Red Kangaroo

Kangaroo, Red Kangaroo staring at the camera while standing among foliage.What does it look like? The Red Kangaroo is the largest marsupial. Adult males are reddish-brown above, and females appear blue-grey, with a squarish snout, and white stripe between mouth and ear. Underparts are white in both sexes, but males may be stained reddish on the chest.

Where is it found? Throughout arid and semi-arid inland Australia in all states except Tas. Reaches coast in north-western WA and on Nullabor Plain.

What are its habitats & habits? Inhabits grassland, shrubland and woodland. Mainly active from dusk to dawn, but may be sighted at any time of the day. Rests in shade during the heat of the day. Feeds on grasses and herbs, and must drink regularly.

Interesting fact: Range and numbers have increased following increased supply of water from farming in arid regions.

Scientific name: Osphranter rufus

Size: Total Length 1,645–2,400mm (including tail 645–1,000mm)

Also known as: Marloo; Blue-flier

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