Dingo

Classification

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Canis Lupus

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Mammalia

Order: Carnivora

Family: Canidae

Genus: Canis

Species: Lupus

Anatomy 

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Behavior

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.

Size

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.

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The dingo is a carnivore, consuming kangaroo, possum, wombat, wallaby, reptiles, birds, insects, aquatic animal remains, eggs, rabbits, hares, pigs, goats, foxes, and cats.

Sleeping Habits

They will usually sleep in a den or in a shaded area.

Habitat

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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. 

Life Span

Dingoes live up to 10 years in the wild, 20 in captivity. They are not affected by any diseases and are immune to ticks.

Breeding

The season for mating is from March unPup.jpgtil 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.

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Sources

Arkive     

Feral Front   

Dingo Den     

 Dingoes Organization   

 BBC     

 National Geographic    

 Dingoes Life   

 Dog Breed        

One Kind    

 The Jungle Store     

 Pets Lady 

 Flickr

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