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Rock Wallabies, Magnetic Island - North QLD

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The rocky terrain and dense vegetation of Magnetic Island is home to Allied Rock-Wallabies.
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Their subtle colouring camouflages these animals, making them difficult to see among the rocks. Allied rock-wallabies move quickly and surely around their rocky habitat, helped by short toenails on their hind feet.
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Magnetic Island is one of the few places (if not the only place) in Australia where you can feed wild Rock Wallabies.
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At dusk, the Rock Wallibies hang out in Arcadia near the pier.
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Rock-wallabies aren’t found anywhere else on Earth.
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There are currently 16 species and eight subspecies of rock-wallaby living in Australia.
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They form the largest group of macropods (kangaroos, wallabies and their relatives), representing 22% of the species that remain.
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Rock-wallabies are an internationally recognised group for the study of species development and chromosome evolution in kangaroos and wallabies.
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Few features distinguish the allied rock-wallaby from its close relatives but each species lives in a different part of Queensland and northern New South Wales; where their ranges overlap slightly, there is some hybridisation.
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They all have upper parts that range from brown to grey, and paler underparts.
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They usually have a dark muzzle and a dark patch around the armpits. On the face is a pale cheek stripe, and across the hips is another pale stripe
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The diet comprises grasses and shoots of herbaceous plants, with up to thirty percent of the diet being browsed from bushes.
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They have a small home range during the wet season when food is readily available, but range much more widely during the dry season.
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While foraging, out-of-pouch young are often left hidden in rock crevices.
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The allied rock-wallaby is behaviourally monogamous, but not all the offspring are sired by the supposed father.
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The gestation period is about thirty days, the joey leaves the pouch at six to seven months and is fully weaned when nearly a year old.
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Young adults may disperse over distances of two kilometres or so, and longevity is about seven years.
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Posted by charlystyles 13:28 Archived in Australia Tagged magnetic_island allied_rock_wallabies Comments (0)

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