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Red Kangaroo (Macropus rufus )

The Red Kangaroo is one of the most common marsupials and is also one of the largest ones. This fascinating animal is a staple in the life of many in Australia. So what more can we learn about them?

Physical Description and Behavior

Kangaroos are different than many other mammals as they stand on their hind legs. They have long pointed ears, a square jaw, and red fur, which is their namesake. These kangaroos are usually about 4-6 feet tall, making them about the size of the average human.

There is a pretty noticeable sexual dimorphism between the males and the females of this species. For instance, the females do not become red like the males do, and remain a more bluish gray. Males are also taller on average than the females are. Males can also weigh twice as much as females do as well.

The red fur of the male Red Kangaroo is not inherently red. The redness comes from oils that are secreted from their glands. One of the most fascinating things is the fact that they keep their young in a small pouch on their stomachs. These pouches help them to carry their young around and protect them until they are old enough to fend for themselves.

Location and Habitat

The Kangaroo is native to Australia and can be found in more grassland and desert regions. The red coloration it has might even be able to help them to hide from predators as they search for food. Which, depending on location, can consist of up to 95% grass.

These dry areas might make it hard for them to find food, but since their population is stable, there does not seem to be any issues for them. However, as desertification becomes worse across the world, we will see how these desert-dwellers adapt.

There is a lot more to learn about these amazing animals, so find out more with this documentary:

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