Kangaroo

by Mrs. Placke

Physical Description

  • Largest living marsupial
  • Males - 110 pounds (50 kilograms)
  • Height - 5 feet (1.5 meters)
  • Small head with a pointed snout
  • Large ears sit up and can turn from front to back
  • Hind legs are powerful
  • Use their tail for balance
  • Life span - 6-8 years

Diet

  • Grass and small plants
  • Mostly nocturnal
  • Eat together in groups called "mobs"

Habitat

  • Australia
  • Grassy plains
  • New Guinea
  • Nearby islands

Their Young

  • Grows inside mother's body for 4-5 weeks
  • Called a joey
  • Baby only as big as a baked bean
  • Baby has no eyes, only smudges where eyes will be
  • Hind legs are bumps
  • Skin is very thin
  • Baby climbs into mother's pouch (trip takes three minutes)
  • Snuggles into pouch and drinks milk for a few months
  • A few months later, baby pokes its head out of the pouch
  • Can hop in-and-out of pouch like a jack-in-the-box
  • One day the mother will not let it return to the pouch (She kicks it out!)

Interesting Facts

  • Mothers can't pick up anything with front paws, so if baby falls it will probably die
  • Marsupial - pouched animal
  • Macropod - large-footed