- Kangaroo is the national symbol of Australia.
- They are also known as gangurru, Guugu Yimidhirr.
- It habitats in Australia, Tasmania, and New Guinea.
- Kangaroos are the largest marsupial mammals on earth.
- There are over 40 different types of Kangaroo.
- There are four species of kangaroo, the Red, Antilopine, Eastern Grey and Western Grey Kangaroo.
- Kangaroos have very good eyesight. They also have excellent hearing.
- Kangaroos can reach upto 3m high and 7.6m long in jump.
- The largest is the Red Kangaroo. Smaller one called as Wallabies.
- Kangaroos usually live to around six years.
- A group of kangaroos is called a ‘mob’, ‘troop’ or ‘court’.
- Red Kangaroos are the largest marsupial and can grow up to 2 metres.
- They can reach with top speed of over 65km/h.
- Because of the unusual shape of its legs a kangaroo can’t walk or move backwards very easily.
- They are good swimmers, they swim with leg indepently.
- Kangaroos are the only large animal to use hopping.
- Kangaroos are identified by their muscular tails, strong back legs, large feet, short fur and long, pointed ears.
- The smallest kangaroo is the musky rat-kangaroo. It is only 6 to 8 inches.
- Kangaroo can grow upto 3 m with its tail(1 m) in length.
- The entire body weighs around 200 lbs. (90 kilograms).
- Kangaroo habitats based on its nature they mostly prefer little nests on the floor, In forests, monsoonal eucalyptus woodlands, upper branches of trees.
- Kangaroos can cover 15 feet (7 m) in a single hop.
- When feeding, kangaroos use a slower they use their muscular tail as a kind of fifth leg, pushing off the ground as they move along.
- Kangaroos are herbivores. They eat greeny items like grasses, flowers, leaves, ferns, moss and even insects.
- Kangaroos regurgitate their food like Cows and re-chew it before it is ready to be totally digested.
- Within 14 to 20 months for females they will be fully matured.
- The baby kangaroo called joey, can be as small as big as a bee, at 0.2 to 0.9 inches.
- Kangaroos usually have one young annually.
Kangaroo facts on Pouch :
- There are 4 teats in the pouch and each provides different milk for the different stages of development of each baby.
- A female kangaroo can have three babies at the same time.
- The older joey living outside the pouch but still drinking milk, a young one in the pouch attached to a teat.
- After birth it immidiately jump into When the joey is born.
- Inside the pouch, the baby will be protected safely The joey will be guided safely into the comfy pouch.
- Usually joey spend their 150 to 400 days inside mother pouch.
- Joeys urinate and defecate in the mother’s pouch itself. The lining of the pouch absorbs some of the mess.
- The mother clean the content by inserting her long snout into the pouch and using her tongue.
- Baby kangaroos sometimes jump head first into their mother’s pouch when frightened.
- It leaves completely between 7 and 10 months of age from mother pouch.
The global warming could also kill off the world’s smallest kangaroo Wallabies, they are listed in Endangered list.
- Kangaroos need very little water to survive and are capable of going for months without drinking at all.
- They are grazing animals that eat grass, young shoots and leaves of heath plants and grass trees.
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Interesting kangaroo facts :
There are more kangaroos than humans in Australia. Australia honored kangaroo by on postage stamps, coins and on airplanes as well.
45 Interesting facts about kangaroos – The Australian Mammal