Kangaroos belong to the Macropodidae family, which consists of many other species of kangaroos. The most common ones that come to mind about a kangaroo is antilopine kangaroo, the red kangaroo, the western gray, and gray kangaroo. These species are the biggest of all kangaroos, hence they are termed as “Great Kangaroos”
Red Kangaroos are the largest Marsupials. Kangaroos can be up to 1.6 meters long, from head to tail starting region. The tail can be up to 43.5 inches long. They carry baby kangaroos jumping in bag.
Musky rat is the tiniest of all Kangaroos. It is tall up to 6-8 inches. They weigh only 12 ounces. The tail Of A Kangaroo is 5-6 inches tall.
Behavior Of A Kangaroo
Kangaroos are the only ones of their type, that use hopping as locomotive movement and are big. Their hind limbs are much stronger as compared to their forelimbs. They can cover up to 15 feet by a single hop. Kangaroos can travel at a speed of 30 mph. While feeding their baby kangaroo jumping in a bag, they tend to slow their pace. In this scenario, they use their tail as the fifth leg.
Kangaroos live socially. Herd, Mob, or Troop is a group of Kangaroos. They tend to keep each other secure and protect each other. On predicting danger, a kangaroo hits its leg in the ground to alert others. On account of self-defense, a kangaroo uses its limbs as “boxing” Punches.
Diet Plan Of A Kangaroo
Kangaroos are vegetarian. They feed on plants like grass, leaves, ferns, moss, sometimes insects. They also regulate their undigested food and tend to chew it again. This resembles the digestive system of cows.
The best fact is kangaroos carry their newborns in a pouch-like bag, near their lower torso.
A female kangaroo can give birth to a maximum of four offspring.
At birth, the baby kangaroo jumping in a bag is known as a joey. It can be of the size of rice grain to that of a bee, approximately 0.2 to 0.9 inches. After birth, the gestation proud is of about another 450 days.
The joey stays protected in the pouch, the mother feeds it there. The joey urinates in the pouch only. Some of the matter is taken in the mother’s body, while the rest is cleaned by the mother. She has to put it in her tongue to clean it out. The baby kangaroo stays connected to her nipple. However, any elder joey will be momentarily taken out.
Some reports state that the mother kangaroo can nurture two babies at different growth stages, with the same milk, though the required nutrients do differ. Nevertheless, kangaroos are social animals that go well with humans. And are also a center of attraction for animal lovers and photographers.