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Scientific Classification

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

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:males: 1.2 m, females: 0.9 m
Height:180-210 cm
Weight:male: 54 kg, female: 28 kg
Identification:The black-faced kangaroo can be a variety of shades of brown. Its undersides are pale.
Habitat:Woodlands, open forests, coastal heathlands, open grasslands, scrublands
Diet:Herbivore: grass, native shrubs
Reproduction:There is no set mating season, although most joeys are born in the summer. Unlike other marsupials, embryos are not kept in a dormant state. A single joey is born after a gestation period of 31 days and climbs its way into its mother's pouch. Even though it will leave its mother's pouch at eight months of age, the joey will not be weaned until 8 months later. The mother will mate once the joey has permanently left the pouch.
Black-faced kangaroos live in mobs.
Behavior:This species is nocturnal and rests in the shade during the middle of the day. Large groups may form where food is plentiful.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:This is the most vocal species of large kangaroo. Its most common predator is the dingo.

Other Information

Geographic:Western Australia
Southern Australia
Date:1958-1988 Subjects:marsupial
Black-faced kangaroo
Western grey kangaroo
Marcropus
Wallabies
Kangaroos
Macropodidae
Diprotodontia
Marsupials
Mammals
Vertebrates
Chordata