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  Red-necked Pademelon (Thylogale thetis)





Red-necked Pademelon | Thylogale thetis photo
Red Necked Pademelon with young at Lamington National Park. This one was on one of the walking tracks not far from the lodge at O'Reilly's guest house.

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Red-necked Pademelon | Thylogale thetis photo
Pademelon with joey in pouch. The baby is nibbling the grass along with mum. This joey is big enough to leave the pouch, but likes the comfort and safety of traveling with mum.

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Red-necked Pademelon | Thylogale thetis photo
Pademelon at Binna Burra Mountain Lodge, Lamington National Park in the subtropical rainforest hinterland of the Gold Coast, Australia. They come out into the open in late afternoon to feed on the grass near the lodge.

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Red-necked Pademelon | Thylogale thetis photo
Pademelon at Binna Burra Mountain Lodge, Lamington National Park.

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Red-necked Pademelon | Thylogale thetis photo
photographed at Lamington National Park.

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Red-necked Pademelon | Thylogale thetis photo
photographed at Lamington National Park.

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MAMMAL FACTS

Description
The Red-necked Pademelon (pronounced "paddy melon") is a small wallaby. It is brownish-grey above and pale underneath. The neck and shoulders are reddish in colour.

Size
Head and body length 52cm. Tail length 43cm.

Habitat
Dense rainforests and Eucalypt forest. Often seen where forest adjoins grassy areas. Rarely moves more than 100m from forest edge.

Food
Grasses and shrub leaves.

Breeding
Sexually mature at around 17 months. Young leave the pouch by 26 weeks and suckle at foot for a further 4 weeks.

Range
Rainforest areas of southern Queensland and northern New South Wales.



Classification
Class:Mammalia
Order:Diprotodontia
Family:Macropodidae
Genus:Thylogale
Species:thetis
Common Name:Red-necked Pademelon

Relatives in same Genus
  Tasmanian Pademelon (T. billardierii)
  Red-legged Pademelon (T. stigmatica)