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Koala Bears. Charming and Unique By Lesley Licea. A koala bear is a marsupial, meaning that females give birth to extremely underdeveloped young, which must complete their development in a pouch. The koala's fur is soft and pleasant to the touch. Ears have long white hairs on the tips

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Koala bears

Koala Bears

Charming and Unique

By

Lesley Licea


A koala bear is a marsupial, meaning that females give birth to extremely underdeveloped young, which must complete their development in a pouch.

The koala's fur is soft and pleasant to the touch. Ears have long white hairs on the tips

They range from 27 to 36 inches long and weigh 9 to 20 lbs. Males are larger than females and southern koalas, which have short gray fur, are 30% larger than Northern Koalas, which have long brown fur.


Adaptation
Adaptation to extremely underdeveloped young, which must complete their development in a pouch.

  • As Europeans took over the land for agriculture and grazing, koalas had to make a drastic change in their diet.


Living relatives
Living relatives to extremely underdeveloped young, which must complete their development in a pouch.

  • The Koala is broadly similar in appearance to the wombat (their closest living relatives, but has a thicker coat, much larger ears and longer limbs.


Where do they live
Where do they live? to extremely underdeveloped young, which must complete their development in a pouch.

  • Koalas live in the eucalyptus forests of Eastern and Southern Australia.


Food chain
Food to extremely underdeveloped young, which must complete their development in a pouch.chain

  • Koalas eat eucalypts.

  • Nothing in known to eat koalas.


Humans impact
Humans impact to extremely underdeveloped young, which must complete their development in a pouch.

  • European identified the koala as a source of fur to trade, and millions of koalas were shot for their pelts.

  • By 1924 koalas were extinct in South Australia.

  • Public forced governments in all states to declare the koala a 'Protected Species' by the late 1930's.


Koalas life cycle
Koalas life cycle to extremely underdeveloped young, which must complete their development in a pouch.

  • Females reach maturity at 2 to 3 years of age, males at 3 to 4 years. If healthy, a female Koala can produce one young each year for about 12 years. Gestation is 35 days. Twins are very rare.


Behavior
Behavior to extremely underdeveloped young, which must complete their development in a pouch.

  • the Koala has a very low metabolic rate for a mammal and rests motionless for about 16 to 18 hours a day, sleeping most of that time. Koalas that are disturbed are known to be violent, their teeth and claws capable of causing considerable injury to humans.


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