Swamp Wallaby Wallabia bicolor
Swamp Wallaby, The Grampians, Victoria, Australia, February 2006 - click for larger image The Grampians, Victoria, Australia
February 2006

The Swamp Wallaby is distributed in eastern and south-eastern Australia on the coastal side of the Great Dividing Range. Despite its name it is not confined to swamps but is also found in forest, woodland and scrub. It prefers habitats with a dense understorey.

It is the only member of the genus Wallabia and differs genetically from typical wallabies with their 16 chromosomes by having 11 chromosomes in the male and 10 in the female. It is also more likely to be seen during the day but is usually on its own. It is rare to see more than one at a time.

It is dark brown above with a yellow or orange hue below. It has pale brown cheek stripes on its otherwise dark face and it has dark paws.

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