What do they look like? TDark brown to black above; light yellow to rufuous-orange below. Black extremeties (ie. Tail, hands, feet, face) and light yellow to light brown cheek stripes. Sometimes the tip of the tail is white (Batmans is!). A golden coloured form can be found on Stradbroke Island and small pockets around the Gold Coast. The average Swampy usually stands at 70 cm tall and weighs about 15kg.
Where do they live? Swamp Wallabies live in thick undergrowth of forests, woodlands and heath in Eastern and Southern Australia. They can be found from Cape York to South-western Victoria. These Wallabies shelter during the day in dense grass and ferns. Swamp Wallabies are local to this area and we even have wild ones living in the bush on Sanctuary property.
What do they eat? Grasses, plants and ferns.
Reproduction: Breeding occurs throughout the year. A single joey is born after a 33 day gestation period. Swamp Wallabies display embryonic diapause, just like the kangaroo. The young will stay in the pouch for 8-9 months and continue to suckle milk until 15 months old.
Threats: Swamp Wallabies have the same threats as the Whiptail Wallaby (see fact sheet) except for hunting. Their body size is considered too small to hunt for meat and their fur is thought to be too coarse for commercial use.
Conservation Status: Common.
The Swamp Wallaby is the sole living member of their genus. All other Wallabies have 16 chromosomes whereas the Swamp Wallaby has 11 in males and 10 in females. This results in genetic, reproductive, dental and behavioural differences between the Swamp Wallaby and all other Wallaby species.