Common wallaroo

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

Michael Barritt & Karen May

Common Wallaroo has coarse, shaggy fur ranging from light grey to black. Their tails are short and thick that can be used as a third leg to support them while sitting.

They have wide and short hind feet with powerful legs, allowing them to jump up to 4m (13 ft). There are roughened soles on the bottom of their foot for extra grip to adapt to leaping around on rocks.

Males will fight with each other to display their dominance to attract a mate; they use powerful feet for kickboxing until one surrenders. They are herbivores and generally graze on soft-textured grasses and shrubs within their home range.

Distribution

Country
Population est.
Status
Year
Comments
Australia
4,383,203
Official estimate
LC
2015
Australia
1800
Official estimate
VU
2015
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