Marsupials and Their Family Members
You’re sure to be curious about a group of animals with names like opossum, wombat, numbat, rabbit-eared bandicoot and Tasmanian devil. These animals are marsupials and almost all of them live in Australia. Marsupials aren’t all the same, but most have a pocket to carry their tiny babies.
Scientists believe the first marsupials came from North and South America. They migrated to Australia millions of years ago and have been there ever since. Some of them, such as the Tasmanian devil and the numbat, are carnivores. Others, such as koalas and kangaroos are strictly vegetarian.
Fun Facts about Marsupials for Kids
- Remember the ointment your mom rubs on your chest when you have a cold? Koalas smell a little like this ointment because they eat eucalyptus leaves. The leaves contain menthol, an oil used in making chest ointments.
- Tasmanian devils give off a stinky smell when they’re scared.
- Koalas aren’t bears.
- Opossums are the only marsupials living in North America.
- Many marsupials eat garbage or even dead animals. They are nature’s trash collectors.
- Curious: intensely interested
- Carnivore: eats meat
- Vegetarian: eats plants
- Ointment: thick lotion
- Collector: gathers things
Learn More All About Marsupials
Watch this interesting video all about marsupials:
A 25 minute video documentary about the different kinds of marsupials.
Question: How many marsupials live on the earth today?
Answer: There are over 140 species of marsupials. Some marsupials, such as the Tasmanian tiger, are extinct.
Question: Do marsupials make good pets?
Answer: Marsupials are wild animals. They do not make good pets. They like to forage for food and most are nocturnal. You probably wouldn’t want one scratching around your bedroom in the middle of the night.
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