- Firstly, the remarkable Dingo remains a surprising mystery to scientists. Its exact origins and classification still escape clarification. Currently, it falls under subspecies of the gray wolf.
- In its native region, the animal 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 Description
Most notably, the pure-blood Dingo possesses a distinctive appearance. The head is comparatively broad and the ears are mostly completely erect.
In addition, the muzzle is quite elongated and the eyes may be either brown, orange, or yellow, varying between individuals.
The Dingo will also average about 24 in (60 cm) height at the shoulder. From nose to tail tip, it will be about 61 in (154 cm) in length and 44 lb (20 kg) in weight when adults.
The fur is also typically short, with a fluffy tail. Further, individuals most commonly display a reddish brown. However, variations include white, light brown, tan, and black.
- Kingdom: Animalia
- Phylum: Chordata
- Class: Mammalia
- Order: Carnivora
- Family: Canidae
- Genus: Canis
- Species: C. lupus
Dingo Distribution, Habitat, and Behavior
The animal is also adaptable to a variety of habitats. It inhabits mostly forest edges, desert regions, and grasslands. Proximity to an adequate water supply is also a determining factor.
The animal commonly makes its dens in hollow logs or deserted rabbit holes.
The canine is primarily nocturnal in hotter times but in cooler seasons it becomes less so. The periods of activity are generally brief and tend to last less than one hour.
In the wild, the animal usually remains shy of humans. The species evolved as opportunistic in its dietary habits, consuming anything from carrion to insects to buffalo.