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Common Wallaroo

A Common Wallaroo looking back at the camera from atop a rocky outcrop

Scientific Name: Osphranter robustus

Size: TL 1,550–2,000 mm, including tail 750–900 mm

What does it look like?

The Common Wallaroo is heavily built (especially males), with shaggy fur and a characteristic hunched stance. Dark grey, yellowish-brown to reddish-brown or paler grey above, depending on subspecies, and generally paler below. Males darker than females.

Where is it found?

Throughout most of Australia and Barrow Island. Absent from far south (including Tas) and western Cape York Peninsula Qld.

What are its habitats & habits?

The Common Wallaroo normally occurs in small groups of up to 5 in hilly country and rocky ranges in variety of wooded and grassland habitats. Feeds mainly on grasses and herbaceous plants (principally spinifex Triodia seeds on Barrow Island).

Interesting facts

Hisses and stamps foot when alarmed

Also known as: Euro

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A Naturalist's Guide to the Mammals of Australia front cover

This species features in my book A Naturalist’s Guide to the Mammals of Australia

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