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Eastern grey kangaroo information, facts - classicanimal

Eastern grey kangaroo is a large-sized marsupial mammal species native to eastern Australia. It is the second heaviest and largest living marsupial species. They are also known as the forester kangaroo and the great grey kangaroo.

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INFORMATION

NAME & SCIENTIFIC NAME

Their scientific name is Macropus giganteus. The Eastern grey kangaroo was first time described by George Shaw in 1790. They are also known as forester kangaroo, great grey kangaroo.

Common Name: Eastern grey kangaroo
Scientific Name: Macropus giganteus

SCIENTIFIC CLASSIFICATION

Eastern grey kangaroos belong to the family Macropodidae and the genus of Macropus. It is a species of the kangaroo. There are 2 sub-species in the world. Their conservation status is 'Least Concern'.

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Diprotodontia
Family: Macropodidae
Genus: Macropus
Species: M. giganteus
Number of Sub-species: 2
Group: Mammal
Conservation Status: Least Concern

HABITAT & LIVING LOCATION

Eastern grey kangaroo is found in eastern Australia. They are habitats such as woodland forests area.

Living Locations: Eastern Australia
Habitat: Woodlands forest area

APPEARANCE

Eastern grey kangaroo is a large-sized mammal species. They have a small head with large ears and a very long, strong tail. Males are larger than females. An adult length around 5.5 ft to 6.7 ft. Their weight around 50 kg to 66 kg. They can travel at speed of up to 56 km/h.

Color: Grey
Weight: 50 kg to 66 kg (Approx)
Size: 5.5 ft to 6.7 ft (Approx)
Top Speed: Up to 56 km/h (Approx)

DIET

Eastern grey kangaroo is mainly part of the Herbivore diet, which means they eat plants. They mostly eat grasses, vegetables.

Diet: Herbivore
Favorite Food: Grasses, Vegetables

PREDATOR

Eastern grey kangaroo has some natural predators like humans, wedge-tailed Eagles, Tasmanian tigers.

Predators: Humans, Wedge-tailed Eagles, Tasmanian Tigers 

LIFESPAN & LIFESTYLE

Their lifespan up to 18 years in the wild. Eastern grey kangaroo is a diurnal animal. They live in a small group.

Lifespan: Up to 18 Years
Lifestyle: Diurnal
Group Behavior: Small group

BREED

At the age of 2 to 4 years males and females, are ready to sexually mature. After the gestation period lasts around 36 days and is born one to three babies in a breeding season. The young are called joeys. Those young spend 10 months with their mothers.

Age of Sexual Maturity: 2 to 4 Years
Gestation Period: 36 Days
Average Litter Size: 1 to 3
Baby called: Joey
Age of Weaning: 10 Months

SHORT FACTS

  • Eastern grey kangaroos are the second heaviest and largest living marsupial species.
  • They very fast marsupial species, they can travel at speed of up to 56 km/h.

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