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Koala bears

Posted on : 20 Feb 2020

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  • The koala is an arboreal herbivorousnative to Australia. They are mammals.
  • It is the only extant representative of the family Phascolarctidaeand its closest living relatives are the wombats, which comprise the family Vombatidae.
  • Koalas are not bears—they’re marsupials.
  • koalas’ unique traits include six opposable “thumbs,” downward-facing pouches, and a tendency to sleep nearly all day in tree branches.
  • Koalas scientific name is Phascolarctoscinereus.
  • Koalas live in eastern Australia, where the eucalyptus trees they love are most plentiful. In fact, they rarely leave these trees, and their sharp claws and opposable digits easily keep them aloft.
  • During the day they doze, tucked into forks or nooks in the trees, sleeping for up to 18 hours.
  • When not asleep a koala feeds on eucalyptus leaves, especially at night.
  • Koalas do not drink much water and they get most of their moisture from these leaves.
  • Each animal eats a tremendous amount for its size—about two and a half pounds of leaves a day. Koalas even store snacks of leaves in pouches in their cheeks.
  • A special digestive system—a long gut—allows koalas to break down the tough eucalyptus leaves and remain unharmed by their poison.
  • Koalas eat so many of these leaves that they take on a distinctive odor from their oil, reminiscent of cough drops.

Article Related Questions

  1. Koala population was adversely affected in Australia’s bushfire. Which of the following statements are correct about Koalas?
    1.Koalas are herbivorous bears.
    2.Koalas feed on leaves of eucalyptus trees.
    3.Koalas drink a lot of water.
    Choose the correct answer:

  2. 1.1 only

    2.2 only

    3.2 and 3 only

    4.1, 2 and 3

    Right Ans : 2 only

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