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Tasmanian Pademelon ()

Tasmanian Pademelon

The Tasmanian Pademelon

With its name, Pademelon, derived from an Australian aboriginal name this marsupial is widely found in Tasmania. On the mainland of Australia, however, it has been considered extinct 1900's  because it was hunted by the foxes that were brought to that country.  Since the temperature in Tasmania is cooler than on the mainland of Australia the animals tend to have thicker coats of fur.   The Tasmanian Pademelon is a stocky animal that weighs usually between 3 and 10 kilograms, (6.6 and 22 pounds), and has thick gray to brown fur with a reddish colored belly, (the reason it is sometimes called the red bellied Pademelon).  It's hind feet measure about 5 inches, (13 centimeters), in length.









Tasmanian Pademelons live in woodsy areas like rain forests close to open spaces where they can find food.  Since it is a nocturnal animal the Tasmanian Pademelon will hide and rest during the day and come out at night to feed on grass, small shrubs and seedlings. It is prey to the well known Tasmanian devil and some eagles.

Although they breed throughout the whole year most of the births are during the month of Autumn. The female will give birth to one baby after one month gestation and after the baby finds its way into the mother's pouch it will stay there for another 6 months.  They reach sexual maturity a little after 1 year of age and can live an average of 4 to 6 years. 

Although this animal has good eyesight it seems to use noises and sounds to protect itself and others from predators.  If there is danger nearby it will stomp on the ground to warn others.

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