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Bridled Nail-Tailed Wallaby
Scientific Name: Onychogalea fraenata
Date Listed as Endangered: December 2, 1970
A nail-tailed wallabies are little animals that have a fingernail hidden
in the fur located at the end of its
tail. These wallabies were usually found in Eastern Australia however
today they were found to have a
large population in the east of central Queensland and some in New South
They usually live in shallow “nest” in clumps of grass during daytime
and come out to feed on plants especially thick roots containing water
at night. These wallabies are shy type animals and they are easily
disturbed by grazing animals like cattle and sheep.
Small banded hare wallabies were found before in some parts of the
mainland particularly western Australia. However, today most of these
wallabies were found in the areas of Bernier and Dorre Islands.
Clearing of scrub for farming is one of the major causes for the
extinction of these small banded hare wallabies because they live on
grasses found on sand dunes like spinifex and they come out in the
evening to feed.
The female wallabies carry the “joey” in her pouch like kangaroos and
the owls, hawks and goannas were the enemies of young wallabies.