He has large, muscular legs and a bag: kangaroo! This amazing Australian animal has its smaller cousins, the wallabies. On the other hand, wallaroos refers to species of an intermediate size. No matter how big or small they are, all kangaroos have in common long and powerful hind legs and feet. Along with that, their long, muscular tails, thickened at the base, are used for balancing.
As its mentioned above, kangaroos come in a variety of sizes. So, first we have wallabies which length is from 45 to 105 cm, weigh 3 pounds. Then, the tree kangaroos, 48 to 65 cm, weigh 14 pounds. And last, but not least, wallaroos, which length goes to 70 cm and weigh to 49 pounds. Moreover, the kangaroo himself can be even two metres and weigh 200 pounds!
The symbol of Australia.
This incredible animal is very important and adored in Australia. Kangaroo appears on the Australian coat of arms. Further, it’s used as a logo for some of Australia’s most well-known organisations, such as Qantas, and as the roundel of the Royal Australian Air Force. What an animal, right?
These bouncing animals are the only large animals using hopping as motion. The regular hopping speed is 12 to 16 mph, but it speeds up to amazing 43 mph! Moreover, this athlete can sustain a speed of 25 mph for nearly 1,2 miles! During a hop, the powerful muscles lift the body off the ground while the smaller is used for push-off. Did you know they can even swim?
Kangaroos have single-chambered stomachs. Like camels, they sometimes regurgitate the vegetation they have eaten, chew it as cud, and then swallow it again for final digestion. Different species have different diets, although all of them are strict herbivores. Many species are nocturnal, usually spending the hot days resting in shade, and the cool evenings, nights and mornings moving about and feeding.
Babies in pouches.
In all species, the pouch is well developed, opens forward, and contains four teats. The young kangaroo is born at a very immature stage, when it is only about 2 cm long and weighs less than a gram. Immediately after birth, it uses its already clawed and well-developed forelimbs to crawl up the mother’s body and enter the pouch. After continuous attachment for several weeks, the young becomes more active and gradually spends more and more time outside the pouch, which it leaves completely at 7 to 10 months of age.
Although kangaroos are very adorable, be aware, they know how to kick!
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