Grey Kangaroo What is a Eastern Grey Kangaroo?


Eastern Grey Kangaroo Description, Habitat, Diet

Description

Eastern Grey Kangaroo (Macropus giganteus) is not as well knows as the red kangaroo but is the one 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 12years. The eastern grey kangaroo is mainly diurnal, that is it is actively predominately during day light.

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.

Diet

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

Related: What is a Kangaroo?



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