Water loss in hot, arid areas of Australia proves a significant problem for many animals; however, hare-wallabies are well adapted for such harsh environments (3). Being nocturnal, the spectacled hare-wallaby spends the day under grass tussocks, which offers shelter from both heat and predation (8). It also possesses a number of physiological and behavioural adaptations to cope with low water availability, including feeding on plants with high water content, and having highly concentrated urine (3) (8). The diet of the spectacled hare-wallaby consists mainly of herbs and grasses, but it is also known to feed on certain fruits (8).
Female spectacled hare-wallabies can reproduce at one year of age, while males tend to mature at a later age. A single infant, or joey, is born at a time, after a gestation period of 29 to 31 days. The joey is not yet fully developed at birth so, like all marsupials, development of the joey continues for an extra 152 days within the marsupium (pouch) of the female (10).