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WALLAROO (Euro)

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Is a Wallaroo a Kangaroo ?

NO

There are 4 main types of "Kangaroo like" animals
1) Red Kangaroo
2) Grey Kangaroo
3) Wallaby
4) Wallaroo (Euro)

These are all mammals, and are termed marsupials because they keep their young in a pouch They are the only vertrabrate animal over 5 kg to HOP

Common Wallaroo or Euro
In eastern Australia it is a grey animal and is called the Common Wallaroo, (1/2 way between a WALLaby and a kangAROO in size)
In central and western Australia it is reddish, lives in hot, arid regions and is known as the Euro.
But essentially they are the same animal.
The above statement is a non-scientific generalisation as their are many species & sub species of Wallaroos


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Wallaroos have bare muzzles and relatively large ears
Head and body: 55-110cm
Tail: 53-90cm
Male Wallaroos are as much as twice the weight of females (Males up to 40 -50 Kilograms).
the Infant born to a Wallaroo is called a Joey
Wallaroos are quiet animals using foot thumping to warn each other of danger, When annoyed they may "hiss or cough".

Habits
click for info on pic The Wallaroo is a solitary animal, preferring its own company
During the day the Wallaroo sleeps a in shelter, usually under a rock overhang on a rock strewn slope or in a cave on the upper parts of an escarpment.
At night the Wallaroo descends to graze on more level ground, such diverse areas from forest to arid tussock grassland, to the edge of plains.
Because of this habit, the damage it sometimes causes to crops or pastures is often blamed on plains-dwelling kangaroos.) The Wallaroo will stay in its own home range which is fairly small (usually 2-3 km radius)Wallaroos have bare muzzles and relatively large ears


click for info on pic Dry Spell Habits
In dry spells,the Wallaroo can survive obtaining all necessary water
from its food, so long as moisture bearing food is available.
By staying in caves during the day energy is conserved
Their loss of water is similar to a camel only 2-4 % of their
body weight per day
Wallaroos also breed less when conditions are harsh, and unlike the Kangaroo will stay put and "tough it out" in severe droughts


Breeding
Sexual maturity is reached between 18 and 24 months.
Wallaroos breed through out the year.
A single young Wallaroo is born, a hairless creature the size of a
peanut which crawls up to the mothers pouch, burrows inside and attaches itself to a teat.
The infant Wallaroo can stay up to a year in its mothers pouch
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