Interesting Details of Kangaroos

Interesting information about kangaroos.

Typical kangaroos have slender chests, sheep-like heads, large movable ears, and heave hind parts. They have long powerful hind legs, with which they make their characteristic leaps, and short forelegs, with five unequal digits. In a single leap can cover a distance of 25 ft. a large-sized kangaroo.

Kangaroo in Motion via Wikipedia

To balance the animal when sitting upright or leaping is used the long powerful tail. The hind feet typically have four toes, the toe adjacent to the outside digit bears a long sharp claw, used in defense.

Kangaroo common name for any of fifty-two species of diprotodont marsupial animals constituting the family Macropodidae, found in Australia and neighboring islands. The kangaroo, although ordinarily a timid animal, is dangerous when at bay, pummeling its attacker with its forepaws and slashing with its claws.

Baby Kangaroo via Wikipedia

like the females of other marsupials, female kangaroos, have special abdominal pouches. Into the pouch by following a path of fur that the mother’s tongue has moistened, the newly born young finds its way. Four mammary glands of which two are functional contain these pouches, in which the young are kept until about six months old.

  Joey in Pouch via Wikipedia

Kangaroo With its Joey via Wikipedia

Red Kangaroo via Wikipedia

The best-known and largest species of kangaroo are the red or woolly, kangaroo M.rufus, and the giant, or great gray, kangaroo, Macropus giganteus. Both species reach a body length of slightly more than 5 ft. exclusive of the tail, which is 4 to 4 1/2 ft. long. Kangaroos of smaller size are commonly called wallabies, and are usually brighter in color than the large species. Many of these species are about the size of a rabbit, and to conclude the only arboreal kangaroos are the small tree kangaroos or tree wallabies of the genus Dendrolagus, whose forelimbs are almost as long as their hind limbs.

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  1. Lenjur Says...

    On March 17, 2010 at 3:33 pm


  2. Belle Dob Says...

    On March 17, 2010 at 4:14 pm

    I like this. Kangaroos are very interesting creatures.


  3. Joie Schmidt Says...

    On March 18, 2010 at 1:13 am

    I LOVE Kangaroos! *:)

    Blessings.

    Sincerely,

    -Liane Schmidt.


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