Desert Animals

Class: Mammalia: Mammals Diet: Large mammals
Order: Carnivora: Carnivores 
Size: body:about 1.5 m (5 ft), tail: about 35 cm (13 3/4 in)
Family: Canidae: Dogs, Foxes Conservation Status: Non-threatened
Scientific Name: Canis dingo Habitat: sandy desert to wet and dry sclerophyll forest
Range: Australia

Size of DingoThe dingoes are descended from domesticated dogs introduced by the aboriginal human inhabitants of Australia many thousands of years ago. In anatomy and behavior, dingoes are indistinguishable from domestic dogs, but the two have interbred for so long that there are now few pure dingoes. They live in family groups but may gather into bigger packs to hunt large prey. Originally they fed on kangaroos, but when white settlers started to kill off the kangaroos, dingoes took to feeding on introduced sheep and rabbits. A litter of 4 or 5 young is born in a burrow or rock crevice after a gestation of about 9 weeks. The young are suckled for 2 months and stay with their parents for at least a year.

Range of Dingo
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