Tree kangaroos

Tree kangaroos

Did you know that there is one species of kangaroos that lives in a tree? Well the name for this animal is the tree kangaroo. I will tell you about the appearance, habitat, prey, and some friends and enemies.

Appearance

These animals have a very different appearance compared to the regular kangaroo that we all know of. The scientific name for tree kangaroos is Dendrolagus which means tree rabbit. This mammal is thickly built. The average height is 2-3 feet tall, and the usual weight is 15-30 lbs with a tail 23-26 inches long. They have smaller hind feet than front feet. The fur on the tree kangaroo is very thick, the usual colors are gray, brown, reddish brown, and with a yellow or cream belly. They have strong arms and sharp claws. They have a dog-like face with small domed ears.
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Habitat

The tree kangaroos make their home in only one rainforest which is the Montane Tropical Rainforest. They live in the eastern part of Australia and papua new guinea. They are arboreal animals which means they live in trees. They can be found in woodland, grassland, and warm, wet places. They reside in layers from the forest floor all the way up to the canopy. The tree kangaroo will jump from high places if in need.
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Prey

The tree kangaroo eats a large variety of food. Tree kangaroos are browsers which means they like to eat vegetation that grows high above the ground. They will also eat grains, flowers, sap, and tea leaves which gives them their rich colored fur. The tree kangaroo is a night and early morning animal.They will eat bark, fruits, insects, eggs that have fallen out of the nest, and even baby birds. They need fresh vegetation which has a lot of fiber for climbing. Tree kangaroos are herbivores that eat more in the wild than in captivity.
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Friends and Enemies

The tree kangaroo has some friends and enemies. Tree kangaroos are related to the kangaroo that we all know of. These animals may live close too each other or they may fight to death if they get close. The tree kangaroos are critically endangered animals.
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Tree kangaroos

As you can see this species is a very unique one. You read about the appearance, habitat, prey, and some friends and enemies of the tree kangaroos. You can help the tree kangaroos by telling others not to kill or hunt for this species. Because they are critically endangered people need to protect the environment and habitat so they will not go extinct.
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