Phascolarctos cinereus adustus
Animals of Australia
Koalas are solitary and nocturnal animals, spending their days lounged in a tree and their nights consuming up to 2.5 pounds of eucalyptus leaves. Koalas are very territorial. Once they find a spot that they like, they stay put and defend their space. They also have a reputation of being lazy because they rest 18 - 20 hours per day, sleeping most of that time. But when it’s time to eat these mammals can climb 150 feet to the top of a eucalyptus tree and leap from one tree to another.
Koalas are marsupials, meaning that they have a pouch to house their developing offspring. Koalas give birth to underdeveloped babies called joeys. They spend a few months in the external pouches of their mothers until they are strong enough to start learning feeding and survival behaviors.
The aboriginal meaning of koala is "no water." Koalas have the ability to drink, but they do not often look for water. They obtain their water through the eucalyptus leaves.
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