Canis Lupus

Description

The Dingo is a medium sized dog. Colours vary from sandy yellow to red ginger, and there are a small percentage of dogs who are black, black-tan or white. Usually Dingoes will also have white markings on their feet, tail tip and/or chest. They have pricked ears for good hearing and a bushy tail.

Distribution

Dingoes are found through most of mainland Australia, but are absent from Tasmania.

Lifespan

The lifespan of the Dingo is 6 - 10 years.

Size

The Dingo weighs 13 - 24 kgs and is approximately 1.2 metres long not including its tail

Diet

They eat a variety of animals but the majority of their diet is wallaby and kangaroo. They are also known to prey on rabbits, possums, gliders, rats and mice.

Habitat

Dingoes are found in all habitat types ranging from alpine, woodland, grassland, desert and tropical regions

Breeding

The breeding cycle occurs only once a year and usually runs from March to June. Gestation is 63 days and litter size ranges from four to six pups. The pups might leave shortly after weaning or stay with the family group for up to a year

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