Your coasters feature designs of Australian icons Koala, Echidna, Loggerhead Turtle, Frill-necked lizard, Wombat and Platypus. An information sheet on these animals is included with the box.
Six Pewter Animal Coasters in a beautiful handcrafted Tasmanian Myrtle presentation box, 20.5cm x 11cm. Made from fine lead free Australian pewter, a portion of the tin is mined in Port Davey, Tasmania...Your coasters feature designs of Australian icons Koala, Echidna, Loggerhead Turtle, Frill-necked lizard, Wombat and Platypus. Information on these animals is included with the myrtle box.
Koalas are not bears—they’re marsupials. Learn about koalas’ unique traits, including six opposable "thumbs,"downward-facing pouches, and a tendency to sleep nearly all day in tree branches. Though koalas look fuzzy, their hair is more like the coarse wool of a sheep. They have two opposing thumbs on their hands, and both their feet and hands have rough pads and claws to grab onto branches. They have two toes, fused together, on their feet, which they use to comb their fur.
Echidnas, also called spiny anteaters, are walking contradictions. They are mammals, but they lay eggs. They are often classified as long- or sort-beaked, but don't have beaks at all, in the traditional sense; they have fleshy noses that can be either on the long side or rather short. They don't really look like true anteaters (Myrmecophaga tridactyla), either, and they are not closely related to them. They are spiny, though; their bodies are covered with hollow, barbless quills.
Echidnas are monotremes, egg-laying mammals. The only other living monotreme is the platypus.
The largest of all hard-shelled turtles, loggerheads are named for their massive heads and strong jaws (leatherbacks are bigger but have soft shells). Their reddish-brown shell, or carapace, is heart-shaped. Their front flippers propel them through the water like wings, and their hind feet stabilize and steer them.
Frill-necked lizard is a reptile that belongs to the dragon family. It can be found in the warm, tropical parts of north Australia and south New Guinea. Frill-necked lizard inhabits temperate forests and savanna woodlands. Some people keep frill-necked lizards as house pets. Number of frill-necked lizards in the wild is dropping due to habitat destruction and as a result of increased number of feral cats which hunt and eat frill-necked lizards. Luckily, number of frill-necked lizards is still high. They are not on the list of endangered animals.
Wombats are short-legged, muscular marsupials native to Australia. They are mainly nocturnal, emerging at night to feed on grasses, herbs, bark, and roots.
There are three species of wombat: the common wombat (Vombatus ursinus) is the most numerous and widespread and has a bare nose. The northern hairy-nosed wombat (Lasiorhinus krefftii) and the southern hairy-nosed wombat (Lasiorhinus latifrons) are distinguished by their hairy noses, softer fur, and larger ears. Wombats grow to about 40 inches long and can weigh between 44 and 77 pounds. They're unusual, even for marsupials. Read on to learn what makes these cute, pudgy critters so special.
The platypus is among nature's most unlikely animals. In fact, the first scientists to examine a specimen believed they were the victims of a hoax. The animal is best described as a hodgepodge of more familiar species: the duck (bill and webbed feet), beaver (tail), and otter (body and fur). Males are also venomous. The platypus is a semi-aquatic mammal that has a very unusual appearance, it is duck-billed, has a beaver-like tail, lays eggs, has otter-like fur and webbed feet. The platypus is only found in eastern Australia in small rivers and streams within the states of Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania.
SIZE: 30mm high.