"Possum" refers to the marsupial species of the Phalangeridae family native to Australia, Indonesia, New Guinea and other islands in the region. The term "opossum" refers to the only marsupial native to Canada and the United States.
A: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:Lemurs are native to the island of Madagascar, located off the southeast edge of Africa. The small primates, known for their unusual appearance and curious behavior, live primarily in trees, although some larger varieties of lemur live on the ground, according to National Geographic.
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:As of 2014, Tasmanian devils live only on the island of Tasmania in all areas except for the highest altitudes. They commonly live in forests and coastal woodlands in eastern and northwestern Tasmania, especially in areas where rainfall is sparse or modest. They prefer open, dry forests over dense, moist ones. Their lowest numbers are in the southwest area of the island, particularly in the button grass plains.
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 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: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:The desert fox doesn't have many natural predators because it isn't easily caught by other animals. The primary predator of the desert fox is the desert eagle owl. Other potential predators include the jackal, hyena and desert lynx.
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: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: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: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:Despite the common misconception, a koala bear does not get a high from consuming eucalyptus leaves. People have speculated that koala bears sleep for so many hours because of intoxication from their diet consisting entirely of eucalyptus leaves.