Red Kangaroo

Description: The Red Kangaroo is a very large kangaroo with long, pointed ears and a squared-off muzzle. Males have short, red-brown fur, fading to pale below and on the limbs. Females are smaller than males and are blue-grey with a brown tinge. It has two forelimbs with small claws, two muscular hind-limbs, which are used for jumping, and a strong tail which is often used to create a tripod when standing upright.

Size: Weighs from 18 up to 90kg. Males are larger than females usually weighing around 65 kg and females rarely exceed 30 kg. Height ranges from 74cm to 2m tall.

Habitat: Found in open shrub lands, grasslands, mallee scrubs, mulga country and desert

Food: Red Kangaroos eat green grass and herbage, feeding mainly at night. They can live for long periods without water, utilizing the moisture in their food

Where Found: Red kangaroos are distributed throughout Australia, most commonly found inland. See map

Breeding: Red Kangaroo Females are sexually mature at about eighteen months, males at about two years. There is a single young (Joey), though a mother can nurse more than one Joey at a time.

Red Kangaroo Joeys remain in the pouch for 5-6 months. They emerge looking just like their parents just smaller. Over a period of 2-3 months they gradually spend more time away from the pouch, returning to its safety when they feel threatened. Joeys are usually weaned around 1 year of age, but will normally remain close to the mother for another 6 months.

Macropus rufus



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