BENNET’S WALLABY Macropus rufogriseus
Origin: Southeastern Australia and Tasmania
It is also known as Red Necked Wallaby.
These are one of the largest wallabies, and they originate from Southeastern Australia and Tasmania.
They are related to kangaroos and are smaller in size.
Their large tail acts as a balance when jumping, and as a third leg when sitting . They cannot move backwards.
It is a marsupial, meaning after it gives birth, the baby is raised in a pouch on the mother’s stomach, where it drinks milk. Gestation is 30 days, then the baby moves to the pouch and will stay there for 8 months.
Their eyesight is poor, but their hearing is excellent.
They feed on grasses and shrubs. Usually they are found in woodlands, shrub lands and grasslands. They have long fingers and will use their paws to hold food while eating.
They are mainly solitary, but will hang out in small groups called mobs. They are most active during the early morning, and evening, spending the rest of the day stretched out in the shade.
They also enjoy the rain, and can be very active on a rainy day.
Lifespan: 15 years
Gestation: 30 days (then in the pouch for 8 months)
Diet: grasses, shrubs
Idiosyncracies: cannot move backwards