The social groups of kangaroos revolve around the “mob,” which has 10 or more members. Mobs are led by the largest male kangaroo. Kangaroo mating practices can vary based on species, but there are some commonalities.
The most dominant kangaroo in a mob, known as a “boomer,” has first pick of the female kangaroos in the mob. The boomer will check each female in the mob and sometimes intimidate any male that tries to mate with a female. What often happens is that a male kangaroo will check a female kangaroo to see if she is suitable by looking at her cloaca. Females will then choose to accept or reject the male kangaroo, often based on his size.
The female will often urinate when the male is checking her, so that the male kangaroo can smell her urine to determine her health and suitability. If the male is satisfied, mating will then begin once the female kangaroo raises her tail to indicate that she’s responsive. Another common part of this process is tail scratching, which is a type of kangaroo foreplay. Additionally, male kangaroos sometimes give female kangaroos backrubs during the event.
- Photo Credit idizimage/iStock/Getty Images
What is the Life Cycle of a Kangaroo?
The first time you may have learned about kangaroos may have been when you read about Kanga and Roo in the Winnie...
How Fast Does a Kangaroo Run?
The kangaroo is one of the few animals that are unable to walk. Their feet simply are not designed for walking, but...
How Does Kangaroo Joey Eliminate Waste in a Mother's Pouch?
Kangaroos are the largest members of the order Marsupialia whose members gestate their young in their pouches. A kangaroo joey--or baby--crawls from...
Kangaroo Pouch Facts
Kangaroos are the largest marsupials in the world. Red kangaroos can grow to over six feet tall and weigh up to 200...
How to Make a Kangaroo Costume
The kangaroo has long been beloved by kids and adults alike, so it’s no wonder that an interest in kangaroo costumes has...
How to Care for a Baby Kangaroo
Baby kangaroos are called joeys and require a pouch for about the first eight to 12 months of life. During this time...
The Types of Kangaroos
Kangaroos are members of the Macroprodinae family of animals, of which there are 62 different species. Of those 62 species, only four...
What Are the Predators of a Red Kangaroo?
The red kangaroo is a marsupial that resides in Australia. There is a bountiful population of them in that country. Only the...
Chimpanzee Mating Habits
The common chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) and its close relative, the bonobo (Pan paniscus) are the closest relatives to Homo sapiens alive today....
Facts About Tree Kangaroos
A tree kangaroo is a large marsupial that lives in trees and is an excellent climber and jumper. There are 14 species...