Dingo

Canis lupus dingo

Canis lupus dingo

Identification:

Body length 100 cm; tail length 32 cm; weight 10-25 kg. Colour ranges from white through honey-ginger to black and tan.

Habitat and Range:

Dry grasslands through woodland to rainforest in ranges and foothills surrounding city limits and further afield. Common. Australia-wide except for Tasmania.

Notes:

Originally from Asia. Dingoes are pack animals, but may also hunt alone. Home range 10–40 sq km. Eats whatever is abundantly available from insects and fish frames to large (often domestic) mammals. Domestic dogs and first cross hybrids are difficult to distinguish from external features.

Traces:

Often feathers and bones outside dens made in caves, hollow logs or tangled vegetation where they shelter.

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