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Rock wallaby

Scientific name:  Petrogale xanthopus xanthopus
Class:  Mammals
Continent:  Oceania
Habitat:  Mesetas
Diet:  Herbívoro
Weight:  7 - 13 kg
Size:  60 cm
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Meet the Rock wallaby!

Their full name is yellow-footed Rock Wallaby , although they are commonly referred to as just Rock Wallaby.

They are marsupials, recognizable by their ringed tail and the yellow of their characteristic paws (whose rough pads prevent them from slipping).

They are very agile and jump between rocks while keeping their tails arched over their bodies; they can even climb trees with sloping trunks.

They are distributed in eastern South Australia and in small remote populations in Queensland. They have a powerful sense of hearing.

What are its habits?

The rock wallaby is a nocturnal  animal that during the day remains sheltered among vegetation or in caves.

It lives in communities of less than 20 individuals. It feeds on grass, bark and bushes; it searches for food at dawn and dusk, since these are the coolest times of the day.

Little is known about their breeding, given the shyness of the animal and the few specimens that exist outside the Australian continent. It appears that they can reproduce continuously and that females store their embryos until they are in need.

Extinct in the wild
Critically endangered
Near threatened
Least concern
Insufficient data
Not evaluated


This species is vulnerable due to the destruction of its natural habitat, competition with other herbivores introduced into its territory (rabbits, sheep, goats) and the action of its predators (foxes and eagles). Before it was valued for its skin, now it is mining and grazing that harm it.

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