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- Kangaroos are the only large animals that move by
hopping. They cannot move backwards.
- On land, kangaroos have to move their hind legs
together. In water, kangaroos can, and do, move their hind legs
separately. Kangaroos are great swimmers.
- All kangaroos are herbivores (eat only plants).
- Macropods is the super-family of all
kangaroo-type animals within the marsupial class. Sometimes,
"kangaroos" and "macropods" are used interchangeably while referring to
all kinds of kangaroos.
- Kangaroos are native to Australia.
- Kangaroos can and DO live in places outside
Australia. For instance, there are several species of tree
kangaroos and forest wallabies that live in Papua, New Guinea.
- Feral populations of kangaroos have been
introduced to Hawaii, Great Britain, and New Zealand.
- An adult male kangaroo is called either a buck, a
boomer, or a jack.
- An adult female kangaroo is called either a doe,
a flyer, or a jill.
- A young kangaroo is called a joey.
- A group of kangaroos is called a "mob".
- A kangaroo mob is made up of about ten members,
male and female. One adult male rules the mob, and he is the only
one that can mate with the females.
- There are many different kinds of
kangaroos. There are red kangaroos, eastern and western grey
kangaroos, wallaroos, rock wallabies, and tree kangaroos.
- Red kangaroos are adapted to the big open plains
of Australia. They are the largest living marsupials in the world
and can weigh 200 pounds.
- A red kangaroo can run over 60 mph if it has
to. It's casual running speed is about 15 mph.
- A red kangaroo can leap 25 feet (usually 6 feet),
and jump 10 feet in the air!
- Kangaroos that live in very dry areas can go
without water for a long time. Red kangaroos, for instance, don't
need water at all if they can find fresh green grass to eat.
- Eastern and western grey kangaroos are so named
because they like the moister forests and scrublands, which you'll find
in the eastern, south, and southwestern portions of Australia.
- Red kangaroos are the most famous
kangaroos. However, the eastern and western grey kangaroos are
the most commonly seen kangaroos in Australia.
- An adult male eastern grey kangaroo can weigh 130
pounds. Females are much smaller.
- An eastern grey kangaroo can leap 29 feet, more
than a red kangaroo, but can only reach speeds of about 30 mph.
- Western grey kangaroos are smaller than the
eastern grey kangaroos. A large adult male is about 110 pounds.
- Wallabies are small kangaroos, the largest
weighing about 55 pounds.
- Why do kangaroos box? A kangaroo boxes when
he's playing or asserting his male dominance.
- A punch from the kangaroos front legs is pretty
harmless. However, a punch from the kangaroos back legs can be
deadly! Besides the great power in their hind legs, they have
long, sharp toenails. These sharp toenails can disembowel any
opponent, be it kangaroo, man, dog, or any predator.