows us to climb up the ladder, peek in
and see that the sugar gliders are in residence. (they are so cute)