The Kangaroo, Pademelon, Tree-Kangaroo and Wallaby are all macropod (large-footed) marsupial (pouched) mammals.
The Kangaroo, Pademelon, and Wallaby have triangular-shaped faces with black noses, whereas the Tree-Kangaroo has a square-shaped face with a pink nose.
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What do the feet of a Kangaroo look like?
The Kangaroo, Wallaby, and Pademelon are macropod marsupial mammals, which means big-footed pouched animals.
The Kangaroo has two large, flat hind (back) legs and two small fore (front) legs that look like hands.
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How does the Tree-Kangaroo climb trees?
There is only one species of arboreal (tree living) kangaroos in the world. It is the Goodfellow’s Tree-Kangaroo (Dendrolagus goodfellowi). Other kangaroos are terrestrial, living on the ground.
The Tree-Kangaroo has adaptations to its feet to enable it to climb trees.
The Tree-Kangaroo has longer and wider hind (back) feet, with longer curved nails, than the terrestrial kangaroo.
The Tree-Kangaroo has longer front paws than the terrestrial kangaroo.
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The Dusky Pademelon (Thylogale brunii) is a small macropod marsupial mammal. It belongs in the Macropodidae family of big-footed mammals. It is also known as the Dusky Wallaby or the Aru Island Wallaby.
The Dusky Pademelon looks like a mini-kangaroo. It is a stocky marsupial with brown fur with light patches and a white underbelly. It has large ears, a black nose and large brown eyes. It has a short, flat tail. It has two big hind (back) feet with two smaller front feet that act like hands. Its paws are dark-brown to black, with sharp claws.
It grows to about 50 centimetres (20 inches) tall, with a tail measuring about 50 centimetres (20 inches).
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The Red-Necked 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. It is also known as the Bennett’s Wallaby.
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.
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What is a kangaroo court?
A kangaroo court refers to a sham (false) legal proceeding in which a person is denied due judicial process or when the outcome of a trial is determined in advance.
It is considered to have originated in America, in the California Gold Rush of 1849 when people in court trials spoke with leaps of logic.
This meant that their arguments were not fully thought out and they were jumping from one idea to another.
This is called a kangaroo court, a kangaroo trial, or a kangaroo argument.
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What is a marsupial?
A marsupial is a mammal.
Marsupials are native to Australia.
Marsupials include kangaroos, wallabies, opossums, wombats, bandicoots, bilbies, quokka, the Tasmanian devil, and similar animals.
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There are many similarities and differences between kangaroos and wallabies. Wallabies are not just short kangaroos.
There are similarities, such as their fur, their pouch for babies, and their big feet.
There are differences, such as the size of their legs, and their teeth.
Below is a table that shows the similarities and differences between kangaroos and wallabies.
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The Eastern Grey Kangaroo (Macropus giganteus) is a marsupial mammal found in southern and eastern Australia. Macropus means big feet.
It is about 2 metres (6.6 feet) tall, and is not as tall as the Red Kangaroo. It is the second largest and heaviest living marsupial and native land mammal in Australia.
The Eastern Grey Kangaroo has soft grey fur with a lighter coloured stomach. They have muscular long tails, strong back legs, large feet, short fur and long, pointed ears. Like all marsupials, females have pouches that contain mammary glands, where their young joey lives.
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What is a macropod?
Macro means big, and pod means foot.
A macropod is a big-footed animal, usually a marsupial mammal.
Kangaroos and wallabies are macropods.
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The Northern Swamp Wallaby (Wallabia bicolor) is a small macropod marsupial related to the kangaroo. It is native to eastern Australia.
Bicolor means two colours. They have grey fur with dark brown-black regions on their backs. The tips of their tails are usually white.
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Goodfellow’s Tree-Kangaroo (Dendrolagus goodfellowi buergersi) is one of two sub-species of tree-kangaroos, native to Papua New Guinea.
It is a macropod, and is related to kangaroos and wallabies.
It grows to 55-77 centimetres (22-30 inches).
The Tree-Kangaroo is arboreal, spending its life in trees, unlike other kangaroos that are terrestrial (living on the ground).
The Goodfellow’s Tree-Kangaroo is short and woolly with chestnut red fur, a brown face, yellowish cheeks and feet, a pale stomach, a long tail, and two golden stripes on its back.
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