Kangaroos are marsupials, that use hopping as
their means of locomotion.
Other Names: Joey, Roo
Kangaroo in Foreign Languages:
Aboriginal : Gangurru
Croatian: Klokan / Klokanica
Polish: Kangur / Kangurzyca
Romanian: Cangur / Cangura
Scottish Gaelic: Cangaru
Slovenian: Kenguru / Klokan
Size: The largest kangaroo is the red kangaroo,
measuring over 6 feet tall and weighing up to 200 lbs.
The smallest kangaroo is the musky rat-kangaroo measuring
only 8 inches tall and weighing only 12 ounces.
Habitat: The kangaroo is found in all parts
Description: Kangaroos have large, powerful
hind legs, large feet, a long muscular tail for balance,
and a small head.
Diet: Kangaroos are herbivores. Kangaroos regurgitate
the vegetation they have eaten, chew it as cud, and
then swallow it again for final digestion.
Communication: Kangaroos use both sounds
and body language (thumping feet) as a means of
Did You Know?
Kangaroos are the only large animals
to use hopping as a means of locomotion.
Gestation: Kangaroos carry their young for 21
to 38 days, then 120 to 450 days in pouch, depending
on the species.
Birth: At birth all species of kangaroos are
very small, measuring from 0.2 to 0.9 inches long.
Sexually Mature: Male kangaroos sexually mature
at 2 to 4 years of age, while female kangaroos sexually
mature from 14 to 20 months, depending on the species.
Life Span: The average life span of kangaroos
varies from 7 to 18 years, depending on the species.
Did You Know?
Female kangaroos are called a doe,
flyer, jill, or roo; a male kangaroo
is called a buck, boomer, jack, or old
Social Structure: Most species of kangaroos
function as part of a group. A group of kangaroos is
called a mob, a troop, or a herd.