Unmistakable. Stocky; arboreal; no tail; large, round head; distinct naked black rhinarium extending up to eye level. Large, oval, furry ears at side of head; small eyes. Upperparts grey-brown; often irregular pale grey patches on rump. Underparts including collar to near base of ears whitish or pale yellow-grey. Northern animals smaller, shorter furred and greyer. Bright yellow eye-shine. Voice: Males give loud snorting, bellowing territorial calls, particularly in spring/summer. Weight: QLD males to 9kg, QLD females to7kg. Distribution, habitat and status: Widespread on sclerophyll forest and woodland on foothills and plains on both sides of Great Dividing Range from Chillagoe in North QLd to SA. Extends inland to Desert Uplands of central QLD. Declining in some densely settles coastal areas, secured elsewhere. Behaviour: Arboreal, agile climber, decends to ground when necessary; mostly solitary. Diet almost entirely eucalypt leaves, inactive for 20 hour a day. Mates in spring and early summer; singly young remain in pouch for about 6 months then carried by mother until independent at 12 months old, when mother usually gives birth again.
Menkhorst & Knight 2001.
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