Daintree Rainforest Fauna


A rich diversity of mammals inhabit Cooper Creek Wilderness, represented by both monotremes, the Short-beaked Echidna and the Platypus.  Dasyurids are infrequently seen, but include the Northern Tiger Quoll and the Yellow-footed Antechinus.  Northern Brown Bandicoot and the Long-nosed Bandicoot are very common.  The adorable Striped Possum and Long-tailed Pygmy Possum inhabit the upper canopy with occasional sightings.  Australia’s most primitive macropod, the Musky Rat-Kangaroo is seen in the crepuscular light, whilst Red-legged Pademelons, Swamp Wallabies and the very rare Bennett’s Tree Kangaroo are occasionally seen.  Placental mammal fauna is richly represented by Mega-Bats, Micro-Bats, Mice and Rats. read more


From endangered Cassowaries to tiny Yellow-bellied Sunbirds, the diversity of rainforest birdlife is extraordinary.  Mound-building Megapodes, including Brush Turkeys and Orange-footed Scrub-fowl, Frogmouths, Swifts, Pidgeons, Cuckoos, Crakes, Goshawks, Kites, Kingfishers, Bee-eaters Honeyeaters, Wrens, Friarbirds, Wood-swallows, Shrike-thrushes, Butcherbirds, Drongos, Monarchs, Orioles, Birds of Paradise, Catbirds, Fantails, Figbirds, Chowchilla, Robins, Parrots, Owls, Cormorants & Herons. read more


The ancient rainforests of the Daintree are habitat to an impressive diversity of reptiles, including the majestic Amethystine and Jungle Carpet Pythons, Brown, Green and Northern Tree Snakes, Northern Crowned, Red-bellied Black, Eastern Small-eyed and Blind Snakes.  The Lizard fauna includes Snake-Lizards, Chameleon and Northern Leaf-tailed Geckos, a rich diversity of rainforest skinks, Goannas or monitor lizards, Agamids or Dragons and the Estuarine Crocodile.  Saw-shelled and Krefft’s Freshwater Turtles are also found in most rainforest streams. read more


The marvellous tree frogs of the Daintree Rainforest include Green-eyed, Dainty Green, Giant (White-lipped), Northern Stoney Creek, Common Mist and Orange-thighed tree frogsAustralian Lace-lids, Northern Barred, Sharp-snouted Torrent, Wood or Water Frogs, Elegant and Fry’s Whistle Frog are found periodically throughout the year. read more


Bullrout, Empire Gudgeon, Freshwater CatfishJungle Perch, Long-finned Eels, Mangrove Jack, New Guinea Flagtail, Pacific Blue-eye, Rainbow Fish and Roman-nosed Goby are some of the fish species that inhabit the watercourses through the rainforest.


The spider fauna is rich and diverse, with Brush-footed Trapdoor Spiders, Daddy Long-legs, St. Andrew’s Cross, Long-Lobed, Northern Jewelled, Two-spined, Tree-stump, Twig-mimicking and Twig-stump Orb-weavers, Net-casting, Golden Orb-web, Long-jawed, Feather-legged, Jumping, Portia, Huntsmen, Lichen, Bird Dung, Large Bark, Cryptic, Green Tree Ant-mimicking and Ornate Crab Spiders, Wolf, Lynx, Nursery-web, Giant Water, Green Water and Ant Spiders. read more


Two of the world’s largest insects, the Giant Petaltail Dragonfly and Atlas or Hercules Moth, both inhabit the Daintree Rainforest. Cicadas & plant-hoppers, aphids & mealybugs, true bugs, flat bugs, stink bugs, assassin bugs, thread-legged bugs, lacewings, ant-lions, scarabs, weevils, ladybirds, fireflies, longicorns, stag, dung, click, soldier, leaf, flat bark, sap , handsome fungus, darkling, blister and pie-dish beetles,  cycad weevils, straight-snouted weevils, robber, circular-seamed, saw and banana stalk flies, wasps, ants, carpenter, cuckoo and honey bees, hornets, spider-wasps, ants, butterflies and moths, web-spinners, stick insects, grasshoppers, crickets, katydids, cockroaches, termites, mantids … the diversity is incredible. read more