Kangaroos are interesting buggers. Native Australians, these animals blend in well with all the other fascinating, odd, and stunning wildlife you can only find on that continent. With little heads, large bodies, and a propensity to bounce, they seem downright fun. Yet, they’re amazingly skilled boxers and, as marsupials, the ultimate “helicopter parents.” Of all the animals on the planet, kangaroos are our favorite. So, it should come as no surprise we decided to curate an entire collection of kangaroo coloring pages to celebrate the most extraordinary creatures down under.
One reason we find kangaroos so interesting is that you don’t see them every day. We might visit them at the zoo or watch them as Disney characters (who doesn’t love Roo from Winnie The Pooh?), but they’re not as familiar as a squirrel or deer.
If your family loves kangaroos as much as we do, these kangaroo coloring pages should make you smile. And if your little one blazes through these at the speed of sound? We also have tiger coloring pages, parrot coloring pages, and even giraffe coloring pages. Whatever your kid digs, we have an excellent coloring activity to appease them.
Free Printable Kangaroo Coloring Pages
Kangaroo No. 1
Kangaroos are marsupials, which means their babies live in their pouch. More specifically, babies are born relatively underdeveloped and live in their mama’s pouch until they develop enough to climb out and safely explore. Kangaroos aren’t just found in Australia. You can also spot them in Tasmania and New Guinea.
Kangaroo No. 2
Kangaroo babies — and pretty much all marsupial babies — are referred to as “joeys.” Other marsupials include wombats, wallabies, and koalas. As you may have guessed from that information, most marsupials are native to Australia. Opossums are the only marsupials that live in North America! And fun fact: Like cows, kangaroos regurgitate their food and re-chew it before fully digesting it.
Kangaroo No. 3
Kangaroos are so prominent and well-loved in Australia that they appear on some of the country’s money. There’s also a kangaroo on the Australian coat of arms. And did you know that most kangaroos are left-handed?
Kangaroo No. 4
Kangaroos have a pretty distinctive look, don’t you think? Their heads are notably small. Their large feet and thighs help them jump, while their thick, muscular tails help them keep their balance. Unlike when humans hop and hardly go anywhere, kangaroos use hopping as their primary form of movement from place to place. Impressively, they can reach speeds of up to 43 miles per hour. Some kangaroos can even jump six feet off the ground!
Kangaroo No. 5
While many animals reach their top speeds while hunting, speed-hunting is unnecessary for the kangaroo. Why? Well, they’re herbivores and live off vegetation, so they don’t “hunt” at all.
Kangaroo No. 6
The size of a kangaroo also makes it easy to spot. Depending on the species of kangaroo, they can grow anywhere from three to eight feet and weigh up to 200 pounds.
Kangaroo No. 7
That doesn’t mean kangaroos can’t put up a good fight. Kangaroos are well-known for fighting or boxing. It usually happens when two males (known as “boomers”) fight over a female (called a “Jill”) — or when any kangaroo needs precious space at a watering hole.
Kangaroo No. 8
Although it sounds scary, kangaroo fights seem pretty tame. There’s a bit of punching or batting at each other’s face, neck, and shoulders, sure. But most of their fighting often consists of locking arms and pushing each other. And, of course, kangaroos are known for balancing on their tails and kicking their opponent.
Kangaroo No. 9
Despite the previously mentioned occasional conflict, kangaroos are reasonably social creatures. They sometimes hang out in a group, which you call a court, mob, or troupe. (“Mob” is the most-used term.) A mob generally consists of at least ten kangaroos, though their groups get larger as they move further out into eastern parts of Australia.
Kangaroo No. 10
If your future travel plans include Australia and you want to see a kangaroo in its native habitat, you shouldn’t have to look too hard. In Australia, the kangaroo population outnumbers humans.
Kangaroo No. 11
Kangaroos may not have sharp teeth or deadly claws, but they have a strategy for handling predators. When attacked, they flee toward water. Once they’re chest-deep, they turn around and drown their aggressor. (Kangaroos are also really awesome swimmers!)
Kangaroo No. 12
Australia is an incredible place filled with unique animals like no other continent. Did you know that there are more kangaroos in Australia than there are Australians?
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