Yellow-footed rock wallaby -Scientific name: Petrogale xanthopus
Description: The yellow-footed rock wallaby is one of the brightest members of the kangaroo family. It's head and face are a light brown-grayish color. A dark brown streak starting from the ears comes down to the middle of the back connecting with brown patches on the yellow limbs of the wallaby. On each of its cheeks is a white stripe with yellow on the back of the ears and a yellow and tan stripy tail. The length of the wallaby's body is between 50-75cm long, and the tail is between 37-70cm.
Habitat: Mountain tops and rocky ramparts in South Australia, Western New South Wales and Southwestern Queensland
Diet: Grass, plants, and bark Reproduction: The Yellow-Footed Rock Wallaby breeds all year long when there is enough food. The Yellow-Footed Rock Wallaby mates year round when conditions are favorable. The gestation period is one month followed by eight months in the pouch. One egg can be fertilized at a time.
Threats: The yellow-footed rock wallaby's enemies are the wedge tail eagle and introduced predators like the fox. To protect themselves against their predators the wallabies camouflage themselves and remain completely motionless. If further threatened, they are able to flee at high speed over extremely steep, rocky terrain.
Article contributed by Australian Reptile Park.