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New Zealand Animals

 

New Zealand Animals

Animals New Zealand

Fauna in New Zealand is unusual. With exception of 2 bat species, there are no native mammals or indigenous to New Zealand.

 

Wild animals found in the country today are those that have been imported into the country and some are generally classified as vermin.

 

These are goats, deer, pigs, weasels, rabbits, the Australian opossum, and ferrets. The list also includes domesticated animals or pets such as cats and dogs.

There are no snakes in New Zealand and it has only one spider that is poisonous known locally as Katipo, a species closely related to the Australian Redback.

Though the Katipo’s bite is not lethal, it is a very rare species of spider. The Weta is an insect which looks very frightening, but is really harmless.

 

The most unique animal in New Zealand is the Tuatara. It is a reptile with a lizard-like appearance and it predates the age of the dinosaurs. It is regarded as a living fossil.

Found here and nowhere else in the world are over 70 bird species of birds. Over a third of these birds are flightless, and about a quarter are nocturnal.

 

These flightless birds survived through the years mostly because of lack of natural predators but this situation changed with the importation of other species, the conditions in the country had become less favorable for these birds.
 

This has resulted in many species becoming extinct and even more endangered.

Well known birds from New Zealand are the Weka, Kiwi, Kakapo, Tui, Takahe, and Bellbird. Many seabirds have their home in New Zealand. The Albatross, the bird with the longest wing-span on earth, is one of them.

The Moa was New Zealand’s most impressive bird. Unfortunately, this spectacular bird became extinct from hunting after Europeans came to New Zealand.

 

The Moa’s were the tallest avians in the world, and they were recorded to reach an average height of 15 feet. Though there have been alleged sightings of the Moa in some rural parts of the country, there is no hard evidence to support these “sightings”.

 

 

Still, it must be mentioned that there are still parts of New Zealand that have not yet been fully explored by humans. One such island is Fiordland. This fact provides a possibility that the Moa still exists.
 
New Zealand Animals

The Takahe, a bird once declared extinct, was found in Fiordland, in a remote area of the island in 1948. The Takahe is now out of the endangered list after a successful program of breeding.

 

As stated above, New Zealand has no indigenous mammals, yet it is home to bats and some marine mammals such as dolphins and seals. There are several native species of birds, frogs, fish, and lizards.


New Zealand boasts of the only flightless parrot in the world known as the Kakapo. They also have the only bird that has nostrils at its beak’s end known as the Kiwi, which is also notoriously flightless.

 

Because of the lack of predatory mammals, New Zealand birds ran around free on the ground and many species became flightless because their wings became useless. A large number of fauna have kept their ancient forms. The Weta, wingless crickets, grew to the size of mice and started foraging in the forest. They also have a crude frog which gives birth to live young.
 

 

 

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