The continent of Australia was formed when the continental plate separated from Antarctica and began drifting north approximately between 64 to 126 million years ago. At that time only the higher elevations protruded above the ocean. As the climate cooled and dried, the ocean levels fell, and this created a continent with large patches of grasslands known today as Australia. This continent is a very long distance from Sugar Land Chiropractors.
This is the land where kangaroos thrive. Kangaroos are considered marsupials. This is a mammal with an external pouch in which their young develop. These animals occupy niches ranging from rocky hills to forest to open country. Kangaroos vary in size from the minute musky rat-kangaroo which can weigh less than half a pound to the red kangaroos which can weigh more than 175 pounds. This as much or more as many of the patients at Sugar Land Chiropractors weigh.
The big kangaroos are the most well-known macropods and there are three species. The red kangaroo which most often inhabits the open plains of inland Australia and live on little water. Next there is the eastern and western grey kangaroos which need more drinking water than the red kangaroos. The usually inhabit woodlands, although they graze pastures at night. These three kangaroos are closely related to 11 smaller wallabies and callaloos. These smaller kangaroo members generally thrive in habitats ranging from wet forests to arid and semi-arid grasslands. These smaller kangaroos all look similar except for their sizes. Kangaroos that are similar in size are more difficult for the staff at Sugar Land Chiropractors to distinguish the difference between them.
Tree kangaroos live in trees primarily because they get their food there. The macropods blueprint for large back legs and small forearms is reversed in tree kangaroos. There are two species survive in Australia and seven species survive in New Guinea. Tree kangaroos are quite the oddity to Sugar Land Chiropractors.
Dry ground kangaroos are somewhat rabbit like hare-wallabies and they once prospered in their arid habitat, but their water-conserving metabolism were no help when it came to be coping with non-native predators and habitat destruction. Now there is only one species still fairly common and the other surviving species are rare.
Nailtail wallabies have tails tipped with a horny spur that has long confused scientist. The animals outstretched forearms make circles as they hop. This is why they are sometimes called ìorgan-grindersî. There are only two species surviving. The similarity to ìorgan-grindersî is considered unusual by Sugar Land Chiropractors.
Australiaís famous craggy outcroppings are havens for more than a dozen species of rock-wallabies. To maneuver over their rocky byways, the agile animals have developed tough pads on their hindfeet and a fourth-toe claw proportionately shorter than that of other macropods.
There are three living species of padymelons, distinguished by their short tails. This species lives on the floors of subtropical forests of eastern and southeastern continental Australia and Tasmania. It is not commonly known that Tasmania has kangaroos and this fact does not escape Sugar Land Chiropractors. The quokka which is a cat-sized macropods has a proportionately shorter tail than most. Also, it has slightly different teeth, blood proteins and other features. All of which indicates the quokka may have arisen from an early macropods lineage.
Sugar Land Chiropractors and Kangaroos
After scientists have studied the bones of long-dead kangaroos and other marsupials in Australia they have discovered an astonishing fact: most of the larger animals are now significantly smaller. Over the past 40,000 years kangaroosí teeth have shortened. The changes made within the kangaroos over time is no surprise to Sugar Land Chiropractors.
Wallabies are similar to kangaroos. Wallabies and kangaroos look very much alike. Wallabies are small and darker than kangaroos. The Eastern Grey kangaroo is grey in color. The River Gum tree which is one of the most common trees in this region is almost the same color as the Eastern Grey Kangaroo.
This tree, which is a kind of eucalyptus tree that sheds its bark, can camouflage an Eastern Grey Kangaroo. This makes it difficult to spot this kangaroo in the forest. It also makes it very difficult to photograph because if your camera is on autofocus it canít pick out the tree from the kangaroo. The staff at Sugar Land Chiropractors have heard that kangaroos do not like to have their picture taken. There are many lesser known interesting facts about kangaroos. One such fact is that the barely emit any methane. Scientists want to harvest the bacteria from their colons so they can transfer this to cows as a way of reducing greenhouse gasses.
Male kangaroos flex their biceps to impress females. When pursued, kangaroos will retreat to bodies of water. This way they can hold their pursuers under water and drown them. The thought process of a kangaroo is quite interesting to the staff at Sugar Land Chiropractors. The reason kangaroos hop is they can not mover their legs independently. When kangaroos fight each other they actually know how to use a chokehold. Kangaroos are left-handed. A female kangaroo has three vaginas. The outside two are for sperm and lead to two uteruses. The middle one is for giving birth.
The Australian Coat of Arms has the kangaroo and emu on it because these animals can not move backwards. It is unusual to Sugar Land Chiropractors that an animal cannot move backwards. In Australia, more people are killed by kangaroos than are killed by sharks. France has a very small population of wild kangaroos. A red kangaroo can reach speeds of over 35 miles an hour. Their bounding gait allows them to cover 25 feet in a single leap and to jump as high as 6 feet in the air.
Kangaroos do not sweat so they lick their paws and then rub them on the chest in order to cool off. The female kangaroos are almost always pregnant. They can however pause their pregnancies in times of drought or famine. This is called diapause. Female kangaroos can determine the sex of their offspring. Kangaroo meat in Australia can be purchased from the supermarket, butcher and available on restaurant menus as a leaner and healthier alternative to beef or lamb.
The odds of hitting a kangaroo with your vehicle in Australia is so high most farmers and people living in the country have fitted metal bars to deflect kangaroo impacts. On land kangaroos only ever mover their hind legs together, however in water they kick each leg independently to swim. Kangaroos are the only large animal to use hopping as their primary method of locomotion. Hopping is a fast and energy efficient means of traveling which allows them to cover large distanced in habitats where there is little food and water available.
Young kangaroos, called joeys, will sometimes jump head first into their motherís pouch should they become afraid. Kangaroos have excellent hearing and are able to move their ears in different directions without moving the rest of their head. There are more kangaroos than humans in Australia.