Red-necked Wallaby

Scientific Name: Macropus rufogriseus

Description

Wallabies are in the same family as kangaroos. Like kangaroos, they get around by hopping and raise young in a pouch in the female’s belly. They are plant eaters; spending the dawn and dusk hours eating grasses and other plants, and usually rest out of site during broad daylight. Ranchers often kill red-necked wallabies because they eat grasses the ranchers want to save for their sheep. Wallabies have also been killed for their fur.

The red-necked wallaby is a medium-sized, long-eared kangaroo with reddish fur across its shoulders and the back of its neck. The rest of the fur is grayish-tan, turning white on the belly and chest. Like all wallabies and kangaroos, they have powerful lower legs and tail. Red-necked wallabies are most closely related to the Red Kangaroo.

Range

Coastal forests of Eastern Australia including Queensland, New South Wales, and Tasmania.

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