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Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Mammalia
Order:Marsupialia
Family:Macropodidae
Genus:Macropus
Genus species:Macropus parryi

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:75.5-92.4 cm
Weight:7-26 kg
Identification:The whip-tailed wallaby has short, brown-gray hair, white undersides, a white stripe on its upper lip, and a light brown stripe running down its neck and shoulders. This wallaby also has a white hip stripe.
Habitat:Inland plains to tropical rainforests
Diet:Herbivore: herbs, grasses, shrubs, ferns
Reproduction:After a gestation period of one month, females give birth to a single offspring. The baby remains in its mother's pouch for 37 weeks and is weaned at 15 months. Shortly after the young leaves the pouch, the mother becomes receptive again and mates. However, the new embryo's development is delayed until the pouch is completely vacated by the previous offspring.
Mixed subgroups of 5-10 animals will join together to form large groups of up to 50 members.
Behavior:Feeding is done from dawn to early morning and then from the late afternoon into night.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:When they are alarmed, whiptail wallabies stamp their feet.

Other Information

Geographic:Eastern Australia Date:1958-1988 Subjects:kangaroo
Whip-tailed wallaby
marsupial
Macropus
Wallabies
Kangaroos
Macropodidae
Diprotodontia
Marsupials
Mammals
Vertebrates
Chordata