Pademelons are small, compact, short-tailed wallabies that typically inhabit wet sclerophyll forests and rainforests.
Pademelons, wallabies, and kangaroos are very alike in body structure, and the names just refer to the three different size groups. Originally wallabies were divided into small and large wallabies, but a more suitable name was needed to differentiate between them.
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.
Males reach around 12 kg (26.5 lbs) in weight, 1 - 1.2 metres in height, and are considerably larger than the females, who average 3.9 kg (8.6 lbs).
Besides their smaller size, pademelons can be distinguished from wallabies by their shorter, thicker, and sparsely haired tails.
This one, probably a small female, was foraging for feed in the grassed area near our cabin during our stay at Cradle Mountain Lodge.
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