[2015] Sasha Watson (Cortez): Australian dingoes

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[2015] Sasha Watson (Cortez): Australian dingoes

Australian Dingoes

PredatorsDingoes don't have many predators. Humans are their main predators and rarely they get killed by a crocodile or dog. People think they are pests, who kill their livestock. In contrast, they are considered a main predator in Australia, residing at the top of the food chain. Breeding with other dogs, makes them less likely to survive, since the puppies can not adapt as well to the wild.

Diet Dingoes eat many animals. Kangaroos and other small animals like rats, wallabies, wombats, and rabbits are their main diet. Sometimes dingoes eat sheep, but livestock is only a small portion of their diet. Australian dingoes are only carnivores. Most dingos will drink 1 liter of water per day.

Reproduction and Life A dingo usually lives 10 years. Most females will start breeding at age 2. Dingoes breed once a year and their gestational period is usually 2 months. They give birth ranging from 6 to 10 puppies. Puppies are usually born in hollow logs or under ledges. When puppies are 8 weeks old, they leave the den and become independent. A female dingo eats her own and her pup's droppings to keep herself moist for milk. It will also keep the den clean.

HabitatDingoes live in the deserts, grasslands, and edges of forests of Australia. Their dens are in deserted rabbit holes, under ledges, or in hollow logs and always close to water.

Physical CharcteristicsThe dingo is a free ranging dog and a subspecies of the grey wolf. Dingoes are 20-24 inches tall and the average weight is 29-44 lbs. Males are larger and heavier then females. The fur is short, soft and has at least 2 different colors (tan, brown, reddish, white, black).

AdaptationsDingoes communicate by howling, gowling, and whimpering. Unlike dogs, dingoes rarely bark.They hunt at night and kill their prey by biting their throat. Dingoes are very flexible, which makes them good hunters.


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