Diet: Kangaroos have chambered stomachs similar to those of cattle and sheep. They regurgitate the vegetation they have eaten, chew it as cud, and then swallow it again for final digestion. Different species of kangaroos have different diets, although all are strict herbivores. The eastern grey kangaroo is predominantly a grazer eating a wide variety of grasses whereas some other species (e.g. the red kangaroo) include significant amounts of shrubs in the diet.
Kangaroos are the only large animals to use hopping as a means of locomotion. The comfortable hopping speed for red kangaroo is about 20–25 km/h (13–16 mph), but speeds of up to 70 km/h (44 mph) can be attained, over short distances, while it can sustain a speed of 40 km/h (25 mph) for nearly 2 kilometres (1.2 mi).
The joey jumps into its mother's pouch head first when frightened.
1. having a poach in which the new born baby, which is still quite immature, can live and grow. 2. the position of the poach is so that the baby doesn't fall down when it's mummy is hopping around. 3. it has long, very strong hind limbs with which it can run around, and since these limbs work as springs, it actually uses far less energy when jumping than if it was to just run or walk around. 4. a long, muscular tail functions as a counter balance when jumping.
They belong to the Macropodidae family
which family does the kangaroo belong to?
Kangaroo's eats very coarse grass as a primary diet, the teeth wear down over time, to the point of eventually falling out. However, the Kangaroo does not walk around toothless. Instead, the back teeth simply move forward while new teeth grow
Kangaroos are strong swimmers. The kangaroo's body shape does not stop it from swimming In fact, kangaroos have been observed swimming to offshore islands off the southern coast. This is the only time the kangaroo's hind legs move independently of each other.
Kangaroos have large, strong tendons in their hind legs which act as "springs". The springing motion requires less energy than running does, so kangaroos are able to bound for longer distances than other mammals with the standard four legs can run. They have strong back legs and elongated hind feet for bounding.
Male kangaroos will fight each other for dominance in a mob. Females will only mate with the dominant male.
The mother kangaroo spends most of her adult life pregnant, but in drought times, she has the ability to indefinitely "freeze" the development of the young embryo until food sources are replenished
About kangaroos in Australlia: Larger kangaroos have adapted much better to changes brought to the Australian landscape by humans and though many of their smaller cousins are endangered, they are plentiful.