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Marsupials

What’s the telltale trait of a marsupial? Babies, born tiny and blind, crawl to their mother’s pouch to live until fully developed.

While kangaroos may be the most commonly known marsupial, this mammal group includes more than 300 species, including koalas, Tasmanian devils, and wombats. Nearly all marsupials live in South America and — yeah, you guessed it — Australia.

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Animals: Kangaroo

Animals: Kangaroo

The kangaroo is the tallest marsupial. With powerful back feet, it can leap 30 feet in a single bound. Get more fun facts about these famous marsupials. More...

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National Geographic
Tasmanian Devils

Tasmanian Devils

Meet the largest meat-eating marsupial in the world. Just don’t get too close. The Tasmanian devil has a powerful bite that can rival most mammals. More...

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National Geographic
Why Is Wombat Scat Shaped Like a Cube?

Why Is Wombat Scat Shaped Like a Cube?

Wombats deposit a stack of cube-shaped scat that resemble smelly dice. What’s the scoop with this marsupial's poop? More...

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HowStuffWorks
A Fast Life and Success that Starts in the Pouch

A Fast Life and Success that Starts in the Pouch

Researchers hope to understand the history of placental mammals and why they now dominate the planet. The Virginia opossum, which looks a lot like the earliest marsupials, may hold the key. More...

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New York Times
Australia’s Marsupials “Have American Roots”

Australia’s Marsupials “Have American Roots”

While Australia is home to the most recognizable marsupials, researchers discovered an American ancestor in their family tree. DNA tells a fascinating story about marsupial history. More...

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BBC
Evolution Down Under

Evolution Down Under

Why is Australia the world capital for marsupials? Two fossil teeth, discovered on opposite sides of the globe, offer clues to this age-old mystery. More...

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NOVA/PBS
Kangaroos, Possums, and Wallabies

Kangaroos, Possums, and Wallabies

Kangaroos, possums, and wallabies are all Diprotodontids. Get the latest news on these mammals. Or, scroll down for info and videos on select marsupials in this order. More...

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BBC
Marsupial Fun Facts

Marsupial Fun Facts

Compared to placental mammals, marsupials spend a short period of time in the womb. Discover more marsupial fun facts. More...

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HowStuffWorks
Marsupial Games and Puzzles

Marsupial Games and Puzzles

Test your skills at Marsupial Letterfall, catching falling letters to move your mouse closer to cheese — and away from the cat. Or check out the other 9 marsupial games and puzzles. More...

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Marsupial Photo Gallery

Marsupial Photo Gallery

Get at close look at marsupials, including some you may have never seen before: wallaroos, quolls, pygmy possums, mulgaras, numbats, and tree kangaroos. More...

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HowStuffWorks
Marsupial Quiz

Marsupial Quiz

Know a thing or two about marsupials? See if you can ace this quiz. More...

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Sheppard Software
Marsupials

Marsupials

What makes kangaroos, wombats, and koalas different from other mammals? The difference is in the marsupium, the pouch on the female’s body in which her underdeveloped newborn lives and grows. Find out more. More...

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Kidport
Metatheria: Marsupial Mammals

Metatheria: Marsupial Mammals

Need in-depth info on marsupials? From habitat to physical distinctions, behavior to reproduction, it’s all here. Also featured: photos of more than 200 species. More...

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University of Michigan
Mutant Planet: Kangaroo Survival

Mutant Planet: Kangaroo Survival

Acclaimed zoologist Dr. Adam Munn analyzes the survival skills of red kangaroos. Able to store and reuse energy, a cruising kangaroo is more efficient than a racing greyhound. More...

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Science Channel
Mutant Planet: Tasmanian Devil

Mutant Planet: Tasmanian Devil

Don’t be fooled by how cute they look. Even young Tasmanian devils are fierce. Watch a mom feed her 8-week-old babies, and feast on a wallaby. More...

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Science Channel

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