Tasmania

Spiky Baby Killers: Echidna Secrets Revealed

An egg-laying, spiny mammal with a four-headed penis is already pretty bizarre, but it turns out short-beaked echidnas are even stranger than we thought. Weighing up to nine pounds (four kilograms) and resembling a big hedgehog, the short-beaked echidna is ...

“Gob-Smackingly Huge” Jellyfish Washes Up in Australia

A regular day at the beach led to a surprising scientific discovery for one family in Australia last month—local resident Richard Lim and his family spotted a shockingly large jellyfish at a beach in Howden, a small town in ...

Why Is This Australian Spotted Cat in Trouble?

Bad news for the Tasmanian devil also may mean tough times for another one of Tasmania’s predators, the eastern quoll. Since 1996, the virally transmitted “devil facial tumor disease” has ravaged the Tasmanian devil population. In the areas of the ...

Why Is This Australian Spotted Cat in Trouble?

Bad news for the Tasmanian devil also may mean tough times for another one of Tasmania’s predators, the eastern quoll. Since 1996, the virally transmitted “devil facial tumor disease” has ravaged the Tasmanian devil population. In the areas of the ...