The kangaroo is a breed of mammal native to Australia but some have habituated in New Guinea. The kangaroo is generally average in terms of size and is more on height rather than width. They are stereotypically known to hop and jump around. They are also well known to be fighting animals usually involves kicking using their big and long feet. They are known to be one of the few animals that are called marsupials. Marsupials have pockets near the stomachs which they use to transport their young. They also give birth via this pocket where their youth stays incubated until it is ready to move out.
The largest kangaroo or breed of kangaroos is called the Red Kangaroos from Australia.
The male red kangaroo can grow from 1.3 meters up to 1.6 meters or 4.3 to 5.2 feet. That’s just from their head to their feet as the tail can add 1 to 1.2 meters or 3.3 to 3.9 feet to the overall size of the male. The average male weighs from 55 to 85 kg or 120 to 190 lbs. The female red kangaroo is relatively smaller with a height stretching from 85 to 105 cm or 33 to 41 inches. Their tail measures from 65 to 85 cm or 26 to 33 inches. The weight of the females is also lesser from around 18 to 40 kg or 40 to 88 lbs.
Male red kangaroos can generally leap as high as 9 meters or 30 feet in the air in just one go. The general body temperature of red kangaroos circulates from 34 to 36 degrees Celsius much like other mammals. Their vision covers a range of 300 degrees due to the position and composition of their eyes. The largest recorded red kangaroo sizes around 2.1 meters or 6.9 feet and that’s just from the head to the feet. The heaviest has been recorded to be around 150 kg or 300 lbs.
Behavior and Habitat
Red Kangaroos are generally found in the center and western areas of Australia. They settle in grassy and desert areas. They usually travel in large hordes but with each individual sub-group. The subgroups are usually composed of 2 to 5 red kangaroos.
The members are dominantly made up of females and their young while males tend to pack together with their own groups until the mating season that is. Male red kangaroos tend to fight whenever they are trying to impress a female during the mating season. Red kangaroos are herbivores so they only eat grasses and certain desert plants.
Red kangaroos are abundant in Australia but there have been several incidents where they have been shot by people for the sake of their meat. There are some that have been killed by vehicles on highways as these creatures tend to move around the public roads especially at night. There have been several attempts to preserve this breed but they aren’t going extinct any time soon.
What Do I Think
The red kangaroo is only one of the few breeds of kangaroos in Australia. They aren’t endangered species as of yet as there are literally thousands of them living in Australia. The red kangaroo does live up to its name as the biggest kangaroo in the world.