Fauna non-birds

In an attempt to have a somewhat brief record of the non-birdlife fauna of Tenterfield, I will be displaying just images of any species I come across on this page. There may be a few videos as well, which will be in link form. Just click on any video links to view the video or on a picture to enlarge it.

Eastern Grey Kangaroos are sometimes seen, especially in Winter, here in Tenterfield. They mainly visit the open paddocks of people's properties that are adjacent or near the Tenterfield Creek. This male kangaroo was part of a mob that recently experienced the loss of a female with a joey. The kangaroos were hit by a car. The female died almost instantly but the joey wandered off, down to the creek and died there. Kangaroos are often hit by cars in Tenterfield, at least 4 times a year. This male may have been the female's mate, as he often has been observed staring at the area where the dead joey died. It is really sad to see kangaroos mourn their dead.

Eastern Grey Kangaroo taken by my
daughter, Eleesha Hardy.

Monotremes: Echidna;


Mammals - Introduced species: Fox; Rabbit; Feral Cats

Amphibians: Frogs



I haven't identified this skink species yet.

Snakes: I have only seen 2 snake species roaming Tenterfield, and have seen both species at various times throughout Spring and Summer. They are the Red-bellied Black Snake; and a brown snake - either King Brown or Eastern something Brown snake.


Stick insect. Photo taken by my brother
Daniel Hardy. This insect was about 25cm long.
Others: Crickets; Cicadas; Dung Beetle; Christmas Beetle;

Both the species below are probably extinct in the area now.

This was a large white butterfly with brown spots.
Not sure about this species. It is no longer seen here.

Others: Monarch Butterfly; small purple butterflies;

Moths: White Cabbage Moth;

Spiders: Red-backed Spider; Huntsman; Daddy Longlegs; a green coloured tree spider; a black coloured tree spider; white-tipped Spider; jumping spiders; a big black spider like the Red-backed Spider but is not venomous that tends to bit me a lot; a new species sighted early September 2012 - same shape as a Red-backed Spider but is slightly smaller than it and is pale green in colour all over; Two individuals sighted within 100 metres of each other near the Tenterfield Creek.

Ants: During the flood of 2011 when it rained for several weeks here a lot of ant colonies got wiped out. A very tiny number of ants survived the floods and heavy, constant downpours, and most of the ant species drowned. The ants I have seen since the 2011 floods are Meat Ants; and larger black ants. I haven't seen the green coloured ants since the flood. The existing ant numbers (of all species that were not able to avoid the flood and rains) are very small, sighting less than 10 individuals each time over the course of a whole dry season. This, of course, is the case of the ant species' colonies closest to the Tenterfield Creek. I'm not sure about the rest of the ant population in the rest of Tenterfield.


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