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