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Listed under:  Science  >  Life  >  Animal behaviour  >  Sheltering behaviour  >  Burrows

Land crayfish

This is an information sheet on land crayfish. It provides information about their classification, distribution, behaviour and life cycle.

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The night of the bilby: get home alive [ESL]

Look at a desert environment where bilbies and other animals live. Help bilbies to gather food such as seeds, bulbs and spiders. Avoid being eaten by predators such as cats and foxes. Find enough food before the night ends. Then find a burrow to shelter in. Notice that rabbits compete for the same resources as bilbies. ...


'On nights like this' by Josephine Rowe

'On nights like this' by Josephine Rowe is a poem in which the narrator summons memories of her absent mother captured in unhappy domestic situations. Thoughts of her mother feeding the rabbits on a cold winter's night is the one memory the narrator finds the 'nicest'. The poem is presented in a white box on a black background ...


Green Tea and Cherry Ripe, 1989: The horrors of Hiroshima

This clip from 1989 shows Masako Clarke recounting her experience of seeing the atomic bomb exploding over Hiroshima as she was leaving the city on a train, and returning to the city a week later. As she talks about seeing survivors, the camera switches from her face to show close-up images of flowers, including dahlias ...


Animal weapons: platypus

This is a colour clip showing the platypus ('Ornithorhynchus anatinus'), an Australian monotreme, emerging from its burrow in the river bank to hunt in the river. The platypus uses its webbed, paddle-shaped feet to swim as it searches for prey. It uses its bill, which functions as an electroreceptor, to search within the ...


Giant Gippsland earthworm, 1945

This is a 1945 black-and-white photograph showing a man holding a giant earthworm.


Rabbit control, 1976

This is a black-and-white photograph showing four people in a paddock, one of whom is peering down a rabbit burrow. The caption for this photograph in the National Archives of Australia includes the words, 'European fleas, and eradication of rabbits by myxomatosis'.


Webs of Intrigue, 1992: Trapdoor spider

This clip shows presenter and narrator Densey Clyne in the Australian bush, talking about trapdoor spiders and then seeking and finding a trapdoor spider's burrow, along with trapdoor. The clip depicts the trapdoor, parts of the burrow and close-up shots of the spider itself. Music in horror-film style accompanies close-up ...


'Baby bees' by Mel Stringer

'Baby bees', a poem by Melbourne writer Mel Stringer, describes the speaker's feelings of emptiness and sadness following a relationship break-up. The speaker describes the heartbreak of unrequited love. Each of the four stanzas appears in a white box and is set against the background image of a playing court. A cartoon ...