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Name: Kangaroo, Family Macropodidae

Description: Marsupials with large, powerful hind legs, large feet, a long muscular tail, and a small head. Shades of gray, brown or red wooly, hair.

Location: Australia and New Guinea

Special Features:

  • Kangaroos have a pouch called a marsupium
  • Can hop up to 40 miles per hour
  • Shy animals
  • Mostly nocturnal
  • The only large mammal that can hop
  • Red and gray kangaroos stand between five and six feet tall
  • In the wild for six to eight years
  • Kangaroos live and travel in organized groups or "mobs"
  • Diet: Herbivores, feeding on grass, leaves and roots

    Neat Fact: Kangaroos will drool and lick saliva all over their faces and bodies to cool down.

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