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The largest marsupial mammal

  • Kangaroos are the largest marsupial mammals. They belong to the Macropodidae family.
  • They move by hopping on hind legs using their tail for steering and balancing while hopping. They can hop up to 60 kmph. Hence their tail functions as an extra leg.
  • Kangaroos can't move their feet individually when on ground but can use their feet individually when swimming.
  • They sleep in the mornings and are active at night, twilight or early mornings.
  • They are grazing animals and herbivores. They eat grass, young shoots and leaves of heath plants and grass trees.
  • They need very little water to survive and are capable of going for months without drinking at all.
  • Kangaroo (along with Emu always move forward and can never move backwards and hence are depicted on the Coat of Arms of Australia.
  • A male kangaroo is called a buck. The female is called a doe. Babies are called joeyes.
  • They have good eyesight but only respond to moving objects.
  • They usually have one young annually. A kangaroo carries its baby in its pouch. The pouch can hold up to three babies at a time.
  • Baby Kangaroos are born in just 31 - 36 days of jestation. The baby is born really tiny and crawls into its mother's pouch.
  • They usually live in a mob ranging from two to three kangaroos and up to 100.
  • The Eastern grey kangaroo is the heaviest marsupial in the world. The Red kangaroo is the largest marsupial in the world.
  • There are about 40 species and 47 varieties of kangaroos.
  • The Tree Kangaroo lives on trees.
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