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Wallaby (Agile)
Macropus agilis

Class  

Mammals

Wallaby (Agile)

Range  

They are found in the northern third of Australia and New Guinea.

Habitat  

They live in grassy areas and open forests near rivers and streams but also are found in mangroves along the coasts.

Body Traits  

They are brown with a lighter belly. They have a white stripe across their thigh. Males are much larger than females standing more than 4 feet tall.

Habits  

They are a solitary species of wallaby, though may gather in groups (mobs) to feed. They are good swimmers. They are easily startled and will panic if frightened and can injure themselves trying to escape predators. They sleep during the day and are active in the mornings, evenings and at night (nocturnal).

Diet  

They eat grass, roots and insects.

Predators  

They are hunted by dingos and man.

Reproduction  

Females are only pregnant (gestation) for 1 month, but like kangaroos, the tiny babies develop in the pouch for many months.

Lifespan and/or Conservation Status  

They may live 12-15 years in the wild. They are listed as Lower Risk - least concern.


Wallaby (Agile)

Classification  

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Diprotodontia
Suborder: Macropodiformes
Family: Macropodidae
Subfamily: Macropodinae
Genus: Macropus
Species: Macropus agilis

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