Bridled Nailtail Wallaby

Bridled Nailtail Wallaby

Summary

Bridled Nailtail Wallabies are macropods. Macropod means big foot (all the better for hopping with!). Macropods are marsupials in the family Macropodidae, including kangaroos, wallabies, tree-kangaroos, bettongs, potaroos and pademelons.

Bridled Nailtail Wallaby

Onychogalea fraenata

Description

This cute little wallaby has the appearance of wearing a bridle, with a distinct white line behind its front limbs, a white stripe along the sides of its face and a black stripe down the length of its back. It has an unusual nail-like spur on the tip of its tail, usually about 3-6mm long.

Habitat and food

Small numbers of the wallaby are found only in Central Queensland, near Dingo, Marlborough and Emerald. It prefers semi-arid parts of the country where thick shrub and grassy woodlands meet. They are herbivores and like to eat leafy plants, succulents, flowering plants and grasses. They love taking a nap in hollow logs or under trees during the day, and become more active at night.

Conservation

It was thought this little wallaby was extinct before it was rediscovered on a property near Dingo in 1973. About 1000 wallabies remain, so they need some help to boost their numbers. FBA has supported a breeding program, monitoring and other work to find suitable habitat for the wallabies.

The wallabies decline may be due to attacks by feral animals; loss of habitat due to land clearing and agriculture, drought and fire; and competition for food with other animals.

If you’re a landholder in CQ with habitat on your property that might suit wallabies, you can help by creating a nature refuge on your land. Contact FBA for more information on how you can help.

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