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Petrogale lateralis

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Black-footed Rock Wallaby • Petrogale lateralis
The genus Petrogale in the family Macropodidae, is a group of of marsupials commonly known as rock wallabies.

Rock Wallabies are no taller than half a metre, and it is their agility and speed as they travel across seemingly sheer cliff faces that amazes many people who are lucky to catch a glimpse of them in movement. When not moving, they blend almost perfectly into the rocky escarpment.

Their ability to traverse rock faces is down to their powerful spring-loaded hind legs, textured soles providing maximum traction, as well as their muscular tails for steering and stability.
 

Found living in the many rocky gorges, outcrops and escarpment throughout Australia, the caves and crevices provide them with shelter and protection from predators like the dingo and birds of prey.

This species of Rock Wallaby is genetically diverse, with at least four recognised races. Following images are of the MacDonnell Ranges race of Black-footed Rock Wallaby.

The following images of the Black-footed Rock Wallaby were taken at Simpsons Gap in Central Australia. During the cooler months, they may be seen warming themselves on top of rocky escarpments such as Meyer’s Hill, part of the Olive Pink Botanic Garden. They have also been sighted on the escarpment through the Finke Gorge National Park (Palm Valley), Heavitree Gap and Standley Chasm.

Black-footed Rock Wallaby (Petrogale lateralis) • Images

Black-footed Rock Wallaby - Alice Springs, Central Australia, NT
Images taken on the Meyer’s Hill escarpment in Olive Pink Botanic Garden, NT, Australia

Black-footed Rock Wallaby ฉ Colin Leel, August 2007

Black-footed Rock Wallaby ฉ Colin Leel, August 2007

Black-footed Rock Wallaby ฉ Colin Leel, August 2007

Black-footed Rock Wallaby ฉ Colin Leel, August 2007

Black-footed Rock Wallaby ฉ Colin Leel, August 2007

Black-footed Rock Wallaby ฉ Dorothy Latimer, August 2007
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