Hi, my name is Alys Jackson and I'm a poet and writer

based in Adelaide, South Australia.

My work has been published in magazines,

anthologies and online.

Aussie Animals

My sister out from England
said, “Something’s just not right.
Now, all your Aussie creatures,
they either sting or bite.”

“Yes,” I said, “I have a book.
I’ll read it out to you –
for if you’re stung or bitten,
it will tell you what to do.”

centipedes and sharks and snakes,
spiders, ants, mosquitoes,
crocodiles and octopi,
jellyfish and dingoes,

scorpions, ticks and urchins,
wasp, electric ray!
Various fish, some sponges;
I could read this book all day!”

“Oh, and don’t forget the cone shell,
as on the beach you roam!”
I shouted to her shadow
as she caught the next plane home.

Aussie Animals poem by Alys JAckson

72 thoughts on “Aussie Animals

  1. My son Anthony (7yrs) said “I like silly poems too” and he added “she didn’t say sand flies”!
    Fun poem to read.

    • Thank you Anthony. I’m so glad you like silly poems and what a very great point you make. I might have to write a poem especially about those sand flies 🙂

  2. Hi i’m Jack (10yrs) and I think the poem was trying to tell us that Australian animals can seem dangerous to other people that don’t live in Australia. I really enjoyed it because all the words rhymed and it was catchy.

    • Hi Mia. Thank you for your lovely comments. I’m pleased that you enjoyed the poem. I like animals too, although my sister really did complain when she visited me in Australia (she lives in Scotland). She thinks all Australian animals are very dangerous 🙂 That’s not true, is it? thank you Alys

  3. Hi my names Leah and im 9yrs old. I liked how your poem rhymes and was fun to read. If i could change the ending i would have liked if your sister had changed her mind and now likes our Australian animals.
    Thank you
    Leah 🙂

    • Hi Leah. Thank you for your comments. Next time my sister visits me in Australia (she lives in Scotland) I will show her your comment and let’s see if she changes her mind :). Bye, Alys

  4. Hello Alys,
    I liked your poem on ausie animals it was fun to read. When my auntie came over here from London she came here and stayed in an apartment with my pop. My auntie has a daughter named Eva. I enjoyed reading this!

    Ella 🙂

    • Hi Ella, thank you for your lovely comments. I wonder if your auntie liked our Aussie animals? 🙂 Bye Alys

  5. hi Alys ,
    I have a book like this and I also have cousins in England this reminds me of a lot of things.

    • Hi again Maddison, I also have cousins in England although they have never been to Australia. I’m also very interested to know that you have a book like the poem. Thank you Alys

    • Hi Abbey, another great comment 🙂 A very silly poem, indeed. I wrote it for my sister when she visited me on holiday. Bye Alys

  6. This was a great poem because talks about how Australia has so much wildlife that some people would be scared of. When I lived on Fraser Island the backpackers from England even screamed out in the middle of the night if they saw one little spider! From Tulara

    • Hi again Tulara. Your comments made me laugh. I don’t think my sister would scream if she saw a spider, but I know some people who do 🙂 Bye Alys

  7. This poem was good. It mentioned the bitey, stingy animals that some people are scared of when they come to Australia. But they don’t have to be scared of all of them.

    • Hi Jack, I completely agree that people don’t have to be afraid. Aussie animals are so very beautiful. Except for mosquitoes, maybe? Bye Alys

  8. it was interesting to hear about all those cool animals and on my opinion the ending is the funniest part for some odd reason.keep the good work up!!!!!!!

    PS Aussie animals could also be the title of book SHE reads to her

    • Hi Lali, thank you for your great comments and I will try my best to keep writing 🙂 Bye, Alys. PS I like the book idea, too.

  9. There are so many things in Australia that do sting or bite…. but what about our other beautiful animals like a cute and cuddly koala, or a quite wombat, there’s even our bouncy kangaroo! We also have the lovely Cockatoo and the strong Wedge Tailed eagle. Just some I’m sure would make you sister fall in love with this beautiful country of ours.

    • Hi Ella, you are so right about our Australian animals – there are some beautiful, cute ones as well as the ones that bite. When my sister visited us last year we showed her lots of them, including koalas, kangaroos and the lovely cockatoo. 🙂 Bye Alys

  10. Its true that lots of animals bite or sting but normally they are harmless (if you leave them alone)
    It was a great poem thanks (: (: (: (: (: (: (:

    • Hi Flynn. A very sensible and observant comment. I completely agree. If you leave animals alone they will very rarely hurt you – and usually only if they feel threatened in some way. Thank goodness :). PS: I’m glad you liked the poem. Bye Alys

        • Hi again Flynn, Ok I have added another poem for you to read – if you have time. It is called No More Maths! 🙂 I will try to upload some more soon. Bye Alys

  11. once we on our 2 week holiday in the Simpson Desert & i got sick:( we saw a dingoes sitting in the middle of the road. We also stayed at this place and i was covered in mosquitoe bites.

    • Hi again Emma. I’m sorry you got sick on your holiday but how amazing to see dingoes sitting in the road. Don’t you hate those mosquitoes!!! Bye Alys

    • Hi Emma, thank you for reading Aussie Animals. Yes, I have lived in many countries overseas. My favourites were Japan, India and Peru. Peru had lots of wonderful animals just like Australia! 🙂 Bye Alys

  12. Hi i think that was a great poem i liked how you named all the animals that sting or bite . Great poem
    Camila Paez

    • Hi again Camila, I did try to list as many as I could, but I did forget a couple. Can you think of any others? Bye Alys

  13. in the last school holidays we went to Corny Point and we saw heaps of DOLPHINS!!!

    My older sister and my dad they got really close to them.

    • Hi Emma, that must have been an incredible experience. I think you and your sister are VERY lucky 🙂 Bye Alys

  14. It made me happy when I read this poem, i liked that you added only the animals that are dangerous.
    I think you could have added some more animals, and for a different ending of with someone getting bites or stung.🐍

    • Hi Sia, I’m so glad my poem made you happy. Dangerous animals are fun to write about and I agree that I could have added more! Maybe I can write another poem about someone getting stung? 🙂 Bye, Alys. PS: I love your snake emoji.

    • Thank you Jason, I’m happy that you enjoyed the poem and agree that Australia is a wonderful place to live. 🙂 Bye, Alys

    • Yes, Hannah I agree – Australian animals are so different from anywhere else on Earth!! Bye Alys 🙂

    • Isn’t it though Natalee?! I really love living in Australia and Australian animals are so very beautiful. Bye Alys

  15. Wow ….how amazing is it ? I love animals . I visited Bangkok zoo and Sri Lankan wild animals ….Totally different than here .thk u

    • Thank you for your comments Methuli! I’d love to visit Sri Lanka one day. I think the birds and animals would be so amazing. Bye Alys

  16. I enjoyed this poem and it made me think about how everyone talks about Australia having amazing deadly animals but I haven’t seen many of the dangerous animals in person that could potentially kill you.

    • Hi Thenumi. I think you are right. We hardly ever see dangerous animals and even if we do they rarely hurt anyone – as long as you leave them alone 🙂 Bye Alys

  17. I am Dinethri Wickrama – 8 years old. I love it beacuse its talk about Animals. I love all animals in this world. I feel that are not harmful if we dont hurt them. That is why Australia has so much animals which named as dangerous. I think this poem should change as your sister changed her mind and learn about those harmful animals which she will realise that they are innocent as far as we dont hurt them.

    • Hi Dinethri, thank you for your comments. You make a very important point. All animals are important and we need to respect them and treat them with care and kindness. I don’t think my sister is really afraid of Australian animals. But it makes for a fun poem 🙂 Bye Alys

  18. I highly enjoyed this poem and I believe that if you don’t hurt an animal they won’t hurt you. Although, I have never actually witnessed any of the dangerous animals in Australia before and I don’t think I want to.

    • Hi Chomilka, I’m so glad you enjoyed this poem and you are right, of course. Animals rarely hurt people if you behave sensibly. That means no screaming or jumping up and down hysterically if you ever spot a snake 🙂 Not that I think you would anyway. Bye Alys

  19. Thank you Alys that was an amazing poem and you inspired to do my own poems like this one. So thank you again it was a lovely poem and the animals in Australia are really cool. Bye, Tom.

  20. Hi Alys,
    It’s a really interesting poem. I found this poem really funny at the end, when the sister was tired of all the stinging and bitting Australian creatures. So she went back to England.
    When I go to Sri Lanka I loved to watch all the amazing animals, but I mostly enjoy watching and patting, and feeding the elephants.
    I would change instead of sister going back to England, she stayed and enjoyed her stay in Australia. May be sister can make a visit to Sri Lanka.
    Hi Alys, can you please make a beautiful poem about Sri Lanka (Don’t forget to include elephants)

    • Thank you Tirath! I’m glad that you found the poem interesting. I think it’s amazing that you get to go to Sri Lanka and spend time with elephants…And yes, I can definitely try to write a poem about Sri Lanka. Challenge accepted!! It may take me a while though…I’ll have to do a lot of thinking first 🙂 Bye Alys

  21. Hi
    I enjoyed this poem which reminded the names of Aussi Animals. Even in my mother country, Sri Lanka there are dangerous snakes, crocodiles, spiders and wild elephants.


    • Wild elephants!? That must be amazing to see, Dinidu! I’m glad to hear that you liked the poem – it was great fun to write. Bye Alys 🙂

  22. Hi Alys
    I really love this poem because the sister comes from England and arrives in Australia and gets annoyed with the animals and leaves.
    I wonder if the sister was friends with the Queen?

    Regards Yenuli

    • Hi Yenuli, I can definitely tell you that my sister is not friends with the Queen 🙂 And she isn’t afraid of Australian animals – not really! Bye Alys

  23. the story was really good also I think I also have the book that the character has and also what was the characters name

    • Hmm, I’ve never really thought about the character’s name, however, since I say it’s my sister I suppose her name will have to be Debbie 🙂

  24. I really liked the poem because it was about animals and I like poems that are about animals 😉

    • That’s good to know Margherita – I think everyone likes animals although not the same ones 🙂 Bye Alys

    • Actually Zaynab I don’t mind spiders although ants can be rather large and alarming here 🙂 Bye Alys

  25. Hi Alys,
    I like this poem I would add the cassowary because they are so scary, or the magpie who likes to swoop and peck they are as scary as all heck
    from Cadence

    • Hi again Cadence. That’s a very good idea! Maybe I could do a separate poem about dangerous birds? 🙂

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