Common wallaroo

The word ‘wallaroo’ combines both wallaby and kangaroo in word and essence

Michael Barritt & Karen May

Common wallaroo


The word ‘wallaroo’ combines both wallaby and kangaroo in word and essence

Population 4,383,203

The Common Wallaroo, also known as the Euro, possesses a distinctive appearance characterized by its coarse and shaggy fur, which spans a spectrum from light grey to black. This rugged coat serves as both insulation and camouflage, providing protection against the elements while blending seamlessly with the rocky terrain of its habitat. Notably, the Common Wallaroo’s tail is short and robust, serving as a multifunctional appendage that aids in balance, stability, and locomotion.

Renowned for their impressive leaping abilities, Common Wallaroos possess wide and sturdy hind feet, complemented by powerful legs that propel them to heights of up to 4 meters (approximately 13 feet). To navigate the rugged landscape with ease, their feet are equipped with roughened soles, providing enhanced traction and grip on rocky surfaces. This adaptation allows them to traverse steep inclines and rocky outcrops with agility and confidence, making them well-suited to their rocky, mountainous habitats.

During the breeding season, male Common Wallaroos engage in spirited displays of dominance to vie for the attention of potential mates. These confrontations often involve intense kickboxing matches, with males utilizing their powerful hind legs to deliver forceful blows until one contender concedes defeat. This behavior underscores the importance of social hierarchy and reproductive success within the species, as dominant males earn the privilege of mating with receptive females.

Despite their formidable prowess, Common Wallaroos are herbivores with a penchant for grazing on soft-textured grasses and shrubs within their home range. This dietary preference reflects their adaptation to a diverse array of vegetation found in their habitat, ensuring they obtain the necessary nutrients for sustenance and energy.


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Barrow Island

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Terrestrial / Aquatic

Altricial / Precocial

Polygamous / Monogamous

Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic

Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal

Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd /Group

Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore

Migratory: Yes / No

Domesticated: Yes / No

Dangerous: Yes / No