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  Bennett's Tree-kangaroo (Dendrolagus bennettianus)





Bennett's Tree-kangaroo | Dendrolagus bennettianus photo
Bennett's Tree Kangaroo, Mt Poverty, Queensland, Australia

Image by Sandra Lloyd - GNU Free Documentation License.    (view image details)

Bennett's Tree-kangaroo | Dendrolagus bennettianus photo
Bennett's Tree Kangaroo, Mt Poverty, Queensland, Australia

Image by Sandra Lloyd - GNU Free Documentation License.    (view image details)



MAMMAL FACTS

Description
Bennett's Tree-kangaroo is mostly dark brown above and lighter brown on the chin, throat and underside. The top of their head and shoulders is reddish brown The forehead and snout are grey. The feet are black. The tail is black near the base and is lighter brown above. The ears are short and rounded. Bennett's Tree-kangaroo is very agile and can jump 9m from branch to branch, and drop 18m to the ground without injury. They walk on all fours when on the ground, or hop on their hind feet.

Size
Head and body length: 70cm - 75cm. Tail length: 74cm - 84cm. Weight: 8kg - 14kg.

Habitat
mountain and lowland tropical rain forests. Occasionally found in eucalypt woodland.

Food
feeds on the leaves of a range rainforest trees, including Schefflera actinophylla (the Umbrella Tree), vines, ferns and also eats various fruits.

Breeding
The female gives birth to a single joey. Gestation period is probably around 44-45 days. The young remain in the pouch for about 270 days.

Range
north Queensland from south of Cooktown to just north of the Daintree River



Classification
Class:Mammalia
Order:Diprotodontia
Family:Macropodidae
Genus:Dendrolagus
Species:bennettianus
Common Name:Bennett's Tree-kangaroo

Relatives in same Genus
  Goodfellow's Tree-kangaroo (D. goodfellowi)
  Lumholtz's Tree-kangaroo (D. lumholtzi)