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Red Kangaroo

Macropus rufus

Description:

The Red Kangaroo (Macropus rufus) is the largest of all kangaroos, the largest mammal native to Australia, and the largest surviving marsupial.

Habitat:

It is found across mainland Australia, avoiding only the more fertile areas in the south, the east coast, and the northern rainforests. This species is a very large kangaroo with long, pointed ears and a squared-off muzzle. Males have short, red-brown fur, fading to pale buff below and on the limbs. Females are smaller than males and are blue-grey with a brown tinge, pale grey below, although arid zone females are coloured more like males. It has two forelimbs with small claws, two muscular hind-limbs, which are used for jumping, and a strong tail which is often used to create a tripod when standing upright.


1 species ID suggestions

Marlene
Marlene 3 years ago
Red Kangaroo
Macropus rufus Red Kangaroo

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Lat: -33.87, Long: 151.21

Spotted on Jul 16, 2010
Submitted on May 26, 2011

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