This science game will help children learn and review knowledge about the kangaroo. Begin by reading all about kangaroos below before playing the game.
The Australian Kangaroo: A Comprehensive Guide
Although you may have heard of kangaroos before, did you know that each kangaroo has a unique history? The Macropodidae Family has the kangaroo as a marsupial. There are four main species: the red kangaroo (antilopine kangaroo), the eastern grey and western grey kangaroos. The native home of the kangaroo in Australia and New Guinea is New Guinea.
The Western Grey Kangaroo is found primarily in Western Australia. However, it can also be found on the island of Tasmania as well as the surrounding islands. Each species of kangaroo has its own habitat. The eastern region of Australia is home to the red kangaroo, which has the greatest range. The antilopine kangaroo can be found in the north. They are attracted to areas that have a wide variety of vegetation and grasses and can survive in both hot and dry environments.
Kangaroos can be found in many habitats but prefer open spaces. Tree kangaroos are found in northern Queensland and New Guinea. They don't seem as successful as their land-based cousins. Although they are not able to survive in this habitat because of their poor coordination, they still exist. Their natural habitat is much more diverse than we would think.
Kangaroo Life Cycle
The senses of baby kangaroos are limited at birth. They follow the scent of saliva through their fur to find their mother. The newborn kangaroo is small and can't move very well. It weighs less that two grams. The mother's saliva scent guides the baby to its pouch and it stays there for around eight to nine months. Another embryo develops in the mother's womb during this period.
What Kangaroos Eat
You're not the only one who has ever wondered what kangaroos eat. Kangaroos love insects and flies. They love fruits and vegetables, even though they can't catch birds. You should also know that kangaroos are primarily plant-based, so they won't eat pizza with cheese. These adorable animals won't eat garlic or cacti!
Kangaroos eat plants and chew cud. Kangaroos have a split upper lip, which is similar to sheep and deer's mouths. Kangaroos can find many native plants, so they spend most of their day foraging. Kangaroos hunt for leaves, ferns and fruits during the day. They eat twice as much food while they chew it.
Kangaroos are Australian
Originating in Australia, Kangaroos are found everywhere. The kangaroos' specialized teeth extract nutrients from the food that they eat. Their incisors grow grass near the ground while their molars cut and grind plant material. Their back teeth are also specialized. Kangaroos have an unusual mouth shape. There is a gap between their front and back teeth. This allows them to move food around between the molars.
Kangaroos are native to Australia but they are not native to Australia. Their ancestors were tree-dwelling animals at first, but they eventually moved to the ground and became a native of Australia. Some ancestors reached enormous sizes while others survived to become modern kangaroos. Although researchers aren't sure when or why hops developed, they know it was an evolutionary adaptation.