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Lumholtz's tree-kangaroo

Dendrolagus lumholtzi

Description:

It is the smallest of all tree-kangaroos, with males weighing an average of 7.2 kg (16 lbs) and females 5.9 kg (13 lbs).[5] Its head and body length ranges from 480–650 mm, and its tail, 600–740 mm.[6] It has powerful limbs and has short, grizzled grey fur. Its muzzle, toes and tip of tail are black. Its face looks like leather.

Habitat:

Rainforest, Australia

Notes:

Very shy, I spotted him on the side of Rainforest around midnight. I did not have the right light for this spotting, so the pic is not very clear. It took me some days before seeing one because they are endangered due to reduction of their habitat. So, they retire higher and deeper in the rainforest.

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4 Comments

LeanneGardner
LeanneGardner 8 years ago

Fantastic spot. I would so love to see one of these!

Christiane
Christiane 8 years ago

The Tree Kangaroo is one of the most unusual Australian animals.

There are around 10 species most of which are found in New Guinea.

Two species are found in Australia, the Lumholtz'z and the Bennett's.

The ancestors of all Kangaroos are believed to have been small tree dwelling marsupials that descended down out of the trees to the ground, then at some stage their ancestors went back into the trees.

They are marsupials and have a pouch and are closely related to both the Wallaby and the larger Roos.

I didn't even know there was such a thing as a tree-kangaroo! Great spotting -thanks for sharing this.

Christiane
Christiane 8 years ago

Great spotting.. Please add it to "Marsupial of the world" Mission..

MelanieAustralia
Spotted by
MelanieAustralia

4885, Queensland, Australia

Spotted on May 12, 2010
Submitted on Jul 22, 2012

Spotted for Mission

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