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Pademelon
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The pademelon is a small to medium sized marsupial found inhabiting the forests of Australia and a number of it's surrounding islands.The pademelon is most closely related to the wallaby and the kangaroo.

There are seven different species of pademelon found in the jungles of the far east, the population numbers of all seven pademelon species are declining primarily due to hunting and habitat loss.

The pademelon is a solitary and nocturnal animal meaning that the pademelon, spends the light daytime hours resting, and goes foraging for food during the cooler cover of night. The pademelon is most commonly found inhabiting coastal regions of Australia, Papua New Guinea and Tasmania.

The pademelon spends much of it's waking time, foraging for leaves, grasses, shoots, berries and herbs in it's dense jungle environment. Pademelons also commonly venture into shrublands where they have less cover to feast on the lush plants, if there are no predators around.

In many areas of forest inhabited by the pademelon, there are often no real predators around but habitat loss in the form of deforestation has caused the pademelon population numbers to decline. In other areas, pademelon are most commonly preyed upon by canines including foxes, dingos, domestic dogs and even the odd cat.

Those pademelon inhabiting the Tasmanian forests often have more of a variety of predators and are preyed upon by Tasmanian Devils, large snakes, large birds of prey such as eagles, and even by quolls.

The pademelon is a marsupial meaning that the female pademelon has a pouch on her belly where she nurses her young. After mating the infant pademelon will be born just 30 days later, when it has to make its own way into it's mother's pouch.

Baby pademelon then spend the next 6 months or so growing growing and developing inside the pouch and eventually begin to venture out into the outside world.


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Pademelon Facts

Kingdom:
Five groups that classify all living things...
Animalia
Phylum:
A group of animals within the animal kingdom...
Chordata
Class:
A group of animals within a pylum...
Mammalia
Order:
A group of animals within a class...
Diprotodontia
Family:
A group of animals within an order...
Macropodidae
Genus:
A group of animals within a family...
Thylogale
Scientific Name:
Comprised of the genus followed by the species...
Thylogale
Type:
The animal group that the species belongs to...
Mammal
Diet:
What kind of foods the animal eats...
Herbivore
Size:
How long (L) or tall (H) the animal is...
42-52cm (16.5-20.5in)
Weight:
The measurement of how heavy the animal is...
3.5-12kg (7.7-26lbs)
Top Speed:
The fastest recorded speed of the animal...
55km/h (34mph)
Life Span:
How long the animal lives for...
4-8 years
Lifestyle:
Whether the animal is solitary or sociable...
Solitary
Conservation Status:
The likelihood of the animal becoming extinct...
Threatened
Colour:
The colour of the animal's coat or markings...
Black, Brown, Grey, Red
Skin Type:
The protective layer of the animal...
Fur
Favourite Food:Grasses
Habitat:
The specific area where the animal lives...
Dense rainforest and shrubland
Average Litter Size:
The average number of babies born at once...
1
Main Prey:
The food that the animal gains energy from...
Grasses, Herbs, Shoots
Predators:
Other animals that hunt and eat the animal...
Foxes, Dogs, Dingos
Special Features:Pointed nose and short, thick tail

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