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Brush-tailed Rat Kangaroo

Brush-tailed Rat Kangaroo

Status: Endangered
Classification: Mammals
Scientific Name: Bettongia penicillata
Date Listed as Endangered: December 2, 1970

Bettongia penicillata is the scientific name for brush-tailed rat kangaroo. It belongs to the species of mammals often found in Western Australia. It is a combination of a small wallaby and a rat. It is classed as marsupial but does not belong to rodent family. Female carry their babies in their pouch just like kangaroos.

Adult brush-tailed rat kangaroo measures 30 cm (11.8 inches) to 38 cm (15 inches) in length and weigh between 1 kg (2.4 lbs) to 1.5 kg (3.5 inches). They have yellow-gray coloured coats and pale brown feet. Their tails are long and has a black crest along the surface. They use it to carry the materials for their nests by curling it around in a prehensile manner.

The Brush-tailed Rat Kangaroo

Both male and female brush-tailed rat kangaroo have similar appearance. They prefer to live in the forests and woodlands. In Australia, The Yelverton Brook Eco Spa Retreat as bred brush-tailed rat kangaroos successfully. 

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