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Marsupials



Kangaroo: The World's Best Known Marsupial

What they are - biological definition

Marsupials are mammalian animals characterized by the presence of a central pouch, located in the abdominal region and known as marsupium. In this bag, females carry and breastfeed their young.

The best known marsupial species in the world is the kangaroo, a typical Australian animal.

In Brazil, the best known marsupial is the opossum, famous for the stench it exhales when in danger.

Summary of Other Marsupial Features:

- Small and narrow skull case;

- Presence of fenestrated palate;

- There are terrestrial and arboreal species;

- Females have two lateral vaginas;

- Gestation is short, ranging from 8 to 42 days according to species;

- Puppies are born very small (2 to 5 cm).

Examples of Marsupials:

- Kangaroo

- Skunk

- Tasmanian Devil

- Koala

- Cuica

Scientific classification

Kingdom: Animalia

Philo: Chordata

Class: Mammalia

Infraclass: Marsupialia

Koala (Phascolarctos cinereus): Common marsupial species in Australia.