RED-NECKED WALLABY
Macropus rufogriseus




DISTRIBUTION AND HABITAT
Lives in Australia and Tasmania in mountain pastures, tropical forests, deserts, savannahs and eucaliyptus forests.



DESCRIPTION

Red-necked wallabies are named for the reddish fur on their napes and shoulders. The rest of the body is fawny gray with a white chest and belly.
 


REPRODUCTION
One offspring at a time is born to each breeding female; pouch life is about 280 days duration. The offspring has got ~14 g and ~5 cm. The female develops two embryos and one will be stopped in development. If the first embryo does not survive, the female will sesume the development of the second one.



DIET
It feeds mainly on grass and succulent roots.
 
SOCIAL BEHAVIOR
They are mainly crepuscular, spending daylight hours resting in cover, although they are often seen foraging in the morning and evening. They cool themselves by licking their hands and forearms during nervous excitement or hot weather. They are essentially solitary, but may forage in groups of up to 30 individuals.
 


LONGEVITY
They can live up to 12-15 years.