The national animal of Australia Kangaroo is an absolutely amazing marsupial present on earth with some amazing features. They differ from other animals in various ways, they are often trained because they have high learning abilities. They are also known to have 5 legs. In this article, we will discuss about different features about kangaroos in detail.
Features of Kangaroos
Kangaroos belong to the group of Marsupials which means “big foot”.
There are about 40 species of kangaroo.
Their height can reach up to 6 ft, and the weight of an average adult kangaroo can be 35-90 kg.
They have extremely long and powerful hind legs (back legs) known as macropods which they use to hop around.
They have an extremely powerful and muscular tail, which is also called their 5th foot. It helps in balancing while they hop (jump).
Only female kangaroos have a pouch to keep the baby until it develops fully.
Young Ones of Kangaroos
Kangaroo is a viviparous animal (it gives birth to young ones and does not lay eggs). Young ones of kangaroos are called Joeys, which are just the size of a grape (nearly 1 inch) at birth and develop further in the pouch of their mother.
Female Kangaroo with its Joey
Interesting Facts About Kangaroos
Largest Marsupials: Kangaroos are the largest marsupials alive on earth. The largest species of kangaroo (by weight) is red kangaroo.
Fast Movers: Kangaroos are fast movers; they usually travel at around 32-40 kilometres per hour.
Kangaroos are Fast Movers
Brilliant Jumpers: They are brilliant jumpers and can leap as high as 10 feet (3 metres).
Left Handed: Researchers have found that they mostly use their left hand to carry out their tasks like eating and grooming.
It Shows Kangaroos are Left Handed
Herbivores: They are herbivores and eat grass, leaves, flowers etc. They regurgitate, that is, they chew it twice, just like cattle.
Two Types of Milk Production: Female kangaroos produce two different types of milk, one for newborns and another for mature joeys.
Australian airline ‘Qantas’ uses kangaroos as their symbol.
1. Kangaroos are the largest________?
2. _______ kangaroos have pouches.
3. Kangaroo is the national animal of which country?
4. What is the young kangaroo called?
Kangaroo is the national animal of Australia. They have four legs, two small (front legs) and two large (back legs). They move by jumping and use their thick tail to balance. They are herbivores and eat leaves, grass, flowers etc. Female kangaroo has a pouch on its stomach, where it can hide and feed its baby. They are found mostly in Australia and nearby areas.