They can be found in just about every habitat: desert, grasslands, scrublands, forrests, rocky mountain ranges and any thing in between. Some live entirely in the open while others like the betongs, scrape out a depresson and build woven nests under grass tussocks to shelter in. Some are adept at jumping up rocky ridges while others like the tree kangaroos not only climb but spend most of their lives in the trees. The following images are a few of the different kinds found on the east coast area of Australia. Kangaroos are part of a group of primitive mammals called marsupials which have pouches for their young. Very soon after birth the very tiny baby kangaraoo climbs up through its mother's fur into the protection of its pouch where it will spend many more months growing before it is ready to be independant. This is a pademelon joey taken at Womboyne Lake, NSW.
Typically we see kangaroos in this upright pose ready to hop off, however much of the time they dont actually hop on two legs. The next few pictures show how they not only use all four limbs to move but also their tail, which they use like an extra leg to support their body when they swing their rear legs forward.
This is an Agile Wallaby taken near Cooktown, Qld. (above and below)
They are restricted to NE coast of Australia now but in tne past they were found in Victoria near they Murray River.
This is an Eastern Grey kangaroo taken at Narooma, NSW.