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Wallaroo

WALLAROOMacropus robustus

Conservation Status: Low Risk / Least Concern

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CLASS

Mammalia

ORDER

Diprotodontia 

FAMILY

Macropdidae 

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General Characteristics:

Color: 

Red-brown above and lighter underneath 

Size:

43.5-78 in from nose to tail

Weight:

Up to 110 pounds

Average Lifespan:

24 years

Captive Lifespan:

Up to 22 years

Distribution:

Throughout Australia

Habitat:

Arid grasslands to coastal rainforests

Reproduction:

Mating: 

Throughout the year

Gestation/Incubation:

34 days; Pouch life: 237-269 days

Litter/Clutch Size:

1

Mature: 

1 – 1 ½ years

Diet:

Grazer; grasses 

Behavior:

Crepuscular. Solitary. When the weather is hot, they pant to induce evaporative cooling.

Teaching Facts:

1. Occupy caves on a first-come, first served basis.  Stay in these caves during the heat of the day. 

2. May survive without water, but there must be plenty of moisture-bearing food.