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Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Mammalia
Order:Marsupialia
Family:Potoroidae
Genus:Bettongia
Genus species:Bettongia penicillata

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:30-38 cm
Weight:1.1-1.6 kg
Identification:The woylie is a gray-brown grizzled color with silver on the upper parts and buff on the lower face, flanks, and thighs. It has pale bare skin around the eyes and cream underparts. The tail has a black crest with longer fur on the top.
Habitat:Open forests and woodlands
Diet:Omnivore: tubers, roots, seeds, fruit, fungi and termites
Reproduction:This species continuously breeds throughout the year. Mothers carry a single young in their pouch for 90 days, allowing them to remain with them until the next baby is born. Woylies can live for 4-5 years.
Behavior:Like many marsupials, these animals are nocturnal. They also live in underground burrows.
Status:Endangered
Interesting Facts:The woylie is the smallest and most rare kangaroo in the world.

Other Information

Geographic:Australia Date:1971-12 Subjects:marsupial
Woylie
Brush-tailed bettong
Brush-tailed rat kangaroo
Bettongia penicillata
Bettongs
Potoroidae
Diprotodontia
Marsupials
Mammals
Vertebrates
Chordata