Females: 3.6 ft
Males: 6.5 ft
Females: 77 lbs
Males: 200+ lbs
Name of Young
- Red Kangaroos are the largest mammal living in Australia. They are also the largest species of marsupials. Marsupials are mammals whose young develop outside of the womb.
- Female kangaroos are often pregnant and kangaroos breed year round. When a joey (baby kangaroo) leaves the pouch, another takes its place. This is because females have delayed birth or “embryonic diapause”.
- Groups of kangaroos, called a mob, are led by a male. Males are called “boomers” The rest of the group members does (females) and joeys.
- You will almost never see a kangaroo drinking water as a result of their crepuscular behavior. They are most active at dusk and dawn; the dew on the plants at these times of day provides them with water.
- They are macropods. This means “big foot”.
Did You Know?
Kangaroos have a rather short gestation period of 33 days. The baby, which is the size of a jelly bean, then climbs up the mother’s belly and into her pouch. It stays there, feeding from a nipple inside, for 190 days.