Unable to run or walk, the Australian kangaroo hops and jumps from 15 to 20 feet at a time at speeds up to 40 miles per hour. The kangaroo's thick muscular tail helps keep the marsupial animal balanced when airborne.
A:Koalas live in the eucalypt forests and woodlands of eastern Australia, and they are seen on some islands off the southern and eastern coasts of the country. Koalas are native to New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria and South Australia.
A:A spotted cuscus, or Spilocuscus maculatus, is a marsupial that lives in tropical regions of northern Australia and on the island of Papua New Guinea. The cuscus is the world's largest species of opossum, with specimens that range in size from 6 inches to nearly 2 feet in length. The animals are hunted for meat in Papua New Guinea, and the species is threatened due to hunting and deforestation.
A:According to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, possums, or opossums, do not sleep upside down, hanging from their tails. They are nocturnal animals that sleep during the day in dens, hollow stumps and logs or other hidden sites.
A:Possums are omnivores, so they eat a wide range of plants and animals. Possums often consume grass, nuts, fruit and grains. They also prey on rodents, birds, frogs, insects, worms, snails, slugs and snakes.
A:Koalas eat leaves, with eucalyptus being the most prominent staple in their diet. Koalas have very strong jaws, allowing them to chew tough, fibrous leaves. Eucalyptus leaves are very low in nutrition, and they contain a toxin that is filtered out through the digestive system. Koalas use their keen sense of smell to differentiate between leave types, and determine how much of the toxin they contain.
A:Foxes are able to run between 30 and 40 miles per hour at their fastest depending on the breed. For example, the common red fox has a top running speed of approximately 48 kilometers per hour, which is around 30 miles per hour. Another example is the gray fox that runs at around 42 miles per hour at its fastest speed.
A:Newborn opossums need sustenance, transportation and protection, usually provided by their mother. If separated from its mother, a newborn opossum needs special care as directed by a wildlife rehabilitator to keep it warm and hydrated.
A:As of 2014, koalas are not listed as endangered, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List of Threatened Species. However, koalas are suffering lower populations from loss of habitat and predators. Past hunting of koalas for food and the fur trade also led to smaller populations of koalas.
A:Wallabies are marsupial mammals with a generally upright, plantigrade posture with elongated, powerful hind legs in line with powerful fourth toes which allow for sustained and swift bipedal hopping, balanced by a heavy tail. Many are in the same genus as kangaroos, and in these cases the only real distinction between them is that wallabies are smaller. However, many species of various genera are also called wallabies.
A:The koala has no natural predators, according to the Museum Victoria, so it sits at the top of the food chain in its natural habitat. In areas where the koala's habitat is being destroyed, koalas can fall prey to dogs and cats.
A:Marsupials are animals that carry their young in a pouch. Examples of marsupials include kangaroos, wallabies, koalas, Tasmanian devils, wombats and opossums. Marsupials have short pregnancies and give live birth to embryos that further develop in the pouch.
A:A kangaroo's pouch is called a marsupium. The word is derived from the Latin word "marsuppium," which means a purse or a pouch. A kangaroo is a marsupial, an animal with an external pouch in which offspring suckle and develop, according to Dictionary.com.
A:Tasmanian devils are an endangered species largely due to devil facial-tumor disease (DFTD), an unusual type of cancer that can be spread to other devils through bites. The tumors do not necessarily kill by themselves, but their growth makes it impossible for the devils to eat, and they die of starvation.
A:Koalas may not be adopted for the sake of being kept as pets due to their protected species status, as explained by the Australian Koala Foundation. However, there are various symbolic adoption programs that aim to sponsor the conservation of these endangered animals.