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Kangaroos Class Mammalia Order Marsupial Family Macropodae Genus and Species Macropus Giganteus HOW THE KANGAROO GOT ITS NAME When European explorers first saw these strange hopping animals they asked a native Australian aborigine what they were called He replied kangaroo meaning I dont understand your question The explorers thought this was the animals name And thats how the kangaroo got its name Description Kangaroos are marsupial mammals and comprise 47 species within the family Macropodidae The three largest species of kangaroos belong to the genus Macropus they are the gray kangaroo or forester Macropus canguru sometimes called M giganteus or M major the wallaroo M robustus and the red kangaroo or red flyer M rufus The best-known species the gray kangaroo is found mostly in open forests of eastern and southwestern Australia and Tasmania It is long-haired and silvery gray in eastern coastal regions but short-haired and dark gray inland The red kangaroo which is found throughout Australias interior grasslands is the largest and most powerful species A male may attain a head-body length of 15 m have a tail 1 m long stand 2 m tall and weigh 90 kg A gray kangaroo can clear more than 9 m 30 feet at a bound and attain a speed of 48 kilometres per hour The wallaroo a smaller and stockier animal may be dark gray to pinkish brown it lives in rocky country throughout Australia except Victoria These large kangaroos travel in groups mobs under the leadership of the largest male old man or boomer which dominates younger rivals by biting kicking and boxing Each long narrow hind foot has four toes The short forelimbs are used almost like human arms but the thumb is not opposable Kangaroos possess soft wooly fur and some have stripes on the head back or upper limbs All kangaroos have a chambered stomach that is functionally
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