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Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Mammalia
Order:Marsupialia
Family:Macropodidae
Genus:Protemnodon
Genus species:Protemnodon rufoerisea

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:82 cm
Weight:15 kg
Identification:The red-necked wallaby has silver-tipped gray fur, rust red shoulders and upper back, and a pale face and thigh stripes.
Habitat:Eucalypt forest
Diet:Herbivore: grass, herbs
Reproduction:On mainland Australia, births occur throughout the year. There are two subspecies, each with different mating patterns. Red-necked wallabies can live for 18 years. Tasmanian populations breed right after giving birth (January-July). After a period of arrested development and a gestation of 30 days, the young is born. It spends 280 days in its mother's pouch and is weaned at 17 months of age.
Red-necked wallabies are solitary.
Behavior:Activity patterns center around nighttime hours.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:A female can produce two types of milk at one time - one is for the joey in her pouch; the other has a higher fat content for the joey out of the pouch. She may also be carrying a developing embryo in her uterus.

Other Information

Geographic:Eastern Australia
Tasmania
Date:1958-1988 Subjects:kangaroo
Red-necked wallaby
marsupial
Marcropus
Wallabies
Kangaroos
Macropodidae
Diprotodontia
Marsupials
Mammals
Vertebrates
Chordata