Bridled Nailtail Wallaby

Bridled Nail Tailed Wallaby Joey

Onychogalea fraenata

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.


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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