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Red-necked Wallaby (Macropus rufogriseus) Lake St. Clair National Park, Tasmania, Australia

Red-necked Wallaby

(Macropus rufogriseus)

This guy is a redneck and proud of it. But it’s not because he likes to drink beer, drive a pickup, and get in fights. It’s only because of the reddish color on the back of his neck and shoulders.

The Red-necked Wallaby is found along southeast Australia as well as the island of Tasmania. The Tasmanian subspecies shown here, which I photographed in Lake Saint Clair National Park, is more commonly known as the Bennett’s Wallaby.

The Bennett’s shows one main difference from its mainland counterpart. While mainland Red-necked Wallabies give birth in all months of the year, the Bennett’s generally gives birth only in February and March, which is late summer in the Southern Hemisphere. Tasmania gets a lot colder than the rest of Australia!

Lake St. Clair National Park, Tasmania, Australia