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Swamp Wallaby

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Class: Mammal
Order: Kangaroos, Possums, Wallabies, & Relatives
Family: Kangaroos, Wallabies, & Relatives
Found: Australia

HERBIVORE
Diet: Herbivore (Plant Eater)
Size: 60-80cm
Weight: 10-20kg
Gestation: 36 days

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Conservation Status: LC

 

Swamp Wallaby

Wallabia bicolor

Habitat: It inhabits moist thickets and gullies and open forest areas in upland regions as long as there are patches of dense cover.

Threats: Since European settlement most of Australia’s fauna has been affected in some way, many unfortunately, have suffered to the point that they are now extinct. Many other species are on the verge of extinction. Australia is fighting back with major programmes in some states to eradicate the introduction of ‘’feral’’ animals to give the native species their fair chance at life in the natural uniqueness of Australia. This wallaby has been persecuted for its thick coat and thousands have been killed for the skin trade.

Food: The Swamp Wallaby is mainly a browser eating branches and leaves.

Breeding: This wallaby has a very different genetic make up from all other kangaroo species With different numbers of chromosomes but everything else is similar, so like most kangaroos the young joey is born at a very early immature stage, being blind, hairless and only partly formed. The bean sized new-born makes its way into the pouch, where it attaches itself to a teat and stays there for at least 6 months whilst continuing to develop and grow. So look in the pouches as there could be a joey in there now.

swamp wallaby mapDespite its name the Swamp Wallaby is not restricted to swamps. It lives in Eastern Queensland, Victoria, Eastern New South Wales and Eastern Australia.
Map: Red = Locations Found 833