Red Kangaroo Pair ©ChrisRoss
Red Kangaroo Pair ©ChrisRoss

Order Diprotodontia

Family Macropodidae

Scientific Name

Macropus rufus

Thumbnail Description

It is not only the largest of all kangaroos, but it is also the largest living marsupial. Besides, the red kangaroo is the largest terrestrial mammal native to Australia

Size and Weight

Adults:

(MALES)

HEAD-BODY-LENGTH: 1.3–1.6 m (4.3–5.2 ft)

WEIGHT: 55 to 90 kg (121 to 198 lb)

TAIL: 1–1.2 m (3.3–3.9 ft)

HEIGHT: 1.8–3 m (5.9–9.8 ft)

(FEMALES)

HEAD-BODY-LENGTH: 85–105 cm (33–41 in)

WEIGHT: 18 to 40 kg (40 to 88 lb)

TAIL: 65–85 cm (26–33 in)

Newborns:

LENGTH: 2.5 cm

WEIGHT: 0.75 g

Habitat

Open plain habitats

Distribution

Mainland Australia

Diet

Grasses, forbs, wood, barks, chenopods including Bassia diacantha and Maireana pyramidata

Reproduction

3

Population

Unknown

Lifespan

22 years (wild) 16 years (captivity)

Speed

35 mph (56 km/h)

Single Leap

8–9 m (26.2–29.5 ft)

Home Range

258–560 ha

Predators

Dingoes, eagles

Sounds

Unknown

Behavior

Groups of 2 – 4 individuals

Conservation Status

Least Concern