Kangaroos

Kangaroos are large marsupials that are found in Australia. They have muscular tails, strong back

legs, large feet, short fur and long, pointed ears. Females have pouches that contain mammary

glands, where their young live until they are old

enough to emerge. Kangaroos are in the Macropodidae family, which also includes

tree-kangaroos, wallabies, wallaroos, quokkas and pademelons.

A kangaroo can reach heights from anywhere between 3- 8 feet (1 to 3 meters) and can weigh

between 40 and 200 lbs (18-100kg). The eastern grey kangaroo is the heaviest

marsupial in the world and the red kangaroo is the largest. Most kangaroos live

on the continent of Australia through each species has a different place it likes to

call home. Kangaroos are the only large animals that hop as a primary means of

transport. Their springy hind legs and feet are much stronger and larger than their

arms. Kangaroos can cover 15 feet or seven meters in a single hop and can hop as

fast as 30 miles per hour. When feeding, kangaroos use a slower, walking movement, and for

that they use their muscular tail as a kind of like a fifth leg, pushing off the ground.

Kangaroos are a social kind of animal and live in groups called mobs.

Kangaroos that live together in one mob help watch others with things like grooming

and protect each other in the face of danger ( or throw their joys ) Kangaroos are herbivores. They eat grasses, flowers, leaves and even some insects! Like cows, kangaroos regurgitate their food and re-chew it before it is ready to be totally digested. Kangaroos need water to survive, when desperate they're known to dig holes a metre deep in search of water. Kangaroos have few natural predators: Dingoes, humans, Wedge-tailed Eagles and, before their extinction, Tasmanian Tigers. But how can you tell if you looking at a kangaroo or a wallaby? It's all about size! If you see something that looks like a wallaby or a kangaroo then you can tell by size if you are standing face to face with Macropus and it is below your eye level then it's probably a wallaby. If it's taller than eye level it's a kangaroo. And if your somewhere in between it's a wallaroo.

Fun Facts KANGAROOS
  • Most Kangaroos Are Left-Handed

  • Some Kangaroos Can Hop 25 Feet

  • They Can Use Their Tail as a Fifth Leg

  • They Sometimes Drown Their Enemies

  • They Eat Grass Like Cows, but Burp Less Methane

  • Kangaroos Are the Largest Marsupials on Earth

  • They Come in Many Shapes and Sizes

  • Kangaroos can swim

  • Kangaroos have many breeds

  • Kangaroos are powerful kickers