Red-necked Wallaby

Red-necked Wallaby

Red-necked Wallaby
Macropus rufogriseus


CLASS
Mammalia
ORDER
Marsupialia
FAMILY
Macropodidae

Range

Throughout the eastern parts of Australia from Queensland and New South Wales to South Australia; also found in Tasmania


Habitat

Coastal woodlands and eucalyptus forests


Diet

Grasses, roots, and leaves

Weight

30 - 40 lbs.

Size

Up to 3 ft.

Gestation

About 30 days

Young

1 joey

IUCN Status

Least Concern

Facts

  • Wallabies are terrestrial and move by hopping.
  • These wallabies are largely solitary, although larger mobs (group of wallabies) will form in good grazing areas.
  • They have excellent hearing, sense of smell, and sight. Individuals identify each other by smell.
  • Gestation one month, but will stay in mother's pouch for an additional eight months
  • Weighs less than 1 g (0.04 oz) at birth.
  • The joey will continue to suckle till it is around 12 - 15 months of age.
  • A female can have three young of different ages at one time: an undeveloped embryo, a developing joey in the pouch, and a joey outside the pouch still drinking from her.

 

Conservation

Protected by law in all states of Australia.

Least Concern
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