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What are some characteristics of koalas?


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Koalas are mammals (but not bears). As mammals, characteristics from a "classification" point include:

  • they are marsupials, i.e. the young are born extremely undeveloped, and crawl into the mother's pouch where they latch onto a teat which swells in their mouth, securing them in the pouch
  • Koalas give birth to live young, which then feed on mothers' milk
  • they are vertebrates
  • they breathe through lungs (rather than gills)
  • they have fur (mammals have fur, skin or hair)
  • they are warm blooded
Other characteristics they have include vertically oriented limbs and a four-chambered heart.

For information on a koala's adaptations and structural characteristics, see the related question.