Latin name : Macropus rufogriseus
The Kangaroo's Smaller Cousin!
- With is long hind legs and long tail, Bennett's wallaby resembles a small kangaroo. The family name macropod comes from the Greek for "big foot".
- It moves around by jumping and using its tail for balance. When travelling very short distances, it leans on its tail that it uses as a fifth limb.
- Its gestation period is very short: only 30 days in the mother's uterus! The fetus then climbs by itself into the pouch called marsupium, mainly guided by smell. The development then continues for 8 months in the marsupial pouch.
- According to a dictionary on Australian mammals, the origin of the name wallaby comes from the aboriginal words "wolabi" or "ualabi" meaning "small kangaroo".
- Bennett's wallaby thrives in the wild and is not a threatened species. It is however protected in every state of Australia.
Tasmania, Eastern Australia
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