Rainforest wildlife tour Port Douglas Daintree Australia.

Musky Rat-kangaroo
Hypsiprymnodon moschatus

Musky Rat-kangaroo, Hypsiprymnodon moschatus.


Thought to be the most primitive of the kangaroo family the Musky Rat-kangaroo exhibits some unusual features which show a lineage back to a common ancestor with the possums. It is the only member of the kangaroo family to still retain the prehensile tail, the opposable digit on the hind foot and to have multiple young in the pouch. (Often triplets.)

The Musky Rat-kangaroo and the Numbat are the only Australian mammals to be strictly diurnal. It is endemic to the Wet Tropical rainforest of Northern Queensland.


Head and Body Length

153-273 (230) mm (males)
212-252 (233) mm (females)

Tail Length

132-159 (145) mm (males)
123-153 (140) mm (females)


360-680 (529) gr (males)
453-635 (511) gr (females)

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Photographed at Thylogale
by David & Diane Armbrust


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