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Bennett's wallaby

Macropus rufogriseus

Class: Mammalia Order: Diprotodontia Family: Macropodidae

Size

Weight: 30-50 lbs

Diet

These herbivores feed on grass, leaves, bark, and twigs

Lifespan

12-15 years

Habitat & Range

Forests of Australia and Tasmania

Interesting Facts

  • The Bennett’s wallaby is a medium sized marsupial. The word marsupial comes from the Latin word “marsupium” which means pouch. Female marsupials have a pouch in which they carry their young.
  • Like the kangaroo, a wallaby’s gestation period is 30 days. The underdeveloped baby, which is the size of a jelly bean, must crawl up into its mother’s pouch. It will then attach to a nipple in the pouch and remains there for several months.
  • At first sight of danger, a wallaby will bound away using its long hind legs. Each limb has an elastic tendon that acts like a spring, catapulting the wallaby into the air.

Conservation Status

Least Concern

Threats

Wallabies are common and have a fairly wide distribution. They have few major threats, but they are sometimes seen as agricultural pests and killed for this reason.