• Red Kangaroo

    Macropus rufus

     

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    • Least concern

    • Australia

    • Length: Head and body, 3.25 to 5.25 ft (1 to 1.6 m); tail, 35.5 to 43.5 in (90 to 110 cm)
    • Weight: 200 lbs (90 kg)

    • Deserts and open grasslands

    • Give birth to one baby at a time, which at birth is smaller than a cherry
    • The infant immediately climbs into its mother’s pouch and does not emerge for two months. Until they reach about eight months of age, threatened young kangaroos, called joeys, will quickly dive for the safety of mom’s pouch.

    • Grasses and dicotyledonous flowering plants.
    • These herbivores can go without water for long periods of time by consuming moisture-filled succulent plants.

    • Kangaroos’ legs cannot move independently of one another, so they must hop everywhere.
    • They can reach speeds over 35 miles (56 kilometers) an hour and bound 25 feet (8 meters) in a single leap.
    • They live in groups which are called mobs
    • The red kangaroo is the world’s largest marsupial.
    • Males sometimes fight over potential mates. They often lean back on their sturdy tail and “box” each other with their strong hind legs.

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