After the mass extinction, much of Australia's giant wildlife have gone extinct. This includes kangaroos, emus, crocodiles and several other endangered species. Also, some creatures have faced a severe decline, including numbats and koalas, due to lack of food and competition with placentals. Despite this, Australia of the future is rather diverse in fauna, especially in the marsupial family.
The outback is unrecognizable by 25 million years AME and is way more lush than in the present day. In fact, most of the outback is open grassland littered with trees similar to the Aciaca trees of Africa. On the coasts, near Queensland, mangrove forests line the shore which make somewhat of a maze that is flooded about 1.5 meters (4–5 feet). The mangroves here are much taller than their ancestors and they merge with a rainforest filled with all sorts of unique creatures. Lastly, flood waters has caused the Spencer Gulf to swell and form a shallow sea. In this sea, sharks and sea-faring water monitors have evolved to fill the roles of the apex predators of the region. Australia gets much more rainfall than in the past, due to the continent moving closer to the equator. In fact, the northern tip of Australia is only 50 miles south from the equator.
As said in the paragraph above most of Australia is now covered in sprawling grassland. Trees here look similar to African savannah trees and play a similar role in the welfare of the creatures of this lush, new outback. Along with trees, the outback is covered with grasses and patches of bushes. The Australia of the Allocene is now able to sustain grazing herd animals, like false aurochs and wombeasts. Large carnivores like the dingoes have gone extinct, which has caused an arms race to see which creature can take over the apex predator niche the fastest.
Mammals (Marsupials) Edit
- Banded Quolleo - The banded quolleo is a wolf-like predator descended from the tiger quoll. After the mass extinction, quolls have evolved to fill the niche left behind by predators like the dingo. This species is the largest of the grassland natives, reaching sizes of up to 1.5 meters (5 feet) long and 60 centimeters (2 feet) tall. Banded quolleo are light brown with a white underbelly, and have thin white stripes running down its back. Also, this species has still kept its distinct pouch, where the creature stores its pups. Banded Quolleo can normally give birth to 2 pups each season, unless there is a major drought or food shortage. This species live in packs of up to 4 adults, and the males normally do all of the hunting while the females care for the pups. Males are larger than the females and have a mane running down their back, which is unique to this species of quolleo.
- Spotted Quolleo - One of the smallest species of the Australian quolleos, the spotted quolleo only reaches the size of a small dog, which is around a meter (4 feet) long. This species is black with small white speckles placed all over its dark fur, along with long downward facing fangs that jut from the creature's mouth. Spotted quolleo hunt in mating pairs and prey on small animals, like frogs, lizards or mulgrays. The spotted quolleo has evolved similarly to nocturnal predators like coyotes, and are the only quolleo species that strictly hunts at night. This species produces the most pups in the quolleo family, at a whopping 6 pups each season. Unfortunately, only half of these creatures make it to adulthood due to predation from devil dragons or larger quolleo.
- Humpback Sauroo - The humpback sauroo is a large descendant of the wallaby, which has evolved to fill the niche left behind by grazing mammals. The sauroos get their name from their resemblance to ancient hadrosaurs, due to their raised back and crests. Humpback sauroos have lost their ability to hop, but have evolved much more muscular legs in order for running long distances. The defining trait of this beast is the raised back that gave this sauroo its name, and has a long face like the New Guinea darcos. This species can reach about 2 meters (7 feet) tall at the shoulder and 5 meters (15 feet) long. These creatures live in herds of over 20 individuals led by a few bulls, who are normally siblings. When encountering predators, the humpback sauroo will lunge forward onto all fours and bellow at the attacker, which can either be a lone devil dragon or a pack of quolleo.
- Giant Wombeast - The giant wombeast is an enormous species of wombat that has evolved to fill the niche of cattle and other grazing mammals. At an astounding 2 meters (7 feet) tall at the shoulder and weighing in at over a ton, the giant wombeast is the largest land animal in the South Pacific region. This grassland species greatly resembles the long gone Diprotodon and share many similar characteristics. This species have extremely thick skin, nearly an inch in some places, which protects these beasts from predators. The creature's pouch is where the skin is the thickest, due to the fact it has to support an 120 lb. baby for 2 months. Giants traverse the grasslands in herds of up to 18 individuals, which are led by 2-3 bulls. A single herd can have up to 5 calves each year, which are protected by the herd until they reach adulthood.
Mammals (Placentals) Edit
- Australian Leparlope - The Australian leparlope is a subspecies of the leparlope, which have evolved from rabbits and hares. Leparlope are present on nearly every continent and have diversed into many different subspecies, many of which greatly resemble antelope or deer. These bunnies have evolved to fill the niche left behind by the many species of deer and antelope that have gone extinct. Leparlope have long slender legs and a small build, which helps these creatures escape from predators. This subspecies is quite small compared to other kinds of leparlope, at only 60 centimeters (2 feet) tall. These beasts are tan with dark brown blotches on its fur, along with a white underbelly. Leparlope live in herds of 20-28 individuals and are preyed on by all sorts of creatures, including carrion cranes, quolleo and devil dragons. Their ears perk up when they sense predators or intruders.
- Australian Wolf Boar - The Australian wolf boar is the Australian subspecies of wolf boar, which are nearly on every continent like rodents or rabbits. Wolf boars are a family of wild pig that have evolved and diversified into several niches. Australian wolf boars have taken on a much more carnivorous diet consisting of small animals, birds and the young of larger animals like false aurochs. At just above a meter (4 feet) tall at the shoulder, Australian wolf boar are probably the most ravenous predator on the grassland, sometimes even resorting to cannibalism. The Australian wolf boar resembles the Entelodon, and have two fangs that grow to the size of an average knife. The Australian wolf boar has rough brown skin, with barely any fur on it, along with red streaks running down its sloped back. These creatures are mostly solitary, only pairing up during mating season.
- False Aurochs - The false aurochs is a very mysterious beast, due to the fact it evolved from rabbits but greatly resembles a cow. False aurochs are large grazing animals that traverse the grasslands in herds of up to 20 individuals. Rabbits grew so large that they didn't need to hop anymore, then the beasts' ears shrunk and they grew larger legs to support their weight. The result was a cattle-like creature the size of a small car. False Aurochs can have up to three calves each season and are protected by the herd until they reach adulthood, and branch out to form new herds. A herd is normally led by a large male, who normally picks where the herd should go or where they should rest. Despite being like cows, these beasts don't have horns and are dark brown.
- Snake-Eyed Carrion Crane - Most kinds of large birds have become extinct but, some of these avians have survived the extinction event. One of these families of birds are called carrion cranes, which are large carnivorous and piscivorous avians. Also known as carrion storks, this group of birds are descended from carnivorous storks and cranes. One of the largest of these carrion cranes is the snake-eyed carrion crane which can grow up to heights of 2 meters (5 feet) tall. Snake-eyes are descended from the black-necked stork, which is large predatory stork native to central Australia. Snake-eyes live near watering holes and prey on small mammals, waterfowl and fish along with young herd mammals. These carrion cranes got their name from the way they can snap at prey while staring at other objects. Snake-eyes greatly resemble their ancestors, with black and red feathers along with a grey torso.
- Crimson Hammerhead Parrot - One new family of parrot are the hammerhead parrots which have plumage on their head which resemble a v-shape. Descended from cockatoos, hammerheads are only native to Australia and the surrounding islands, and are unique to the ecosystem. The largest of its kind, the crimson hammerhead parrot is truly remarkable, with dark-red and white plumage all over its downy body. With a wingspan of about a meter (3 feet) these birds are the largest flying avians in Australia. Male crimson hammerhead extend their v-shaped plumage during mating season to impress females, and also use this plumage to "spar" with other males.
Reptiles and Amphibians Edit
- Devil Dragon - Monitor lizards have really hit the big time after the mass extinction, diversifying into marine niches and land niches. Devil dragons are descended from the perentie monitor lizard and has kept some of its ancestor's traits. These massive reptiles can reach lengths close to 5 meters (15 feet) making these beasts the largest predators on the grassland. Devil dragons are descended from the perentie, and has still kept its ancestors venomous saliva. This saliva is highly acidic and can keep flesh wounds open on large animals, like wombeasts, which cannot be taken down by the sheer force of the devil dragon. These reptiles are green-grey in color, which help them sneak up on unsuspecting prey. These beasts can lay up to 15 eggs each season, but only a handful of them reach adulthood. Other devil dragons might eat the eggs if food has become scarce.
- Venomolo - The venomolo is a sheep-sized, insectivorous descendant of the thorny devil. Venomolo are very docile and won't attack unless they are provoked. This beast is covered in thorns and obtrusions that create a nearly impenetrable barrier that protects venomolo from predators. These creatures have several venomous barbs located on its legs and tail, which can be used to slash attackers along with an acid that can be sprayed from the mouth. The toxin from the barbs and the venomolo's poison gland can keep flesh wounds open and can leave a burning sensation on the skin, which can last for several days. Venomolo have a diet that consists of termites, large beetles and ants, which are considerably larger than their present day counterparts. These beasts have rust colored skin, along with dark yellow barbs and thorns. These creatures can lay up to a dozen eggs and will guard them viciously until they hatch.
Coastal Mangroves and RainforestsEdit
Australia's coastline in the future is dense with mangroves and other aquatic plants. These forests continue for miles and eventually merge with the grasslands of the outback, where the mangroves transition to towering rainforest trees. Inland, the rainforests are mostly damp, and are divided into land-locked lakes and rivers. Here, freshwater fish and large turtles have evolved to become the apex predators of these lakes. Flooding has caused most of the mangrove forests to be partly flooded, in some places by about 1.5 meters (5 feet).
- Slokoal - The slokoal is a large, sloth-like, browser descended from koalas. Koalas were once in severe decline but an adaptation in their diet allowed them to evolve into these beasts. Slokoals are native to the rainforests of Australia and are the largest creatures in its environment. These beasts are built similarly to ground slothes and walk on their knuckles. Slokoals have a grey coat with green blotches, along with white ears and a white underbelly. Koalas fully adapted to life on the ground to experience a more varied diet, which includes berries, fruit and leves on low-lying bushes. Slokoals live in small groups of 5 or 6 led by an alpha male. The alpha is normally the largest male and protects the group from predators. Slokoals can reach heights of up to 2 meters (6 feet) and can be aggressive against predators and intruders, especially if bearing young in its pouch.
- Forest Wombeast - Forest wombeasts are a smaller subspecies of Wombeast that live strictly in the rainforests and close to the coastline. This species is just above a meter (4 feet) in height, which is roughly the size of a sheep. Also, these wombeasts are much more slim compared to the grassland variety, which makes moving through the cluttered forest much easier. Forest wombeasts are colored similarly to wild piglets, dark brown with tan stripes. These beasts eat low-lying bushes and sub-terrainean plants, like truffles and roots. Forest wombeasts can raise 3 joeys at a time, and live in small groups of 4 females and 1 male. The male is normally the largest out of the herd and makes all of the herd's decisions, like choosing where to eat and when to mate.
- Panther Quolleo - The panther quolleo is the largest quolleo species, reaching lengths of up to 3 meters (9 feet). These beasts are much more vicious than their grassland counterparts, and will kill anything that trespasses on its territory even other quolleo. Panther quolleos are grey and brown, with white stripes lining up along the ribcage. These creatures don't hunt in packs, but they do live in mating pairs, which is similar to the spotted quolleo. Panthers can also climb trees and will sometimes drag its victims up into tall trees to escape Dirats or other scavengers. These creatures will eat basically anything, and will even attack siltshells if food was getting scarce.
- Javelin Foliroo - The javelin foliroo is a descendant of the tree kangaroo, and the largest species of foliroo. Tree kangaroos haven't changed a lot since the mass extinction, but there are a few characteristics that have changed. One of these changes is the newly acquired ability to swim. Now that these creatures can swim, the have a greater chance of escaping predators like bunyips or mavaran. The javelin foliroo reach heights of up to a meter (3 feet) and therefore have the longest legs. Foliroo legs are extremely toned in order to launch the beast from tree to tree, sometimes even over water. This species lives in the mangrove forests on the coastline, and eat an assortment of leaves and fruit from different plants. These beasts live in groups of 7 individuals, and the males are a minority. Foliroo can raise up to 2 joeys at a time and are kept with the females of the group until they can fend for themselves.
Mammals (Placentals) Edit
- Australian Dirat - Australian dirats are a species of dirat native to the rainforests of Australia. Dirats are descended from the common rat and have evolved to fill the niche left behind by large canines. The Australian dirat is the smallest subspecies, only reaching a meter (3 feet) in length. This species of dirat greatly rely on numbers to hunt and fend off larger predators. Like other dirat species, Australian dirats have a long wolf-like snout and a short row of quill-like hairs that run down the creature's neck. These beasts live in packs of up to 15 individuals and behave similarly to big coyotes. Australian dirats hunt in smaller groups of 5 or 6 and prey on all sorts of small animals, like foliroo or parrots.
- Greased Ahool - The ahools are a family of large fruit bats that occupy the Eastern Hemispehere. The greased ahool is the South Pacific species, and the second-largest species reaching wingspans of up to 2 meters (6 feet). This species gets its name from its naturally greased back hair, which is surprisingly soft. Ahools are herbivores and eat all sorts of fruit from an assortment of trees. These bats would also eat insects in times of drought, or for protein. Ahools are still nocturnal, and rest during the day in large clusters of up to 18 bats. The greased ahool is jet black and has silky, water-resistant fur.
- Fisherman kookaburra - The fisherman kookaburra is a small, stork-like avian that mainly dines on fish and aquatic creatures. These birds have evolved from kookaburras and have evolved to resemble flamingos or other water birds. At only a meter (3 feet) high, fishermen are prime prey to quolleo and larger carrion cranes. Kookaburras have evolved webbed feet which are attached to slender, but muscular legs. Fishermen can still fly but they tend to wade in slow-moving water in order to catch prey. A fisherman kookaburra's beak is long and needle-shaped, with ridges that make the beak look like a pair of tongs. Fishermen bore holes in clay cliff-faces in order to lay their eggs. These holes go deep into the cliffs so the mothers can protect her chicks. Males are more vibrant compared to females and have a wide range of colors, including teal, blue, red and green.
Reptiles and Amphibians Edit
- Bunyip - Also known as the Australian pelican newt, the bunyip is a large carnivorous newt which has evolved to tolerate saltwater. The bunyip lives in both fresh and saltwater, occupying the coastal mangroves and rainforests. These creatures are quite large, reaching lengths of up to 1.5 meters (5 feet) and are solitary. Bunyips have short legs, but have a large head filled with peg-like teeth. These beasts prey on fish, crustaceans and small animals, like foliroo and frogs. Being amphibians, bunyips have to remain moist, and will shrivel up if they stay out in the sun too long. Bunyips are dark blue and have a black turtle-shell pattern all over their body. These beasts are awkward on land but, in the water, bunyips move in a serpentine motion and can reach speeds on par with a rowboat.
- Hog-Nosed Siltshell - The hog-nosed siltshell, is a large omnivorous descendant of the pig-nosed turtle. Siltshells are a family of Tordactyls, which are a group of giant, hippo-like turtles descended from softshelled turtles. This creature lives in the freshwater lakes along the coast of Australia, and prey on all sorts of aquatic prey. This species is at the top of the rainforest food-chain, and can even drag a panther quolleo to a watery grave. Also, these turtles eat fallen fruit that are on the water's edge, and will come on shore to graze on flowering plants. Underwater, hog-noses are more carnivorous in terms of diet, only going on land to eat plants. Hog-Noses can reach 3 meters (10 feet) in length and have a shell that's about a meter (4 feet) wide. This species have a small pig-nose and have evolved a large, snapping turtle-like beak which can cut a person's leg clean off.
Fish and Invertebrates Edit
- Queensland Quadshark - The Queensland quadshark is a giant, carnivorous creature descended from the Queensland lungfish. The quadsharks are a group of lungfishes that have reached monstrous sizes, becoming the largest freshwater fish on nearly every continent. The Queensland subspecies is one of the largest, reaching lengths of up to 2.5 meters (8 feet) and having a head about a meter (3 feet) in length. These creatures live in the lakes and river systems of Northern Australia and, like their ancestors, hunt at night. Queensland Quadsharks eat all sorts of fish, freshwater invertebrates and sometimes the occasional land mammal. During the day, this beast will cruise the bottom of lakes and rivers, but will also rest on the banks of these lakes. Quads like these will lay their 450 eggs in underwater caves or abandoned siltshell nests, and will remain in that area until the eggs hatch.
Spencer Sea Edit
After the mass extinction, global warming was sped up so fast that in the next 20 million years, the world is as tropical as the Earth in prehistoric times. This process has caused the melting of half of the polar ice caps which in turn caused major flooding on the coastline, along with the evolution of many new plants and animals. The Spencer Gulf has now swelled into a shallow sea filled with unique creatures, like dolphin-sized platypuses, giant sharks and sea-faring monitor lizards. Also, this sea is filled with the remnants of the Great Barrier Reef which has been destroyed during the mass extinction.
Mammals (Marsupials) Edit
- Silver Glyder - The largest of its kind, the silver glyder is a 6 meter (18 foot) long, dugong-like platypus. Glyders are a subspecies of manatreme, or marine platypus, that are native to Australia and the surrounding waters. Manatremes are platypi that have evolved to fill the niche left behind by cetatceans and pinnipeds. Glyders have four flippers that help pull the creature up on land in order to lay eggs. Silver glyders are tan with streaks of silver running across the creatures' body, and have a small row of spines running down its back. Like other species of glyder, silver glyders have sensors on their beak that act as a type of sonar underwater. These creatures live in threesomes and traverse the Spencer Sea in search for food.
- Pronged Glyder - Pronged glyders are the oldest species of glyder and still have the ability to waddle on land similarly to a sea lion. This species have two spurs, or prongs, on each flipper, which can release a deadly toxin if scratched alongside a predator. This toxin paralyzes the predator for up to 5 minutes, which gives the manatreme enough time to escape. This species is quite small compared to other manatremes and can only reach 2 meters (7 feet) in length. Pronged glyders live in groups of 5 and protect their eggs during mating season. The females stay on land and protect the eggs, while the males hunt for themsleves and the female. This species is dark brown and have a tan underbelly, along with a wide, black beak.
- Spencer Foam Hopper - The Spencer foam hopper is a subspecies of queensland foam hopper and is nearly-identical to its ancestor. This creature's ancestor is the island-dwelling quokka, which evolved webbed feet due to major flooding. Foam hoppers are only 60 centimeters (2 feet) tall, and graze on both aquatic and land plants. Unlike the Queensland species, Spencer foam hoppers have a longer snout and have a lighter coat. The Spencer foam hoppers are much more stocky than their Queensland counterparts, due to the fact that they live in an open sea rather than flooded mangrove forests. Foam hoppers live in small groups of 4 or 5, with 2 males diving for underwater food while the females graze on land with the joeys.
- Pacific Diving Gull - Also known as the black-backed diving gull, the Pacific diving gull is a species of swimming gull that has evolved to take on a role somewhat similar to pinnipeds. Diving gulls are much like penguins and have very similar characteristics, like short, streamlined feathers and long flippers. Pacific diving gulls are jet black with a white underbelly, and have wingspans reaching only a meter (3 feet). This species can stay submerged from over 20 minutes, and come onto land to bask or socialize with other diving gulls. These creatures have given up flight entirely, meaning they are more vulnerable to land predators like quolleo. This species can lay up to 24 eggs, but not even half of these birds make it to adulthood due to nest raiders like Mavaran or other birds.
- Razor-Beaked Strider - The razor-beaked strider is a descendant of strider bird, that has evolved to fill the niche left behind by gulls and cormorants. Strider birds have grown much larger as time went by, and have diversified into several different body types. These birds have become the new wave of seabirds, filling niches left behind by all sorts of seabirds. The razor-beaked strider only grows to the size of a turkey, and rarely ever flies. Razor-beaked striders are carnivorous, dining on eggs, small animals and crustaceans, and remain on the coastline to hunt. Razor-beaks will also eat rotting flesh from a decaying carcas, ripping flesh with its gigantic beak. In fact, this beak is the size of a banana and seems enormous in proportion to the rest of the creature's body.
Reptiles and Amphibians Edit
- Zealot Mavaran -The zealot mavaran is the most common mavaran species, native throughout the Pacific Ocean along island chains. Mavarans have evolved to fill the niche left behind by ocean predators, and are descended from water monitors. Zealots are omnivorous, eating both grazing glyders and underwater plants, and are quite dangerous. Zealots can reach sizes of up to 3 meters (10 feet) and hunt in small groups of 3 or 4. Like other species of mavaran, zealots are semi-aquatic and have to remain close to the shorelines of Australia or its surrounding islands. Mavaran often bask on beaches or raid the nests of other creatures, including birds and manatremes. Zealot males are brightly colored with multicolored stripes, blotches and spots, while females are mainly green with black stripes. Both genders have a bony crest, which is nearly hidden by a small mane of quills.
Fish and Invertebrates Edit
- Australian Titan-Shark - The Australian titan-shark is a species of bullhead that has evolved to fill the niche of the great whites that once prowled the world's oceans. In fact, Titans are the most common ocean predators on the planet, with 27 different species and subspecies. The Australian subspecies is one of the largest creatures native to the continent's coastline reaching a whopping 7 meters (20 feet) long and weighing in at nearly a ton. These beasts are on the top of the Spencer Sea's food chain, chowing down on anything that has eyes on it. Australian titans are mostly white, but also have dark-blue stripes and blotches that run down the creature's body. Titans are mostly solitary creatures and only pair up to mate, leaving each other as soon as mating season is over.
- Common Kronosquid - The common kronosquid isn't a squid at all, but a descendant of the cuttlefish. Kronosquid have adapted their chromatophores to near perfection, meaning they are now more elusive then their ancestors. The common kronosquid is the smallest, only reaching lengths of just under a meter (2.5 feet), but most widespread species in the kronosquid family. These creatures are ambush predators, masking themselves and then striking on unsuspecting fish and crabs. This species tend to hang around developing coral reefs, and they also breed and lay their eggs on these rocky corals.
- Lesser Sponge Mimic - The lesser, or dwarf sponge mimic is a small descendant of eel, which has evolved to resemble sea sponges. Mimic eels are ambush predators found throughout the world's oceans, and disquise themselves as all kinds of corals, sponges and other aquatic plants. The dwarf sponge mimic is small but deadly, only growing to 60 centimeters (2 feet) long, and prey on fish twice their size. These creatures wait motionless in sea sponges and strike unsuspecting prey before swimming back to the sponge. This mimic live in clusters of up to 7 eels, and the group swarm large fish or even small glyders. These mimics are the same color as the sea sponges, and even share the same texture in order to perfect their ambush attacks.
Tasmanian Wetlands Edit
Tasmania in the Allocene has shrunk to half of its original size due to flooding from the melted polar ice caps. The environment here is mostly flooded, and covered with sprawling wetlands and open clearings. Life has still clung on though, with many animals becoming semi or fully aquatic to cope with this waterlogged environment. Fish, reptiles and amphinbians have thrived here, while mammals were temporarily out of their element. However, all kinds of mammals have filled niches and have become a part of this "water world".
Mammals (Marsupials) Edit
- Swamp Devil - The swamp devil is a semi-aquatic, ambush predator descended from the Tasmanian Devil. The swamp devil is the largest and most fearsome predator of Tasmania, growing up to 4 meters (12 feet long). These creatures have evolved shorter, silkier hair along with webbing between their toes, which both contribute to the swamp devil's semi-aquatic lifestyle. These beasts also became more muscular in order to take down large prey. Swamp devils are ambush predators, and will lie in wait underwater until formidable prey approached the creature. These creatures will also snap at small prey on land, but swamp devils normally hunt underwater. Swamp devils have jet black fur, pink skin and a single white stripe running down its back. These creatures can only raise 2 pups at a time, but these pups are raised with even more care and will someday have pups of their own.
- Marshland Hopper - Despite having a name similar to Australia's foam hoppers, the marshland hopper is actually descended from the bettong. They are the largest species of Aquamacropods reaching nearly a meter (3 feet) in height. The marshland hopper has long arms and a flat, paddle-like tail which help it swim and anchor itself in the swamps. The hoppers' arms are quite long compared to other species of macropods, and will sometimes cause these beasts to go on all fours for short periods of time. These creatures are mostly grazers, and dine on all kinds of aquatic and semi-aquatic plants.
- Dwarf Quolleo - The dwarf quolleo is a small species of quolleo, only reaching about a meter (2.5 feet) long. This creature is a pack hunter and will launch coordinated attacks on larger animals like the marshland hopper. Dwarf quolleos are also preyed on by swamp devils and large reptiles, due to its small size.
- Ribbon-Wing Strider - The ribbon-wing strider is a large species of strider bird known for the ribbon-like pattern on its wings. These birds only grow to the size of a goose and have a body shape similar to an egret or heron. They are mainly carnivorous, eating amphibians, fish and small mammals that find their way out into the open marshland. Ribbon-wings nest in trees on the edge of swamps in order to avoid large predators like swamp devils and Tasmanian dragons.
Reptiles and Amphibians Edit
- Tasmanian Dragon - Also known as the Australian swamp dragon, the Tasmanian dragon is a carnivorous descendant of the mountain dragon and has evolved the ability to swim. Due to Tasmania becoming mostly flooded, many species had to adapt and learn how to swim. The mountain dragon was one of these creatures and took on a crocodile-like body shape. In fact, these beasts will often bask in small groups, similar to crocodiles and alligators. Tasmanian dragons are about 1.5 meters (5 feet) long and are one of the most ruthless reptiles in the swamp, sometimes resorting to cannibalism. They mostly done on small mammals, birds and large fish, and have a fluke-like tail. Tasmanian dragons have the same coloration as their ancestor, brown with a grey diamond-like pattern running down the creature's back.