Forget the Australian animals of your nightmares that can sting, stab and strike because I promise, not everything here can kill you! Australia is also home to some down right adorableness. Animals so cute and so unlikely or unable to harm you, you’ll feel as safe as a piece of fruit cake next to a piece of chocolate cake.
So read on and let me know your favourite in the comments below. Or even better – what else deserves a place on this list?!
- Leadbeater’s Possum (Gymnobelideus leadbeateri)
There are possums and then there are leadbeater’s possums. And leadbeater’s possums are super cute. An iconic species from Victoria, they’ve an interesting social structure where despite females being outnumbered three to one – they’re the dominant sex.
And as is so often the case, leadbeater’s aren’t dangerous to us but endangered because of us. Habitat destruction has significantly decreased populations – but there is hope! Check out the Friends of Leadbeater’s Possum here to see their great work!
2. Eastern Pygmy Possum (Cercartetus nanus)
But now to truly possum the pants off you – I’ve got another super cute species up my sleeve and it’s the eastern pygmy possum from Southeast Australia.
Twinkly eyed and twirly tailed, this concoction of cuteness is only as heavy as a dollop of cream, weighing in somewhere between 15 and 45 grams.
3. Australian Green Tree Frog (Litoria caerulea)
Gorgeous, green, nuggets of smiles! Australian green tree frogs are a common species throughout Northern and Eastern Australia. A large frog by Australian standards, they can grow up to 11.5cm with the females much larger than the males.
Far from being a dangerous threat, their skin secretions have antibacterial properties and they make one of the most popular exotic pets in the world. Nothing to fear but cute-induced panic attacks from these non-dangerous, hoppy inhabitants.
4. Sugar Glider (Petaurus breviceps)
Soaring through the sky and hitting you straight in the face with their super natural sweetness, sugar gliders are marsupials found in the North and East of Australia.
A nocturnal species that feeds mostly on the nectar and pollen of flowers – you have nothing to fear! Just enjoy those lovely licorice eyes if you’re lucky enough to spot one in the nighttime treetops.
5. Quokka (Setonix brachyurus)
The only native land mammals of Rottnest Island, located off the coast of Western Australia, quokkas are a small marsupial wallaby that through some perk of evolution, always seem to be smiling.
Incredibly tame and approachable to those visiting Rottnest, these little hopsters will snatch up your heart.
6. Numbat (Myrmecobius fasciatus)
With a long sticky tongue and stripy backside, they’re one of Australia’s stranger looking marsupials – but gosh they’re super cute.
An endangered species found in the Southwest of Western Australia, numbats are the only marsupial to feed exclusively on termites and consequently have no sharp teeth!
7. Splendid Fairy Wren (Malurus splendens melanotus)
Found widespread in Southern Australia, these wrens look like little sapphire sweets. A social species, the bluey purple males and brown females can be found hopping about grasslands in search of insects.
At just 10g, these stunning birds would hurt a fly… but nothing much bigger than that. Super cute and super non-dangerous!
8. Dugong (Dugong dugon)
Looking like some weird cross between a walrus and a dolphin, dugongs are sea grass specialists that can be found in the oceans of Northern Australia.
These ‘sea cows’ are strict herbivores, non-aggressive and can live over 70 years! While they may not be small and fuzzy, they’ve definitely got an odd charm and a strange sweetness that lures you in… safely.
9. Red legged Pademelon (Thylogale stigmatica)
The smallest of six species of rainforest wallaby, the red-legged pademelon lives in Northern and Eastern Australia.
A common tenant of these wet tropics, they browse fruits and leaves whilst those in captivity have shown a fondness for sweet potato. Super cute.
10. Pygmy Seahorse (Hippocampus bargibanti)
Everything is cuter in mini form, and clearly, seahorses are no exception. The pygmy seahorse Hippocampus bargibanti grows little gumdrops of colour on its skin to match the appearance of the coral it lives on.
A super cute creature first discovered in Australia, you’ve got nothing to fear from these funky fish (and yes, they’re still a species of fish!) other than missing out on seeing them because that camouflage is WACK.
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