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Swamp Wallaby

Wallabia bicolor


The Swamp Wallaby has coarse dark brown fur, with a red-brown underbelly. The cheek has a light yellow to red-brown or black stripe. The paws, feet and end of the tail are often a darker brown. Generally active from dusk to dawn. Usually solitary, resting in thick undergrowth during the day and moving out to open areas at night to feed.


Lives in a variety of habitats including swamps, ferny gullies, open forests, lantana thickets and heath lands. Common along the east coast of Australia.


I spotted this swamp wallaby at Alma Park Zoo in Brisbane. A curious little fellow who didn't mind being photographed. I often see swampies in my backyard in Gympie, QLD.

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KarenL 12 years ago

Very cute!

Shari_Wildlife 12 years ago

Thankyou, yes I have also heard this, in some books they even say they have an alternate name "stinkers" but I have never experienced that. I am quite fond of the swampies as I often have some in my backyard.

Steve A
Steve A 12 years ago

Congrats Shari, well done. Our swampies down here are a bit darker than this one. People tell me that they smell of the swamp - can't say I've noticed it tho...

Christiane 12 years ago


Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 12 years ago

Peter and King...thanks for adding info...!!

kinghitz 12 years ago

@Peter - some wallabies can prop themselves up on their tails. Others like some of the rock wallabies cannot.

Shari_Wildlife 12 years ago

Wow thank-you very much!

peter 12 years ago

Spotting of the day!

"Smaller than their kangaroo cousins, Wallabies can use their tails to prop themselves up into a sitting position."

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4503, Queensland, Australia

Spotted on Apr 21, 2011
Submitted on Jun 21, 2011

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