MARSUPIALS

Marsupials are mammals that commonly bear a pouch such as Kangaroos and Koala Bears. Two thirds of marsupial species are found in Australia.
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Why is wombat scat shaped like a cube?

Perhaps just as puzzling as the Rubik's Cube (though not as colorful), the purpose of wombat scat's geometrical shape seems mysterious. So what's the scoop on wombat poop?

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  • Are Tasmanian devils fighting their way to extinction?

    Are Tasmanian devils fighting their way to extinction?

    Tasmanian devils are scrappy little marsupials with jaws as strong as tigers'. But a deadly form of cancer is threatening to annihilate the species. Can scientists save the devils before it's too late? See more »

  • Do koalas smell like cough drops?

    Do koalas smell like cough drops?

    If you can get past a koala's pungent scent of urine and mating-musk, you might detect a faint hint of cough drops. Why do koalas smell like they'd clear out your sinuses? See more »

  • What's the difference between a wallaby and a kangaroo?

    What's the difference between a wallaby and a kangaroo?

    If you want to determine whether you've got your hands on a wallaby or a kangaroo, you're going to have to pry open the animal's mouth and examine its molars. See more »

  • Why do kangaroos hop?

    Why do kangaroos hop?

    Million-dollar endorsement deals or a sneaker named the Air Roo aren't in the cards for kangaroos. Since these animals can't play in any Final Four championships, why do they hop? See more »

  • Why is wombat scat shaped like a cube?

    Why is wombat scat shaped like a cube?

    Perhaps just as puzzling as the Rubik's Cube (though not as colorful), the purpose of wombat scat's geometrical shape seems mysterious. So what's the scoop on wombat poop? See more »

  • Dasyure

    Dasyure

    Dasyure, or Native Cat is a small mammal of Australia and New Guinea. It is a marsupial is an animal whose young are carried in a pouch on the mother's abdomen. See more »

  • Kangaroo

    Kangaroo

    Kangaroo is a mammal native to Australia and nearby islands and introduced into New Zealand. See more »

  • Koala

    Koala

    Koala is an Australian marsupial (animal that suckles its young in a pouch). The koala lives in trees and feeds almost entirely on eucalyptus leaves. See more »

  • Marsupials

    Marsupials

    Marsupial is a type of mammal that is distinguished from other mammals by certain anatomical and reproductive features. See more »

  • Opossum

    Opossum

    Opossum, or Possum, the common name for a family of American marsupials. (A marsupial is a mammal whose young are born so soon after breeding that they need to be protected from the outside world. See more »

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