Mammal Macropus rufus (Red Kangaroo)


Henry Arthur Readford
May 23, 2011
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Scientific Name: Macropus rufus

Common Name: Red

Sub-class: Marsupialia

Family: Macropodidae

Other Names: Boxing Kangaroo

Distribution: mainland Australia, avoiding only the more fertile areas in the south, the east coast, and the northern rainforests.

Habitat: scrubland, grassland, and desert habitats. It prefers open grassland and prefers areas with scattered trees for shade

Field Notes: largest of all kangaroos, the largest mammal native to Australia, and the largest surviving marsupial.
a very large kangaroo with long, pointed ears and a squared-off muzzle. Males have short, red-brown fur, fading to pale buff below and on the limbs. Females are smaller than males and are blue-grey with a brown tinge, pale grey below, although arid zone females are coloured more like males. It has two forelimbs with small claws, two muscular hind-limbs, which are used for jumping, and a strong tail which is often used to create a tripod when standing upright.
The red kangaroo's legs work much like a rubber band. The males can leap over 9 metres in one leap. Males grow up to a body length of 3 metres long and weigh up to 135 kilograms . Females reach a body length of up to 1.1 metres long and weigh up to 35 kilograms . Tails can be from 0.9 to 1 metre long. The average red kangaroo stands approximately 1.5 metres tall. Accounts of sizes greater than this are not uncommon, with some large males reportedly reaching approximately 2 metres .


Photo auscraft 2012

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