Koalas are marsupials which are native to Australia. Here are some interesting facts about koalas that you may not have heard before.
Facts About Koalas
- Koalas are not found in two states of Australia- Tasmania and Western Australia.
- Koalas are sometimes called ‘koala bears’. Koalas, however, are not bears. People started calling them koala bears as they look like teddy bears.
- They have large and very sharp claws to help them climb trees.
- Koalas are one of the few species of mammals that have fingerprints. They are very similar to human fingerprints and it is difficult to distinguish between the two.
- They are herbivores- which means that they do not eat any meat. They mainly eat eucalypt leaves (from eucalyptus trees).
- Koalas sleep for up to 18 hours a day. What a life!
- Some koalas have attacked humans when they have been disturbed.
- On average, koalas eat 500g (18oz) of eucalyptus leaves everyday!
- Koalas very rarely have twins.
- Baby koalas are called ‘joeys’. This is the same name given to baby kangaroos). Joeys stay with their mothers for up to 12 months after they are born.
- They can live up to 18 years in captivity. It is unknown how long they can live in the wild.
- Koalas are usually silent.
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