Facts about Red-necked wallaby

19 facts about Red-necked wallaby

Macropus rufogriseus

The red-necked wallaby, also called Bennett's wallaby, is a member of the macropod family. They are smaller than kangaroos and wallaroos and can be easily distinguished by their most characteristic feature - a reddish coat on the shoulders.
The red-necked wallaby is a macropod marsupial.
It is a medium-sized mammal.
It is native to the east coast of Australia, with a significant occurrence in Tasmania.
Over the years, it has also been introduced to New Zealand, Ireland, United Kingdom, and France.
Their typical habitat consists of eucalypt forests, coastal scrub, and woodlands.
They are mainly solitary animals.
In times of food and water scarcity, they join together in mobs. Mobs consist of up to 30 individuals.
Blackish muzzles and paws characterize them, they have a white stripe on their upper lip, and their fur is reddish at the shoulders.
Their long ears can turn 180 degrees independently.
Their body reaches up to 90 centimeters in length, and their tail can range from 60 to 87 centimeters in length.
Males are larger than females.
Red-necked wallabies can reach a weight of up to 26 kilograms.
Their average weight is between 14 and 18 kilograms.
The main diet of a red-necked wallaby consists of herbs and grasses.
In times of drought, they feed on roots, which is their primary water source.
They are nocturnal animals, being most active at dusk and dawn.
During the day, they rest in darkened places, such as forests and ravines.