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If the wallaby didn’t have such a long, thick tail, it would probably fall over on its nose.
If the wallaby didn’t have such a long, thick tail, it would probably fall over on its nose. The tail is the perfect balance for the animal. For the young to survive after birth, it must make its way into the pouch where it will remain until it is fully developed. The young does not emerge from its mother’s pouch until it is about 5 months old. The female’s pouch is specifically designed to aid the joey in development and survival.
CLASS: Mammalia (mammal)
ORDER: Diprotodontia (kangaroos, possums, wallabies, and relatives)
FAMILY: Macropodidae (kangaroos, wallabies, and relatives)
GENUS/SPECIES: 3 subspecies
Size: Varies greatly within species; 2–6 ft (0.6–2 m) tall
Weight: Varies greatly within species; 12–50 lbs (6–25 kg)
Original Diet: Plants
Present Diet: Grasses and other plants
Habitat: Forests and savannas of Australia