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Musky Rat Kangaroo Photo: C & D Frith    
Australia's Wet Tropics
Rainforest Life
Musky Rat Kangaroo: Hypsiprymnodon moschatus
    • It is a marsupial
    • General body colour is rich brown
    • Head is grey-brown in colour
    • Dark brown tail covered with small scales creating a naked appearance.
    • Distinguished from other members of its family by having five toes on its hind foot.
    • Travels via a slow "bunny-hop" movement.


  • Generally found in the dampest areas of the rainforest, especially near creeks and rivers.
  • Although mainly ground dwellers, Musky Rat Kangaroo’s have a first toe on their hind foot, much like a possum, which allows them to climb on fallen branches and trees.
  • At midday and at night it sleeps in a nest of dried leaves and fern, most commonly located in a clump of Lawyer Vine (Wait-a-while)


  • A specialised feeder, this kangaroo eats particular fruits of the rainforest trees such as the fruits of the King Palm. Also feeds on small invertebrates.

Social Behaviour:

  • Generally a solitary animal, but aggregations of up to three individuals has been recorded.

Viewing Opportunities:

  • In early morning and late afternoon, they can be seen along the creek, on the pathways and feeding under the Avocado tree at Chambers Wildlife Rainforest Lodge.
  • Easily seen on the perimeter walks of Lake Eacham and Lake Barrine.

Chambers Wildlife Rainforest Lodges
Lake Eacham, Atherton Tableland
Tropical North Queensland, Australia.
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