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Red-necked Wallaby (juvenile)

Macropus rufogriseus

Description:

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 one I've never seen in Girraween National Park until now, and I have been here many times. 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. They can weigh 13.8 to 18.6 kilograms (30 to 41 lb) and attain a head-body length of 90 centimetres (35 in), 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.

Habitat:

Red-necked wallabies are found in coastal scrub and sclerophyll forest throughout coastal and highland eastern Australia. This individual was spotted along the Mt. Norman track in Girraween National Park. Here's some park info - http://www.rymich.com/girraween/


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2 Comments

Neil Ross
Neil Ross a month ago

Thanks, Rob. This little one was very cute, and the only red-necked wallaby I saw all day. Plenty of roos around though.

triggsturner
triggsturner a month ago

These are beautiful wallabies. Nice images Neil, thank you for sharing your experience.

QLD, Australia

Lat: -28.84, Long: 151.94

Spotted on Dec 6, 2018
Submitted on Dec 11, 2018

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