ANIMALS AT NEWNES

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Animal sightings in the Newnes area:
The following list is based on information published in:
  • The NPWS "Wildlife Atlas" (see below).
  • "FAUNAL SURVEY OF THE NEWNES PLATEAU / COLO RIVER AREA"
    by Kingston, T.J.; Pulsford, I.F. and Smith, P. (1979) of The Australian Museum
    (This work may be hard to find.)
  • Some more general works.
Only those animals that have been seen at Newnes, or are likely to be seen and identified, have been included. The compiler of this list is not an animal expert and any assistance would be appreciated.

Scientific name Common name Comment
Amphibians:
There are many frogs in the Newnes area. Identification has not been attempted.
Mammals:
Macropus giganteus Eastern Grey Kangaroo Not at Newnes.
Seen on farm land in broader parts of Wolgan Valley.
Macropus robustus Common Wallaroo
Macropus rufogriseus Red-necked Wallaby Common in and around Newnes
Petrogale penicillata Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby Rare and endangered. Several colonies in lower Wolgan Valley and may be present in some other areas.
For more details, visit "Rock Wallaby News"
Wallabia bicolor Swamp Wallaby
Trichosurus vulpecula Common Brushtail Possum
Phascolarctos cinereus Koala Rare in the Newnes area
Tachyglossus aculeatus Short-beaked Echidna
Vombatus ursinus Common Wombat Common. Unfortunately, often seen as a road victim
Other mammals, including bats, mice and gliders are also found in the Newnes area.
Most are small, often nocturnal and otherwise difficult to see, let alone identify.
Reptiles:
Morelia spilota spilota Diamond Python
Pseudechis porphyriacus Red-bellied Black Snake
Pseudonaja textilis Eastern Brown Snake Don't argue with this one!
Varanus varius Lace Monitor
Other snakes, skinks and lizards are also found in the Newnes area.
Feral Animals:
Bos taurus Feral cattle Generally east of Newnes
Canis familiaris Dingo and feral dog Watch out for packs of cross breeds
Vulpes vulpes Fox
Felis catus Feral cat
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  National Parks Service WILDLIFE ATLAS:
The following statistics are for fauna species found in areas near Newnes:
  • Wollemi National Park:
    24 amphibians, 69 mammals (including unspecified species and feral animals) and 50 reptiles.
  • Gardens of Stone National Park:
    5 amphibians, 32 mammals (including unspecified species and feral animals) and 17 reptiles.
It should be pointed out that the lists in the "Atlas" are incomplete and may be representative of small areas only. For instance, no snakes are listed for Gardens of Stone National Park.
For further details, including the names of the species concerned, go to: "Wildlife Atlas".
As at 2013, The National Parks section of the Department of the Environment is preparing several reports on flora and fauna in the Gardens of Stone National Park, the south-west of Wollemi National Park and surrounding areas. In due course, they will become available as downloads from the Department of the Environment web-site.

We do like our wildlife. Please drive carefully along the Wolgan Road, particularly at dusk and at night.
Most wild animals have no road sense and often run out in front of a vehicle without warning.
If you run over them, you will not only kill the animal, but you could also seriously damage your vehicle and even yourself.
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  Links to the "natural history" pages on this web site:
ANIMALS AT NEWNES BIRDS AT NEWNES NEWNES FLORA NEWNES GEOLOGY NATIONAL PARK INFO.
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This page last updated: 09Apr2013