Agile Wallaby (Macropus agilis)
- This species is a large wallaby, usually light brown in colour with a white chest. They have light stripes on their thighs and cheeks and a darker one on their forehead.
- Agile wallabies are very adaptable, but are generally found in grassland, which is their main diet.
- Males are significantly larger than females weighing up to 20Kg and standing over 1 metre tall. Females average 75cm tall and weigh around 11-15Kg.
- Joeys stay in Mum's pouch for 7-8 months and then will follow their mother (called a Joey at foot) for another 12 months before becoming fully independent.
- Females have the ability to have a "reserve" embryo in stasis which will develop once her pouch is vacant. 6. Female Agile wallabies can have up to 3 offspring at one time - a Joey at foot, a Joey in the pouch and an embryo in stasis. They can produce two different types of milk to feed Joeys at different stages.
- Most fatalities are caused by either motor vehicles or dog attack.
- Females wallabies have been known to "throw" their Joeys from the pouch if they are being pursued or feel threatened. This is a defence mechanism designed to ensure their own survival by sacrificing a Joey.