Koala Facts

Koala Facts
Koala Koalas are cute creatures that belong to Marsupials (sub-type of mammals). They are native to Australia and live in eucalyptus forests. Number of koalas is drastically reduced due to habitat loss. 80% of koala habitat is already destroyed. Despite that, they are still not on the list of endangered species.
Interesting Koala Facts:
Koalas in the northern parts of Australia are smaller and have grayish fur. Those in southern parts of Australia are larger in size, have longer, brownish fur.
Out of 700 different types of eucalyptus, koalas eat only 50 types.
They have poor eyesight, but excellent sense of smell, which helps them find type of eucalyptus they like to eat.
They are nocturnal animals and they eat 1.1-2.2 pounds of leaves each night.
Eucalyptus leaves provide moisture and they don't have to drink water. Eucalyptus is toxic, but koala's digestive system eliminates toxins without inducing damage.
Koalas spend most of their time in trees. They climb using powerful limbs and sharp claws. Two fingers are separated from other fingers, which help them grab and hold branches.
Koalas are the only animals, besides primates, that have fingerprints.
They sleep 16-18 hours per day.
Koalas are territorial animals. They have couple trees that are used as "homes". Area covered by these trees is called "home range".
They produce various sounds that are especially loud during mating season. They can snore and scream.
35 days after mating, baby koala will be born. It is only 2 cm long, hairless, deaf and blind. It instinctively crawls to the mother's pouch where it will finish its development.
Babies leave the pouch first time after 5.5 months. It will keep on coming back until it becomes too big to enter (around 8th months).
Baby koalas are called "joeys".
Koalas live between 10-14 years in the wild and over 16 years in captivity.

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