Bennett's (red-necked) wallaby

Bennetts wallaby tracks 3sq

Bennett's wallaby tracks, typical of slow gait.

The front feet and tail show in tracks only when Bennett's wallabies move slowly – usually when feeding – and are not often seen. At slow speed they take their weight on their hand-like forepaws and tail, and swing their hind feet forward. The tail marks will be central in the track and the hind feet spaced more widely apart than when the animal is hopping. Because they use all four feet and their tail to propel themselves forward this is known as a ‘pentapedal’ gait.

Drawing: by Sonia Frimmel