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Red-Necked Pademelon ~ Thylogale thetis

One of the interesting facts about Red-Necked Pademelons is that their tails are not used in support when moving around.

The tails drags behind not being used as a third leg like in other macropods.

These wallabies like to live in rainforest and eucalyptus forests of Eastern Australia, which overlaps where Parma Wallabies live and therefore sometimes the two species are confused with one another.

Red-Necked Pademelons use the same route when travelling to and from feeding grounds forming runways in the undergrowth.

The female wallabies give birth year round however the majority of births occur in spring.

Due to their size they are vulnerable to feral species such as cats, dogs and foxes but also to native mammals such as large birds of prey and dingoes.

At AWWP we have 80 acres of fenced in area that in protected by an electric fence stopping animals such as the dog, cat and fox from killing these vulnerable little wallabies.

We have many Red-necked Pademelon at AWWP they love to hide under the visitor centre. Our females have pouch young so little joeys can be seen throughout the day poking their heads out of its mother’s pouch. They can also be seen on our guided tours near the boardwalk if you are really quiet.

IDENTIFICATION

They are rufous red around the neck, shoulders and forehead. They have a white throat and chest. The rest of their body is brown/grey with a short, thick tail.

Males can weigh up to 7kg and females up to 4kg.

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