Kangaroos

Madison Carter

Size, Weight, and Jump

Kangaroos weigh up to 200 lbs. They can reach up to 3.25 and 5.25 ft with a tail of 35.5 to 43.5 inches. By hopping on their hind legs and reaching up 35 miles per hour, 25 ft per jump at about 6 ft high. Women normally go faster because they are smaller and weigh less.
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Classification Order and Evulutionary Relationships

Domain: Eukarya

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: chordata

Class: mammalia

Order: Diprotodontia

Family: Macropodidae

Genus: Macropus

Species: Macropus rufus


Kangaroos are very closely related to wallabies and often mistaken for them.

Habitat, Nutrition, and Survival

Kangaroos roam in open grasslands and deserts in Australia and New Guinea. When they are in the wild they live to 10 years or less; when they live in captivity they can live much longer, approximately 23 years. The reason for short life times in the wild is caused by natural reasons like wildfires or construction. Humans are starting to hunt kangaroos and use them for meat and skin; however they need a permit to hunt some types of kangaroos. Red kangaroos are not in danger at all, but kangaroos like the tree kangaroos are. For protection and scaring off enemies, they use their large feet and long tails for fighting or "boxing," and stop on the group or make aggressive noises. They have one common enemy called a dingo. Their diets normally consist of plants, nuts, berries, ans insects. They are herbivores and need lots of water.
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Social Interactions and Family

Kangaroos are the largest of the Marsupials (koalas, possums, etc.) which is distinguished by the pouches on their bodies. When their is an infant kangaroo, they get into the mother's pouch and stay for two months. They infants are known as joeys; the joeys eventually grow bigger over a years time and their head and limps sometimes peek out of the pouch. Kangaroos live in small groups known as "mobs;" there are 10-100 kangaroos in each mob.

Fun Facts

-Red kangaroos are the largest in the world
-Kangaroos can't walk backwards
-They can swim really well
-Their name, "Macropodidae" means "big feet" in Latin