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Dama Wallaby

Dama Wallaby

Introduction

Head-Body Length:males: 590-680 cm; females: 520-630 cm
Weight:males: 6-10 kg; females: 4-6 kg
Habitat:Coastal scrub, woodlands, thickets
Diet:Herbivore: feeds in open grassy areas
Reproduction:Dama wallabies follow a strict seasonal breeding pattern. Most young are born in late January. Within a few hours after giving birth, the female will mate. The developing embryo remains dormant as the mother nurses her current baby. The young leave the mother’s pouch in September or October. The dormant embryo is then ‘reactivated’ in late December. While the actual gestation period is 40 days long, the female carries the embryo/fetus for 12 months. Dama wallabies live for 11-14 years.
Although wallabies may feed together and their home ranges overlap, no formal social groups are formed.
Behavior:Dama wallabies are nocturnal.
Status:Varies by population – some are extinct due to habitat destruction while others are thriving
Interesting Facts:In some coastal areas, a dama wallaby may drink only seawater for long periods of time when freshwater is scarce

Geographic:Southwestern Australia
Southern Australia
offshore islands of Australia 
Date:1958 – 1988 Subjects: Macropus eugenii
Marcropus
Wallabies
Kangaroos
Macropodidae
Diprotodontia
Marsupials
Mammals
Vertebrates
Chordata

KEY FACTS

Name Dama wallaby,Macropus eugenii
Origin South and Western Australia
Size males: 590-680 cm; females: 520-630 cm
Litter Size One litter
Life span 11-14Years
Reproduction Dama wallabies follow a strict seasonal breeding pattern. Most young are born in late January. Within a few hours after giving birth, the female will mate. The developing embryo remains dormant as the mother nurses her current baby. The young leave the mother’s pouch in September or October. The dormant embryo is then ‘reactivated’ in late December. While the actual gestation period is 40 days long, the female carries the embryo/fetus for 12 months. Dama wallabies live for 11-14 years
Weight 6-10 kg; females: 4-6 kg
Colors Grey-brown

description of Dama Wallaby

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scientific classification

Kingdom – Animalia
Phylum – Chordata
Class – Mammalia
Order – Marsupialia
Family – Macropodidae
Genus – Macropus
Genus Species – Macropus eugenii

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