By Cassidy Pearce 7T
Adaptations of Koalas
The koala is an Australian marsupial that lives in the Eucalypt Forests of Australia. Eucalypt Forests, or Sclerophyll Forests, have mostly eucalyptus trees. Some Eucalyptus trees grow to 40 metres tall while others only grow to look like a shrub. Eucalypt Forests are ecosystems, so there are lots of biotic and abiotic features. Abiotic features of a Eucalypt Forest include soil, sun, temperature, water and air. Some of the biotic features are the eucalyptus trees, koalas and wallabies.
Koalas are marsupials, meaning that they have a pouch to carry their babies. There are many ways that Koalas have adapted to their environment. Firstly, Koalas have adapted to climbing trees all the time. They have sharp claws for grip, great balance for sitting on branches and an opposable finger to hold on to the branches, which is a structural adaptation. Without these climbing adaptations, koalas would die because of not having gum leaves to eat. Koalas also have a great sense of smell to choose which leaves are okay to eat. Also, when a baby koala is born it is blind, so it relies on it's sense of smell. When it can smell it's mothers milk, it automatically goes into its mothers pouch, if their sense of smell wasn't very good, they would eat a leaf that could make them sick and wouldn't be able to find their mother and end up passing away. This is a behavioural adaptation. A koala's fur is also a structural adaptation. This is because it is thick and protects them from all the different weather and temperature changes in Australia. This helps them to survive because without the coat, it would die due to the extreme temperature changes.