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Quick Facts
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Marsupialia
Family: Macropodidae
Genus: Macropus
Species: giganteus

Height: 60 - 72 inches
Weight: 72 - 135 lbs
Gestation: 30 - 38 days
Offspring: 1
Life Span: 18 years
Top Speed (Ground): 30 mph

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Eastern Grey Kangaroo

Macropus giganteus

Also Called: Tasmanian Forester or Great Grey Kangaroo

The Eastern grey kangaroo looks very similar to the red kangaroo but is slightly smaller though they may be heavier. They have a small head with large ears. They are usually a steel grey color on top and the underside of their tail and their belly is a lighter color. Eastern grey kangaroos have a long tail (up to 4 feet long) that is used for balance and as a prop when standing. They are very powerful jumpers and can jump 30 feet in one bound. When grey kangaroos are not jumping they move on all four limbs. The front limbs of the grey kangaroo are much smaller than their hind legs and have five digits that they can use to grasp objects.

Eastern grey kangaroos are herbivoresWhat does herbivores mean?. They primarily eat shrubs, leaves, grass and herbs.

Eastern grey kangaroos are found in the eastern parts of Australia and in Tasmania. They live on grasslands or in open woodlands.

The predatorsWhat does predators mean? that the Eastern grey kangaroo has to deal with are the dingo, python, goanna, and some of the larger carnivorousWhat does carnivorous mean? birds. Also, farmers often shoot them since they jump fences and eat on sheep grazing land.

Eastern grey kangaroos live in groups called mobs. A mob is led by a mature male and consists of younger males and females with their young. The older male stays in control through force. They eat primarily at night and sleep during the day either in shade or in holes they have dug. When an Eastern grey kangaroo senses danger, it will thump the ground with it hind legs to warn the rest of the mob.

Female grey kangaroos give birth after a gestationWhat does gestation mean? period of around 35 days. The young kangaroo is less than an inch long and its first act is to crawl up its mother's belly into the pouch. There, it latches onto a teat and nurses. It will stay in the pouch for about 300 days. Joeies, young kangaroos, will usually nurse for 18 months after they leave the pouch.

Easter grey kangaroos have excellent senses of smell, sight and hearing. They can swivel their ears around to focus on a specific direction.

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