Tuesday, March 16, 2010


Wallabies are small to medium sized members of the Kangaroo family, Macropodiae. They differ from the other small members of the family the rat kangoroos, in a member of characteristics, including their long, oval shaped ears, rudimentary or absent canine teeth, and relatively smaller upper front teeth (central incissors). Wallabies are found in grassy, brushy, or rocky terrain in Australia and New Guinea, and in the Brismarck Archipelago, an island group northest of New Guinea. Here wallabies, genus Lagorchestes, grow to about 50 cm (20 in) long, plus a 45 cm (18 in) tail, and weigh up to about 2.7 kg (6 lb). The nail tailed wallabies Onychogalea are larger and have a horny and have a horny tip at the end of the tail. The brush wallabies, Wallabia, are among the fastest in the kangaroo family. They grow to about 1 m (40 in) long, plus a 75 cm (30 in) tail, and weigh more than 23 kg (50 lb).

The brush tailed rock wallaby in an adapt rock climber that can leap horizontally as much as 4 m (13 ft). A marsupial, the young climbs into the mothers pouch shortly after birth, where it feeds and grows for several months.

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