Eastern Grey Kangaroo

eastern grey kangaroo mother and joey

Photo: Eastern Grey Kangaroo mother & joey

Eastern Grey Kangaroo Description

Eastern grey kangaroo (Macropus giganteus) is the kangaroo most often seen by people. It is smaller than the red kangaroo, measuring about 1.5 meters in height and weighing about 60kgs. It is the second largest of kangaroo species. It has greyish fur. The eastern kangaroo can reach speeds of up to 50km/p and has a stride of nine meters. This kangaroo lives for up to 12 years. The eastern grey kangaroo is mainly diurnal, that is it is actively predominately during day light.

Eastern Grey Kangaroo Habitat

It lives in the more moist scrub-lands of eastern, southern and south western Australia. The population is estimated at about 13 million animals. The eastern grey kangaroo is nocturnal and mainly active at night, resting in the shade during the heat of the day.

Eastern Grey Kangaroo Diet

The diet consists of grasses, herbs, leaves and other low, shrubby vegetation.

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