They communicate through body language and vocally. The dingo will howl, yelp, and whine to communicate warnings, pain, or location. They will live alone, or in a group referred to as a pack. The dingo will flight rather than fight in terms of danger, but can become aggressive if feels threatened.
Dingoes are about 1 ½ to 2 feet tall, or 48 to 59 kg and typically weigh somewhere between 50 to 70 lbs, or 23 to 32 kg.
The dingo is a carnivore, consuming kangaroo, possum, wombat, wallaby, reptiles, birds, insects, aquatic animal remains, eggs, rabbits, hares, pigs, goats, foxes, and cats.
They will usually sleep in a den or in a shaded area.
Predators and Survival
The dingo is more of a predator than prey, however they will be eaten by other dingoes, domestic dogs, jackals, and humans. Their population dwindles mostly because humans civilize their habitat or crossbreed the dingo with domestic dogs. The dingo can run very fast to escape from danger.
Dingoes live up to 10 years in the wild, 20 in captivity. They are not affected by any diseases and are immune to ticks.
The season for mating is from March until June. The female carries a litter of 4 or 5 pups once a year for about 63 days. In most packs, the alpha male and female will mate while the other dingoes will help raise the pups. The dingo is matured at 7 months. Males are ready to begin breeding when they are 1 year old and females can breed when they are 2 years old.
Species Survival Status
The dingo is listed as “Vulnerable” on the endangerment scale.
Fast Fun Facts
- The alpha female dingo will kill any pups that are not her own within the pack.
- Dingoes also live in Southern Asia.
- The dingo mother will eat her pups’ poop to acquire moisture for milk production.
- The Dingo Fence was built in the 1800’s to keep dingoes from eating livestock.
- Dingoes are mythed to snatch human babies as prey during the night.