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Looking for marsupial facts? We’ve got ’em, here!
There are 6 most recognized species of marsupial – Kangaroo, Wallaby, Koala, Opossum, Wombat, and Tasmanian Devil. These species live primarily in Australasia and the Americas.
Marsupials have similar characteristics to other mammals, such as middle ear bones, true hair, and mammary glands. Their most distinguishing characteristic is the front pouch, which acts as a protection to their young, as well as contains several nipples for the young to feed as they develop. Marsupials are also unable to communicate between their left and right brain hemispheres.
Because of their inability to develop complex placentas, a developing marsupial is born much earlier than other mammals. The infant marsupial, referred to as a joey, is born hairless, blind, and very tiny. The joey then makes its way to the pouch where it will stay for an extended time to develop and mature.
“I have no fear of losing my life – if I have to save a koala or a crocodile or a kangaroo or a snake, mate, I will save it”. – Steve Irwin