Kangaroos

Robin Mathison

Classification:

Kingdom:Animalia

Phylum:Chordata

Class:Mammalia

Order:Diprotodontia

Family:Macropodidae

Genus:Macropus

Basic Information:

- Most closely related to the Wallaby, similar body structure and diet

- Most commonly found in Australia, also resides in New Guinea

- Reside in large, grassy plains, desserts, and dry forests

- Herbivores, eat mainly grass, also seeds and flowers

- Fairly solitary, occasionally social

- Very mobile, jump to get around; they can leap about 25 ft. and jump 6 ft high

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Additional Information:

- Grow between 1.9-4.9 ft

- Weigh anywhere from 40 to 200 lbs

- Fun Facts: Kangaroos cannot hop backwards, however they can hop up to around 35 miles per hour

- Somewhat solitary, but can be social especially when with other kangaroos

- Carry their young in a pouch on their abdomen

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