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Pretty-faced Wallaby (Macropus parryi)

Posted on Sep 19, 2011 by in Marsupials | 4 comments

Macropus parryi

Pretty-faced wallaby by Coco, age 12

Number 0385

Coco did the write-up for today’s mammal, the pretty-faced or whip-tail wallaby. Take it away, Coco!

Pretty-faced wallabies are found in Australia. There are many different kinds of wallabies. They have very strong back legs that are great for traveling long distances. They use their tail for balance as they hop around. Some marsupials have back-opening pouches so the dirt doesn’t get into their pouches when they dig, but wallabies have front-opening pouches.

Wallabies look a lot like kangaroos but smaller. They sleep during the day and are awake during the nighttime. They eat bushes and grass. My mom calls me wallababy and I call her wallamama.


  1. Great write-up, Coco! You’re a junior mammalogist in training!

    And great drawings, both of you! I really like your eyelashes and shading of the head, Jennifer! Coco, I like your drawing’s composition and the highlights in the eyes! Good work!

  2. Great drawings and write up. Thanks!

  3. I had no idea that some marsupials had pouches in the back. You learn something new every day! Thanks Coco!

  4. Great write-up and a very nice drawing, Coco !

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