Koalas

By: Daly Rosenbloom

The Koala

Koalas are marsupials. Marsupials are covered with fur or hair and have a pouch. Until born, most baby marsupials stay inside their mother’s body. A marsupial is a type of mammal. Most of the time a female marsupial has a pouch on their body. For a short while baby marsupials live inside its mother’s body. A baby marsupial is very small when first born. The baby finishes growing in its mothers pouch.

Where Koalas Live

Koalas live in forests along the east coast of Australia. Koalas live, eat and sleep in the top of branches in the eucalyptus trees, also known as gum trees. Southern koalas can be found in Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia.

Koala pictures

What Koalas Eat

Koalas are herbivores. An herbivore eats grasses, fruits and leaves. Most of the time koalas mainly eat eucalyptus leaves but also eat cherry leaves and tea leaves from time to time. Sometimes koalas lick the ground. They may do this to get salt and minerals their bodies need to stay healthy. Eucalyptus leaves do not contain salt or minerals. Some eucalyptus leaves contain poison in new leaves. The sensitive nose of a koala can tell the difference between safe and poisonous leaves.

Koala Babies

A baby koala is called a joey. Most of the time a mother koala gives birth to one joey at a time. It is harder to care for two joeys high in the tree tops. When first born a joey is the size of a kidney bean. It can't hear or see and does not have fur. The joeys front legs are fully grown, but the back legs still need to grow. Inside the pouch the newborn joey attaches itself to a nipple and drinks the mothers nourishing milk.

Cool koala facts

*Koalas are nocturnal animals. Usually they are most active at night and during day time koala sleep because it is too hot for them to move around.

*Koalas drink very little water in fact koala is another word for "no drink". Usually koalas get most of the water they need from the moisture in eucalyptus leaves, but sometimes they still need to drink water.