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Scientific Classification

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

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:95.8-230 cm
Weight:3.5-66 kg
Identification:The Eastern grey kangaroo is a steel gray color with paler undersides.
Habitat:Grasslands, open woodlands
Diet:Herbivore: shrubs, leaves, grass, herbs
Reproduction:There is no set breeding season for gray kangaroos. Their gestation period is 35 days long. After birth, the joey remains in the pouch for 300 days. Eighteen months later, the joey has been weaned.
Groups of kangaroos, called 'mobs,' are made up of an adult male and females with their young. There may be up to 50 members in a single mob.
Behavior:Grey kangaroos are nocturnal. If they sense danger, they will thump their hind legs on the ground.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:The eastern gray kangaroo can leap more than nine meters in a single bound. Dingoes, pythons, and goannas all hunt kangaroos and/or their young.

Other Information

Geographic:Eastern Australia
Tasmania
Date:1972-01 Subjects:marsupial
Eastern grey kangaroo
Marcropus
Wallabies
Kangaroos
Macropodidae
Diprotodontia
Marsupials
Mammals
Vertebrates
Chordata