Otherwise known as the Bennett’s wallaby, these little marsupials are found throughout the coastal forests of eastern Australia and Tasmania. Just like kangaroos, but smaller, the red-necked wallaby has large hind limbs and a long thick tail which they use to help them balance. They can distinguished from their cousins by their black paws and nose as well as a white ‘moustache’ just above the upper lip.
Being marsupials, the reproductive process of the red-necked wallaby is pretty unusual! Gestation is extremely short, lasting just 30 days, at which point the immature embryo is expelled from the urogenital sinus and makes it’s way up a dampened path of fur, from the base of the mother’s tail up to her pouch. Once in there, the embryo attaches to a teat and begins to suckle. The young red-neck will spend around 280 days in the pouch, and will be fully weaned at between 12 to 17 months of age.
Diet and Habitat
In the wild, wallabies inhabit forests