Rufous Rat Kangaroo Skull


The Rufous Rat Kangaroo is the most widespread member of the Potoroidae family with populations found in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria, Australia. It is a small nocturnal marsupial that feeds on leaves, flowers and fruits.


Rufous Rat Kangaroo Skull Replica measures 3.2 inches. Rufous Rat Kangaroo Skull Replica is museum quality polyurethane cast. 2-part skull (separate cranium and jaw). Made in the USA. Cast of original California Academy of Sciences specimen. Our precise skull can be used as a teaching tool, museum skull exhibit, home décor skull, or office décor skull.

Rufous Rat Kangaroo, Rufous Bettong or Aepyprymnus agilis are small rodents of genus Dipodomys, are native to western North America. They are a small, jumping, rat-like marsupial native to eastern Australia.

The rufous rat-kangaroo is active at night when it digs for plant roots and fungi, and like other marsupials it carries its young in a pouch. Though its range is reduced, the population is healthy and stable.

They are the only member of its genus, and is the largest of all the potoroids. It is generally grey with a hint of reddish brown and its scientific name means “reddish high-rump”.

It was once thought of as a solitary, nocturnal animal, but recent observation indicates that the Rufous rat kangaroo may form loose, polygynous associations. It feeds mostly on tubers and fungi, but also on leaves and other vegetation.

The Rufous rat kangaroo or Aepyprymnus rufescens is distinguished by the ruffled and bristly hair of the pelage and rufous tint of the fur at the upper parts.

The hair across the back is predominantly grey, the rufous tinge more evident, and is interspersed with silvery hairs.

An indistinct stripe appears at the hip line. The underparts are also grey, although paler. The combined head and body length is 385 to 390 millimeters.

The Rufous rat kangaroo or Aepyprymnus rufescens tail may be from 340 to 390 mm in length, and excepting a white tip that may appear the color is overall grey-brown. The ears are comparatively long, 48 to 57 mm, with a triangular form.

The color of the ears is very dark at the outer side and pink at the interior, the fringe is lined with silver hairs. A hairless pink rim appears around the eye. The weight range is from 2.5 to 3.5 kilograms.

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Additional information

Weight 2 lbs
Dimensions 3.2 in
Rufous Kangaroo Rat Facts

Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Heteromyidae
Subfamily: Dipodomyinae
Genus: Dipodomys