Mammals that carry their young in an abdominal pouch during their early development are called marsupials. Marsupial young are tiny embryos at birth. Their period of nursing corresponds to the gestation period of placental mammals. In some species, however, this pouch may be poorly formed or even absent. Common marsupials include the kangaroos and koalas of Australia and New Guinea , the Tasmanian devil of Tasmania , and the opossums of North and South America. Modern marsupials do not grow as large as some placental mammals, though fossils indicate that some ancient Australian marsupials were as large as elephants.
Gymnobelideus leadbeateri , or Leadbeater's Possum, is strictly confined to a remote region in Victoria, Australia. It inhabits a range of only about square kilometers in the highlands of Victoria. Leadbeater's Possum is one of the most isolated marsupials in the wild Massicot, Leadbeater's Possum lives in the highlands of Victoria between altitudes of and meters Massicot, The climate is cool and harsh and receives copious amounts of precipitation, some of which falls as snow during the winter. High annual precipitation amounts combine with cool temperatures to produce an open forest characterized by diverse species of tall, straight Eucalypt trees Lindenmayer and Taylor,
The Striped possum is a marsupial noteworthy for its prominent striped black and white pattern. Its coarse coat has 3 longitudinal variable stripes of black. Juvenile and sub-adult animals show a sharp contrast between their black and white markings. Adults have fur that has a more gradual transition between black and white, and the white areas turn more gray with age. Striped possums have a number of unique characteristics: they have a long tongue and fourth finger, their incisors are long, and they have a rounding of their braincase.
Information for kids K-6 about several species of Australian possums. Includes easy to read sentences for early readers. For school or homeschooling projects or just reading for interest.