The dingo is the wild dog of Australia.
They live all over the desert and open dry country. They are usually a reddish-gold color.
Their ears stand up and they have a white tipped tail. Males can weigh up to 200 pounds, while females are smaller. Dingoes may have been brought to Australia by the aborigine thousands of years ago. It is believed that they descend from an Asian wild dog that cannot bark.
Dingoes live in packs. They hunt in the group and sometimes alone. Because of the heat in Australia most animals are active at night (nocturnal). So dingoes hunt at night when the animals are active. They are the largest, hunting mammal in Australia.
They eat many things from birds and mammals to carrion (dead animals).
Females are pregnant for about 9 weeks (gestation). They have up to 8 pups in August to October.
They live about 14 years. They are listed as "vulnerable".
Species: Canis lupus
Subspecies: Canis lupus dingo
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