Kangaroo vs. Wallaby

Kangaroo
Wallaby

Both the Kangaroo and the wallaby belong to a family of macropodae or macropods which means large footed animals. They have oversized feet which they use as a vital tool while jumping. Jumping is their only form of locomotion. Both these animals also belong to the family of marsupials i.e. they have a front opening pouch to carry their babies. However, some animals in the marsupial family like the wombat have backward opening pouches to prevent it from filling with mud when the female digs a burrow.

Since both animals belong to the same family and live in similar habitats, they resemble each other but also have distinct differences.

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Kangaroo

Kangaroo

Wallaby

Wallaby
Teeth No premolars Cutting tooth, Premolars
Size Large Small
Eating habits Grass Leaves
Legs Long and oversized Short and compact
Color Muted Colors- Dull Coat Bright Streaks- Shiny Coat

Contents: Kangaroo vs Wallaby

A kangaroo
A kangaroo

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Agile Wallaby
Agile Wallaby

Now that we know what the similarities are, understanding the differences will be easier.

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Kangaroos are larger marsupials than the wallaby. Though their sizes vary hugely, the maximum height and weight of a wallaby could be 2 feet and 24 kgs respectively. The kangaroo, on the other hand can weigh up to 91 kgs and be about 8 feet tall.

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The kangaroo has legs which are too long between the knees and the ankles. This makes the legs kind of oversized with respect to their body. The wallaby has more compact legs which are shorter.

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The wallaby generally has a bright and colorful coat, with splashes of different colors. The coat of a kangaroo is less shiny and they have sober colors like black and grey.

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The kangaroo does not have premolars and the crowns are less prominent. The wallaby does have premolars and a more pronounced cutting tooth. The teeth of the kangaroo are curved and ridged, the crowns of the molars are also higher and more distinct than those present in the wallaby.

edit Eating habits of kangaroos vs wallabies

The kangaroo generally feasts on grasses because it lives in open treeless areas. The wallaby on the other hand, eats mostly leaves because it lives in forest areas.

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December 7, 2012, 5:27pm

I wouldn't have called the colour of the 'Big Red Kangaroo' particularly sober or dull...

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March 3, 2013, 10:30pm

Chicken wings

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