Marsupials are are pouched mammals, whose
babies are born in an underdeveloped or
immature state and continue their development
in the marsupium or their mother's pouch.
Marsupials are divided into two basic groups,
the American marsupials and the Australian
marsupials. American marsupials inhabit
North, South and Central America and include
two basic groups, the opossums and shrew
opossums. Australian marsupials inhabit
Australia and New Guinea they include kangaroos,
wallabies, koalas,wombats, numbats, possums,
marsupial moles, bandicoots and many others.
Size: The smallest marsupials is
the Pilbara Ningaui measuring under 2 inches
long and weighing only 7 ounces. The largest
marsupial is the Red Kangaroo standing at
6.6 feet tall, measuring from 10 feet from
tip to tail, and weighing 200 lbs.
Foreign Words for
Navajo: Biza'azis Hólónígíí
Vietnamese: Thú Có Túi
Habitat: The majority of mammals
hail from the land down under (Australia),
but they are also found in New Guinea, Tasmania,
and the Americas. More than 200 of the 330
marsupial species are from Australia.
Diet: Different species of marsupials
eat different types of food.
Diet: Different species of
marsupials eat different types of
Did You Know?
The name marsupial comes
from the marsupium, or pouch,
in which these animals carry
and nurse their young.
Gestation: The gestation time varies
from 8 to 46 days, depending on species.
One of the shortest gestation for a marsupial
is the Viriginia Opossum which carries its
young for a mere 13 days, after which their
development progresses in the mother opossum's
Birth: Marsupial litters range from
1 to 50 individuals depending on the species.
Marsupials give birth to babies that are
born blind, hairless, and very tiny.
Life Span: Marsupials can live 1
to 26 years, depending on the species.