Red Kangaroo

Osphranter rufus

TL 1,645–2,400mm, including tail 645–1,000mm

(Marloo; Blue-flier)

What does it look like? Largest marsupial. Adult males reddish-brown above, and females blue-grey, with squarish snout, and white stripe between mouth and ear. Underparts white in both sexes, but males may be stained reddish on 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.