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Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Mammalia
Order:Carnivora
Family:Canidae
Genus:Canis
Genus species:Canis dingo

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:150 cm
Height:50 cm
Weight:20 kg
Identification:The dingo is reddish-brown with irregular white patches.
Habitat:Tropical forests to semiarid regions
Diet:Carnivore: small mammals, lizards, grasshoppers, feral pigs, kangaroos
Reproduction:Four to five pups are born after a gestation period of 63 days. The young are weaned by two months of age and are independent by one year. In captivity, dingoes live up to 14 years.
Dingoes live in family groups that are similar to wolf packs or groups of coyotes. They may gather in large groups in order to hunt larger prey.
Behavior:Dingoes have a very bad habit of killing more than it needs for food. It is destructive to sheep and poultry especially.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:The dingo of Australia may once have been an even earlier, part-domesticated form of the wolf.

Other Information

Geographic:Australia
Southeastern Asia
Date:1958-1988 Subjects:Dingo
canine
dog
Wild dogs
Canidae
Carnivora
Mammals
Vertebrates
Chordata
Predatory animals