"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: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.
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: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: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.
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: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: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: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: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: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: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: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: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:"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.