The Great Big Australian Animals You Need to Know About

It’s a country that not many people outside its borders get to visit, but Australia has some wild animal surprises tucked under its outback hat if you ever do.

The Crabs Are Huge

This is either the ugliest garbage collector on the planet or a coconut crab.

Imagine going outside in the morning and finding something like this on your trash can? If you live in Australia or on some of the islands in the South Pacific or the Indian Ocean, a scenario like this can happen.

This enormous creature is known as the coconut crab and it’s the biggest arthropod that lives on land. It can reach up to 90 centimeters (3 feet) across and a single crab can weight 4 kilograms (9 pounds).

Don’t Pick a Fight With This Kangaroo

Male kangaroos like to spar as youngsters, but it might be that Rodger took the training a little too far. Image: Facebook / Kangaroo Sanctuary

Meet Rodger, the muscle-bound kangaroo from the Northern Territory, Australia.

Rodger was found in his dead mother’s pouch when he was still a baby by Chris Barnes, the owner of the Kangaroo Sanctuary in Alice Springs. Since then, Roger has lived in the 188-acre sanctuary with other kangaroos.

Thanks to his amazing bodybuilder-like physique, photos of Rodger have gone viral.

Male kangaroos like to wrestle a lot. They are using it to establish authority and hierarchy among each other, but it’s also a way to build up their strength.
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