The Dingo is a species of wild canine principally endemic to Australia and Southeast Asia. Its exact origins and classification still escape scientists. Currently, it falls under subspecies of the gray wolf.
In Australia, the Dingo is the largest terrestrial predator. In fact, it is one of the leading apex predators within its range. This animal is generally viewed as a pest by owners of various livestock, however.
Ironically, the greatest threat to the survival of the canines has nothing to do with habitat loss or environmental changes. Escaped domestic dogs have interbred with the Dingo so extensively that individuals of pure descent are becoming rarer with every passing year.
Dingo Physical Characteristics
The pure-blood Dingo possesses a distinctive appearance. The head is comparatively broad and the ears are mostly completely erect. The muzzle is quite elongated and the eyes may be either brown, orange, or yellow.
The Dingo will average about 24 in (60 cm) height at the shoulder. From nose to tail tip, they will be circa 61 in (154 cm) in length and 44 lb (20 kg) in weight when adults. The fur is typically short, with a fluffy tail.
They are most commonly reddish brown. However, variations include white, light brown, tan, and black.
Dingo Habitat and Behavior
The Dingo is adaptable to a variety of habitats. They inhabit mostly forest edges, desert regions, and grasslands. Proximity to an adequate water supply is a determining factor.
The animals commonly make their dens in hollow logs or deserted rabbit holes.
The canine is primarily nocturnal in hotter times but in cooler seasons they are less so. The periods of activity are generally brief and tend to last less than one hour.
In the wild, they are usually shy of humans. They are opportunistic in their dietary habits: from carrion to insects to Buffalo.