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Red-Necked Wallaby

Scientific Name: Macropus rufogriseus

Red-necked wallabies are native to Australia living in the eucalyptus forests and the surrounding open areas. They have also been known to spend time on land developed for agriculture. They have red-brown fur on their backs and heads, and pale undersides. The tips of their fingers and toes are black. Rednecked wallabies are sexually dimorphic, even the smallest males are larger than the biggest females with up to 15kg weight difference!

These wallabies are solitary, but not territorial. This means that it is not unusual for groups of up to 30 individuals to forage together. Red-necked wallabies are most active at dawn and dusk, taking cover during the hottest part of the day. They have been seen licking themselves to cool down when the temperature gets very high.

Red-necked wallabies are marsupials, which means that they have a very short gestation (pregnancy) after which the offspring moves to the female’s pouch to continue developing. The ‘joey’ stays in the pouch for as long as 130 days. Two joeys may occupy the pouch at the same time, but will be of different ages.

Red-necked wallabies are grazers, eating a diet of grasses and herbs. During the driest parts of the year they dig for roots which have a high water content.

There are no serious threats facing this species and they inhabit a number of protected areas. In Tasmania, they are so common that farmers can apply for a licence to kill them, to prevent them damaging their crops.

Key Facts:

  • Conservation Status: Least Concern
  • Distribution: Eastern and South-Eastern Australia
  • Habitat: Grassland, Tropical Forest
  • Diet: Grasses, Herbivore
  • Height: 93 – 105cm
  • Weight: 11 – 26kg
  • Gestation: 30 days
  • No. of young: 1
  • Life Span: 20 years


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