(aka Bennett's wallaby) Macropus
This wallaby is named for the reddish fur on
its nape and shoulders; the rest of the body is
fawny gray with a white chest and belly. The
muzzle, paws, and toes are black in color. The
ears of red-necked wallabies are longer in
proportion to other macropods.
The red-necked wallaby is 3-3.5 feet tall,
with a tail that is 2-2.5 feet long, and weighs
30-40 pounds. Males are significantly larger than
Macro rufogriseus rufogriseus is
found throughout Tasmania and the Bass Strait
islands, and M. r. banksianus inhabits
the eastern and southeastern Australian mainland.
Both subspecies inhabit eucalyptus forests with
moderate shrub cover and open areas nearby, as
well as tall coastal heath habitats.
Red-necked wallabies are
grazers, feeding primarily on grasses and
Female red-necked wallabies can breed at
approximately 14 months of age, while males reach
sexual maturity at 19 months. The gestation
period is 30 days. Pouch life is about 280 days,
although young may be suckled until 12-17 months
On the mainland, females give birth in all
months, with the greatest number of offspring
born in the summer. In Tasmania however, births
only occur between late January and July with the
majority of young born in February and March.
Red-necked wallabies have an average lifespan
of 18 years in the wild.
Other Behaviors and
Red-necked wallabies usually spend their
daylight hours resting in cover, but are often
seen foraging until late in the morning and
beginning evening foraging late in the afternoon.
They are essentially solitary, but may forage
in groups (called "mobs") of up to 30
Genus and Species Macropus rufogriseus
Animal Diversity Web http://animaldiversity.org/accounts/Macropus_rufogriseus/
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