The Western Grey Kangaroo is greyish-brown to reddish-brown in colour. Their muzzles have finer hairs than most other kangaroo species. Dark brown face, often with a line of white outlining the lower face. Eastern greys are lighter overall with a grizzled grey face. Throat, ear edges and other light parts contrast strongly with rest of pelt. White patch on upper thighs can be seen when animal is facing the other way or moving away.
males are known as stinkers due to their strong, curry-like smell.
Head & body length - 1 m. Tail Length - 1m. The males can grow to more than two metres from head to tail. The females are smaller
They live in woodlands, open forests, coastal heath land, open grassland, scrubland and also can be found on city outskirts and golf courses.
grasses and herbs
Breeding occurs throughout the year, with peak in summer. Gestation takes about 36 days. Newborn young climbs into the pouch, attaching itself to one of t he four teats. The joey leaves the pouch at about 11 months of age. The joey suckles from the mother until about 18 months old, and by then another young may be in the pouch.
West Australia, South Australia, Victoria, and south west parts of New South Wales, also south west Queensland.
Map is from Atlas of Living Australia website at http://biocache.ala.org.au licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License
|Common Name:||Western Grey Kangaroo|
Relatives in same Genus
Agile Wallaby (M. agilis)
Tammar Wallaby (M. eugenii)
Eastern Grey Kangaroo (M. giganteus)
Parma Wallaby (M. parma)
Whiptail Wallaby (M. parryi)
Common Wallaroo (M. robustus)
Red-necked Wallaby (M. rufogriseus)
Red Kangaroo (M. rufus)