Red Kangaroo (Macropus nitus)

Red kangaroos are found in the plains of Australia where there is a lot of grass and shrubbery. Kangaroos are grazers and therefor are found in more open areas with a lot of grassland. They live in warmer and dryer climates and are found grazing in large groups.

The red kangaroo has long ears in order to increase surface area and allow them to survive in the warmer regions of the continent. Their large and powerful legs allow them to move quickly and with ease through the open dry lands. There front paws are small and allow for digging for particular roots and other foods. They also have a specialized digestive system which allows them to feed on cellulose and harsher vegetation.

Red kangaroos live in large groups are and promiscuous and polygamous. They are able to have babies when they are around 14 to 20 months old. They give birth to one joey after 33 days of gestation. It will then crawl into the pouch where it will live for up to 238 days. It will stay with the mother for about another 3 or 4 months after it has left the pouch. Kangaroos continue to grow throughout their lifetime.

Kangaroos are herbivores as well as grazers which means that they spend their time feeding on shrubs and grasses. The only threat to kangaroos is man, who hunts them for their meat and competition for the grazing grounds. In many areas kangaroos are seen as pests.

Body Length 0.74 - 1.40 metres
Tail Length 0.64 - 0.99 metres
Wingspan N/A
Life Span 7.00 - 20.00 years
Weight 16.78 - 84.82 kilograms