Kangaroos… and maybe wallabies.


Wallabies are a small breed of kangaroo and can be mistaken for young ones, and this group looked to be a mix of wallabies and kangaroos – turning up right when I was thinking about them, conveniently next door in a neighboring paddock – It was hard to tell exactly which breed(s) they were as they were pretty well at the limits of our camera’s zoom, but the large dark one was definitely a kangaroo.

There are several differences between kangaroos and wallabies, from differences in teeth to differences in ankle-to-knee proportion (the kangaroo having more length, as they are built for racing along in open spaces, while wallabies are more built for forested areas).


The biggest difference between them is size. There are quite a few species of both kangaroo and wallabies, and quite a range in sizes for both. Wallabies can reach six feet from head to tail, but if you are looking at height and discount the length of their tails, wallabies only grow to between 30 cm and 104 cm (1 foot to 3 feet 5 inches) and weigh between 2 and 24 kg (4 to 53 pounds). Kangaroos, however, can grow over 2 metres (8 feet), and can weigh over 90 kg (200 pounds).

Kangaroo2 close up

In the close-up of one of those pictures, there are six shown (click picture to see larger). There is a single one to each side of the shot, and two pairs in the middle. The pair on the right hardest to make out, as the one tucked behind is soft grey and blends in so well.

There were certainly more in the group, and it could well be that the smaller ones are young roos (kangaroos), or a small breed, rather than wallabies.

Oh, let’s just call them a bunch of Hoppy Things.

Cheers everyone! 😀


30 thoughts on “Kangaroos… and maybe wallabies.

  1. Yuna

    Excessively cute!!!
    i love love this post.
    it looks like i were playing a “find the kangaroos or wallabies” when i read this post. interesting to see how free it was. Ah, it’s so much better too see the picture in this post than the one i saw at the Zoo because all i could see just a sleepy head Kangaroos. Once again, it’s better when it’s free 😀 😀 (But thanks to zoo, they make me saw a real one, kekekeke).

    1. A.D. Everard Post author

      Hi Yuna! I’m glad you like these pictures. I couldn’t believe my luck when they turned up – but I had to run to get the camera. Then it was fun and games because every time one of us aimed the camera at them, they put their heads down to eat. At least we got some pictures of them looking up.

      Yep, up to 8 feet tall. The big one in these pictures was probably between 5 feet and 6 feet tall. They can be aggressive (all wild animals can be if they feel in danger), but mostly they are not. He would be more likely to run away from you. 🙂

        1. Yuna

          Kekekekeke, ehm that means the Kangaroos are alive :D.
          ow, i can imagine how cool your life with those things around you Allyson. Really.

  2. Yuna

    Thank you for posting those lovely Kangaroos and its similar species (Wallabies), How big the 2 meter Kangaroos? ehm, if i saw one, i think i would run away or just stuck. 😀

        1. A.D. Everard Post author

          You ought to see them. 🙂

          People have actually been killed by kangaroos. It’s very rare, but it does happen if you get an aggressive male wanting to fight.

    1. A.D. Everard Post author

      LOL. You can tell the difference between a rabbit and a kangaroo. You just have to check the back end to see if there’s a little pom-pom tail or a long muscular one, and if you get kicked in the head that’s probably a clue that it’s not a pom-pom one. 🙂

        1. Rhino House

          OK, it’s midnight & the creative fairies have all gone out for a night on the tiles….. & somewhere there is a pillow with my name on it!
          I’m done.

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