The Tasmanian Pademelon

Marilyn Harris

Joined February 2008

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The Tasmanian Pademelon (Thylogale billardierii), also known as the Rufous-bellied Pademelon or Red-bellied Pademelon, is the sole endemic species of pademelon found in Tasmania, and formally throughout south-eastern Australia. It is commonly seen around many of the state’s national parks.

This Pademelon was photographed only metres from our camp at The Land of the Giants Campground, Mt Field National Park.

The unusual common name, pademelon, is of Aboriginal derivation. It is also sometimes referred to as the rufous wallaby.
The pademelon is a stocky animal with a relatively short tail and legs to aid its movement through dense vegetation. It ranges in colour from dark-brown to grey-brown and has a red-brown belly. Males, which are considerably larger than females, have a muscular chest and forearms, and reach up to 12 kg in weight and 1 – 1.2 m in overall length, including the tail. Females average 3.9 kg in weight.
Pademelons are solitary and nocturnal, spending the hours of daylight in thick vegetation. Rainforest and wet forest is the preferred habitat, although wet gullies in dry open eucalypt forest are also used. After dusk, the animals move to open areas to feed, but rarely stray more than 100 metres from the security of the forest edge.

Mt Field National Park, Tasmania, Australia.

Canon PowerShot A650 IS

Shutter Speed: 1/60sec
Aperture: F4.8
ISO: 400

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