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How far can a kangaroo jump?

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Kangaroos are capable of reaching a distance of 15 feet in one jump. They can hop at a top speed of approximately 30 miles per hour. Kangaroos typically employ more of a walking motion when they are looking for food, using their tail to help with movement.

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Kangaroos are largely found living in Australia. Kangaroos have a wide range of sizes, depending on the species. The biggest kangaroo, the red kangaroo, can weigh about 200 pounds. The length of the red kangaroo's head and body can exceed 5 feet, and the tail can be over 40 inches long. The musky rat-kangaroo is the smallest kangaroo species, ranging between 6 and 8 inches and weighing less than a pound.

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