✯ Phylum: Chordata
✯ Class: Mammalia
✯ Infra class: Marsupialia
✯ Order: Diprotodontia
✯ Family: Macropodidae
✯ Genus: Macropus
✯ Species: M. Rufus
➜ Height: 35.5 - 43.5 inches.
➜ Weight: Males can weigh up to 200 pounds.
➜ Females are lighter (40 - 88 pounds).
➜ Lifespan: Up to 14 years.
➤ It lives in the desert areas, so it has its own ways to cool itself down. It licks its palm and arms, and as the air blows across, the saliva evaporates and carries away the heat. It also pants to stay cool.
➤ It is found in large mobs when there is food and water scarcity, and then it separates, as new vegetation starts growing.
➤ It has been observed that large kangaroos achieve a running speed of 64 kph wherein they leap by reaching a height of almost 6 ft and cover a distance that is as long as 25 ft.
This ability helps a female nurture three kids at a time, one in the pouch, one walking besides her, and one in the embryo stage that is paused. The embryo resumes development a day after the first young permanently leaves the pouch, and is born around 31 days later. This ability also helps it maintain the population as it delays the birth when in drought or any problem.