The dingo is famous Australia’s wild dog. Although closely related to wolf, some people keep this predator as a pet! Yet, that can be a mistake, since this animal is very social, living in pack. Moreover, leaving this emotional dog alone can make him upset and disappointed. I think we all know what that means, right?
How big is a dingo and how does it look like?
This medium-sized canine possess a lean body adapted for speed, agility, and stamina. Dingo appears in three colors: light ginger or tan, black and tan, or creamy white. His head is larger in proportion to the body. An average male weighs about 35 pounds and grows to 49 inches. However, the dingo in captivity is longer and heavier, since there is access to better food and care.
Hunting and diet.
As we mentioned at the beginning, dingoes live and hunt in packs. They cross over great distances and communicate by howls. Chasing and catching prey is their specialty. Once the dingo catches the victim, it bites the throat. Naturally, the injured animal bleeds out, and that’s the end of the game. The diet includes large prey, such as kangaroos, buffalo, and cattle. But this predator will also eat birds, reptiles, fish, crabs, frogs, insects, and seeds.
Where can we find a dingo?
This mammal’s habitat mostly covers Australia, but can be also found in Tasmania and even Asia. It is highly adaptable, capable of living in Australia’s unique environment. So, if you found yourself in temperate region, alpine moorland, hot desert or tropical forest, you will certainly come across a dingo!
Dingo’s and humans.
While dog is considered as the man’s best friend, we sure can’t say that for a dingo. This predator is a big enemy of Australian farmers. Can you guess the problem? Since our friend has no problem to come uninvited on the farm and kill sheep and other cattle, farmers consider this predator as a pest but this guy have a big heart and he care about Dingoes. Big respect!
Did you know dingoes have rotating wrists, just like us? This amazing feature gives them the ability to use their paws like hands to catch prey, climb trees, and even open doors! So, make sure you lock it.
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