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Tasmanian Pademelon

Thylogale billardierii


The pademelon is a stocky animal with a relatively short tail and legs to aid its movement through dense vegetation. It ranges in colour from dark-brown to grey-brown above and has a red-brown belly. Males, which are considerably larger than females, have a muscular chest and forearms, and reach up to 12 kg in weight and 1 - 1.2 m in overall length, including the tail. Females average 3.9 kg in weight.


wet forest is the preferred habitat, although wet gullies in dry open eucalypt forest are also used.The diet of the pademelon consists of herbs and green shoots, with short green grasses being preferred. Mosses are occasionally eaten.


The unusual common name, pademelon, is of Aboriginal derivation. It is also sometimes referred to as the rufous wallaby. Pademelons are small marsupials of the genus Thylogale. This species is extinct on mainland Australia because of predation by foxes and large scale land clearance, although two other species of pademelon occur along the east coast of the mainland. In Tasmania, however, the pademelon is both widespread and abundant.

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CalebSteindel 7 years ago

Big congrats on the SOTD, charlie!

Rosa Maria
Rosa Maria 7 years ago


CharliePrice 7 years ago

Thankyou everyone for the messages =)
Oh Leuba ....i am so glad you did , they are plentiful in the Cradle area..the two together i spotted out the window ...and was lucky enough to crepp out and get a picture, they where in an excellent spot with all the lush greenery :)

armonia-20152 7 years ago

They're adorable!!!

DrNamgyalT.Sherpa 7 years ago

Congrats Charlie on the deserving SOTD!

M.A. Orendan
M.A. Orendan 7 years ago

Wow. Thats amazing, great find!

DanielePralong 7 years ago

Congratulations Charlie!

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 7 years ago

Congratulations Charlie. We had some very curious pademelons visit us at our cabins at Cradle Mountain. Definitely a beautiful and peaceful place.

CharliePrice 7 years ago

Thanks Mark =) ..I am really happy to know it's a new one for you AngelSeven , thankyou for the awesome feedback .

Lori , i can't get enough of Cradle ...missed the snow by the weekend have an excuse to go back ...not that you really need an excuse ;)

lori.tas 7 years ago

Cradle Mountain is such a great place to see so much of what this state has to offer, Charlie. All the animals there seem so perfectly at home in the lush mossy green forests, and on the button-grass tan meadows.

AngelSeven 7 years ago

Fantastic photo...! A new species to me, never heard of one before...! Congrats on the SOTD well deserved...!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 7 years ago

Congrats on the SOTD.

CharliePrice 7 years ago

Thanks Neil and Lori , had a nights getaway up to Cradle Mountain , was photographing fruiting Lichen , but the wildlife kept stealing my attention =)

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 7 years ago

Cool spotting, Charlie. These guys are awesome. A lovely SOTD. Congrats :)

lori.tas 7 years ago

Snagged some of your info, Charlie, thanks. Here's Violet and Poppy, my orphan pademelon joeys.

lori.tas 7 years ago

Beautiful photo, Charlie. I've got two 700 gram female joeys running round my living room at the moment. I registered as a wildlife carer last year and have had one Bennetts wallaby & these two pademelons thus far. I'll put up a "spotting" so you can see them.

CharliePrice 7 years ago

Thanks so much Yasser and PN for the SOTD. =)

Yasser 7 years ago

Congrats Charlie! These wonderful photos and fascinating facts have been chosen as our Spotting of the Day! Thanks again for all of your fantastic contributions and we can't wait to see what you share next :)


CharliePrice 7 years ago

Glad you enjoy these cuties =)

Awesome spotting Charlie,beautiful,congrats and thanks for sharing

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 7 years ago

Great series.

DrNamgyalT.Sherpa 7 years ago

What cute mother son pair!

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Tasmania, Australia

Spotted on Jun 16, 2015
Submitted on Jun 16, 2015

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