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The Musky- Rat Kangaroo

The half rat half kangaroo unusual animal that lives in the Daintree Rainforest

General Classificition
Is it a rat or it it a kangaroo? We will soon find out. The Musky- Rat Kangaroo should really be called a muskkangarat. This animal feeds on leaves, insects and fallen fruits.This animal, unusally is active in the early morning and in the late afternoon so it can miss the intense heat of the Daintree Rainforest at midday. On this page I will tell you further information about the Musky Rat-Kangaroo. ENJOY

Anatomy , Diet and Habitat.
The Musky Rat - Kangaroois about the size of a rabbit, with a body length of about 42 cm from the tip of the head to the tip of the tail, it weighs about 500 gm.
 

Here are some more facts about the Musky Rat Kangaroo’s Body

It is a marsupial

It's general body colour is rich brown

It's head is grey-brown in colour

It's dark brown tail is covered with small scales creating a naked appearance.

I'ts distinguished from other members of its family by having five toes on its hind foot.

Travels via a slow "bunny-hop" movement.
 
DIET
This small animal feeds on primarly seeds and fruits such as the seeds and fruits of King Palm. It also feeds on worms and insects. The Musky Rat-Kangaroo is omnivorous.
 
HABITAT
The Daintee Rainforest is the home to the Musky- Rat Kangaroo. The Daintree Rainforest provides a damp environment around creeks and rivers for the Musky Rat- Kangaroo. At midday and night it sleeps in a nest of dry leaves and ferns.

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Adaptations and Movement of the Musky Rat-Kangaroo
There are only two adaptations of this animal and they are:
A dark-brown tail with small scaled craeating a naked apperance.
It is distinguished from other members of its family by having five toes on its hind foot.
 
This animal has powerful hind legs which they use to hop, dig burrows and protect themselves from predators. This animal moves around searching for food and water.

Life Cycle, Behaviour, Reproduction Defence and Ememies plus the Survival Status Of The Musky Rat-Kangaroo
 
LIFE CYCLE
 Young are born from February to April after a seven month period during which males are capable of reproduction.

The young are carried in the pouch until October. During this period of pouch life, food resources are at their minimum but the demands on the mother by the still small young are also at their minimum.

The young are evicted from the pouch in October when fruits are abundant. Juveniles are left at a maternal nest after pouch eviction. Through October, November and December young slowly begin to explore and feed themselves until they are weaned in January.

Musky Rat-Kangaroos usually live for at least four years.  

Its lifestyle is largely determined by the fruiting seasons; young are produced in times of plenty, while in times of scarcity adults may lose up to 21 percent of their body weight.
 
BEHAVIOUR:
In early morning and late afternoon, the Musky Rat Kangaroo can be seen along the creek, on the pathways and during winter-feeding at the Daintree Rainforest in Queensland. It is easily seen on the perimeter walks of Lake Eacham and Lake Barrine in the Daintree Rainforest.
 
REPRODUCTION
Musky Rat-Kangaroos have a short pouch life, which often leads to producing more than one successive young in a year. They are continuous breeders with delayed gestation during lactation. Reproduction in Musky Rat-Kangaroos usually begins at 18 to 21 months and continues for approximately two to three years.  Breeding begins in February and ends around July. Males and females are similar in appearance and colour, but males are slightly larger. 
 
DEFENCE:
The Defence of the Muky Rat-Kangaroo are their ability to camoflage their tail and body into small scales.
 
ENEMIES and SURVIVAL STATUS
The enemies of this animal are the dingo, pythons,Owls, Goshawks, Quolls and there are many more. The Musky Rat Kangaroo is endangered because of the limited number of fruits there are.
 
I hope you learnt more about the Musky Rat- Kangaroo



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Simon Love 2005