Macropus eugenii

Description

The Tammar Wallaby is a small, thickly furred wallaby with predominantly dark, grey-brown pelage. Animals, especially males, usually have rufous on the sides of their bodies and on their limbs.

Size

The maximum recorded weight for males is 9.1kg with the maximum recorded weight in females being 6.9kg. The body length of the Tammar Wallaby is 59 to 68 cm in males and 52 to 63 cm in females.

Food

The Tammar Wallaby is herbivorous, and its diet consists mostly of grasses and shrubs.

Habitat

The Tammar Wallaby inhabits dense coastal heath and scrub, though some populations remain in dry sclerophyll forests that have dense understorey vegetation.

Distribution

You'll find Tammar Wallabies in parts of South Australia, on Kangaroo Island, and the south west of Western Australia.

Breeding

The Tammar Wallaby is a seasonal breeder and births largely occur during late January and early February. After giving birth, females enter oestrus and allow males to mate with them. During the oestrous period, males establish a dominance hierarchy and the higher-ranking males will try to prevent subordinates from mating with oestrous females.