of the age of the young marsupial should be
attempted. Age influences its digestive
ability (the establishment of micro organisms in
the stomach coincides with the consumption of
roughage), and forms the basis for the design of
Age can be determined by measuring the body
proportions of the marsupial.
Measurement is made of head length, arm length,
leg length, manus length (forefoot), pes length
(hind foot), ear length, tail length (all in
mm.) and weight (in grams).
The diagram below gives the points from which
measurements should be taken. Attempt to get as
many as possible; find the closest figures to
yours in the appropriate columns in the Wombaroo
handraising booklet then read back to the age
column. Theoretically your figures should be
somewhat proportional, or will range between two
age periods. Remember that the figures given
are averages so yours may not fit exactly.
Age determination tables are available by
clicking on the appropriate link below