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Environment Australia, September 7, 2005
A habitat is where something lives and grows – it's the combination of food, water and shelter that plants and animals need to stay alive.
Australia is made up of a range of climates from the hot, wet tropics to the dry, flat interior to the cool alpine areas. As a result the country has an immense variety of habitats including swamps, grasslands, mangroves, forests, rainforests, woodlands, deserts, and marine habitats.
These habitats provide the right conditions for plants and animals to flourish. In their habitats native animals can find everything they need to survive – food and water of course, but also hollow logs, boulders, caverns, loose bark and tree hollows so they can breed and shelter.
For example, bushland might be the perfect home for a Greater Bilby but a Loggerhead Turtle couldn't find the right sort of food there to survive.