How does a Red-Necked Wallaby Drink?

How does a Red-Necked Wallaby drink?

The Red-Necked Wallaby, also known as the Bennett’s Wallaby (Macropus rufogriseus rufogriseus), is a medium-sized macropod marsupial mammal. Macropod means big feet, and a marsupial mammal has a pouch for its baby. 

A group of wallabies is called a mob. It is generally solitary, but it will gather with a mob to feed. It is mainly nocturnal, feeding at night. It is an herbivore, feeding on grass, roots, leaves, and weeds.

Red-Necked Wallaby

During the dry season, mobs of wallabies will congregate at the same water hole. It lives in dry regions, and if there is not enough water, it will get its water from plant juices. It can drink salty water if freshwater is scarce. 

It drinks like a cat or dog, by lapping up water with its tongue.

The Red-Necked Wallaby is a stocky marsupial with reddish fur on its neck and shoulders, a black nose, a flat tail, two big hind (back) feet, black paws, and a white stripe on its upper lip. The rest of its body has soft grey fur.  

It measures about 90 centimetres (35 inches) in length. 

The Red-Necked Wallaby is native to Tasmania in Australia. It prefers coastal scrublands and forests.

Red-Necked Wallaby
Red-Necked Wallaby
Red-Necked Wallaby
Red-Necked Wallaby
Red-Necked Wallaby

Location of photographs: Paris Zoo, France

Photographer: Martina Nicolls


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