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Brush-Tailed Rock-Wallaby

Petrogale penicillata


This wallaby has a dull-brown back, rufous rump, black furry feet and a long, densely furred tail with a bushy tip, pale stripes along the sides, white cheek stripes and a black stripe on the forehead, ears are yellowish inside. The foot pads are granulated for gripping, with a fringe of stiff hairs. They are mainly nocturnal, sheltering by day in caves, deep rock fissures and dense stands of lantana. They are very agile and can hop on rocky outcrops with the tail arched over their back. They can ascend an almost vertical rock faces and climb sloping tree trunks. The Brush-Tailed Rock-Wallaby is severely threatened due to predation by foxes and competition from goats, sheep and rabbits.


Rocky areas with large tumbled boulders, ledges and caves close to grassy sites in rainforests, sclerophyll forests and woodlands.


Spotted this wallaby at the Ipswich Nature Centre in Queens Park. Being severely threatened zoos and nature parks are the only place many people will see these animals.

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4305, Queensland, Australia

Spotted on Jul 5, 2011
Submitted on Jul 5, 2011

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