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Horses

Horses in an open paddock on an outback property
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Scientific Name: Equus caballus

Size: Total Length 2.1 m

What does it look like?

Horses are usually brown to black or a mixture of both colours sometimes with white flashes on the feet and around the muzzle. Domestic horses occasionally breed with wild, feral horses introducing many other colour combinations.

Where is it found?

Introduced, found in scattered populations around Australia.

What are its habitats & habits?

Horses are found mainly in open habitats such as open woodland and grassland, where it eats mainly grasses but will also browse on shrubs and fruits. It has caused significant damage to fragile ecosystems in the alpine region. Requires fresh water at least every few days and has been noted digging in dry creek beds to obtain water. Usually lives in small groups of up to 10 individuals.

A Naturalist's Guide to the Dangerous Creatures of Australia front cover

This species features in my book A Naturalist’s Guide to the Dangerous Creatures of Australia

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