ARTHUR'S FREE AUSTRALASIAN  CLIPART

Free Australia clipart,  australasian images, australia illustrations, maps pictures, gif bitmaps, marsupial.gif, kangeroo.gif, Maori.gif, kiwi.gif, platypus.gif, flora.gif, fauna.gif, bandicoot.gif, boomarang.gif, black swan.gif, indigenous people.gif, Aboriginal.gif, Australians.gif, wombat.gif, koala bear.gif, Tasmanian devil.gif, dingo.gif, wallaby.gif, consists of 300 images and illustrations of Autralasian peoples, animals, places and architecture, is of large size and format and is suitable for teacher presentations, children school projects etc. 

The thumbnail images are suitable for web use. Selections of both colour and black and white Australasia clip art are available the latter being suitable for coloring in. Please do not include these in any other collections of clip art. To download a thumbnail left click on the picture and then "Save As to a directopry of your choice. To download the full size image, first right click on the thumbnail and then left click on the full size image and "Save As" to a directory of your choice. Check out my Home Page for other great free clipart.

                              

AUSTRALIA is well known for its animals which are mainly marsupials. Most of the 140 species of marsupials in Australia are found nowhere else in the world; some of them are also found in New Guinea which was connected to Australia in more recent geological times. A marsupium or pouch is one of the features that characterise marsupials although not all have a permanent pouch and a few have none at all. They are similar to mammals in being covered in fur and bearing live young which are suckled by the mother. In marsupials the gestation period is very short resulting in the birth of undeveloped young.

Although blind, without fur, and with hindlimbs only partially formed these tiny newborns have well developed forelimbs with claws that enable them to make their way into the pouch and attach to a teat and continue their development. The tradeoff of the short pregnancy is the lengthy period of lactation during which the young remain in the pouch and the composition of the milk produced by the mother changes depending on the developmental stage of the young.

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Last updated June 2014