Cranbourne Gardens supports a diverse native animal population. The most commonly seen animals include the Southern Brown Bandicoot (particularly at the Stringybark Picnic Area), the Short Beaked Echidna, the New Holland Honey Eater and the Superb Fairy Wren.

When walking through the bushland at Cranbourne you will often see evidence that animals have been on the tracks. Look out for diggings on the side of paths, animal droppings or scats, feathers and track marks in the sand.


Cranbourne Gardens is home to several species of snakes. In warm weather, watch out for venomous Copperhead and Tiger Snakes, which are sometimes seen sunning themselves on the tracks. If you see a snake, do not approach it! Wait for it to move off the track. Snakes are protected animals and an important part of the bushland ecosystem.


Cranbourne Gardens provides habitat to more than 150 species of birds, including numerous threatened species:

  • Australasian Bittern (Botaurus poiciloptilus)
  • Baillon’s Crake (Porzana pusilla)
  • Lewin’s Rail (Dryolimnas pectoralis)
  • Blue Billed Duck (Oxyura australis)
  • Painted Honeyeater (Grantiella picta)
  • Powerful Owl (Ninox strenua)
  • Swift Parrot (Lathamus discolor)
  • White Egret (Ardea alba/intermedia)
  • White-bellied Sea Eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster)

A dedicated group of employees and volunteers observe and provide regular updates on bird sightings in the gardens.

The gardens, bushland and nearby countryside provide plenty of natural food sources for birds. Please respect their wild nature and help us to keep them healthy by not feeding or handling them.


  • Common froglet (Crinia signifera)
  • Victorian Smooth froglet (Geocrinia Victoriana)
  • Southern Bullfrog (Limnodynastes dumerilii)
  • Striped Marsh frog (Limnodynastes peronii)
  • Spotted Marsh frog (Limnodynastes tasmaniensis)
  • Southern Brown Tree frog (Litoria ewing)
  • Peron's Tree frog (Litoria peroni)
  • Verreaux's Tree frog (Litoria verreauxii verreauxii)
  • Warty Grass-frog (Littoria raniformis)
  • Haswell's froglet (Paracrinia haswelli)
  • Southern toadlet (Pseudophryne semimarmorata)