When you think of marsupials hopping around Australia, you probably think of kangaroos first. Wallabies are closely related to kangaroos but are generally much smaller. How much do you know about the these hopping pouched animals? Here are 5 fun facts you never knew about wallabies.
1. They aren’t just small kangaroos
While wallabies are very closely related to kangaroos, it’s more than just size separating the two species. Wallabies are designed for life in the forest with more compact legs and less uniform coat colors than kangaroos have for their life in open, treeless areas. Wallabies eat mostly leaves from trees and bushes, so they need flat teeth for grinding their food. Kangaroos have pointy teeth for shearing the grass that makes up the staple of its diet.