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  Tasmanian Pademelon (Thylogale billardierii)





Tasmanian Pademelon | Thylogale billardierii photo
Tasmanian pademelon and joey. Photographed in the Cradle Mountain area.

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TASMANIAN PADEMELON FACTS

Description
The Tasmanian Pademelon is a small wallaby. It is dark brown or grey-brown above, and lighter red-brown colour underneath. The fur is dense and long.

Other Names
Red-bellied Pademelon, Rufous Wallaby

Size
Head and body length 60cm. Tail length 40cm.

Habitat
Wet eucalypt forest and rainforest. Also dry eucalypt forest with wet gullies or patches of dense vegetation. Common where grassy clearings adjoin suitable shelter vegetation.

Food
Grasses and herbaceous plants.

Breeding
Gestation takes about 30 days. The young leaves the pouch at age of about 6-7 months.

Range
Tasmania. Used to be found on mainland but now extinct there.

Notes
Although partially protected, hunting is allowed. Its pelt is commercially valuable and the meat is palatable.



Classification
Class:Mammalia
Order:Diprotodontia
Family:Macropodidae
Genus:Thylogale
Species:billardierii
Common Name:Tasmanian Pademelon

Relatives in same Genus
  Red-legged Pademelon (T. stigmatica)
  Red-necked Pademelon (T. thetis)