Musky rat-kangaroo

The most primitive in their order and represent the earliest evolutionary stage, being a link between ancestral arboreal opossums and macropods

Kevin Schafe

Musky rat-kangaroo is the smallest kangaroo in existence, but they survive for over 20 million years. They have a uniform, deep, and rich brown color with a reddish highlights coat on the body, while it is grey on the head and lower parts. Their tails are scaly rather than hairy, and their ears are also nearly hairless and appear leathery.

They move around by hopping on four limbs rather than using two legs like other kangaroos. They populate areas where plants are most productive, as those fruits are the mainstay of their diet. However, they also supplement their diet with fungi and insects.

Distribution

Country
Population est.
Status
Year
Comments
Australia
LC
2015

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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