Since Australia doesn't have any superpredators, which animal can occupy the niche to become the next top carnivore?

Since Australia doesn't have any superpredators, which animal can occupy the niche to become the next top carnivore? Let's say humans went extinct. Since feral cats are already a problem there, could they eventually evolve into bigger versions??

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  1. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    no one mentioned Drop Bears yet?

    fricking savages they are

  2. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    Any calculations about what would change need to account for all domestic livestock that would likely continue to flourish.
    Camels, cows(probably wouldn't thrive), goats and sheep(both absolutely thrive when they escape). People's pet dogs would start to become an issue too.

    The cats wouldn't be taken out, they would just exist in their niche in life, and the marsupials would quickly meet their unfortunate end after a couple centuries or so. I think the entire ecosystem would become so ravaged over time that little would remain in the end.

  3. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    Easy, the dropbear.

  4. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    a mad scientist could turn a kangaroo into an ambush predator, but spiders are better equipped just need to get bigger

  5. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    It doesn't have super predators but it also doesn't have super prey. You couldn't introduce tigers or leopards to Australia because there would be nothing for them to eat.

    • 4 months ago
      Anonymous

      >but it also doesn't have super prey.
      >13 million pigs
      >5 millions donkeys
      >2 million goats
      >500.000 horses
      >300.000 camels
      >150.000 buffalos
      >2 million deers of six different species
      It's pretty much the same things that leopards already eat in their native range

  6. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    Probably not, but they would likely diversify into a few different small animal hunting niches, maybe even some arboreal forms. I just don't at all see them becoming apex, too much competition from dingos and crocs like the others said.

  7. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    Perentie and lace monitors.

  8. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    >Since Australia doesn't have any superpredators

    • 4 months ago
      Anonymous

      Wrong. Never killed irwin. The real super predator is sting rays

  9. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    Bear-sized dingos
    Landcrocs

  10. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    nope, because dingos and wedge tails

    • 4 months ago
      Anonymous

      Saltwater crocodiles and
      ??? Fricking moron.

      • 4 months ago
        Anonymous

        https://i.imgur.com/I8QDNHX.jpg

        >Since Australia doesn't have any superpredators

        Oh yeah, real scary.

        • 4 months ago
          Anonymous

          >if a niche hasn't been taken yet then it won't be taken. The passage of time is foreign to me. My melanation levels are off the charts.

          • 4 months ago
            Anonymous

            I still doubt saltwater crocs would become dominant. In the time it would take for them to circumnavigate the coast then evolve to be able to push into the interior dingos would have already expanded and changed themselves.
            Personally I'm rooting for the cassowaries.

            • 4 months ago
              Anonymous

              Dingos eat their eggs. Forever oppressed. Avian theropods have two strategies: stay a landcucked serf to mammalchads or fly away like a cowardly incel and attack children from behind. Truly they are the bullied weirdo of nature high.

            • 4 months ago
              Anonymous

              The birds that are hyperspecialized frugivores..? Even emus have a better shot.

          • 4 months ago
            Anonymous

            Anything could happen but I would sooner bet on cats just getting bigger since it's already happening right now.

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