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Red Kangaroo July 23, 2007 8:02 AM

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RED KANGAROO


The red kangaroo is Australia's largest kangaroo of the nearly 60 species in the kangaroo family It is the Kangaroo which dwells in our "Red Center" the arid portion of Australia. They normally move in groups ranging from a few dozen to several hundred individuals. and are known as Mobs . The makeup of the red kangaroo Mob varies but usually consists of a dominant male, a number of adult females, and juveniles of both sexes.

click for info on pic DESCRIPTION
click for info on pic *) Not all Red Kangaroos are RED !!!
There are distinct regional differences in the colouring of the red kangaroo In the eastern part of its range males are usually red (pale red to brick red)and females a bluish grey, elsewhere, both sexes may be reddish/brown

*) The weight of a red kangaroo ranges from 18kg up to 90 kilograms. Males are larger than females usually 65 kg Females rarely exceed 30 kg
*) Height ranges from 74-140cm two metres The tail of a red kangaroo (used for jumping) ranges in length from 64cm to 1 meter Lifespan in the wild is thought to be around 15 years
*) The Red Kangaroo has a naked muzzle (as does the Wallaroo).
They have a black and white mark on the sides of the muzzle and a broad white stripe from the corner of mouth to base of ear
*) The body posture of Red Kangaroos is upright except when feeding.
*) Their fur is velvety to the touch.
*) The front limbs of a red kangaroo are small and short with heavily-clawed digits. The hind feet are lengthened (see the picture to the Left)and powerful enabling
the Red Kangaroo to travel at speeds as fast as 65kph (40mph).

LOCATION / HABITAT
Red kangaroos are distributed throughout inland Australia and occupy mixed habitats of open shrub lands, grasslands, mallee scrubs, mulga country, and desert.

click for info on pic BREEDING
Red Kangaroo Females are sexually mature at about eighteen months, males at about two years. There is a single young (Joey), though a mother can nurse more than one Joey at a time. Red Kangaroo Joeys remain in the pouch for 5-6 months. They emerge looking just like their parents just smaller.
click for info on pic Over a period of 2-3 months they gradually spend more time away from the pouch, returning to its safety when they feel threatened.
Joeys are usually weaned around 1 year of age, but will normally remain close to the mother for another 6 months or so

DESERT SURVIVAL
Red Kangaroos are able to survive temperatures in excess of 40°C by using shade and avoiding activity during the day. Red Kangaroos also concentrate their urine to conserve water and thus can tolerate severe dehydration. They regulate their body temperature largely by panting and licking their forearms.

Spinafex FEEDING
The red kangaroo grazes during the night on a wide variety of grasses and low herbaceous plants, though sometimes this grazing period starts late evening and ends early morning When water is available it will drink but, if it obtains sufficient green food, it does not need to do so. .

COMMUNICATION click on pic for info
Red Kangaroos will thump the ground with their feet to warn other members of the mob of impending danger, such as a dingo attack.

"BOXING"
When male kangaroos fight, they may appear to be 'boxing'. They usually stand up on their hind limbs and attempt to push their opponent off balance by jabbing him or locking forearms. If the fight escalates, they will begin to kick each other. Using their tail to support their weight, they deliver kicks with their powerful hind legs.


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 July 23, 2007 8:06 AM

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This species is a very large kangaroo with short, red-brown fur, fading to pale buff below and on the limbs. It has long, pointed earlobes and a squared-off muzzle. Females are smaller than males and are blue-grey with a brown tinge, pale grey below, although arid zone females are coloured more like males. It has two appendages with small claws (much like arms), two muscular legs, which are used for jumping, and a tail, which is often used like a third leg for balance.

Red Kangaroo's legs work much like a rubber band. The male Red Kangaroo can leap in full force approximately 30 feet (9.14 meters) in one leap.

Males grows up to 1.8m (6ft) tall and weigh up to to 85 kg (187lbs). Females grow up to 1.1m (3.6ft) tall and weigh up to to 35kg (77lbs). Tails can be up to 1m (3ft) along.

Ecology

The Red Kangaroo inhabits most of the dry inland of the central part of Australia in small groups called mobs. It prefers open plains where trees and bushes are scarce.

Red Kangaroos maintain their internal temperatures at a point of homeostasis (about 36°C) using a variety of physical, physiological and behavioural adaptations. These include having an insulating layer of fur, being less active and staying in the shade when temperatures are high, panting, sweating, and licking its forelimbs.

The Red Kangaroo is nocturnal and crepuscular, and largely spends the daylight hours sleeping or otherwise relaxing.

Photo: Close-up view of a red kangarooENLARGEWALLPAPER
Close-up view of a red kangaroo
Photograph by Anne Keiser

Red Kangaroo Profile

The red kangaroo is the world's largest marsupial. Females have one baby at a time, which at birth is smaller than a cherry. The infant immediately climbs into its mother's pouch and does not emerge for two months. Until they reach about eight months of age, threatened young kangaroos, called joeys, will quickly dive for the safety of mom's pouch. As they grow, joeys' heads and feet can often be seen hanging out of the pouch.

Red kangaroos hop along on their powerful hind legs and do so at great speed. A red kangaroo can reach speeds of over 35 miles (56 kilometers) an hour. Their bounding gate allows them to cover 25 feet (8 meters) in a single leap and to jump 6 feet (1.8 meters) high.

Female red kangaroos are smaller, lighter, and faster than males. They also boast a blue-hued coat, so many Australians call them "blue fliers."

Larger male kangaroos are powerfully built. Like many species, male kangaroos sometimes fight over potential mates. They often lean back on their sturdy tail and "box" each other with their strong hind legs. Kangaroos can also bite and wield sharp claws, which they may do in battle with an enemy like a dingo.

Red kangaroos live in Australia's deserts and open grasslands, gathering in groups called mobs. Aboriginal and European Australians have spent centuries clearing open tracts of land and establishing water sources—both of which are boons to kangaroo populations. Many millions of these animals roam Australia, and considerable numbers are killed each year for their skins and meat, which is becoming a more popular human food.

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 July 23, 2007 8:10 AM

Larger male kangaroos are powerfully built. Like many species, male kangaroos sometimes fight over potential mates. They often lean back on their sturdy tail and "box" each other with their strong hind legs. Kangaroos can also bite and wield sharp claws, which they may do in battle with an enemy like a dingo.

Red kangaroos live in Australia's deserts and open grasslands, gathering in groups called mobs. Aboriginal and European Australians have spent centuries clearing open tracts of land and establishing water sources—both of which are boons to kangaroo populations. Many millions of these animals roam Australia, and considerable numbers are killed each year for their skins and meat, which is becoming a more popular human food.

photograph of red kangaroos

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 July 23, 2007 8:14 AM

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 July 23, 2007 8:19 AM

All kangaroos are awesome, but particularly the red kangaroo, the power and the beauty of them is breathtaking.

Love this photo above, looks like alot of people relaxing lol

Kangaroo and Joey

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Animals IN Australia June 24, 2010 11:17 PM

Its great stuff. Information is very interesting to read. Australia is one of the great country. Kangaroo is national animal of Australia. Lots of different types of kangaroos are available in Australia. Animals in Australia. Red Kangaroo is one type of Kangaroo. Red Kangaroo is pretty famous in Australia.

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