Koalas . What are Koalaâ€™s. The koala is a small bear-like, tree-dwelling, herbivorous marsupial which averages about 9kg in weight. Its fur is thick and usually ash grey colour with a tinge of brown in places.
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Unlike other mammals/marsupials, a Koala has two left thumbs on each hand.
Like other marsupials, the female koala has a pouch with a strong, contracting, ring-shaped muscle around the backwards-facing opening, which prevents the young from falling out.
Class: MammaliaSubclass: MarsupialOrder: DiprotodontiaFamily: PhascolarctidaeGenus:PhascolarctosSpecies:Cinereus
Koalas are herbivores (leaf eaters) and subsist primarily on eucalyptus leaves, though they will occasionally eat non-eucalypt plant species. They eat approximately a pound of leaves daily and rarely drink, obtaining water from its leafy diet. Though there are well over 600 species of eucalypt, koalas will often eat from only a handful of eucalypt species, often specific to the region. Eucalyptus leaves are highly toxic to most mammals, but koalas have digestive systems specially adapted to detoxify the poisonous chemicals in the leaves (all thanks to eating its mums poop when they were younger).