TRADITIONAL ABORIGINAL BUSH FOODS - 4

(H) EGGS OF REPTILES AND BIRDS.
People collect and cook the eggs of birds, lizards, and freshwater crocodiles (which bury their eggs beside freshwater streams). In coastal areas, people dig up marine turtle eggs after they are laid deep in the sand.

(I) LAND ANIMALS.
All land animals are eaten, including kangaroos, wallabies, koalas (in the past), possums, bandicoots, native rats and mice, echidnas, snakes and lizards.

 

Bandicoots are small nocturnal Australian marsupials, with several species found throughout the country.

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(J) MARINE ANIMALS AND FISH.
People eat sharks, rays, dolphins, dugong, whales, turtles and fish, using watercraft to reach deep waters, then spearing or harpooning the animals.

(K) FRESHWATER ANIMALS AND FISH.
From freshwater streams and rivers, people eat fish, freshwater prawns and crayfish (cherubin, yabbies, etc), turtles and eels.


(L) SHELLS, SHELLFISH and MOLLUSCS.
Coastal people collect a range of marine shells, oysters and mangrove worms which are cooked and eaten. The remains of these meals, as shell deposits and middens, are scattered all along the beaches and coastline of Australia. Inland, people collect and eat mussels from freshwater streams and billabongs.

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A boy eating a mangrove worm (a type of mollusc).

Photograph courtesy of the N.T. Archives Service, Humble Collection, NTRS 1168.

 

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