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Red-necked Wallaby

Macropus rufogriseus


The red-necked wallaby (Macropus rufogriseus) is a medium-sized macropod marsupial, common in the more temperate and fertile parts of eastern Australia, including Tasmania. This is one of my favourite wallaby species, and these are very pretty animals that are always photogenic. Red-necked wallabies are distinguished by their black nose and paws, white stripe on the upper lip, and grizzled medium grey coat with a reddish wash across the shoulders. Weight for males to 27kg, females to 16kg, and stand between 92 and 102 cms tall, although males are generally bigger than females. They are usually solitary but will gather together when there is an abundance of resources such as food, water or shelter. Also, this species engages in alloparental care, in which one individual may adopt the child of another. Not all mammal species will do this.


Spotted along Mt. Norman Rd in Girraween National Park, SEQ. Dry sclerophyll forest, open meadows, and swampland areas along the creek course. Lots of native grasses too which kangaroos and wallabies love! There's also a natural freshwater pond at this location, and the water looked very clean. Here's some park info -

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Neil Ross
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Neil Ross

Girraween, Queensland, Australia

Spotted on Oct 8, 2020
Submitted on Oct 16, 2020

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