Black Footed Rock Wallaby

By D.C


  • scientific name: Petrogale lateralis
  • dark to pale grey

  • paler chest and dark brown belly
  • face is marked with a light colored cheek stripe
  • dark stipe from between the ears to the base of the tail
  • 2.3-7.1 kg
  • lives in groups of 10-100
  • out at night

Food Chain and Habitat

  • eats rass, fruit leaves and herbs (herbivore)
  • rarely drinks water, gets most of its water from its food
  • lives in rocky hills near vegetation
  • stays in caves during the day to keep cool, and save water
  • feeds from dusk to dawn
  • very shy, won't travel far from home
  • populations are isolated, forming three main subspecies: Petrogale lateralis lateralis, Petrogale lateralis hacketti, and Petrogale lateralis pearsoni
  • lives for 12 years


  • very long tail to provide balance
  • can jump from rock to rock
  • has textured feet to prevent sliping
  • fur color is similar to rocks, providing camouflage
  • they have a pouch to carry their young
  • can stop the development of an embryo until good conditions

Reasons For Endangerment

  • introduced foxes is the main threat to them
  • grazing sheep, goats, and rabbits cause habitat damage and may be a threat
  • predation by cats is also be a problem
  • increasing amounts of fire can damage their habitat
  • their habitats are limitated to rocky hills

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