Marsupials | Marsupialia

Marsupials are mammals characterized by the pouch the mother has for raising and protecting her young, also known as joeys. Marsupials are most commonly associated with Austrailia, because that’s where the well-known Kangaroos and Koalas are found, but marsupials, specifically the opposum, are also found in North, Central, and South America. Some species of marsupials are herbivores, while others are insectivores or carnivores. Marsupials typically live alone, except in the mating season, and the females will raise the joeys alone. Most marsupial mothers, expect for the Kangaroo and Koala, give birth to multiple young at a time. Marsupials play an important role in their environment: they spread seeds, pollinates, eat pests and vermin, and can aid the creation of habitats for other creatures by helping to loosen up soil for burrowing animals.

What do marsupials eat?

A marsupials’ diet depends on its species, teeth, and habitat. Marsupials can be omnivores, herbivores, carnivores, or insectivores. For example, bandicoots, Australian possums, and American opossums are omnivores, while wombat, kangaroos, and koalas are herbivores. Marsupials typically eat bugs, smaller mammals, birds, fruit, seeds, and eucalyptus leaves.

Why do marsupials have pouches?

Marsupials have pouches that are essential for the well-being of their offspring. After birth marsupials climb into the pouch and then latch into their mother’s nipple. The offspring continues to develop for 6 months inside pouch after birth, and receives the nursing and care required to later survive on its own.

Where do marsupials live?

Marsupials live in Australia, as well as North, Central, and South America. They are not picky with their habitats. They typically live in forests, savannas, and shrublands. Some species of marsupials live in desert-like habitats while some live in burrows.

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Marsupials

Long-Nosed Bandicoot
2-4 years (wild); up to 5-6 years (captivity)
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Virginia Opossum
2-4 years (wild); up to 6 years (captivity)
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Numbat
4-5 years (wild); up to 8 years (captivity)
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Tasmanian Devil
4-6 years (wild); up to 8 years (captivity)
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Thylacine
5-7 years (wild); up to 8-11 years (captivity)
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Quokka
8-12 years (wild); up to 13-15 years (captivity)
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Agile Wallaby
10-14 years (wild); up to 15-17 years (captivity)
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Common Spotted Cuscus
8-11 years (wild); up to 17 years (captivity)
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Koala
8-12 years (wild); up to 16-20 years (captivity)
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Wallaroo
12-18 years (wild); up to 20-22 years (captivity)
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Red Kangaroo
8-16 years (wild); up to 25-27 years (captivity)
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Common Wombat
5-12 years (wild); up to 20-30 years (captivity)
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Thylacine | Tasmanian Tiger
Dimensioned comparison drawing of the Thylacine compared to an average person

The Thylacine (Thylacinus cynocephalus), now extinct, was one of the largest known carnivorous marsupials. It is commonly known as the Tasmanian Tiger or the Tasmanian Wolf for their canid-like traits and striped lower back. The species was native to Tasmania, New Guinea, and Australia, but the observations made of the animal were made when it was in captivity, and only limited, anecdotal evidence exists of the Thylacine’s behavior in the wild. The Thylacine had a stiff tail, abdominal pouch similar to a kangaroo’s, dark transverse stripes, and round erect ears covered in short fur. It preyed on kanagroos, wallabies and wombats, and birds and other small animals.

Thylacines have a shoulder height of 20”-27” (51-69 cm), body length between 39”-51” (99-130 cm), and an overall weight in the range of 35-65 lb (16-29 kg). The tail of the Thylacine is 20”-26” (51-66 cm) in length. Thylacines have a typical lifespan of 5-7 years in the wild and up to 8-11 years in captivity.

Set of standing side elevation drawings of the Thylacine
The Thylacine (Thylacinus cynocephalus), now extinct, was one of the largest known carnivorous marsupials. It is commonly known as the Tasmanian Tiger or the Tasmanian Wolf for their canid-like traits and striped lower back. The species was native to Tasmania, New Guinea, and Australia.

Thylacines have a shoulder height of 20”-27” (51-69 cm), body length between 39”-51” (99-130 cm), and an overall weight in the range of 35-65 lb (16-29 kg). The tail of the Thylacine is 20”-26” (51-66 cm) in length. Thylacines have a typical lifespan of 5-7 years in the wild and up to 8-11 years in captivity.

Set of standing side elevation drawings of the Thylacine
Thylacine | Tasmanian Tiger
Height:
20”-27” | 51-69 cm
Width:
Length:
39”-51” | 99-130 cm
Depth:
Weight:
35-65 lb | 16-29 kg
Area:
Tail Length
20”-26” | 51-66 cm
Scientific Name
Thylacinus cynocephalus
Lifespan
5-7 years (wild); up to 8-11 years (captivity)

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Thylacine side elevation (standing), front (standing), side (sitting)

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Agile Wallaby
Scale illustration of an average Agile Wallaby with dimensions for height and length compared to a human

The Agile Wallaby (Macropus agilis) is a medium-sized marsupial that belongs to the kangaroo family. The Agile Rock Wallabies, as the name would suggest, live among rocks near the water and are characterized by their stripes and markings. The Forest Wallabies, native to New Guinea, are distinguished as the smallest kind of wallabies. The Hare Wallabies resemble hares in terms of their movement, having stocky limbs. Brush wallabies, found in the eastern parts of Australia, are most similar in build to larger kangaroos although differing in body and tail length.

Agile Wallabies have a standing height of 34”-40” (86-102 cm), body length between 28”-33” (71-84 cm), and an overall weight in the range of 20-60 lb (9-27 kg). The tail of the Agile Wallaby is 27”-33” (69-84 cm) in length. Agile Wallabies have a typical lifespan of 10-14 years in the wild and up to 15-17 years when raised in captivity.

Collection of scaled dimensional drawings of the Agile Wallaby in various poses
The Agile Wallaby (Macropus agilis) is a medium-sized marsupial that belongs to the kangaroo family. The Agile Rock Wallabies, as the name would suggest, live among rocks near the water and are characterized by their stripes and markings.

Agile Wallabies have a standing height of 34”-40” (86-102 cm), body length between 28”-33” (71-84 cm), and an overall weight in the range of 20-60 lb (9-27 kg). The tail of the Agile Wallaby is 27”-33” (69-84 cm) in length. Agile Wallabies have a typical lifespan of 10-14 years in the wild and up to 15-17 years when raised in captivity.

Collection of scaled dimensional drawings of the Agile Wallaby in various poses
Agile Wallaby
Height:
34”-40” | 86-102 cm
Width:
Length:
28”-33” | 71-84 cm
Depth:
Weight:
20-60 lb | 9-27 kg
Area:
Tail Length
27”-33” | 69-84 cm
Scientific Name
Macropus agilis
Lifespan
10-14 years (wild); up to 15-17 years (captivity)

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Agile Wallaby side elevation (standing), front (standing), side (jumping), side (lying down)

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Tasmanian Devil

The Tasmanian Devil (Sarcophilus harrisii) is a heavyset marsupial carnivore named after Tasmania, the island state located off the south coast of Australia— which happens to be this marsupial’s only native habitat. The ‘devil’ part of its name comes from its bad temper and growl, resulting in a menacing expression. Sharing resemblance to that of a bear, the Tasmanian Devil has a large head, bushy tail, and set of strong teeth like that of a hyena. The Tasmanian Devil’s coat is black with white markings on its chest mainly, but sometimes can be found on its sides.

Tasmanian Devils have a shoulder height of 13.5”-17” (34-43 cm), body length between 22”-28” (56-71 cm), and an overall weight in the range of 13-18 lb (6-8 kg). The tail of the Tasmanian Devil is 9.5”-10.5” (24-27 cm) in length. Tasmanian Devils have a typical lifespan of 4-6 years in the wild and up to 8 years in captivity.

Series of measured side elevation illustrations of the Tasmanian Devil
The Tasmanian Devil (Sarcophilus harrisii) is a heavyset marsupial carnivore named after Tasmania, the island state located off the south coast of Australia— which happens to be this marsupial’s only native habitat. The ‘devil’ part of its name comes from its well known bad temper and growl.

Tasmanian Devils have a shoulder height of 13.5”-17” (34-43 cm), body length between 22”-28” (56-71 cm), and an overall weight in the range of 13-18 lb (6-8 kg). The tail of the Tasmanian Devil is 9.5”-10.5” (24-27 cm) in length. Tasmanian Devils have a typical lifespan of 4-6 years in the wild and up to 8 years in captivity.

Series of measured side elevation illustrations of the Tasmanian Devil
Tasmanian Devil
Height:
13.5”-17” | 34-43 cm
Width:
Length:
22”-28” | 56-71 cm
Depth:
Weight:
13-18 lb | 6-8 kg
Area:
Tail Length
9.5”-10.5” | 24-27 cm
Scientific Name
Sarcophilus harrisii
Lifespan
4-6 years (wild); up to 8 years (captivity)

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Tasmanian Devil side elevation (standing), front (standing), side (sitting), side (lying down)

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Long-Nosed Bandicoot

The Long-Nosed Bandicoot (Perameles nasuta) is a solitary and mainly nocturnal marsupial omnivore found in the regions of Australia, Tasmania, New Guinea, and neighboring islands. The Bandicoot’s body can be small to large-sized, characterized as portly and coarse-haired.

It has sharp teeth, a narrow snout, and hind legs that extend longer than its front limbs. In search for plants and insects, the Long-Nosed Bandicoot will dig funnel-shaped holes, often finding themselves deemed as pests by farmers for digging in fields and pastures. Types of Bandicoots include the long-nosed, short-nosed, pig-footed, and rabbit-eared (also known as bilbies).

Long-Nosed Bandicoots have a shoulder height of 6”-8.5” (15-22 cm), body length between 12”-17” (31-43 cm), and an overall weight in the range of 1.6-3.3 lb (.7-1.5 kg). The tail of the Long-Nosed Bandicoot is 5”-6” (13-15 cm) in length. Long-Nosed Bandicoots have a typical lifespan of 2-4 years in the wild and up to 5-6 years in captivity.

Collection of scaled drawings of Long-nosed Bandicoot in various poses
The Long-Nosed Bandicoot (Perameles nasuta) is a solitary and mainly nocturnal marsupial omnivore found in the regions of Australia, Tasmania, New Guinea, and neighboring islands. The Bandicoot’s body can be small to large-sized, characterized as portly and coarse-haired.

Long-Nosed Bandicoots have a shoulder height of 6”-8.5” (15-22 cm), body length between 12”-17” (31-43 cm), and an overall weight in the range of 1.6-3.3 lb (.7-1.5 kg). The tail of the Long-Nosed Bandicoot is 5”-6” (13-15 cm) in length. Long-Nosed Bandicoots have a typical lifespan of 2-4 years in the wild and up to 5-6 years in captivity.

Collection of scaled drawings of Long-nosed Bandicoot in various poses
Long-Nosed Bandicoot
Height:
6”-8.5” | 15-22 cm
Width:
Length:
12”-17” | 31-43 cm
Depth:
Weight:
1.6-3.3 lb | .7-1.5 kg
Area:
Tail Length
5”-6” | 13-15 cm
Scientific Name
Perameles nasuta
Lifespan
2-4 years (wild); up to 5-6 years (captivity)

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Long-Nosed Bandicoot side elevation (standing), front (standing)

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Quokka

The Quokka (Setonix brachyurus), a kind of wallaby, is a herbivorous and mainly nocturnal marsupial found on the islands off the west coast of Australia. Around the size of a domestic cat, the Quokka has a brown stocky body, round ears, and a short head. Although small in size, this marsupial is able to climb trees and shrubs up to five feet tall. Unafraid of human interaction, the Quokka has a reputation of being the happiest animal on Earth.

Quokkas have a shoulder height of 9.5”-13” (24-33 cm), body length between 16”-21” (41-53 cm), and an overall weight in the range of 5-11 lb (2.3-5 kg). The tail of the Quokka is 9.5”-12” (24-31 cm) in length. Quokkas have a typical lifespan of 8-12 years in the wild and up to 13-15 years in captivity.

Series of dimensioned side elevation illustrations of the Quokka
The Quokka (Setonix brachyurus), a kind of wallaby, is a herbivorous and mainly nocturnal marsupial found on the islands off the west coast of Australia. Around the size of a domestic cat, the Quokka has a brown stocky body, round ears, and a short head.

Quokkas have a shoulder height of 9.5”-13” (24-33 cm), body length between 16”-21” (41-53 cm), and an overall weight in the range of 5-11 lb (2.3-5 kg). The tail of the Quokka is 9.5”-12” (24-31 cm) in length. Quokkas have a typical lifespan of 8-12 years in the wild and up to 13-15 years in captivity.

Series of dimensioned side elevation illustrations of the Quokka
Quokka
Height:
9.5”-13” | 24-33 cm
Width:
Length:
16”-21” | 41-53 cm
Depth:
Weight:
5-11 lb | 2.3-5 kg
Area:
Tail Length
9.5”-12” | 24-31 cm
Scientific Name
Setonix brachyurus
Lifespan
8-12 years (wild); up to 13-15 years (captivity)

Drawings include:

Quokka side elevation (standing), front (standing), side (standing)

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