Red-necked wallabies are also referred to as Bennett’s wallaby. Like all marsupials, they are native to Australia but they have been introduced to Britain and can now be found in our countryside. Red-necked wallabies are the largest species of wallaby, growing up to 3 feet tall. Kangaroos and wallabies are both members of the family Macropodidae, which means ‘big feet’.
Red-necked wallabies are named for the reddish fur on their necks and shoulders. The rest of their fur is grey with a white chest and stomach. The nose and paws are often black. Males are noticeably larger than females. Wallabies are mainly active at dawn and dusk, although they can often be seen foraging until late in the morning or beginning to forage late in the afternoon. In their native land, wallabies are found mainly in eucalypt forests with undergrowth and open areas nearby. During the day they rest in cover. They eat grasses and herbs and during dry spells they will dig up juicy roots to supply them with extra water. Like sheep and goats, wallabies have a chambered stomach and can bring up and chew the cud before swallowing it again. Wallabies are smaller than kangaroos but that is the only real difference between them. The six largest species are referred to as kangaroos. Wallabies can be quite confident and relaxed around humans and can be found grazing on people’s lawns in Hobart, Tasmania.