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Swamp wallaby

The swamp wallaby, also known as the black wallaby or black pademelon, lives in the dense understorey of rainforests, woodlands and dry sclerophyll forest along eastern Australia. This unique Australian macropod has a dark black-grey coat with a distinctive light-coloured cheek stripe.

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The swamp wallaby is so different to other wallabies that they have their very own genus. They are macropods which, among other traits, are characterised by their long narrow feet. It has a dark coat with a yellow to red underside and usually a lighter-coloured cheek stripe.

Swamp wallabies forage widely, eating a variety of ferns, heath and shrubs. Interestingly, they are able to eat plants such as bracken and hemlock which are poisonous to other Australian animals.

Generally active from dusk until dawn, swamp wallabies are mostly solitary animals, but may gather to feed during the evening.

Animal facts

Common name
Swamp wallaby
Scientific name
Wallabia bicolor
Conservation status in NSW
Protected

Parks in which this animal is found

Retreat River, Abercrombie River National Park. Photo: NSW Government