Scientific Classification

Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Mammalia
Order Diprotodontia
Family Macropodidae
Genus Macropus
Species Macropus and Osphranter
kangaroo
Kangaroos hopping

Kangaroo Description

  • The kangaroo is the native animal of Australia.
  • Kangaroos are the world’s largest marsupials.
  • They are the only mammals that move through hopping.
  • Kangaroos can survive days without drinking.
  • Kangaroos can maintain a speed of 42 kilometers per hour for 2 kilometers.
  • They will avoid the hottest hours by resting in shades.
  • They are remarkable swimmers.
  • Kangaroos have large pouch where they keep joeys safe for almost a year.
  • It is an iconic animal in Australia.
  • They have excellent hearing sense and vision.

Size & Weight

Adults:

  • HEAD-BODY-LENGTH: 48–65 cm
  • WEIGHT: (Males) 7.2 kg (16 lb) (Females) 5.9 kg (13 lb)
  • TAIL: 60–74 cm
  • SHOULDER HEIGHT: 2 m (6 ft 7 in)

Habitat

Grasslands, tropical rainforests

Range

New Guinea, northeastern Queensland, Central Australian Desert

Diet

Grasses, leaves

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Male kangaroos often fight with each other ©tvblogs.nationalgeographic.com

Species

Reproduction

1 joey

Gestation Period

31–36 days

Weaning Period

180–320 days

Sexual Maturity

  • 20 – 24 months (Male)
  • 15 – 20 months (Female)

Population

25,000,000

Lifespan

  • 6 years (wild)
  • 20 years (captivity)

Speed

  • AVERAGE: 20–25 km/h (12–16 mph)
  • MAXIMUM: 70 km/h (43 mph)

Baby Name

Joey

Group Name

Mob

Group Size

10 individuals

Predators

Tasmanian tiger, marsupial lion, wedge-tailed eagles, feral cats, feral dogs

Call

Hisses, squeaks, coughs

Behavior

Nocturnal, social

Conservation Status

Least Concern

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