Bridled nail-tail wallaby

The purpose of the nail-like point of their tail is still unknown, but it is believed that it helps in keeping balance or changing direction

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Bridled nail-tail wallaby is commonly grey, with a darker shade on the feet, paws, and tail, while the chest is lighter in color. There are also white ‘bridle’ bands running down from the center of the neck around the shoulders. Their muscular thighs and large hind legs allow them to hop extremely quickly. Therefore, they are given the nickname ‘flash jack’.

Their population decreased in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and was thought to be extinct due to no confirmed sightings from 1937 to 1973. Currently, they are listed as Vulnerable and absent in 95% of their initial area of the distribution range.

Distribution

Country
Population est.
Status
Year
Comments
Australia
800-1,100
Official estimate
VU
2016
Queensland

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Terrestrial / Aquatic

Altricial / Precocial

Polygamous / Monogamous

Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic

Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal

Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd

Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore

Migratory: Yes / No

Domesticated: Yes / No

Dangerous: Yes / No