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Marsupials

Comprised of 9 orders, 23 families, and around 330 species, with the exception of opossums, the majority of marsupials are found in Central and South America, Australia, and Asia. Immediately after birth the young crawl to the mother's nipples and remain attached to them while continuing their development.

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Are opossum on the endangered species list?

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The Honey Possum is listed as "least concern" with the population trend of "stable", according to the International Union of Conservation for Nature, or the IUCN Red List. They are not listed by the US Fish and Wildlife Services Endangered Species List. For more details, please see the sites listed below.

Are marsupials common in Australia?

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The largest would have been the Giant Wombat (Diprotodon Optatum). There was also a marsupial lion, and a Mega-sized kangaroo.

For proposed sketches See: http://www.bio.usyd.edu.au/staff/swroe/Lostgiants.PDF

Why did the desert rat-kangaroo become extinct?

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It is believed that habitat alteration by humans and predation by introduced cats and foxes caused the extinction of the desert rat-kangaroo.

However, it is uncertain whether or not the desert rat kangaroo is truly extinct. It was only discovered in 1843, but disappeared again just as quickly. It was rediscovered briefly in 1931 by Hedley Herbert Finlayson, Curator of Mammals at the South Australian Museum, but has not been seen again since. Some scientists believe that it is a very elusive creature which could still exist in the remote desert.

Do marsupials survive in the winter?

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Of course. Many of the world's marsupials live in Australia, most of which has relatively mild winters. Marsupials living in colder parts of the continent have thicker fur: for example, koalas in Australia's south have thicker fur than their northern counterparts.

The Mountain Pygmy Possum is a tiny marsupial which inhabits the alpine region of Australia's southeast, and it is the only Australian mammal which hibernates. other marsupials also live in the alpine areas, such as wombats, wallabies and wallaroos, but they do not hibernate.

How often do bandicoots have babies?

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Bandicoots are nocturnal so they come out at night. Many a suburban gardener along Australia's eastern side has emerged in the morning to find pock-marks in his lawn, made by bandicoots digging for insect larvae.

What type of marsupials are ring tailed possums?

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Ringtail possums belong to the Order Diprotodontia and the Suborder Phalangeriformes.

How do marsupials take care of themselves?

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No. Only mammal's like dogs, cats, horses, monkeys, lions, tigers,............. could go on forever, basically anything warm blooded. (a mammal )

What do we call animals with pouches?

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Most animals with pouches belong to the group of mammals known as "marsupials".

However, not all marsupials have pouches, and not all animals with pouches are marsupials. The echidna, for example, develops a rudimentary pouch during the breeding season.

Do quolls live in the tundra?

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No. Quolls do not hibernate. The only Australian marsupial which undergoes any period of hibernation is the Mountain Pygmy possum.

Do bandicoots bite?

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No. Although omnivorous, bandicoots do not bite humans. These marsupials are shy and will avoid humans. They are also not like rats or other rodents.

Like any wild animal, however, a bandicoot may seek to defend itself if it is feeling threatened; thus, like any wild animal, it should never be cornered.

What are the enemies of the bandicoot?

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Bandicoots are rapidly becoming rarer because of loss and change to their habitat as well as from competition with other animals for food sources. The introduction of large animals for livestock, and rabbits, has greatly reduced the bandicoot's habitat and food source. In the past, attempts to trap and poison rabbits had an adverse effect on the bandicoot population as well. Because bandicoots are common in suburban backyards, where they perform the useful task of digging up lawn gubs and other insect larvae, domestic cats and dogs pose a threat to their survival. Poisoning of lawns for the purpose of getting rid of lawn grubs is also a problem.

How many species of spotted gum?

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It deppends where you mean?

In N.S.W. there are 199

In Queensland there are 371

In S.A. there are 81

In N.T. there are 63

In W.A. there are 12

In Tasmania there are 17

In Victoria there are 58

What is a numbat's behavior?

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Numbats are small, timid marsupials which hide from predators and other possible threats in hollow logs and branches. Unlike other marsupials, they are completely diurnal, meaning they are active during the day and sleep at night.

Numbats may eat up to 10% of their own body weight in termites every day, which means they may eat up to 20,000 termites daily. They feed almost exclusively on termites, although they will sometimes eat other types of ants. They have sharp claws for digging into termite mounds, although they prefer to dig out termites from under logs and underground, being able to detect them with their very sensitive noses. They have a sticky tongue for collecting the termites.

How does a numbat breathe?

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Numbats, being marsupials, give birth to live young which are undeveloped and only about the size of a jellybean. They must continue their development in the mother's pouch. In the case of the numbat, the pouch is just an open flap of skin. The baby numbats are initially secured by the swelling of the teat in their mouth.

What animals live in Asia and Australia?

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Animals which live in eastern Australia include:

  • bandicoots
  • Eastern grey kangaroos
  • Western grey kangaroos
  • spotted tailed quolls and eastern quolls
  • Tasmanian devils (Tasmania only)
  • brush-tailed possums
  • ringtail possums
  • gliders such as sugar gliders, mahogany gliders, greater gliders, feathertail gliders, yellow-bellied gliders and squirrel gliders
  • platypuses
  • echidnas
  • many species of wallabies

What are the enemies of a quoll?

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Quolls are threatened by loss of habitat, and especially from predation by introduced species such as dogs, cats and foxes, as well as competition from introduced species. The Spotted-tail Quoll in the north, and the Northern quoll, are both being killed off as a result of eating the Cane Toad, which is poisonous. Timber harvesting in Tasmania poses a significant threat to the quoll's shelter and removes hiding places for the quoll's prey, resulting in less food.

In some areas, because quolls have been known to kill poultry, farmers have deliberately baited the marsupials. This is an illegal practice, but it still happens. Further, quolls are known to ingest the 1080 poison put down to control populations of feral cats, foxes and rabbits.

What is a baby numbat called?

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All marsupial young are called joeys, and this includes baby numbats.

What habitats do quolls live in?

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Koalas can be found in a range of climatic conditions, as long as they have their food requirements met. They are known to inhabit cooler areas of southern Australia, including sub-alpine regions, and extend north up the Queensland coast (sub-tropical, but not rainforests) and inland where the weather is hotter and drier.

They are found right along the eastern coast down to Victoria, and in pockets of eastern South Australia, where summer temperatures can exceed 40 degrees and winter temperatures drop to almost zero.

They are not found in alpine areas.

Do lemurs carry their young in a pouch?

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No. Lemurs are not marsupials, but placental mammals.

What layer does the sugar glider live in?

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The rainforest is one of the habitats in which sugar gliders live. They live in tree hollows in bushland and the rainforests of Australia.

Climatic conditions preferred by sugar gliders include rainforests and bushland (both wet and dry sclerophyll forest). They can adapt to cool-temperate climates, such as that found in Tasmania, and warmer, humid climates of northern Australia, but they are healthiest in drier bushland rather than moist rainforest.

Do northern quoll have a putrid body odor?

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Yes, they have quite an unpleasant odour, characteristic of a carnivorous carrion-eater.

How do quolls move?

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Tiger quolls use all four limbs for walking, running and climbing.

Which of these is not a marsupial Vicuna Chuditch Tasmanian Devil or Spotted-Tailed Quoll?

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The chuditch (Western Quoll), Spotted-Tailed Quoll and the Tasmanian Devil are all marsupials, found in Australia. The Vicuna is also a mammal, but of the family camelidae, meaning it is a member of the camel family.

Why would a sugar glider eat his feces?

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There are some species of animals, including rabbits and (I presume) sugar gliders, who eat a lot of leaves and have a diet high in cellulose, and they cannot digest this diet with just one pass through their relatively small digestive systems (cows can digest cellulose because they have four stomachs, and can retain the food for much longer than a rabbit can). Eating their own feces (or pellets) gives them the chance to complete the digestive process.

What marsupial has 7 letters in its name?

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7 letter marsupials are:

  • wallaby
  • dibbler
  • ningaui
  • bettong
  • potoroo
  • dunnart
  • kultarr