Mammal Macropus giganteus ( Eastern Grey Kangaroo)

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Common Name: Eastern Grey Kangaroo

Scientific Name: Macropus giganteus

Sub-class: Marsupial

Family: Macropod

Other Names: Great Grey Kangaroo and the Forester Kangaroo

Distribution: South and east Australia, including Tasmania

Habitat: Grass lands

Field Notes:. An Eastern Grey male weighs about 66 kg (145 lb.) and is almost 2 m (6 ft.) tall and a female 32kg.. A big male may measure up to 2.8meters form his nose tip to the end of his tail. The male is much larger than the female. Its scientific name, Macropus giganteus means gigantic (huge) large-foot, and the Eastern Grey is the second biggest marsupial on earth. The Red Kangaroo is the largest.
They can jump up to 9 m (30ft) in a single leap. The fastest recorded speed of any kangaroo was 64 kilometres per hour (40 miles per hour) set by a large female Eastern Grey Kangaroo. Kangaroos use less energy if they travel faster. When they go slowly they walk on all four legs, and use their tail as well.
Like all kangaroos, it is mainly a nocturnal animal, and it is crepuscular, which means it is active early in the morning, and early in the evening. The Eastern Grey is also the kangaroo on the Australian Coat of Arms.

Photos by Auscraft, 2011. My Yard, QLD

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Close up shots of Female Eastern Grey showing joey.

Taken By Blake July 2011 - Location: Australia Zoo






 

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The Tasmanian population are restricted to northeastern Tasmania and small areas in the central north.

Photo taken at Narawntapu National Park (previously known as Asbestos Range NP) in Tasmania's central north.

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Eastern greys tended to drink very early, earlier than red neck wallabies. Immature male.


This photo has been contrast enhanced a little, it was taken in very low morning light.


They can be a little curious about smells. The last shot my camera took (found it face up on ground) was of an eastern grey.
 

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Heres a link to a Queensland Gov, Dept of Environment site re Commercial harvesting of macropods in Queensland.
Specifically Macropus rufus, M. giganteus, M. robustus.
Scroll down the page for some interesting population estimates over time, commercial harvesting seems to
have little effect when compared to the boom and bust of wet and dry periods.
http://www.ehp.qld.gov.au/wildlife/permits-licences/kangaroo_harvesting.html
37 million for the estimated population in Qld alone in 2001 for the three species is mind boggling.
 

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This caught my eye for a short while.
 
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